But here’s the hard truth: Babysitters don’t come cheap, and figuring out how much to pay a babysitter isn’t always cut and dry. Experience-level, job responsibilities, number of kids, hours – you name it! Before we get into exactly how much you should pay your babysitter or nanny, let’s break down the difference. A babysitter – A babysitter is typically a young teenager between the ages of 12 and 15, who probably have limited experience. A nanny – A nanny, on the other hand, tends to be older and more experienced.