Wages Skyrocket — For Babysitters

Wages Skyrocket — For Babysitters

(UnitedVoice.com) – Companies around the country are still facing significant labor shortages. Others have gone from traditional work environments to virtual ones. As Americans try to get back to work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are having a hard time finding childcare and the demand for the service is causing prices to skyrocket.

According to an annual survey by UrbanSitter, a company that helps people find child care and other services, the average hourly wage for a babysitter rose 11% in 2021, outpacing the 7% inflation rate. The company looked at data from 10,000 households and found the average hourly wage for sitters is $20.57.

The report found childcare in cities varied significantly. For instance, the average cost of a sitter in Miami, Florida, runs parents an average of $19.31 an hour, while childcare in New York City averages $23.45 per hour.

According to a 2021 poll conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR, one in three parents had a difficult time finding childcare last year. Parents noted the price tag of daycare factored into their struggle for quality care for their kids. Natalie Saldana told NPR that it would cost her $700, almost the price of her rent, if she sent her 1.5-year-old daughter to daycare.

Although it’s great for babysitters and will undoubtedly attract more people, it’s just one more skyrocketing expense American workers are being saddled with as they try to return to normal.

Have you thought about switching careers now that childcare is becoming more lucrative?

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