How much should you be paying your Charlotte babysitter?

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Recently, my wife roped me into a very mediocre dinner party where the attendees had marginal chatter and the dinner took FOREVER. I sat at the end area of an oak table and drank NoDa Jam Sessions from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m taking only one quick break to eat some overcooked pork tenderloin.

Driving home, my hottie wife said: “Do you have any cash?”

Me: “Yes, I’ve got… $46”

Wife: “Ugh, that’s not close to enough.”

Me: “What?! Oh yeah, you’re right. What’s the math again?”

Wife: “Ted, we owe her $75.”

Me: “Wait, what? How much do we pay her per hour again?”

Wife: “$15. And, we should think about tipping.”

Me: “What the… You realize that I’m getting ready to hand over $75 cash money for somebody to hang out with my good looking, sweet baby boy and then watch 4 hours of House of Cards on Netflix while I’m stuck in the corner at this random dinner party?!”

I couldn’t go to sleep. I kept thinking… $15/hr… is that right?

Don’t get me wrong, I want to pay competitively so that I can recruit/retain A+ babysitting talent, but that’s a lot of coin. Of course our son’s safety is #1.

(Side note: I love our babysitters and test story ideas on them, so they have the additional burden of having to talk to me for 2-5 minutes while I ask random questions and gauge their interest.)

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How much does Charlotte pay their babysitters? Answers from data, experts and the internet. says, “3,687 babysitters in Charlotte, NC report an average babysitting rate of $11.00/hr.” says that on average, Charlotte sitters under 21 are paid $11.42 and sitters over the age of 21 are paid $11.58.

Hollie Huff of Olive Your Nanny Charlotte says, “We tell families $13-15 based on experience & education. If there are more than 2 kids, some sitters and nannies start raising their rate one dollar per kid.”

Abby Clark of Charlotte Babysitters Club says, “Jobs that pay $14-$15/hr are typically newborns or new parents, 2 or more kids under the age of 5, and nanny shares. Jobs that pay $12-$13/hr include watching upper elementary/middle school aged kids. And if a sitter has their CPR certification, it is almost an automatic $15/hour.”

If you go down the internet message board rabbit hole, you’ll find everything from $10 to $20. Speaking of message board chatter, you have to love these types of message board posters… “My yard guy charges $35 an hour to cut grass. $12 an hour to be responsible for a child?”

Right when you think you’ve got the correct rate, you’re always facing some new factor that causes you to rethink your entire algorithm.

  • How old is your sitter?
  • How much is an additional child?
  • What if my child is asleep the whole time?
  • My sitter lives in the neighborhood, so doesn’t need gas money.
  • Am I supposed to buy dinner?
  • Does the sitter have some certification that you don’t exactly understand but oddly makes you feel more comfortable?

My wife and I pay $15/hr. Charlotte, how much do you pay?

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