How Much to Pay a Babysitter - Babysitter Rates

by Martha Scully


How much do I pay my babysitter?

This is a question that we get every day at Here are some things to ponder when considering a babysitter rate.

Babysitters are different than nannies and are usually expected to do less household duties. If you are expecting more than just light meal prep and tidy-up, you should also expect to pay a babysitter more.

The lower the rate…the less the qualification. There are lots of things in life you can go cheap on…care for your children should not be one of those things! Paying a sitter more will assure quality and loyalty . A happy babysitter means happy children. Also, if you offer more, you will have more people interested in your babysitting job.

Across the country sitter rates vary. In the GTA, the average babysitter wage is $12-16 an hour. In Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, the average is $14-$17 per hour. If you have more than two children, a newborn, or a child with special needs the rate tends to be higher. Late nights or early mornings can also cost a parent more.

If you are interested in knowing the general rate in your area please email us at, or visit our Contact Us page and just ask!

For more information on how much to pay your babysitter read the article: How To Determine What to Pay Your Babysitter on our sister site

If you’re looking for someone to care for your house just as much as for your children, check out our Guide To Great Qualities In A Housekeeper.

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.