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Six Figures To Stay Home

Six Figures To Stay Home

Ever wonder what you’re worth? Well a new study featured in an article from CNN reports what stay-at-home moms and working moms would make for their motherly duties if they were being paid.

According to the study released by Salary.com, a Massachusetts based firm that calculates work place compensation, a stay-at-home mom would make on average almost $117,000 a year in salary if she were being paid. And a mom who works outside the home would bring in a little over $68,000 for the time she puts in at home.

The reason the hypothetical salary would be so lucrative is because moms put in a lot of overtime. Researchers surveyed 18,000 moms about their typical week and on average the stay-at-home moms worked more than 94 hours a week. The working moms also put in a good deal of overtime averaging almost 55 hours a week.

One stay-at-home mom, Samantha Russell, who left her job as a pastry chef to raise two boys, was interviewed for the CNN article. Russell believes stay-at-home moms are often underappreciated, “I think a lot of people think we sit at home and have a lot of fun and don’t do a lot of work. But they should try cleaning their house with little kids running around and messing it up right after them.”

Stay-at-home moms and working moms have a tough and often thankless job, but most will agree it is highly rewarding. Though many may feel underappreciated at times, it is nice to hear about this theoretical six-figure salary the experts have come up with.

What do you think of the study reporting on a mom’s theoretical yearly wage?

Do you think the salaries calculated in the study were accurate enough?

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  • hallmbhall By hallmbhall
    06.22.08  

    I think that Stay-at-home Moms deserve nothing less than $100,000 yearly because they have the toughest job on the planet and raising children never allows them to be "Off duty" until the children are older.

  • wbarker By wbarker
    06.23.08  

    I'm actually surprised that the figure is that low. In college years ago, I did a study on it, and there was data supporting a much higher salary than that, but it is nice to see that some companies are willing to put a price on the hard work of Stay-at-home Moms! Yeah!!

  • sireeshasri By sireeshasri
    06.25.08  

    I'm actually surprised that the figure is that low. In college years ago, I did a study on it, and there was data supporting a much higher salary than that, but it is nice to see that some companies are willing to put a price on the hard work of Stay-at-home Moms! Yeah!!

  • abartz By abartz
    06.25.08  

    Amen. My mom raised SEVEN kids---she was crazy!! I don't know how she did it, I nannied for three kids for a while and I couldn't handle it. They definitely deserve at least $117K.

  • sireeshasri By sireeshasri
    06.26.08  

    I'm actually surprised that the figure is that low. In college years ago, I did a study on it, and there was data supporting a much higher salary than that, but it is nice to see that some companies are willing to put a price on the hard work of Stay-at-home Moms! Yeah!!

  • GOGREENSPARTANS By GOGREENSPARTANS
    06.26.08  

    There is no price to a child for having a stay at home mom :)

  • danddy By danddy
    06.27.08  

    I think that the number fits. I am going to make sure my husband knows what I am worth. LOL I wouldn't trade being a stay at home mom for anything!

  • SaraEmily7 By SaraEmily7
    06.28.08  

    I think they hit the nail on the head when talking about the amount of "overtime" that stay-at-home moms put in. I am up and working at least 12 or 13 hours a day, and that is seven days a week. Days off are few and far between, and that is rough. However, as everyone has noted, the benefits are worth it. Right?!? :)

  • Lusadi By Lusadi
    06.28.08  

    Now...to find a company willing to pay us that much! *goes and looks in the mailbox for her check*

  • allystria By allystria
    06.30.08  

    I think it's just about right. I was a pretty well-behaved child but I know my mom put a LOT of time in!

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