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What Mothers Would Earn as a Salary

Putting a Salary on The Toughest Job in The World

Your mom would get upset with you when you were a kid when you didn't say thank you, and you probably scoffed a bit at her sensitivity. My dad was always reminding us kids to thank our mom, but the meaning of it all didn't come together until I was older. Not that we weren't polite or ungrateful children, but the act of saying thanks to your mom doesn't always come naturally when you're a kid. You think she's supposed to do nice things for you like cooking dinner and making ginger ale runs when you're sick and it's all just part of the job. I'm not a mom, but I've heard it's the toughest job in the world and you bet I believe it — that's why I'm in no rush to have my own little Savvies anytime soon. Salary.com just came out with their annual mom report that puts a salaried figure on the work that both Working Moms and Stay-at-Home Moms tend to perform. To see how much a mom's work would be worth just

According to the Salary.com annual Mom survey, "The time mothers spend performing the ten most popular 'Mom Job' functions would equate to an annual salary of $116,805 for a Stay-at-Home Mom and $68,405 for a Working Mom. The job titles that best matched a mom’s definition of her work include housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, laundry machine operator, computer operator, psychologist, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and janitor."

But the fact is that moms aren't paid for the amount of work they do, and their payment is really in the love and thank-yous they receive from their families. So while your mom would of course appreciate a material token of your appreciation, the biggest gift you can give is saying thank you.

Thanks, Mom — Happy Early Mother's Day!

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j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
I totally agree!
Anabellatc Anabellatc 7 years
Moms are the best! And i do wish they could get paid for all their hard work...
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
Hm. Sounds like a bum deal. $13/day, 24 hours/day, and 365 days/year with little to no vacation? To deal with snotty noses, whining, and attitudes? I'll pass. I have no desire to cultivate that garden.:D
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
Hm. Sounds like a bum deal. $13/day, 24 hours/day, and 365 days/year with little to no vacation? To deal with snotty noses, whining, and attitudes? I'll pass. I have no desire to cultivate that garden. :D
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
Precisely why I never want to be a Mom. Why be all those things to someone who is never going to appreciate it when you could get paid to do it.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 7 years
It sucks that it takes so many years to realize all the sacrifices your mom makes for you. But I also know that my mom didn't need a "thank you" from me to feel that it was worth it, because I know I will feel that way about my children when I have them.
Masqueraded_Angel Masqueraded_Angel 7 years
Now that I have my own little 5 year old, I couldn't appreciate my mother more for what she did for me. Being a mother IS the hardest job out there, but it's also the most rewarding as well. Thank You Mommy!!!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Yayyy when can I expect my first check? LOLIt's true too that you just don't realize how much your Mom sacrificed for the family until you're raising a family yourself.My Mom had such dreams and aspirations and she put them all aside for our family, I realize that was her choice as she could have pursued them at some point but for her they just weren't as important anymore once she had a family. I really admire her for that.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Yayyy when can I expect my first check? LOL It's true too that you just don't realize how much your Mom sacrificed for the family until you're raising a family yourself. My Mom had such dreams and aspirations and she put them all aside for our family, I realize that was her choice as she could have pursued them at some point but for her they just weren't as important anymore once she had a family. I really admire her for that.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 7 years
This is cute. :) Man, moms really are amazing.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 7 years
This is cute. :) Man, moms really are amazing.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
not to mention, for working moms, that's above and beyond their annual salary at their job! those ladies work hard!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
That is so sweet, I hope you and your mom have a great MD.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
Awwww! :D
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
Awwww! :D
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