May 16, 2008

Your Salary: $117,000

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:24 pm by bitsypieces

My Two Dollars had a recent post about a study, which found Stay-At-Home-Moms (SAHMs) deserve an annual salary of $117,000!

The salary figure is based on similar jobs that moms regularly do–such as housekeeper, cook, van driver and psychologist.

Want to find out how much you’re worth?  Check out’s Mom’s Salary Wizard, which helps you determine your annual salary based on your personal information (such as the number of kids you have, your zip code, and the hours you spend performing various tasks).



  1. andy said,

    I would definetly say a stay at home Mom is worth that or much more. The intangible value of having a stay at home Mom can not be underestimated!

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  3. neal said,

    Whatever. The value isn’t monetary. If we hired someone to do all the jobs a stay at home mom, does we could hire someone for all that for less than $40,000. Stop trying to equate the value in monetary terms. Your survey uses fiqures derived from professionals in various fields that have education and certifications in the fields mentioned. Stay at home mom’s do not have these and could not get paid that in the marketplace. This does not mean many of these SAHM’s are not educated and are bright and intelligent people. Stop trying to feel like there needs to be some validation for the work they do. There’s monetary value for many of the tasks they do, but that is not their real value. If they/you need to put a figure on it then $40,000 is more than adequate. I know I can hire a full time house keeper/nanny to do all of these things for far less than even the $40,000 figure. Yes, they too can provide the psychologist work with which you reference as they are academically and certifiable as the SAHM. Can’t believe I have nothing better to do than write this…

  4. shannon said,

    Neal from above has no brain and must not have a good mother! Sorry to hear that Neal. Stay at home mothers are always working. If you had a good mother you would know !!!

  5. Dale said,

    This is one of those “Make a Mother Feel Good” BS articles. Shannon, you need to settle there, you must be a mom. I agree with Neal, the “Job/Jobs” themselves are worth less then 40K a year. Now if you want to look at the love and caring side of things, thats priceless. Trying to put a monetary value on it is just something a stay at home wife can throw or retort, (depending upon the circumstances) to a husband whos talking about what he makes. If tis were an actual figure then maids would get paid more.

  6. Brigitte said,

    This is what is wrong with the world. What we as “SAHM’s” do is far more than cooking, cleaning, and being a nanny. There is no price anyone can put on being a SAHM. I’ve earned my keep doing all of these things before I had kids of my own and thought I got paid way too little to put up with someone else’s crap. Maybe if the professions that actually take care of human beings like teachers, polices, nannies, firemen, etc were paid more like actors and athlets then this world would be a better place to live. Let’s face it, the role models we have these days are not cutting it! So let’s put real people in front of the media and show them how it’s done! Oh wait that’s right, I can’t, I won’t have time after I spend 18 hours a day cooking, cleaning, and taking care of my kids!

  7. linda said,

    Get real folks, it’s a lot of what you don’t see that is so valuable, i.e. who would search out & evaluate the best/affordable/safe/appropriate sports, after school, religious, summer camps, extracuricular actives? Would they hassel to register before the class fills & their kid is shut out? Keep the schedule & provide safe transportation???
    Not some $4ok Nanny. Who monitors the homework accuracy & assists student in understanding concepts not adequately taught during school day, then reviews work & test grades & intervines with school/teacher conferences & seeks appropriate help for the kids? Not a 40k Nanny. Who monitors kids health & hygine like a stealth at-home personal Peditrician, “wash those hands”, brush your teeth AGAIN-not long enough, let me see that rash on your tummy, how’d you get that bruise? you seem unhappy as if something is wrong-are you upset/depressed/sad/stressed about something? you MUST WEAR A HELMET while biking/skateboarding/ skootering….one person at a time on the trampoline! ?? Not a 40k Nanny. Only a SAHM does this & WAAAAYY MUCH MORE. You can’t “BUY” a mother’s instinct & love. It’s not for sale anywhere. It’s a lot of what you never “see” or think about that makes SAHMs so valuable. Ask any well raised grown up kid of a SAHM! Lose the 40k Nanny, you’re overpaying for what you get!

  8. Bitsy Pieces said,

    I had no idea this post would generate controversy.

    It seems that those who think SAHMs aren’t worth a $117,000 paycheck may be missing the point… which linda made nicely. SAHMs do much more beyond the typical nanny or housekeeper.

    But if I had to put a price tag on the love and dedication of a SAHM, I’d say she is PRICELESS! Mothers shape our lives, our values, our goals and our behavior. They are the cornerstone of any family. And I’m not trying to diminish the role of dads… and there are definitely exceptions to that rule. But in every single family I’ve ever known, mom has always spent more time with the kids than dads. It’s only natural she would have a greater influence, especially when they’re very young.

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