The value of a mom? Priceless
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."