Study: How much should you pay your baby sitter?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)  The cost of baby-sitting far exceeds minimum wage in all states, but a nationwide study shows where baby sitters are paid the most and where they 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, Michigan earn the least, on average 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.

Top 10 Most Expensive Cities to Hire a Sitter

  • San Francisco $16.55
  • San Jose $15.63
  • Boston $15.37
  • New York $15.09
  • Washington DC $14.99
  • Bridgeport, CT $14.91
  • Seattle $14.43
  • Hartford, CT $14.28
  • Los Angeles $14.27
  • Philadelphia $14.19

Top 10 Least Expensive Cities to Hire a Sitter

  • Grand Rapids, MI $11.31
  • Columbia, SC $11.72
  • Rochester, NY $11.79
  • Salt Lake City $11.82
  • Akron, OH $11.84
  • Colorado Springs $11.85
  • Des Moines, IA $11.97
  • Tulsa, OK $12.00
  • Boise, ID $12.06
  • Omaha, NB $12.16


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