What’s the Current Babysitter Rate in Washington State?
The number one tip for “Balancing Marriage and Family Life” (on Marriage.com) is going out on a date - at least once per week.
Some ways to make this happen:
* Have willing parents (Read: Grandma & Grandpa)
* Find a couple willing to trade babysitting time with you and your partner.
* You could also make plans to meet up for a quick lunch date - packing your own lunch bag and park somewhere with a view, or hit up your favorite sushi place.
* You can also hire a babysitter.
How much should we pay a responsible teen to watch your kids?
I saw a few charts and came to the realization, that the bigger cities require a higher pay rate (The cost of living: Pay, mortgage/rent, groceries, etc.) which reflects the higher cost of living.
I also looked at average rates in smaller West Coast States - which seems to be a closer fit to what we should reasonably pay a sitter here in North Central Washington.
Parents.com states the average price for a babysitter in Washington State is $18.47
Keep in mind that the statewide average rate is greatly affected by the average rate of $24.60 for a sitter in Seattle. (source - Urbansitter.com)
Consider the average rates for babysitters in some smaller Western States:
Montana: $16.03 per hour
Wyoming: $15.88 per hour
Idaho: $17.03 per hour (The Boise metro - the same size as Spokane, effects Idaho's average rate)
-2022 rates from Parents.com
Cover Photo: Babysitter and kid girl afraid of monsters hold smartphone shine a flashlight under the bed. "look, no monsters!" (Photo credit: Fizkes)