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Babysitting 911: I'm Underpaid! Now What!?

"I just started babysitting so I don't know what's fair, but I think I'm being underpaid! How can I speak up?"
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I desperately need money!! When i get some, i go through it really fast. Any tips on how to make some money? And how to save some??

Hey! When I get some money I save half and spend half. It's a good system especially before you have to worry about things like bills Smile 
Helen S.

by lautnerloverrr08 on 7/24/2010 3:27:01 PM


It really depends on how many children you are watching and for how long. maybe to get a few extra bucks you could do the dishes( even if they were not from you). Also get the kids to bed on time too. You can also try to clean up their toys. Also they $ you get may depend on the area you are in: I heard that some people in Tenessee that are certified and all only get $3 an hour! Well where I live they give 47-10 an hour! So if it seems they might underpay you say you charge whatever amount as long as it is reasonable!

by ambersgirl on 7/22/2010 9:27:56 AM


I have a feeling I'm getting underpaid. I work 2 to 3 days a week for one family and get paid $30 for 8 hours a day! I think it's a bit of a stretch, but hopefully I'll get a tip here or there!

by pointeprincess on 7/16/2010 1:50:46 PM


Last night I babysat my little 1 year old cousin because it was a last minute babysitter thing. it was from 8pm to 12 am. I didnt mine but I got OVERpaid. he gave me $25 just for wachting tv when the little one was asleep and all I did was check on him some, I feel bad but I didnt even ask about pay till he droped me off at my house and he said and asked if $25 was ok. I took it but now I feel bad. What can I do to not feel bad about it? Thanks


Hey girlie,

Don't feel guilty!  He decided how much to give you and the amount reflects how much they appreciate your work.  Even though you didn't have to deal with crying, dirty diapers, or entertaining your cousin, you still gave his parents peace of mind by being there just in case.  They were grateful to have someone they could trust!  So just be grateful in return for the money and don't blow it on something silly Smile next time, if you don't want to get paid or want to get paid less, chat with them beforehand and set out the "rules" for your employment. That way, you won't have to worry about it in the future!

Lauren C.

by archery on 7/10/2010 3:00:52 PM


Im CPR/ First aid certified (in a couple days) lol and after that i might be babysitting for this family that has 3 girls ages 6,8, and 10. Do you think 7 or 8 dollars an hour is a good amount? Ive never babysat before so i really dont know how much is fair.Thanks!!!


Hey girlie, ask the parents you're babysitting for what they usually pay babysitters. But I think 7 or 8 definitely sounds reasonable.

Lauren T.

by stixgirl101 on 7/9/2010 5:51:41 PM


okay so i babysit every now and then for the same people every time. sometimes i babysit from 5 or 6pm to like 1 or 2 in the morning and all i get is $10. other times i get payed $25 or $30. sometimes i babysit during the day for a couple hours or even just half an hour and i get about $10 or $15.

by bffsrock on 7/8/2010 12:51:44 PM


I heard a rumor that one girl was kidnapped when she went over to someones house to babysit.I sorta wanna go in with my mom now. COuld this be true? and how can i prevent this from happening to me? HELP


Hey girl! I'm not sure where you heard this rumor. If it would make you feel safer to go in with your mom the first time, go ahead. Just make sure you know the family you are babysitting for before you babysit.



Liz L.

by lagirlabb55 on 7/4/2010 8:35:26 PM


whenever i babysit my cousins it's always a little messed up. their parents drop in and out, they take me (and my sister who i babysit with) our for dinner afterwards and help take care of the kids when they come home (randomly). because of this we don't really get paid properly and properly don't deserve to. how can i stop the strangeness and get paid properly?

Hey girlie, you should definitely talk to your cousin's parents and tell them what your looking to get out of this job. More responsibility, trust, and some independence. Talk to them they should be responsive to your hints for more responsibility and more money. 
Paige T.

by kgirlpanda on 7/2/2010 9:00:15 PM


i cant wait to babysit!!! only 5 more months

by cuteolivia1998 on 6/30/2010 11:10:58 PM


I'm watching my sister all summer. We're at our mom 1 week and our dad's the next all summer. My mom's paying my $25 a week but my dad's not paying me! When I asked about he didn't answer! How do I get him to pay me like he should? I'm going to try to send him a text again but he can be stubborn. HELP

by vikingmegan on 6/28/2010 12:30:55 PM

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