The value of a mom? Priceless

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Anyone who's been a stay-at-home mom, a "Mister Mom," a single mother or part of a two-income family with children knows Salary.com's annual survey isn't far from wrong.

The Massachussets-based firm that studies workplace compensation calculated a mom's market value by studying pay levels for 10 job titles, with duties that a typical mom performs, ranging from housekeeper and day care center teacher to van driver, psychologist and chief executive officer.

How much is she worth?

This year, the annual salary for a stay-at-home mom would be $116,805, while a working mom who also juggles an outside job would get $68,405 for her motherly duties.

A lot of the theoretical pay comes from the overtime hours Mom would work each week -- the 18,000 mothers surveyed about their typical week reported working 94.4 hours, or more than half their working hours on overtime.

Even moms who spend a full week at an out-of-home job reported overtime, an average of 54.6 hour "mom work week" hours besides their paying jobs.

On second thought, $116,805 is nowhere near the value of a good mom.

Like the credit-card commercial concludes, a hard-working, dedicated, loving mom is "priceless."

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  • On the lighter side:

    The news indicates that a woman receives about seventy five percent of what a man receives. In that case, would a 'stay at home dad' be worth $155,740? Therefore, the numbers indicate that if both mother, and father stayed home they would be worth $272,545.00! Wow! Parents could stay home, and make more money than by working outside the home. I know, I know: Shut-up!

    Happy Mothers Day, to ALL Mothers.

    -- Posted by Navyblue on Sat, May 10, 2008, at 11:58 AM
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