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Study: US mothers deserve $134,121 in salary [mothers should pay money to themselves?????]
Reuters ^ | May 3, 2006 | Ellen Wulfhorst

Posted on 05/03/2006 10:24:35 AM PDT by grundle

NEW YORK (Reuters) - 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 on 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 psychologist.

"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 that role.

"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 two months.

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.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: dontquityourdayjob; feministidiocy; goodkidsisyourpay; leftisttalkingpoints; moreliberalpap; stayathomemoms; whataload
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To: grundle
Oh, criminy. More liberal, feminazi hogwash that serves no other purpose than to make people (women) feel like they are abused and oppressed. This is nothing more than an exercise in divisiveness, pure and simple.

Have you ever wondered why there has never been a similar study of fathers? Well that wouldn't fit the liberal stereotype media caricature of the fat, flannel-shirted man sitting on the couch with a beer in his hand waiting for the missus to get dinner.

What tripe.
21 posted on 05/03/2006 10:32:36 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: grundle
housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist.

They forgot prostitute. </sarcasm>

22 posted on 05/03/2006 10:33:00 AM PDT by flada (Posting in a manner reminiscent of Jen-gis Kahn.)
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To: grundle
Flowers on Mothers' Day is a nice compromise.

So here I sit, a single man who keeps his own house, does his own laundry, cooks his own meals...way I figger it, you people all owe me. I take PayPal - you can reach me at BilltheDrill@whatascam.org. Do it today.

23 posted on 05/03/2006 10:33:28 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: grundle

Well, that's it. I am going to have to lay-off my wife.


24 posted on 05/03/2006 10:33:43 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (ˇSalga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: grundle

This is ridiculous.

Not to denigrate what stay-at-home moms do, at all (I have made sure that my wife can do that)... but you could hire an illegal immigrant housekeeper to do that for a lot less than $134k salary.

And, do they take into account MY extra 'careers' such as landscaper, handyman, off-hours daycare provider, vehicle driver, mechanic, security, economist, waste manager, corrections officer, tutor, gigolo, etc., that I get to do after I get home from work???


25 posted on 05/03/2006 10:34:02 AM PDT by Diggler
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To: grundle

What do I get? I mean, I take care of the entire yard, the pool, the actual house sturcture, the cars and any and everything mechanical or electrical. I reach crap off high shelves and I go get hernia surgery because I pick up all the heavy junk. WTF am I worth?


26 posted on 05/03/2006 10:34:06 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: grundle

It certainly proves that a stay-at-home mom is worth much more to a family than one who would sacrifice the well-being of her family in order to seek "personal fulfillment" by way of a career.


27 posted on 05/03/2006 10:34:10 AM PDT by FormerLib ("...the past ten years in Kosovo will be replayed here in what some call Aztlan.")
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To: wideawake
Plenty of households employ both a housekeeper and a full-time nanny and I guarantee they do not pay 130K.

You neglected to throw in "chief executive officer" and "psychologist" to inflate the figures.

SD

28 posted on 05/03/2006 10:34:13 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: grundle

They ought to be careful -- democrats might get the idea to tax this as additional income.


29 posted on 05/03/2006 10:35:02 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: grundle
chief executive

That's crap. Running a house is NOTHING like running a business. They threw this "job" in here to bump up what the "salary" of a housewife should be.

30 posted on 05/03/2006 10:35:22 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (http://ntxsolutions.com)
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To: grundle

Well then based on the hourly rate for psychologists, husbands are worth $400,000 per year.


31 posted on 05/03/2006 10:35:53 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Cecily
Let's see some women pull down that salary doing all those tasks for someone.

I would never want to say anything to put down stay at home moms. They have the most important job in the world. But I suspect this was 'priced' out at the high end of everything, e.g. a master chef instead of a short-order cook.

32 posted on 05/03/2006 10:37:17 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Semper Paratus
"under appreciated"

An American epidemic that seems rooted in the over blown self esteem virus usually contracted during the teen years though typically remaining dormant till marriage.


Let me be the first to say the my wife works her arse off, but good grief, its not like everyone else is praised, laid and paid like they should.
33 posted on 05/03/2006 10:38:08 AM PDT by mad puppy ( The Southern border is THE issue)
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To: grundle
This is baloney! There are brain surgeons in this country who make less than that. The purpose of this piece is obviously to boost welfare payments and alimony payments.
34 posted on 05/03/2006 10:39:22 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: grundle

a: this is a hit piece and has been used in court during divorce procedings. (a woman tried suing her husband for $120k/ annually for every year they had been married)

b: how much is the father worth? i don't know about other fathers (i assume its similar with them here tho) but when i'm not at work i feed and change children or help get them ready if we're going out, take care of the trash, do dishes, sometimes i cook dinner, vacuum, work on the yard (shovel in winter) work on improving the house... that's around the 50-60 hours a week i work.

c: how many of the jobs they surveyed would these mothers actually be qualified to do outside the home? the ones they'd qualify (unless they've had the education) for are all near minimum wage jobs.

i'm not devaluing moms.. my wife stays home with the kids, i wouldn't have it any other way, but to say that moms are worth so much and not mention that dads do alot to doesn't seem fair.


35 posted on 05/03/2006 10:39:30 AM PDT by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: AmericanCowboy

My stepmom worked a lot less. And she had no other jobs, anything.


36 posted on 05/03/2006 10:39:57 AM PDT by onja ("The government of England is a limited mockery." (France is a complete mockery.)
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To: SoothingDave

I take care of my own lawn and kill my own spiders.

Bikini fee more than covers stud fee. ;-)


37 posted on 05/03/2006 10:41:08 AM PDT by JillValentine (Al-Qaeda in Iraq: They came, they saw, they got their asses kicked.)
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To: SoothingDave
What do the husbands get paid for lawn care, spider extermination and stud fees?

You know men who do those things? Wow. I got gypped! :)

38 posted on 05/03/2006 10:42:07 AM PDT by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: Semper Paratus; grundle
Truly, truly, idiotic study.

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 psychologist.

What they are doing is called "double-dipping" . They think that a mother that has clothes washing while having a stew cooking on the stove while in an on-line chat room should be paid for laundry machine operator, cook , and computer operator all at the same time. Also, because a nurse makes x amount of dollars for cleaning up a patient that has to use a bed pan does that I should make x amount of dollars for wiping my own butt.

But you are right. It will be on the nightly news without any intelligent thought questioning it.

39 posted on 05/03/2006 10:43:56 AM PDT by techcor
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To: grundle

I am surprised by the negative reactions to this story. I read it as acknowledging the great job millions of stay-at-home moms are doing across this country - including mine.

Maybe I need to read the story again.


40 posted on 05/03/2006 10:44:12 AM PDT by Pete
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