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In era of stalled wages, baby sitters surging ahead

High demand, couples’ paying power send hourly scale soaring

Wages for most US workers have stagnated, with the exception of one little-noted group: the American baby sitter.

Baby sitter rates across the nation have soared, with costs in Greater Boston among the highest. Teenage sitters here command about $10 an hour, a wage that has risen about nine times faster than inflation since the early 1980s, according to the Labor Department. And the more-experienced sitters — those with college degrees or who, say, speak fluent Mandarin — fetch $17 an hour or more.

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