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My Imaginary Six-Figure Salary

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Christina Montoya Fiedler: If I had a nickel for every hat that I wear around this house, I'd be rich. No seriously, I'd be quite well-off.

woman holding cash

As momlogic reported last week, Salary.com announced the results of their ninth annual Mom Salary Finding Survey. The company determined that the time mothers spend performing the 10 most popular "mom job functions" would equate an annual cash compensation of $122,732 for a stay-at-home mom, and an additional $76,184 for a working mom, up 5 percent and 11 percent, respectively, from the 2008 survey. Looks like inflation is working in our favor, ladies.

In a time of economic uncertainty, where wallets are thin and belts are tight, it's refreshing to see what our monetary worth is in the marketplace.

Here's what the study said our chief functions are as they relate to "real world" job titles (Note: last I checked, this was the REAL world, but I digress):

Laundry Machine Operator, Janitor, Van Driver, Housekeeper, Computer Operator I, Cook, Day Care Center Teacher, Facilities Manager, Psychologist, Chief Executive Officer.

I'd also like to add the titles of Dietitian, Bookkeeper, Personal Assistant/Personal Shopper, and Party Planner, which is sure to raise our "salaries" that much more.

If you are interested in calculating your own Mom Salary, visit the Mom Salary wizard at mom.salary.com. You can even go as far as printing out your own hypothetical mom paycheck and mom pay stub, but don't go trying to take this one to the bank.

In the end, motherhood is something that people can never put a price on because no matter how many dirty diapers we change, loads of laundry we fold, or meals we cook, most of us would never change our personal "career" paths for the sake of a few extra dollars. I don't know about you, but a smiling, chubby baby is payment enough for me.

We didn't need a study to put a price on the importance of our jobs as moms, but it's nice to know, isn't it?



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1 comments so far | Post a comment now
k10 May 18, 2009, 2:44 PM

I find these surveys pathetic. EVERYONE (not just moms) does something that could be performed on an hourly basis. If you need to feel you are worth more - just get the job and the pay.


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