Study: Baby sitters in GR paid the least in U.S.

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, 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. 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.

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