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Stay-at-home mother's work worth $138,095 a year

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Don't get me wrong. SAHMs do important work. But, with my office based out of my home, I do most of the kid stuff and the cooking, and it's just not that time-consuming. Basically once the kids are in school, the stay-at-home-mom thing is the easiest gig on the planet--Especially if you teach your children to clean up their own messes.

Get up at 6:30, get the kids to school, get home at 8, clean house for an hour or two. Pick up kids at 3, go over homework, cook dinner. Not exactly six-figure work there.


NEW YORK (Reuters) - If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.

This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year's $134,121, according to Salary.com Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother's work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.

The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, it said, working 40 hours at base pay and 52 hours overtime.

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A mother who holds full-time job outside the home would earn an additional $85,939 for the work she does at home, Salary.com.

Last year she would have earned $85,876 for her at-home work, it said.

Salary.com compiled the online responses of 26,000 stay-at-home mothers and 14,000 mothers who also work outside the home.

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Let's see...


- 4,800 (Rent)

- 8,400 (Food)

- 2,500 (Clothing)

- 4,200 (Transportation)

- 3,800 (Utilities)

- 15,500 (Telephone)

- 5,000 (Entertainment)

- 8,000 (Security)

- 8,500 (Pest/Varmit Extermination)

- 5,500 (Lawn care/landscaping)

- 10,000 (Personal therapist fee)

- 25,000 (Stud fee)

- 7,500 (Various handyman charges)

- 7,500 (automotive mechanic fee)

- 5,000 (travel coordinator)


=$16,895 salary per year

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