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    If you're only going for 2 hours though, I'd be inclined just to give a flat $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I guess it depends on how long she will be there. I would've been pretty annoyed if I babysat for two hours and received $30 for example. It's not really worth giving up your Friday night for that amount iykwim.
    This.

    I would get $50 a night from one family, $100-$200 a night from an uncle which included a taxi fare home. I would've watched my cousins for free, but he insisted on paying.

    I think a set fee for a night with an approximate home time (before midnight or before 2am etc... Is best.

    I think for 3 hours $50-$60 is fair.

    Paying decent also means when you need a sitter she'll be more likely to be available as it's worth changing her plans for.

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    Don't know...I didn't babysit until I was about 20, but working in a cafe at 16 I earned $8 an hour. Unless she has another source of income, or has a really good use for the money, I probably wouldn't pay more than $10 an hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louellyn View Post
    there is no way I would pay a babysitter $50 an hour lol

    it is a teenager and the child will be in bed so $30 for sitting and watching tv for two hours seems fine to me

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    I was pretty lucky, I thought it was fair. Although the sitting and watching TV never eventuated for me as the kids always woke up, even if I was, I was still giving up my Friday/Saturday nights to ensure someone else's kids were safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benji View Post
    I was pretty lucky, I thought it was fair. Although the sitting and watching TV never eventuated for me as the kids always woke up, even if I was, I was still giving up my Friday/Saturday nights to ensure someone else's kids were safe.
    Yeah, I was getting $15 a hour at my regular job, so for me to babysit on the weekend (essentially my free time between work and school) I wasn't going to do it for anything less than $15. Luckily the family that I babysat for were vey generous and understanding and offered $25ph straight up.
    I agree with the PP who said to offer a reasonable/generous amount if you want her to come back. If I hadn't of been given a toasty $100 note for 4 hours the first time I babysat I wouldn't have done it again.
    I guess it also has to be relative to what you can afford, though, so be reasonable but don't break the bank.

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    $15/hr for a kid, but if it's only 2 hours I would give $40. If longer, $15/hr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share a book View Post
    $15/hr for a kid, but if it's only 2 hours I would give $40. If longer, $15/hr.


    $40 for two hours "work" is great for a 15 year old.

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    It really depends on the situation.

    I pay one of my own children $50 for the night in those circumstances, but they have the advantage they are still in their own environment.

    For hourly rates I've seen anywhere from $8-$25. DD1 (at 17yo) put adds on gumtree asking $15 (+$2 per extra child) per hour but didn't get any takers. She has no qualifications but plenty of experience with younger siblings.
    Last edited by sweetseven; 04-05-2012 at 12:29.

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    Many adults are not paid $25 an hour so I think this is too high for babysitting.

    I have always paid $15 an hour and had snacks for the sitter and that is for a qualified child care worker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    It really depends on the situation.

    I pay one of my own children $50 for the night in those circumstances, but they have the advantage they are still in their own environment.

    For hourly rates I've seen anywhere from $8-$25. DD1 (at 17yo) put adds on gumtree asking $15 (+$2 per extra child) per hour but didn't get any takers. She has no qualifications but plenty of experience with younger siblings.
    Are you in Sydney by any chance?


 

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