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Mon, 05-10-2010 - 6:11pm

My friend's status post....salary.com released the current rate of what stay at home moms are really worth - $118,000.00. Take that all you men that try to push moms back into the work force - we are worth more than you!


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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 7:25pm
That whole "salary of a SAHM" bugs me. What a SAHM would earn if she wasn't SAH is what her salary would be if she WOH, period, end of story. Assigning a pay figure to mom tasks is ridiculous.



This is the article: Salary.com's 10th Annual Mom Salary Survey. They assume SAHMs work 96 hours per week and do a mixture of 10 different jobs in those 96 hours. I feel like my mom job never ends but it's a far cry from actually WOH almost 100 hours a week at 10 different part-time jobs. I can't imagine WOH that many hours per week, running other people's lives, I'd have no time left for mine.



Taking their figures, SAHMs work a 40 hour "regular" work week plus 56 hours per week of "overtime" in order to "earn" the $117,856. If you split it between base salary and overtime, that's actually a base salary of $49,106 for the SAHM, that's what she's "earning" while her counterparts are at work. The SAHM earns the other $68,750 "after hours" which can be compared to the $71,860 a WOHM is "earning" after hours.



Can you imagine paying someone roughly $70,000 to run your life (kids, home, laundry, cooking, everything) during the evenings and all weekend long? Is there any point to this exercise? No. There is not. It's silly. Mothers work hard, we get it, we do it because we want to and we wouldn't do it for pay for someone else, and we wouldn't pay anyone else to do it either, not for that price or probably any price. It's our LIFE, there's no way to assign a dollar figure to it.

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Tue, 05-11-2010 - 8:18pm

Yep, yep yep!

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 5:05am

Can we save this post and bring it out every time the SAHM Salary comes up?

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 8:07am
Works for me. Now if we could only get people to stop publishing it, that'd be even better.

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 2:17pm

BTW, thanks for posting the link.

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 2:48pm

Yep - and who knew that salary.com could accurately declare how much doing our own laundry and cleaning our own floors in our own homes is worth! Plus, I didn't know that someone can be paid as a psychologist without a degree in that, and never mind that it's unethical for psychologists to practice on their own family members, moms are worth it so add it right onto the paycheck!

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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 7:07pm

"Assigning a pay figure to mom tasks is ridiculous."


No, it's not. Here's how you do it. If you're a WOHM, you're worth your salary, plus the $118K figure cited in the OP because you're both working and raising your kids. So if you make $72K , for example, you're worth $190K. But if you're a SAHM, you're worth $118K because you don't collect a salary to add to this figure.


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Wed, 05-12-2010 - 7:46pm
"Assigning a pay figure to mom tasks is ridiculous."



No, it's not. Here's how you do it. If you're a WOHM, you're worth your salary, plus the $118K figure cited in the OP because you're both working and raising your kids. So if you make $72K , for example, you're worth $190K. But if you're a SAHM, you're worth $118K because you don't collect a salary to add to this figure.



No, not according to Salary.com. First, thankfully they do not declare what a SAHM or WOHM is "worth." People are priceless, they do not have amounts they are "worth."



Second, according to them a WOHM would earn approx. $72k for her mom duties, that is above and beyond her salary. A SAHM would earn about $118k for her mom duties in total, which using a flat hourly rate would break out to $49k during normal business hours and $69k during the evenings and weekends.



It's ridiculous on several levels. For one, working parents outsource their parental duties during normal business hours, but they don't pay anyone anywhere near $49k/year to do it. For two, SAHM's earning potential is not $49k, some SAHMs have an earning potential during a 40 hour work week of much less and some could earn much, much more. For three, nobody would outsource the rest of their parental duties, and if they did they wouldn't pay nor would anyone earn $69k-$72k for doing the mom job. They are essentially putting a price on being a mom, when there is no dollar value that can ever be truly assigned to being a mom.

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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 8:26am
I was being sarcastic. Did you miss the wink icon at the top of my previous post?
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Thu, 05-13-2010 - 8:32am
Yep :) I was looking for a winky something in the post, and I almost said that I wasn't sure if you were serious but then figured I would have seen an eye roll or something to indicate you weren't serious. I never look at those icons. Sorry.

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