Each year Salary.com releases a survey that puts a price tag on what being a stay-at-home mom is worth. This year's Moms Salary Survey calculates that would-be salary at $122,732 for U.S. stay-at-home mothers. Women who work outside the home should also receive an extra $76,184 on top of that, according to the poll. Too bad that's not going to happen.
I have no doubt that this year's survey will receive a good amount of attention like it has in past years. Generally, the media's coverage of this survey has seemed focused on making mothers feel good about what they do by acknowledging all the hard work that goes into raising children and running a household. By putting a dollar figure to what women should be paid for performing the 10 most popular "mom job functions" -- including cook, laundry operator, housekeeper, and van driver -- this survey can serve as a validation of what some women may feel is one of society's most undervalued and taken-for-granted roles: motherhood.
I am a mother of a preschooler and also run a business from home, and I can tell you it's no walk in the park to juggle all the hats that go with my various roles. So I'm always interested to see what figure Salary.com will come up with for the job of being a mother.