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Help a Mom: What's the going rate for babysitters, tutors?

Posted February 7, 2012
Updated February 8, 2012

How much do you pay for a babysitter or tutor? A local mom on our Facebook page asked that question, specifically about Cary.

"Can anyone tell me the going rate in Cary for a babysitter? What about a tutor?," she wrote.

Because we have readers from across the region, I'd love to hear what people are paying beyond Cary too.

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  • mail11 Feb 9, 2012

    On average; we are seeing nannies, tutors and babysitters make $10-$15/hour depending on their past experience, job duties and geographic location. Some make more, some less, but $10-$15 is an average rate.

  • aaron11 Feb 8, 2012

    I wrote a report on the tutor question using data from all across the country. The average rate is a bit north of $40 an hour, though it ranges down to $12 (and up to $1000 in a place like New York City).

    Have a look if you'd like more information:

  • angelienna Feb 8, 2012

    We paid $25 an hour for a Math tutor in Apex, luckily if Math was going well, she would help with other subjects as well (middle school subjects) - ex study for tests, work on papers, etc. Worth every penny!

  • yesimagirl Feb 8, 2012

    I want to add also, I think it depends what kind of care you are looking for....someone casual for a few hours here and there so you and your spouse can run out for a movie date? OR someone to care for your children for chunks of time while you are working? I would expect to pay more for the latter (like samandalice).

  • abswitala Feb 8, 2012

    These days I'm paying my 13 year-old to watch my six-year-old. I feel so blessed to have that option now. We are now able to spend our date money on the date itself. The cost of childcare ($8-$10 hr.) meant we could go to McDonald's or take a walk. Now we're going out for a nice dinner!

  • vogelkb Feb 8, 2012

    We live in Cary and our babysitter charges $15 a hour. She is a full-time preschool teacher during the day, so she does lots of fun and educational activities with our kids. She is also trained in CPR, etc.

  • samandalice Feb 8, 2012

    I am a professional sitter/nanny with a bachelors degree and my rates start at $15/hr. But you get what you pay for. In my care they will not be sitting in front of the tv. We will be building tents, painting, singing, dancing, -Fun is not an option with me :) I take my job seriously.

  • yesimagirl Feb 8, 2012

    My 13 year old with quite a bit of experience in babysitting in the last year charges $7 an hour up to 3 kids. I honestly think that is plenty.

  • running girl Feb 8, 2012

    I think people have fallen into the trap of paying way to much for sitters lately, especially ones that are teens with little or no training. $8 is plenty an hour in my opinion.

  • Twittyfan Feb 8, 2012

    Check with your school because most of them have tutors before or after school and some have a class during the day. I know I had to inquire because the school sure didn't just freely tell me about it. Sylvan in Clayton and Garner is also awesome but expensive but well worth it.