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How much is your Mom worth? [May. 6th, 2007|10:22 am]
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According to one new report, $138,095 a year.

That's the figure in a report by Salary.com, which calculates the wages that would have been paid a stay-at-home mom in 2007 if she were compensated for all the elements of her "job." That total is up 3% from 2006's salary of $134,121.

Moms who have jobs outside the house would earn another $85,939 for their mothering work, beyond what they bring home in existing salary.

The job descriptions that Salary.com used to determine a mom's salary includes 10 jobs that moms do on an average day: housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, CEO and psychologist.
Plenty of overtime
In calculating a mom's wages, Salary.com looked at the "overtime" that both working and stay-at-home moms put in each week.

"Mom works multiple jobs and rarely gets a break from the action, working an average of 52 hours of overtime," said Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com, in a statement.

According to the Salary.com survey, stay-at-home moms work a 92-hour week, with more than half the workweek spent in overtime.

Working moms, meanwhile, logged more than nine hours of "overtime," with an average 49-hour "mom" work week -- on top of their full-time paying jobs.

For the Salary.com survey, more than 40,000 moms quantified their hours per job description; Salary.com benchmarked the median salaries for each job to the national median salary for each position as reported by employers.

The final salary was calculated by weighting the salaries and hours worked in each role.


And Bernie The Window Cleaner.

[User Picture]From: synthiacat
2007-05-06 03:36 pm (UTC)
Which just proves that moms should switch households... If she works for someone else, then she can get paid. And someone else will be working her job, and they'll get paid. No money will really be earned or lost, but at least the mom can know she's worth a lot.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-06 03:43 pm (UTC)
Good call. :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-06 03:44 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-05-06 06:15 pm (UTC)
There's an animal in trouble....

This is sewweouis!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 12:17 am (UTC)
LOL! YAY! I love Ming Ming!
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-05-07 01:03 am (UTC)
My best friend haaaates ming ming... so i told him i was going to buy a giant van and have it look just like ming ming (like the dog van from 'dumb and dumber') and make him go places with me all the time. :) hee hee

i love the wonder pets... and the backyardigans!!!
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 01:09 am (UTC)
LOL! Awesome! So do I. My son is boooonkers for Ming Ming. I read your comment outloud and giggled and he came running "MOMMY! WONDER PETS!!!" haha. So I had to find a clip online for him.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-05-07 01:14 am (UTC)
Awwwwww... Little boys make my heart melt. I want one!!!

Just... probably not for a while. Heh
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 01:55 am (UTC)
*grin* Wish you had been around today! I would have let you borrow him for a few hours.

I got to see about twenty minutes of Spiderman 3 before we were driven out of the theatre because he was so excited and going "Spiderman! MOMMY! Spidermaaaaaaan! " He was soooo excited, and yes, he was a little over enthusiastic and his voice carries, but people were throwing candy at us to leave.. and it was an afternoon show. Seriously.

I would have paid someone I trusted $40 to watch him so I could see the damn movie.
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[User Picture]From: poop_on_a_stick
2007-05-07 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh, that's horrible! *hugs* I'm sorry you didn't get to see it.

I know what you mean though, about the not being quiet and being very very loud about it... i lived at my brother's house last week while he was gone and hung out with my eight year old niece.... jeez. Every time we went anywhere, it seems like she'd yell something rediculous at the top of her lungs.
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From: skittish_derby
2007-05-06 06:32 pm (UTC)
awww... that video was ADORABLE!

and, computer operator? whenever my mom would use the computer, it would be to play the sims!

i think that we should move forward a bit, dad's should help raise the kids too, who says that if mom works out of the home she is still the only one responsible for the kids? i have heard of dozens of stories where dad stayed home and take care of the kids while mom goes to work. also, one of my more liberal teachers goes to amsterdam all the time and she says that in Europe, the father is more willing to help raise the kids than in America.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 12:20 am (UTC)
That's cool. :) I know there's tons of single Dads, and tons of Dads that do more then their share in the raising of the kids, but I wouldn't say that's the majority. I think it should be equal, but I would say for the most part at this juncture, it's not.
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[User Picture]From: madbard
2007-05-06 08:07 pm (UTC)
One of the core fallacies of this article is that it acts like a mother is an employee, rather than an entrepeneur. Raising a child is the ultimate form of startup, and small business owners always put in more time and effort than a regular employee. As they should - they get all the benefits.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 12:21 am (UTC)
Very true. ;) Your kid is most likely to choose your nursing home, after all. lol
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-07 03:44 am (UTC)
Heh. I'm telling your Mom.

-- And I'm sure there's lots of people that feel that way about stay at home moms so this is one of those things put forward to kind of wake people up to just how much is done.
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[User Picture]From: randomdan
2007-05-08 03:27 am (UTC)
That's cool and all, but even a stay at home mom who is married does not (in most cases) raise her child(ren) alone. I think this article is interested but entirely biased. I would like to know how much a father would make for taking care of his child, whether or not he had an additional job.

I suppose it all depends on how much the labor is divided between the family members. It just seems to me that this article is describing a single mother, because there is no mention of the "job" being lower paying due to another parent lightening the load.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-05-10 04:57 pm (UTC)
*nod* Very true.
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