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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.


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KEYWORDS: dontquityourdayjob; feministidiocy; goodkidsisyourpay; leftisttalkingpoints; moreliberalpap; stayathomemoms; whataload
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This article doesn't say who would pay the salary.

I think the parents of the child should pay the salary.

1 posted on 05/03/2006 10:24:41 AM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Lets just have the government pay wifes salaries.


2 posted on 05/03/2006 10:25:29 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: grundle

Let's charge the children!


3 posted on 05/03/2006 10:25:36 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: grundle

A hit piece for welfare queens.


4 posted on 05/03/2006 10:26:15 AM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: grundle
A truly idiotic study.

And will be on every nightly news show tonight.

5 posted on 05/03/2006 10:26:35 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: grundle

My wife works about 10hrs a week at home, if Im lucky.....


6 posted on 05/03/2006 10:26:37 AM PDT by AmericanCowboy
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To: grundle

I think the kids should pay after they are grown. That would definitely help my retirement.


7 posted on 05/03/2006 10:27:47 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: grundle

I'll do it!!!


8 posted on 05/03/2006 10:27:51 AM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (AIXELSYD TAEB I)
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To: grundle

"A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work ...."


Prove it. Let's see some women pull down that salary doing all those tasks for someone. If I could earn that much money for doing the work described, I would change job in a heartbeat.


9 posted on 05/03/2006 10:27:55 AM PDT by Cecily
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To: grundle

Next, the IRS will be wanting to tax this "income"...


10 posted on 05/03/2006 10:28:51 AM PDT by Fudd
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To: grundle

Now com'on, what's the purpose of this survey? A salve for the oppressed? Geez.


11 posted on 05/03/2006 10:29:43 AM PDT by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: All

What if you homeschool? I'd love to get the figure on that!


12 posted on 05/03/2006 10:30:07 AM PDT by KPfromDerryNH
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To: edcoil
Lets just have the government pay wifes salaries.

We'll see that proposed in our lifetimes.

13 posted on 05/03/2006 10:30:13 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: grundle

Of course we could get illegal aliens to do it for $12,000 a year and no benefits.


14 posted on 05/03/2006 10:30:23 AM PDT by Busywhiskers (Strength and honor.)
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To: AmericanCowboy

And how many hours of housework do you contribute each week?


15 posted on 05/03/2006 10:31:26 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: grundle
What do the husbands get paid for lawn care, spider extermination and stud fees?

SD

16 posted on 05/03/2006 10:31:39 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: grundle

Mine quit. Does that mean she pays me?


17 posted on 05/03/2006 10:31:42 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (I think - therefore I am conservative)
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To: grundle

If its Reuters its wrong.

HELLO FOLKS! THIS IS SOCIALITS COMMIE TALKING POINTS!

We just had a MAJOR socialist move on May 1 to make inroads to the USA.

This is third way BS. See Hitlary clinton and her third way to socialism supporters.

Divide and conquer because they must see an increase in women working at home.


18 posted on 05/03/2006 10:31:57 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: grundle
Plenty of households employ both a housekeeper and a full-time nanny and I guarantee they do not pay 130K.
19 posted on 05/03/2006 10:32:18 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: grundle
To me, it implies the husband benefits, so he pays.

They didn't figure his cost if he were to have to go out and pay a prostitute for sex.

Now...figuring they only have 3 children, the cost of sex ONCE A MONTH..... comes out to....

;^)

20 posted on 05/03/2006 10:32:31 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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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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To: grundle

sounds like a class action suit in the making...who could be the defendant...perhaps they'll petition for "reparations."


41 posted on 05/03/2006 10:44:55 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (delenda est Mecca)
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To: grundle

Whether or not the dollar figures are entirely accurate, this article shows what stay-at-home moms have known for years. They don't get a paycheck for what they do every day (and night), but if they did, their many "jobs" would be worth some monetary value.

I remember when my husband and I purchased life insurance years ago. My husband thought that the only insurance he needed on me was enough to cover funeral costs if I died. Our agent explained to him that if I died, he would have to hire someone to do the work that I did...and that would cost money.

Also, unless I missed it in the article, they did not state that moms should be paid a salary.


42 posted on 05/03/2006 10:46:08 AM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: grundle

Didn't notice the primary occupation on the list.


43 posted on 05/03/2006 10:46:28 AM PDT by RightWhale (Off touch and out of base)
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To: grundle

So, I wake up and make breakfast for the girls and an esspresso for my wife. At night I clean the kitchen. Some days I make dinner; weekends I help with the "big cook" for the week's food. What should I add to my salary?

Sorry. Its about the work required to maintain a household, not about salary or compensation.


44 posted on 05/03/2006 10:47:45 AM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a reactionary, hirsute, gun-owning, knuckle dragging, Christian Neanderthal and proud of it!)
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To: grundle

I can get a good Eastern or Western European Nanny for just under $500 a week. My wife is going back to work!


45 posted on 05/03/2006 10:47:57 AM PDT by conservativewasp (Liberals lie for sport and hate our country.)
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To: grundle

Poor henpecked husbands. Now their stay at home wives will beat the hell out of them with this info.


46 posted on 05/03/2006 10:48:43 AM PDT by Rebelbase ("truth is not invalidated by suppression"--nicmarlo)
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To: Obadiah
Oh, criminy. More liberal, feminazi hogwash that serves no other purpose than to make people (women) feel like they are abused and oppressed.

Perhaps it serves a purpose in making women feel a sense of worth beyond the obvious benefits of being a stay-at-home mom. Also might make a few men sit up and take notice of how much their wives and the mothers of their children actually do. :)

47 posted on 05/03/2006 10:48:56 AM PDT by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: grundle

Good!
Now we know how much of a TAX CREDIT Fathers should get, so they can pay their wife.


48 posted on 05/03/2006 10:49:54 AM PDT by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: Pete
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.

No one is denigrating the work that mothers do. But it is silly to overinflate them into a monetary value that is ridiculous.

It is this exaggeration that many here are having fun with. Yes, wives and mothers (stay-at-home and otherwise) perform valuable functions. So do fathers and husbands. Neither should be doing these because they expect to be compensated like a chief executive officer for it.

SD

49 posted on 05/03/2006 10:50:26 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: grundle
A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $134,121 a year if paid for all her work,

That's why I am divorcing my wife and marrying one of those beautiful Mexican illegals. She'll do the job for 10% of that.

50 posted on 05/03/2006 10:50:35 AM PDT by AmusedBystander (Republicans - doing the work that Democrats won't do since 1854.)
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