We all know that in the real world a stay-at-home-mum doesn’t usually get paid, even though it’s one of the most challenging jobs to do in the whole world. However if a SAHM did earn a salary, we would be earning what a CEO does (well, we are in fact CEO of the household and family! so it’s fitting!).
A recent study has calculated that full-time mothers should earn on average at least $230,000 a year, working on a working week of a whopping 96 hours.
This Salary.com tally was reached by surveying thousands of mums to determine how much time they spend doing all their everyday household duties.
The Hybrid Role Of A Stay At Home Mum
It may seem like a hefty sum but let’s take a look at all the roles that are wrapped up in the SAHM job role, including:
Academic adviser ; Accountant; Buyer; CEO; Coach; Day care center teacher; Janitor; Judge; Marketing manager; Plumber; Photographer; Psychologist; Staff nurse; Teacher
This estimated salary does highlight the variety of skills that stay-at-home parents have to master to do their jobs.
What’s Taking Up Our Time?
Another survey from Insure.com discovered that mums are devoting more of their time to being ‘party planners’ than ever before.
The other most time-consuming duties according to Insure.com include cooking (14 hours per week), driving (9 hours), childcare (40 hours) and those “miscellaneous” tasks that sum up to 40 more hours.
But of course, each mum is different so if you really want to know what you’re worth, check out Salary.com’s calculator, which allows you to pop in your own data to calculate what your own Stay-at-home paycheck should be.
And if you’re a stay-at-home or working dad, there’s a calculator for you too.
Some people have taken offense to the thought of SAHM being paid such a high salary, with one commenting “Taking care of your kids isn’t a ‘job’, it should be considered a privilege or a gift and no price tag or salary can be put on that.”
But many stay-at-home parents insist that it’s not about the money and that being around to be there for their kids is priceless. Despite this, it is nice to know that we are valued.
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