Stay-at-home mom salary: survey calculates value

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

They cook, clean, watch the kids and try to find some time for themselves every day. Stay-at-home moms don't see a paycheck for what they do, but a new survey tries to put a salary to a stay-at-home mother's work. KKCO 11 News found out just how moms in the Valley felt about the dollar amount.

Annie Payne, at your service. She does the laundry and tutors on the side.

"We have breakfast and get dressed, and get all of our homework and that stuff together," she said.

Then she cooks and plays personal driver for three children.

"Brushing hair, brushing teeth, lunch, packing lunches, eating breakfast, that sort of thing. I'm out the door with her at 8:30 [in the morning]," Payne added.

Sound familiar? It should. There are many like her around the Valley.

"[We have] play dates to park dates, grocery shopping, doing laundry, doing dishes, making sure the house is clean," stay-at-home mom Rachille Rusche said.

These ladies will tell you that being a stay-at-home mom requires a woman to wear many hats, but they enjoy what they do. These moms choose the lifestyle knowing it comes without a paycheck.

"It's kind of funny, because if I actually did get paid [according to this survey], I'd get paid more than my husband does right now," Rusche said.

But what if that were the case? surveyed thousands of moms around the country to put a salary on a her work. Moms reported working different jobs for a different amounts of time each week. When it was all said and done and the overtimes hours were factored in, the salary amount brought smiles.

"I can see how, if you take a lot of these things and you add them up, it could add up to $112,000 a year," Payne said.

That's right. The survey calculated stay-at-home moms would earn a six figure paycheck for all of their efforts.

"I appreciate all of the things they did take into consideration that the stay at home mom has to do," stay-at-home mom Dottie Sheader said.

"It's kind of an little affirmation that's it's great to do what I do," added Rusche.

Moms say the six figures take into account their many roles, but perhaps their biggest job doesn't have a price tag.

"It's not quite enough. Because how do you put a value on a mother who is there for her children?" questioned Payne.

"That intrinsic value of really being a part of your child's life and the time together," Sheader said.

Because to these stay-at-home moms, being just that, is priceless.

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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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  • by Marie Location: SF BAY AREA on Apr 21, 2012 at 03:36 AM
    Yet many of us who do have careers accomplish everything a stay at home mom does and manage to provide for our family financially...THATS impressive.
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      by Hippyboy on Apr 21, 2012 at 08:33 PM in reply to Marie
      No you don't! Someone else is raising your kids. Keep trying to convince yourself.
  • by Holly Location: Eagle River, Alaska on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
    In response to Hillary Rosen's comment regarding stay at home moms and the economy...I am a stay at home mom. On top of that, I am a military wife. I know the state of our economy within the country, state, city, AND our home as well as my husband! And actually, I know our personal finances BETTER than my husband! Getting ready to head to CO for a wedding and my hubby's one request was that I pay all the bills before I leave! We have a budget...which is more than I can say about our current administration has had for 3 1/2 years!
  • by Tom Location: GJ on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
    I appreciate moms who have the resources to stay at home and their value to society. However, what value do you place on a woman who has to work and do everything that a stay at home mom does?
  • by Nancy Location: Arizona on Apr 19, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    According to Obama's adviser Hilary Rosen, stay at home moms haven't worked a day in their lives. I STRONGLY disagree with her!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 09:02 AM
    But wait a minute, Didn't obozos buddy's claim women didn't do anything?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:11 AM
    $112,000. Seems like a lot to me. How much do they charge to watch tv? Sleep in ? Nap etc.?
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      by Seriously?? on Apr 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM in reply to
      I have been a stay at home mom for the past 5 yrs and I have not once gotten to sleep in, take a nap, watch tv, etc. I don't get sick days, vacation days, holidays, I am on call 24/7 regardless.
  • by robert Location: montrose on Apr 19, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    As a stay-at-home DAD, feeling left out of this discussion....Any other Stay-at-home dads out there??
  • by Hippyboy on Apr 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
    Stay at home Moms are a treasure beyond monetary measure. In a society where the family unit has devolved into a morally bankrupt shell of what it once was a stay at home Mom is priceless. You cannot put a price on a human being who devotes themselves to their family. A career outside the home is walk in the park compared to the daily demands and stresses of staying home to raise children. Even when my wife and I sometimes did not even like each other my respect for what she did at home for our family kept me in love with her. I have tremendous respect for stay at home Moms and I hope it is a returning trend. They ROCK!
  • by Grateful on Apr 18, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    Thanks Mom.
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