A new study from UrbanSitter finds the national average for an hour of babysitting now stands at $16.75 per hour for one child and $19.26 per hour for two children. To put that in perspective, that’s more than twice the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
The study, which gathered data from 28,000 families around the country, found that in San Francisco, with its high cost of living, sitters made the most, averaging $18.75 per hour for one child and $21.30 per hour for two kids. Las Vegas had the least expensive average, $11.63 per hour for one child and $14.71 per hour for two kids.
Rates in other cities run a wide gamut:
Los Angeles – $16.06 (1 child); $18.01 (2 children)
New York – $17.30 (1 child); $20.85 (2 children)
Boston – $16.90 (1 child); $18.84 (2 children)
Atlanta – $13.17 (1 child); $15.75 (2 children)
Miami – $12.67 (1 child); $16.38 (2 children)
Minneapolis – $13.94 (1 child); $14.68 (2 children)
Babysitting is a growth field, it would seem. While some cities have seen price reductions in the past year, Urbansitter notes that average rates have increased 2% in the past year (last year’s average was $16.43) and 18% in the last five years. And 18% of parents hire a sitter at least once a month.