Below you will find a variety of facts and trends about the babysitting and nanny industry, demographic data, as well as some fun and random historical facts:
Babysitting and Nanny Facts:
- The national average hourly rate for a babysitter is $13.75 for one kid.
- The national average hourly rate for a nanny is $15.50 for one kid.
- The Red Cross recommends teenagers are old enough to start babysitting at around 13 years of age.
- Less than 40% of babysitters and nannies are CPR and/or first aid certified.
- 51% of families say they have had a hard time finding a sitter (Care.com)
Babysitter and Nanny Demographic Data:
- Single family nanny services are declining, as more families turn to nanny-share to both save money and increase socialization.
- Less than 5% of professional nannies are male, but male nannies (or mannies) are becoming more popular in recent years.
- According to Care.com, these are the five most expensive and least expensive cities for babysitters:
- Most expensive:
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- New York
- Washington DC
- Least expensive:
- Grand Rapids
- Columbia (SC)
- Salt Lake City
- The most commonly preferred sitter profile matches the following: CPR and first aid certified, non-smokers, between the ages of 20-25.
Historical Facts about Babysitting:
- Babysitting used to be called “bratting.”
- Babysitting was popularized in the 1920s in the United States.
- For many teens, babysitting has been a first job, dating back as far as the 1950s when the practice was popularized in the United States.