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Pet Sitter Rates Calculator

Created by Mariamy Chrdileli
Reviewed by Łucja Zaborowska, MD, PhD candidate and Adena Benn
Last updated: Jan 18, 2024

Welcome to the pet sitter rates calculator, a handy tool to compute the hourly rate of a pet sitter according to the total cost, or total cost of a pet sitter, according to the hourly rate.

As much as we desire to spend all our time with our precious pets, sometimes our responsibilities get in the way. Hence, getting another human companion for our pets is often necessary. If you've been looking for a pet sitter and exploring how much it would cost, the pet sitter rates calculator is for you! Come along to learn:

  • How to calculate a pet sitter's rate;
  • The five things to look for in a pet sitter;
  • How much should you pay a pet sitter; and
  • How much should you pay a dog sitter for a week of work?

How to calculate pet sitting rate per hour with a cost of a pet sitter?

To calculate the pet sitter rate per hour, you can use the following simple formula:

rate=costtimedays,\small \text{rate} = \frac{\text{cost}}{\text{time}\cdot \text{days}},


  • rate – Represents a pet sitter's rate per hour.
  • cost – Total cost for pet sitting;
  • time – Hours spent pet sitting per day; and
  • days – Number of days the pet sitter worked.

To calculate the cost of a pet sitter according to the hourly rate, you can use the following formula:

cost=ratetimedays\small \text{cost} = \text{rate} \cdot \text{time} \cdot \text{days}

Now, let's discuss an example so you can better understand pet-sitting pay.

Suppose you're trying to calculate the dog sitting rate for a weekend. The pet sitter is asking for a total of $100 to take care of your pet for 5 hours each day (i.e., Saturday and Sunday). To calculate the dog sitting rate, multiply the number of hours per day by the number of days and divide the total cost by the computed number. In this case, dividing 100 by 10 equals $10 per hour.

The five things to look for in a pet sitter

Choosing a person who will take care of your precious pet can be difficult, but there are several factors you can consider when looking for a pet sitter, regardless of the pet you have:

  1. Having previous experience with pet sitting and being educated on pets, in general, is one of the first aspects you should consider when choosing your pet sitter. Whether they used to own a pet of the same kind or took care of someone else's pet, ensure they know how to interact with your animal and are well-educated regarding the pet's needs.

  2. Does your animal have special needs? For instance, if you have a cat that is on home hospice care, you may need to find a person who would be able to help your furry friend maintain proper hygiene properly, keep all wounds clean, if any, and help with mobility. Hence, in this case, interviewing someone with experience with animals in home hospice care would be the best choice. 🐱

  3. Do you own a high-energy pet? Some pets, for example, Border Collies, are very high-energy pets. If you own such a breed, your pet sitter should be able to keep up with your pet's requirements and stimulate it mentally and physically through long walks and other creative activities.

  4. Most of the time, experienced pet sitters are educated regarding emergencies. Regardless, you need to know whether they would be able to adequately react if your pet were to get sick by ingesting toxic substances like chocolate or raisins. If you are interested in what amount of chocolate or raisins can be toxic for your dog, we're here to help! Visit Omni's dog chocolate toxicity calculator or our dog raisin toxicity calculator.

  5. Even if your pet sitter is a professional and checks all the abovementioned requirements, they must be able to bond with your pet. Observe how your pet reacts to the petsitter over time, and decide whether the match is successful.

🐕 Do you think our pet sitter rate calculator is helpful? We have other pet-related tools you may enjoy! For instance, the dog quality of life calculator and our cat quality of life calculator will help you to evaluate whether your pet has a contented life!

How to use our pet sitter rates calculator

Our pet sitter rates calculator is pretty straightforward to use.

  • Simply enter the number of hours spent pet sitting per day;
  • Next, enter the number of days the pet sitter will work; and
  • Lastly, enter the total pet-sitting cost for the period.

Voila! You can now see the pet sitter rates.


How do I calculate the pet sitting rate?

To calculate the pet sitting rate, you can follow the next steps:

  1. Take the total cost of pet sitting.
  2. Divide this by the number of hours your pet sitter will work for you.
  3. Voilà! You have now calculated the pet-sitting rate per hour.

How do I calculate pay for a dog sitter for a week?

To calculate a dog sitter's pay for a week, you should:

  1. Take a dog sitting rate per hour and multiply it by the number of hours your pet sitter will stay with your dog in a day.
  2. Multiply the number computed in the previous step by 7 to calculate the pet-sitting cost for your dog for one week.

How much should I charge for an overnight dog sitting gig?

How much you should charge for overnight dog sitting depends on where you are located and the pet's needs. For instance, if you're going to care for a dog with special needs, your compensation can be higher than the average pet sitter rate.

How much does a dog sitter take a day at $10 per hour?


If you're looking for someone offering dog-sitting services for a full working day, let's say 8 hours, then their cost for the whole day will be ten multiplied by 8, which equals $80.

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