We all remember what it was like once we turned twelve and took the babysitting source at our local library. We were all excited about getting to be home alone, have some responsibility, and most importantly - make some extra cash. More often than not, we would end up babysitting for a family member for free (because mom said so), but that feeling when you spend hours sitting for the neighborhood kids and got $5 an hour was pure bliss.
But, times have been a-changing.
Babysitters these days come with a much more hefty price tag than they did many, many years ago. If you've ever found yourself wondering if you are either overpaying or underpaying your go-to babysitter, an infographic was recently released that shares national averages so that you can compare.
Urbansitter, a babysitting network that makes it really easy to find a qualified babysitter online just took the guesswork out of figuring out what's appropriate to pay the babysitting you are hiring - depending on where you live. For the company's 8th annual study, they surveyed 28,000 families across the entire United States and broke down some really helpful data. Not only does this study reveal what the national averages are for child care rate, but they also decode how often parents are hiring babysitters, and even the most popular date nights of the whole year.
Pretty interesting, huh?
The main standout data is that the average cost is $16.75 for one child and $19.26 for two children - a huge increase over the years. That goes up even higher in San Francisco, which is the most expensive city for hiring babysitters, where they are being paid an average of $18.75 for one child and $21.30 for two children. The cheapest is Las Vegas, with rates at $11.63 for one child and $14.71 for two. And of course, New York City babysitters didn’t fall too far behind when it comes to expensive cities with average rates being generally about $20.85 an hour.
When all is said and done, the study also found that 42 percent of parents are paying between $10,000-30,000 per child, with a very small portion (4 percent) pay upwards of $40,000. That's a lot of dough.