Boston Babysitters Among Highest Paid In Country, Survey Says

March 25, 2015 12:35 PM
Boston Babysitters Among Highest Paid In Country, Survey Says
" BOSTON (CBS) — Hiring a babysitter for a night out costs Boston parents more than just about anywhere else in the country, a new survey finds.

Boston lands at No. 3 on Care ’s ranking of cities that pay babysitters the most. A babysitter makes $15.37 an hour on average in Boston, just behind San Francisco and San Jose.

Babysitters make the least in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking in $11.31. That’s still higher than minimum wage, the website notes.

Nationwide, the average is $13.44 an hour, but for some parents, that’s just the base. The survey found that about a quarter of parents tip their sitters, nearly 90 percent gave them a raise every year and some pay an extra $5 an hour if they book them at the last minute.

The study also found that sitter rates have increased 28 percent in five years, up from an average of $12.07 in 2013.

At the end of the day, it’s not all about money for parents. When asked what really motivates them to hire a sitter, 49 percent said it’s about how much their kids adore the babysitter; only 3 percent said it’s about how much the babysitter charges "

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