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How much is a mother's love worth? Apparently, about $117,000.

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Salary.com surveyed more than 18,000 moms and deduced that a stay-at-home mom's work is worth $116,805 in 2008. And working moms? They deserve $68,405 for their time at home. That's in addition to what they're pulling down at the office. Um, our paychecks are overdue!

So, what makes our salary so high? According to the survey, a Mom is part housekeeper, daycare provider, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor. That's one mother of a resume!

See, we haven't been sitting around all day watching As the World Turns.

Who has it better: stay-at-home or working Moms? Watch for our poll results, coming soon.


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5 comments so far | Post a comment now
WorkingMom May 10, 2008, 2:55 PM

SAHMs are such whiners.

tracy May 10, 2008, 6:25 PM

“SHAM’s” are not all whiners…. I myself love to be a stay at home mother of 2 beautiful girls. The only thing i ask from my husband is not to tell me his job is hard… and he agrees with me, he does “daddy day” once a week. he takes over being the so called “mom” for a day and does everything for the girls, and he has told me many times that my “job” is ruff. I dont see it as a job. yeah the money would be nice, but nothing can compare to the joys of teaching my kids the every day things..

AngryJoe May 11, 2008, 8:23 AM

What a sexist piece of crap.

One of the things that make these types of reports so bogus, is how the authors hypothetically award the salary of an expert, to someone who is 99.9% of the time working as a novice.

For example: Doctoral level clinical psychologists typically earn over 110 graduate credits, including specialized and supervised clinical training. And a doctoral program usually takes 4-5 years to complete.

After this training, are years of clinical practice. Word gets out about a therapist’s skills, and their practice grows. And they earn more money.

Simply popping out a kid and hanging around to blow a little nose and wipe a little butt (while bitching about a lazy husband) is hardly the same kind of training. So why should it be hypothetically awarded the same salary?

A father could hire out all of occupations on this list. It would probably be a lot cheaper and more efficient. And with a lot less nagging than what spews from the cake-hole of the typical American wife/mother.

This stupid thing has been around for years like houseflys and is just annoying. It has been debunked throughly but still keeps coming back from the dead like a vampire.

Kristin June 7, 2008, 2:33 PM

All I can say is be a SAHM and then let’s talk. No matter if you work outside your home or not, we ALL work hard! No doubt about that.

SAHMofTWOBoys June 12, 2008, 11:06 AM

WOW! I can not believe what i just read from ANGRYJOE & WORKINGMOM!! Talk about sexist, JOE, you practically said all SAHMs just sit around all day and wipe their kids noses. Do you even have kids?? Because i have 2 boys - 3 & 4 yrs old - and that is just one of the million things i do during the day. Not to mention, i get up @ 6a and go to sleep @ 12a and during that time i dont get an hour lunch break or put my life on hold while i need to run an errand or whatever. That goes for u too WORKINGMOM. I wish i could just say “hey kids, mommy is going to lunch, take care of yourselves for an hour and then ill be back”. NOT POSSIBLE! So who ever thinks SAHMs are whiners or dont deserve to say they have a JOB of being a mom 24/7 unlike working moms (by the way i dont have anything against working moms, just ones who think they are better then us SAHMs because they bring in an income.)should think twice about how they see us, its not as easy as you think. Im actually lucky enough to be able to stay @ home with my kids because my husband makes enough $ so i can. JOE, your obviously one of those men who take advantage of your wife,girlfiend, whatever, because you dont appreciate what they do for you and your family.


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