An article in Forbes asks, “Think you can put a price on motherhood?”
A yearly survey by Salary.com called the annual Mom Salary Survey attempts to put a salary on the work of American mothers. First, they broke down motherly duties into the ten categories: Day Care Center Teacher, CEO, Psychologist, Cook, Housekeeper, Laundry Machine Operator, Computer Operator, Facilities Manager, Janitor, and Van Driver. Then they studied how many hours moms work in those categories and what the family would have to pay for outsourcing that duty.
According to the 2012 survey, they determined the following:
- The average stay-at-home mom should make an annual salary of $112,962 (based on a 40-hour per week base pay plus 54.7 hours a week of overtime);
- The average working mom should make an annual salary of $66,969 (based on 40-hours of mothering duties and 17.9 overtime hours per week).
The article concludes, “The breadth of Mom’s responsibilities is beyond what most workers could ever experience day-to-day. Imagine if you had to attract and retain a candidate to fill this role?”
“Her children rise up and call her blessed . . .” –Proverbs 31:28