Even though stay-at-home moms have been taking a beating lately, a new survey by human resources consultant Salary.com says the skills required of the average woman who chooses to stay home with the kids should earn her a hefty six figure income.
Salary.com is reporting that their latest survey averaged the salaries of the top 10 “mom” jobs in which they function as everything from day-care teacher to janitor, and calculated how much they would be worth in the marketplace.
“Stay-at-home moms work a total of 94.7 hours a week, with a 40-hour base and 54.7 hours of overtime on their mom duties. That’s good for an annual salary of $112,962, or $17.80 an hour,” the survey found.
Oddly enough, working mothers actually make less money than their stay-at-home peers. This year’s survey found that these women fetch an estimated $66,979 annually for working 40 hours plus another 17.9 hours in overtime at home. This doesn’t include the 35.7 hours they spend at their paying job which only brings them an average annual salary of $45,515.
Last year’s survey of more than 6,000 mothers came in slightly higher with an annual salary of $115,000.
“We see [Mom] as the compilation of 10 jobs in one person,” said Evilee Ebb, general manager of Salary.com to Forbes. “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?”
The typical stay-at-home mom spends about 13.2 hours a day as a day-care teacher; 3.9 hours as household CEO; 7.6 hours as a psychologist; 14.1 hours as a chef; 15.4 as a housekeeper; 6.6 hours doing laundry; 9.5 hours as a PC-or-Mac operator; 10.7 hours as a facilities manager; 7.8 hours as a janitor and 7.8 hours driving the family car.
People with these skills, who are willing to work anywhere else at nearly 100 hours a week at a six figure annual rate, have every right to be considered the most valuable workers in the country.
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