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Mothers worth less today than two years ago

According to, if stay-at-home Moms got paid for their work, they’d be worth $116,805. This is surprising because two years ago the same group showed stay-at-home moms to be worth $134,121. That’s $17,316 less than two years ago! Could it be that the quality of parenting has decreased that much? I can afford my wife much easier now than I could before!

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. [Source,]

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2 thoughts on “Mothers worth less today than two years ago

  1. When they base it on jobs such as housekeeper, which has increasing downward pressure on it from low skill workers in a recession, where people are willing to take less to just plain have a job… then yes, you of course wind up with times when the survey may appear lower as it does with any “job” during difficult times.

    Of course, being a parent is really one of those situations where the sum is greater than the parts, so this just serves to highlight how it is virtually impossible to put a “meaningful” number on the job of Stay-At-Home Parent.

  2. With more and more dads staying at home, it is a bit incorrect to be referencing stay-at-home moms. I think they run the survey in conjunction with Mother’s Day.

    Really, parenting’s value is non-quantifiable. Cathy and I feel that a stay-at-home parent is so important and valuable that she passed up multiple opportunities to make us a two income family.

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