I'm not trying to be rude, but it came up at a moms dinner I attended a couple of weeks ago. And wouldn't you know it? There are mothers out there that pay - get this - $35 an hour.
When I heard this, I fainted.
Then, I found out that the general consensus was that $35 was a bit excessive (you think?) but that $20 an hour was fair. That's when I picked myself off the floor and started to dig into my dinner so I wouldn't have to join in the conversation. I also thanked my lucky stars for my sitter, to whom I pay an apparently pathetic $15/hr. I always thought that $15 (plus tip!) was a generous wage. I guess I was wrong.
When I first moved here (and by here, I mean the suburbs hugging Route 128) I had no idea that the cost of living would be so high. I'm not even going to get into the 5 years and the housing meltdown it took for us to put down our roots here. We were immobilized by severe sticker shock.
And then I had kids and needed a sitter. (Remember, we have no roots here.) I placed ads on sittercity offering $10/hr, then $11 and so on.
No takers. Because I had no idea what a sitter cost. It took a year for me to figure this out, because I felt rude asking people what they paid.
I'm sure there are new mothers out there looking for this very information. Let's share! No need to leave our fellow mothers in the dark! You can leave a comment below, or if you want to remain anonymous you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I'll compile the answers into a handy-dandy reference list.
Knowledge is power ladies.
BABYSITTING RATES BY AREA
Newton and surrounding towns: $14-20/hr ($8-10 for a mother's helper)
North of Boston $7/hr (plus tips)
Vermont $10/hr (no tips)