Wondering what average babysitting rates are in 2021?

Every year, UrbanSitter calculates average rates across the nation from the tens of thousands of babysitting jobs booked on its site and app. While sitters typically base their rates on child care experience, job responsibilities and the local cost of living, these averages can help set a baseline when you’re hiring a babysitter or nanny or when you’re deciding how much to charge for babysitting. The chart below shows the national average is $18.36/hour for 1 child and $21.23/hour for 2 children. Find your specific city’s rate now:

Babysitting Rates 2021

Area/U.S. City Hourly Rate for 1 Child Hourly Rate for 2 Children
National $18.36 $21.23
Atlanta, GA $16.86 $17.47
Austin, TX $17.26 $19.49
Boston, MA $18.69  $21.13
Chicago, IL $16.06 $17.02
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX $13.72 $16.50
Denver, CO $15.84 $18.89
Houston, TX  $17.07  $19.10
Las Vegas, NV  $12.53  $17.18
Los Angeles, CA  $18.26  $24.80
Nashville, TN  $15.31  $17.16
New York City, NY  $18.94  $22.13
Philadelphia, PA  $15.19  $17.09
Phoenix, AZ  $16.70  $19.52
Portland, OR $15.98  $17.30
San Antonio, TX $12.54  $13.55
San Diego, CA  $16.02  $19.60
San Francisco, CA $21.17  $23.56
Seattle, WA  $18.82  $20.67
Washington, DC  $18.00  $19.38

What should you consider when determining how much to pay a babysitter?

  1. Location.
    • Start with the average rate in your city, then consider your specific neighborhood – are you conveniently located in the city center or in a suburb? For instance, if you live near a university where many babysitters live, babysitting rates will probably be much more affordable than a far away suburb that requires a long commute for sitters.
  2. Job responsibilities.
    • First, consider how many children will the babysitter be caring for. Rates won’t double or triple, but they will increase a dollar or two with each additional child.
    • Next, ask yourself if there are additional responsibilities such as driving, homework help, meal preparation, laundry, cleaning or walking the family dog. You can expect to pay more for these additions.
  3. Skills and experience.
    • Experienced sitters will certainly charge more than a high school sitter. Sitters with specialized certifications and Early Childhood Education degrees will command a higher rate.
    • You can typically get a feel for the sitter’s experience by asking about how many years they’ve been babysitting and what age groups they’ve worked with (newborn, infant, toddler, preschooler, grade schooler, etc).
  4. Transportation.
    • Some sitters expect parents to cover their cost of transportation to and from the job — either by reimbursing them for mileage or funding a subway or bus card.
    • If your child needs to be driven by the sitter (either in their car or yours), then consider a gas credit card specifically for the sitter’s use.
  5. Additional expenses.
    • Besides transportation, the sitter may have additional expenses while on the job including meals, babysitting supplies, and children’s activity costs. Decide what you will cover, then factor this in when determining your overall child care budget.
  6. Special needs.
    • If you have a child with a disability, you should also expect to pay a higher babysitting rate for someone with qualified experience.

Historic Babysitting Rates

Curious about how babysitting rates have changed over time? See our previous studies from 2012-2020:
Babysitting rates 2020
Babysitting rates 2019
Babysitting rates 2018
Babysitting rates 2017
Babysitting rates 2016
Babysitting rates 2015
Babysitting rates 2014
Babysitting rates 2013
Babysitting rates 2012

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