Reuters has just released the following
"Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary
A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her
work, an amount similar to a top U.S. ad executive, a marketing director or a
judge, according to a study released Wednesday.
A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $85,876 annually on top
of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by
Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts Salary.com.
To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of
the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role --
housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine
operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and
"You can't put a dollar value on it. It's worth a lot more," said Kristen
Krauss, 35, as she hurriedly packed her four children, all aged under 8, into a
minivan in New York while searching frantically for her keys. "Just look at me."
Employed mothers reported spending on average 44 hours a week at their outside
job and 49.8 hours at their home job, while the stay-at-home mother worked 91.6
hours a week, it showed.
An estimated 5.6 million women in the United States are stay-at-home mothers
with children under age 15, according to the most recent U.S.
Census Bureau data.
NOT 'JUST A MOM'
"It's good to acknowledge the job that's being done, and that it's not that
these women are settling for 'just a mom,"' said Bill Coleman, senior vice
president of compensation at Salary.com. "They are actually doing an awful lot."
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 26 million women with
children under age 18 work in the nation's paid labor force.
Both employed and stay-at-home mothers said the lowest-paying job of housekeeper
was their most common role, with employed mothers working
7.2 hours a week as housekeeper and stay-at-home mothers working 22.1 hours in
"Every husband I've ever spoken to said, 'I'm keeping my job. You keep yours.'
It's a tough one," said Gillian Forrest, 39, a stay-at-home mother of
22-month-old Alex in New York. "I don't know if you could put a dollar amount on
it but it would be nice to get something."
To compile its study, Salary.com surveyed about 400 mothers online over the last
Salary.com offers a Web site (http://www.mom.salary.com) where mothers can
calculate what they could be paid, based on how many children they have, where
they live and other factors. The site will produce a printable document that
looks like a paycheck, Coleman said.
"It's obviously not negotiable," he said.
On average, the mother who works outside the house earns a base pay of
$62,798 for a 40-hour at-home work week and $23,078 in overtime; a stay- at-home
mother earned a base pay of $45,697 and $88,424 in overtime, it said.
In a Salary.com study conducted last year, stay-at-home mothers earned $131,471.
The potential earnings of mothers who work outside the home was not calculated
in the previous study.