Saturday, May 06, 2006

Get Out the VISA Cards, We're Going Shopping!

Dear WTMs,, a web site that tracks compensation rates, gave it's annual valuation of what the fair market value of what a MOTHER would get paid, if a MOM were actually PAID for her TIME on the "job" as a MOM. Stay-at-home moms would earn (get ready for this one) $134,121 per year if they were paid job market rates for the work they do. If moms that work "outside the home" were paid for their "mom jobs" they'd earn $85,876 per year, in ADDITION to their "outside workplace" salaries. HA! These hypothetical paychecks reflect what a mom does as a: housekeeper, daycare teachers, cook, van driver, laundry operator, janitor, facilities manager, computer operator, psychologist, and chief executive. Mothers who work "outside the home" work on average 44 hours per week at the outside workplace, then work 49.8 hours per week at their "mom jobs" for a total of 93.8 hours of work per week. Stay-at-home moms reportedly work 91.6 hours per week at their "mom jobs". Please note that moms spend at least 4 hours per week as "psychologist" for their kids emotional needs. So let's all go collect our salaries and go SHOPPING WTMs! What a scream! Although I think the web site left a few of the "job tasks" out of the job description:
  • Animal care
  • Referee
  • On call "sex kitten" for husband/partner
  • Personal shopper
  • Household finance manager
  • Nurse
  • In-law/family liason
  • Social secretary
  • Volunteer liason for family
You can see the information on the web site by clicking on the TITLE to this blog entry. I am going to wake up my husband right now (after I get back from taking my 8 year old to her early soccer game) and ask him for payment on my new found salary! What do you all think of this info? Can you think of anything they have missed?


Blogger Shelli said...

I saw this and I still didn't think that my compensation was enough. Of course they did leave out those tasks that you mentioned. I still would take the money, though. I could use a nice new Jaguar to cart my kids around in. No, I take that back. I could use one to just sit in to get away from the kids. I would buy a separate vehicle to cart them around in. Wouldn't want to mess up the Jag! Do I sound like a Muffia? Sorry, I was having a moment.

5/06/2006 8:22 AM  
Anonymous saintseester said...

They left off seamstress. If you've ever had a daughter participate in dance, you know those darn costumes never fit and need lots of adjusting!

5/06/2006 2:17 PM  
Blogger ballerinamommy said...

What about a cook?

saintseester, I'm a dance teacher, so I know all about those costumes. I feel for the parents, and I know my day is coming soon!

5/06/2006 6:37 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

They also left out diplomat/mediator/referee. Seems like I spend a lot fo tinme telling my kids to get along and stop antagonizing each other. And like Shelli, I think that figure is a wee bit low. I tried plugging in what I thought my hours spent were and came up with $304K... but I may have overestimated. It's hard to tell how much time you spend doing something when you only get to do it in increments of 15 minutes or less! LOL

5/07/2006 4:53 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Completely left out single moms. To do it all alone has GOT to be worth another $10,000!!

5/07/2006 6:11 AM  
Blogger queen of wt said...

Dear WTMs,
A few comments on the comments.
First of all, I think that single moms would automatically get an extra 65% tacked on to whatever the "mom" salary is. That is a total given.
Second, the "cook" duty is kind of a stretch for a mom like me. Perhaps we could say "cook" OR "chief defroster/microwave assistant"?

5/07/2006 8:00 AM  
Blogger ballerinamommy said...

a "cook" in my house = one who prepares food or a meal. As in open the bag of fruit snacks.

5/07/2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger Sharpie said...

I LOVE your additions - so TRUE. Still waiting to hear about the 1st Communion....

5/08/2006 9:17 AM  
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5/09/2006 1:49 AM  
Anonymous CreditDad said...

Whoaaa... My dear moms, you have overacted. Are infant care and help beloved husband a hard work for you indeed?? You know, we much work you to feel yourself more comfortable. We love you and our children. I am upset, here are so many women who want to draw a salary for their family cares.

8/07/2007 1:53 AM  
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