CHICAGO, IL – Babysitters are making big bucks!
UrbanSitter’s 11th annual Cost of Caregiving Survey shows the national average for babysitting one child was $20.57/hour last year, compared to $18.36/hour in 2020.
The 11% increase outpaces the rate of inflation.
The company gathered data from more than 10,000 families across the country.
The UrbanSitter survey also found the national average pay for a sitter to watch two children climbed to $23.25/hour, and to $24.35 for three.
The hourly babysitting rate for one child in Chicago is $17.62/hour and for two it’s $19.75 according to the survey.
New York City has the most expensive babysitting rate with $23.45/hour for one child.
The least expensive city for babysitting is San Antonio where the rate is $12.70/hour for one child.
Researchers recommend you consider the following factors when determining how much to pay a babysitter:
- Job responsibilities
- Sitter’s skills and experience
- Babysitting supplies and/or children’s activity costs
- Child with special needs