Salary.com used a 100-hour workweek, basing it on six 15-hour days and one 10-hour day, and then weighed the seven job titles moms said they held on a scale of importance, frequency and average time spent on tasks per day.
The jobs the average stay-at-home mothers hold are, ranked in order from most time-consuming to least time-consuming (accompanied by the national average annual salary for that profession):
- Teacher-Daycare Center ($26,891)
- Van Driver ($30,762)
- Housekeeper ($18,750)
- Cook ($31,099)
- CEO ($612,623)
- Nurse ($56,113)
- General Maintenance Worker ($29,656)
Using these figures, a mom’s base pay (based on 40 hours per week) is $43,461, and overtime pay for the additional 60 hours each week adds $88,009. This leads to an annual salary of $131,471.
Salary.com’s figures assume that the mother has at least two children of school age.