The average hourly rate for babysitting in 2012 was $12.75 per hour. The rate depended on location as well as the number of children. In major cities, the hourly rate exceeded $20 an hour for multiple children.
In 2012, St. Louis had the lowest hourly rate at $9.50 for a single child. In New York City, the hourly rate was $15.50. In Chicago, the hourly rate for one child was $12, and for three children it was $16. The website Care.com recommended the hourly rate of $12.50, whereas Sittercity.com recommended a rate of $14.50. To assist parents with pricing, both sites offer rate calculators.