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.

Do you think stay at home parents should be paid a salary? Tell us in the comments below.

More on Mouths of Mums

  • We all make the decision to become parents wether we are SAHM or working, you can’t put a price tag on that


  • We deserve a salary but no shouldn’t be getting paid one.


  • Mums would be getting more than the guys earn. Where do the Mums think the money is going to come from? By the time living expenses are paid (including her and childrens share of food, utilities and other necessary expenses – probably a second car) and the cost of his transport to go to and from work there may be very little left, No smoking or alcohol. There needs to be some funds saved in case of an genuine emergency if it can be managed


  • Money would be great and would help a lot of single income families, however you cannot put a price tag on being a parent.


  • All parents should be valued regardless of family dynamics or position.


  • Yes indeed! I swear home duties are harder than paid work!


  • I’d love this. I’m all for it!


  • yeahhh definitely. I work full time and also have a 4 year old…. it would be great for home parents to get a salary!


  • It would be great! I would be 100% for it. :-)


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