It’s been said that there’s no harder job than that of being a mom. Sadly, it’s also an unpaid job with neverending hours, hours that often go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Well, the salary researchers at Salary.com have decided to put an end to that. They studied the most common jobs moms perform each day — jobs like educating, diet planning, housekeeping, emotional caretaking, event planning and more — and then tallied up what the salary for a stay-at-home mom would be if she got paid for those tasks.
The result might surprise you. According to, the average salary for a mom in 2018 would be $162,581.
As this research points out, moms undertake a variety of tasks that put them in a variety of roles, including doctor, negotiator, chauffeur, teacher and therapist. While it’s impossible to quantify their most important job of all (that of being a safe place and a source of unconditional love and strength for their children), it’s nice to know that moms’ work is being recognized and valued by someone.
Still, there’s work to be done when it comes to creating equality in the home and ensuring that women don’t carry the lion’s share of the household duties. Recent research shows that even as young women work more hours and earn more than ever in their professional careers, they’re still in charge of most of the housework.
“When we talk about things like the wage gap, it’s often not linked to what’s happening in the home, and I think it needs to be, because of that unpaid labor that’s really a central part of people’s work-life balancing,” Melissa Milkie, professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, told CNN. “With women, the cost is borne in their career or their wages when they’re doing more in the home.”
Meanwhile, the research shows that men spend more time playing games, exercising and enjoying leisure activity when compared to their spouses.
Hmm, the salary of $162,581 is starting to seem a bit too low. Here’s to you, moms!