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:

  • Location
  • Job responsibilities
  • Sitter’s skills and experience
  • Transportation
  • Babysitting supplies and/or children’s activity costs
  • Child with special needs