The UrbanSitter platform is designed as an online marketplace for parents and sitters to connect for childcare bookings, and as such, we are not an employer of sitters. We believe babysitters should be paid a fair wage and have published an annual survey to assist parents in determining how much to pay their babysitter or nanny. In 2016, the average babysitting rate across the United States for one child was $15.71 per hour. Denver had the least expensive babysitter rates at $11.75 per hour for one child whereas San Francisco topped the list at $16.58 per hour for one child.
That being said, payment arrangements are made directly between parents and sitters as detailed in job posts and booking details under the 'Rate' section. Minimum wage laws apply to most babysitting jobs, but not all. To find out more details, we encourage both sitters and parents to familiarize themselves with the local minimum wage laws and average rates in major metropolitan areas. UrbanSitter honors the federal minimum wage and does not allow parents to post jobs at rates below $8 per hr.
If you see a job posted that doesn't meet your rate requirements, please explore other opportunities on the Job Board!