GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cost of baby-sitting far exceeds minimum wage in all states, but a nationwide study shows baby sitters in Grand Rapids are paid the least.
According to a new study by Care.com, the average baby sitter makes about $13.50 per hour.
However, baby sitters in Grand Rapids earn about $11.31 per hour. The most expensive city is San Francisco where a baby sitter can earn $16.55 per hour.
Nearly half of the 1,000 people surveyed for the study said the key factor in hiring a particular sitter was “how much their kids adore him or her.” Only 3 percent said it was about how much she or he charged.
Care.com also asked just how far families would go to hire a sitter:
- 87 percent said they would give a favorite sitter a raise
- 64 percent said they would pay more for a last-minute hire
- 51 percent said they’d pay more for a sitter with experience, up to another $5 per hour
- 26 percent said they gave their sitters a tip
- 20 percent said they would poach a sitter from a friend.
In 2009, the average baby sitter was paid $10.50 per hour; in 2014 it was $13.44. But if you have more than one kid, expect to pay up to $5 per hour more for each additional child.