Posted by: laurenboudreau26 | November 4, 2012

Stay-at-Home-Mom “Salary”

The little tidbit below is from Real Simple magazine. A close friend of mine and military spouse/stay-at-home-Mom posted this recently and it caught my attention. I have wondered about what stay-at-home – Mom’s would get paid. Glad to know someone thought about this and took on the task of “guesstimating” about how much they would earn daily and in a week. Do you think it’s accurate? I also thought about why this was published and recognized. The only reason I could really come up with is that there are a lot of stay-at-home-Mom’s in society today and it could be a reminder to society that even though these women are not in the workforce, they are still working very hard at home and not getting paid for it. Definitely curious of your thoughts and opinions on this. 

“The yearly salary a 2012 stay-at-home mom would earn (that is, if she were paid), as determined by the career-advice website The income was calculated by combining the average wages, plus overtime, for the jobs a mom typically performs, including laundress, janitor, driver, cook, facilities manager, psychologist, and CEO (of the household). The results also showed that the average stay-at-home mom works a grueling 94.7-hour week and would make an average of $22.94 an hour.”

Edelstein, Julia. “The Simple List: Your monthly dose of useful tidbits, timely trivia, and catchy conversation starters.”Real Simple. 2012: 14. Print.



  1. This theory leaves the stay at home mom barely better paid than most minimum wage workers. This is not a very respectable view of mothers, comparing them to part-time employees. Although I don’t understand the math; I thought that psychologists and doctors were paid more.

  2. I think this is neat as it shows that stay-at-home moms make an average of $145,000 a year to be responsible for as much as they are. Although this seems to be quite undervalued for a key member of society, I believe it is to be about accurate because if we factor in the amount of time spent doing the smaller jobs such as laundry and cooking compared to the amount of time spent scheduling and managing the household it probably averages out. As to why it was published, I believe it may be also for the women that are the stay-at-home moms as an appreciation to their lifestyles by showing them a figure for their work. I also agree that this article was more likely to remind society that some of the most important people are not paid for their contributions to the world.

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