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Parents planning a date night know to factor in the added cost of a babysitter, but what should you pay someone to watch your kids?
USA Today says the national average hourly rate for a babysitter was $16 an hour in 2011. A story in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch says rates can go up to $25 an hour depending on how many kids are involved, and if there’s a pet.
Websites such as Nannies4Hire.com and Care.com also offer information on babysitting rates.
Some sites offer a tool that calculates suggested babysitting rates by area. You can search by ZIP code for a rate in your neighborhood here and here.
Let us know in the comments: What do you pay for a babysitter?
Related Link:: How Much To Pay A Babysitter: Average Babysitting Rates Throughout U.S. (INFOGRAPHIC)
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WTOP’s David Burd reports
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