Salary.com Says Stay-at-Home Parents Deserve an Annual Salary of $162,581
The job market site looked at all the roles these parents play to determine what their paycheck should be.
Being a stay-at-home parent is no easy task. You wear countless hats: Executive chef, entertainment director, homework helper, athletic coach, therapist, chauffeur, and so many more. Thanks in large part to technological advancements, stay-at-home parents sometimes also have full-time or part-time work, to boot.
Your "paycheck" may be zilch, and while the true value of all of your work is priceless, Salary.com decided to determine what the annual salary of a stay-at-home parent should be, based on 2018 salary data. With the help of the Salary.com Salary Wizard they looked at a variety of jobs that these parents take on (de facto accountant, photographer, CEO, to name a few on their list) and discovered that the annual salary of a stay-at-home parent in 2018, were they to be paid, comes out to an average of $162,581. (It's worth noting that Salary.com's number-crunching isn't exactly a formal study.) What about average work week length? These devoted parents are logging around 96 hours, according to Salary.com. Talk about overtime.
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Meanwhile, in Salary.com's 2017 would-be salary earnings calculations, the average stay-at-home parent should have netted $157,705, about $5,000 less than 2018. At least all these hardworking moms and dads got a raise!