What is a stay-at-home mom’s salary worth? New survey suggests $125,000

Shereen Dindar
Shine OnJanuary 24, 2014

Between packing lunches, slugging kids to school, doing laundry and cooking dinner, the time stay-at-home mothers spend juggling tasks is enough to make anyone feel a little crazy. Yet is seems as though, unless there is a dollar amount attached to their work, society continually downplays just how valuable their work is.

This is why we are happy to report on a new survey that shows the average stay-at-home mom spends 94 hours a week juggling tasks that would approximate a total salary of approximately $125,000 CDN.

By contrast, the average salary of a working mother was discovered to be just $74,000 -- only two-thirds that of a stay-at-home mother.

Also see: In defense of the married mother

The Salary.com survey polled more than 6,000 working and non-working mothers asking them to list their top ten time-consuming tasks.

The salaries were calculated based on how much a housekeeper or other professional would be paid to do those household tasks, while taking overtime into account.

Also see: Working moms vs. stay-at-home moms: Study finds many similarities

For example, housekeeping, which was listed as the most time-consuming task for non-working mothers, was calculated at a rate of $11.18 per hour.

Cooking was the next time-consuming task and calculated to be $15.01 per hour.

Working mothers reported an average of 54 hours of housework per week, while non-working mothers reeled in a whopping 94 hours per week.

What are your thoughts on the findings of this survey? Do you think attaching a dollar value to stay-at-home moms is helpful or harmful? Sound off in the comments below.

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