Role of 'mom' worth up to $119K a year, survey says

Role of 'mom' worth up to $119K a year, survey says


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SALT LAKE CITY — The title of “mother” certainly isn’t one for the faint of heart.

She cooks, she cleans, she chauffeurs, she wrangles and she’s on the clock 24 hours a day. And the thing is, she does it all for free.

So what if a mom did receive a paycheck every two weeks for the work she does at home? Just how much money would she be taking to the bank?

For the past 14 years, has set out to calculate the annual salary potential of a mother. Each year, more than 15,000 moms — of both the stay-at-home and working variety — are asked to name the top 10 tasks that take up most of their time throughout the week.

These jobs include laundry operator, daycare teacher, van driver, CEO, janitor and cook — just to name a few. analysts apply salary data and overtime pay to each job, crunch a few numbers and voila! The magic number appears.

So let’s get down to the good stuff, starting with stay-at-home moms. On average, moms who don’t work outside the home put in about 96.5 hours a week — 56.5 of those being overtime — according to the 2014 survey.

That translates to an annual salary of $118,905. That’s up from last year’s estimate of $113,568.

So what about working moms? If they were paid for their motherly duties, they’d be pulling in an extra $70,107 a year for 59.4 hours of work a week. Again, a boost from last year’s annual salary of $67,436.

Just for fun, let’s break it down a little. The average mom spends about 11 hours a week serving as a facilities manager. The average facilities manager makes $31 an hour. That’s around $341 a week for that job alone. And as we all know, moms wear many, many hats.

So this Mother’s Day weekend, make sure you pick out an extra special card. Because motherhood is a lot of work, and there’s no tangible paycheck attached — at least not one that can be traded in for cash. did, however, create a calculator where moms can go to determine their personal earning potential and paycheck. Visit to check out that handy tool and print off a certified “Mom Paycheck.”

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Jessica Ivins


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