The Unrepentant Individual

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May 4, 2007


Can I Be A Stay-At-Home Mom?

This sounds like a pretty sweet deal:

If the typical stay-at-home mother in the United States were paid for her work as a housekeeper, cook and psychologist among other roles, she would earn $138,095 a year, according to research released on Wednesday.

This reflected a 3 percent raise from last year’s $134,121, according to Salary.com Inc, Waltham, Massachusetts-based compensation experts.

The 10 jobs listed as comprising a mother’s work were housekeeper, cook, day care center teacher, laundry machine operator, van driver, facilities manager, janitor, computer operator, chief executive officer and psychologist, it said.

So wants to hire me? I’ll cook and clean, and I’ve got a history of armchair psychology (usually after drinking gin)… I’ll bet I could do this job and still have time to blog on the side…

Plus, that way I could actually start paying my wife to be as stay-at-home mom when she starts being one in August… Right now she’s not making squat.

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 1:01 pm || Permalink || Comments (3) || Trackback URL || Categories: Baby, Economics, News, Snark

3 Comments

  1. While I agree all those jobs are worth that amount, the sad reality is that if stay at home moms were paid that amount, 99% would be fired after a week. This is nothing more than a PR stunt by Salary.com to bring attention and free press to themselves and find one more way to exploit women in the media.

    Think about it, if someone came over and saw the average home with a stay at home mom in their “day care” mode, how many would leave their children there to be cared for during the day. Not many. How many stay at home moms would still be on the job a week later for the job they did keeping the house clean? Not many.

    I’ll bet the folks at Salary.com counted talking on the phone to their girlfriends, their mother, etc. and watching Opera as paid time as well.

    It has been estimated that the average office worker in the U.S. wastes 2.5 hours of an 8 hour work day doing nothing … I think if the same was observed in stay at home moms, the number would escalate. I am not taking away anything from stay at home moms, their roles are vital in the household. But, comeon, let’s get serious, $138k? That is nearly four times what the average full time employee makes.

    Shall we add the stuff that men do around the house to? Hey, it doesn’t matter that they aren’t any good at it, Salary.com doesn’t seem to care. So, we could add gardener/landscaper ($42,000), garbage collector ($28,500), handyman ($52,000), and my personal favorite, Sports Color Commentator, for all those insightful comments he makes during the game ($182,000). Yeah, that is about right.

    Get real.

    Comment by Steve Lyon — May 5, 2007 @ 7:41 pm
  2. Steve, but do you multi-task those things well? That would worth at least $50,000.

    Comment by VRB — May 6, 2007 @ 5:56 am
  3. Steve, I’d like to see you handle the job for a month. You would be begging to go back to work. I’d like to see you stay up all night with a sick child, or a baby with colic, or a 7 month old going thru teething…..Be careful where you tread buddy…..

    Brad the same goes for you too.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — May 7, 2007 @ 11:02 pm

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