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  1. Lisa C. says:

    Whoa… if that babysitter rate calculator is correct, I’ll never be able to leave my 3 kids with a sitter here in Orlando. Over $12/hour seems a little steep!

  2. Damsel says:

    I’m with Lisa C on the babysitter calculator — it says I should pay 10.75/hr for my one child in my small town! I think the site could be more accurate if it factored in the ages of the children. I paid $8/hr when he was younger, but now that he’s four, I’ve cut that back to around $6 an hour, with a hefty tip for helping to pick up toys. 🙂

  3. threeundertwo says:

    I always love your Saturday linkage.
    I misreported the going rate in our area as $15. The calculator tells me it’s %16.50/hour.
    I figure we either go out now, or the kids go to college later. Can’t afford both.

  4. ~Amy says:

    enjoyed the links! for some reason I always thought this was “Sunday” linkage. I must of been sleeping or behind the times.
    🙂
    ~Amy

  5. Angela says:

    According to the calculator, I should charge $14/for one child, and $17.25 for the triplets and their big sis. In reality, I get about $10 for one and probably not more than $12 from the triplets family

  6. Jaime says:

    That calculator is insane! I am supposed to pay a sitter $12.75 in Denver and $12/hour in stinkin’ Moody, Alabama – for two kids! Are you kidding?! Everyone who has ever sat for us has told us that we paid well and I have never paid CLOSE to that much. I have given as much as $10 per hour when I had a newborn and toddler. We had a full-time nanny that was paid only a little better than this rate – and her job included light housekeeping! According to all other nanny sites, she was paid well also.

  7. Ann G says:

    Wow!! I’m been ripping off babysitters for years now! I pay my “normal” babysitter $5 per hour/my “sub” babysitter charges $8 and I thought that was high! They say I should be paying $10.75!
    Hope they don’t find this site!!!

  8. The Nester says:

    Freak woman!
    You are sending so many people to my site that my old computer might just blow up. I have now, officially arrived since you linked to me. Thank you! Now I guess I should go change my misspelled title on one of my last posts.

  9. Kristin says:

    Wow! Thanks for the sitter calculator! My sister is usually able to babysit, but the few times I have to call someone else I never know what to pay!

  10. Dori says:

    As a babysitter, I was interested in seeing how much babysitters go for in my area. Putting in my data, I was shocked to see that the hourly is triple what I usually charge!! Five to seven dollars an hour sounds quite reasonable to me, considering children are usually asleep for most of the evening!

  11. Smockity Frocks says:

    Weird! The babysitter calculator said $6/hour in my small town no matter if I put in 2 kids or 7! And, ummmm, am I the only one who was looking for the 14-16 yr. old choice?

  12. marni says:

    Our sitter calculation came out to $18.50 an hour. HA HA HA!
    Oh, I am worth my weight in gold…
    Anyway, people, don’t take that calculator thing too seriously.
    Six children is not necessarily six times the amount of work as one child. Just use some common sense and ask yourself what YOU would want to be paid.

  13. Mrs. Bubba says:

    I should be paying a sitter 14.25 per hour according to the calculator. That’s a bit much. I think we’ll be staying home a bit more. Although, my niece offered to babysit for $5 a day. I would hate to take advantage of her like that…

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