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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 10:01am
Getting a baby-sitter is expensive these days and a new survey by Urbansitter.com indicates that the cost really can vary based on where you live. Urbansitter polled more than seven thousand families across the country and the data reveals some interesting costs and habits about American parents.
On average, the national hourly rate for one hour of baby-sitting, for one child, is $14.97 and then ticks up slightly for each additional child that is watched. The most expensive city for parents is New York City, where the sitters rake in $15.34 an hour on average. The least expensive city for parents is Denver, Colorado. Sitters there only earned $10.84 an hour on average.
And these costs can really add up. The study found that 26-percent of parents hire a sitter once a week or more and nearly half of parents are spending $1,000 a year, or more, just on baby-sitting. Of course, there's also the debate about whether to tip your baby-sitter or not. 70-percent of parents said they do, but that means, still more than 1 in 4 parents...don't.