The average babysitter makes $16.50 per hour in the U.S., according to Sittercity. That varies by city and the number of kids you're watching. But whatever your local going rate, there are days throughout the year when parents are more likely to need your babysitting help — and might pay more than usual.
If you're interested in picking up some extra cash, consider listing your child-care services on sites like Care.com, Sittercity, or Sitter, and make sure to book a night of work on any of the following throughout the year.
New Year's Eve was the most popular holiday for parents to post babysitting jobs in 2019, according to Care.com, which means New Year's Eve offers an abundance of opportunities to pick up some work. And the average hourly rate for a babysitter on New Year's in 2019 was 20% higher than on any other night of the year, according to WalletHub.
If you want to maximize your earnings, consider keeping your calendar open.
The second most popular holiday for parents to post babysitting jobs in 2019 was Valentine's Day, with average hourly rates varying from about $14 to about $19, according to Care.com. This year, 34% of couples plan to have a night out on Valentine's Day, according to WalletHub, so it's a good opportunity to sign up on the sites or reach out to the parents that you know and offer your services.
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The most expensive holidays to hire a sitter are ones on which they're most likely to have their own plans. With as many as 90% of Americans saying they celebrate Christmas, according to the Pew Research Center, December 25 could be a great time to book a babysitting gig: Clients understand they're pulling you away from your own celebrations and could potentially pay more than usual.
The first two weeks of December, when parents see a lot of holiday invites, drive up demand for babysitters as well, according to babysitting app Bambino. Being on the lookout for jobs throughout the season is smart — clients feeling the holiday spirit may pay, and tip, more generously, too.
As many as 61% of Americans planned to attend a Fourth of July picnic in 2019, according to WalletHub. With activities so popular on the day, parents are likely to need your help. As with Christmas, July 4 is a holiday when clients expect you to have your own plans and might offer to pay more than usual in exchange.
Some other big date nights for parents to get sitters include birthdays and anniversaries, according to UrbanSitter. So make sure to ask your clients when their personal celebrations are and see if you can book those special nights in advance.
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