By Wesley Brown
The Augusta Chronicle, Ga.
Meredith Lambert gets up every day at 6 a.m. to nurse her 8-week-old daughter, Cara, back to sleep. Shortly after that, her 2-year-old son, Gabriel, is raring to go, waking the Augusta family’s oldest son, Caleb, 4, while breakfast is prepared.
It’s not until after the two boys have eaten and are watching Curious George that the 29-year-old stay-at-home mom gets a short coffee break. Then, it’s off to run errands — usually until about noon, when it’s time to fix lunch, nap, and begin to make
dinner and clean the house.
Stay-at-home mom is a full-time job and it would be a high-paying one, too, if it was treated like other jobs.
Taking into account overtime pay and using income data provided by employers, the average stay-at-home mom should earn $118,905 in 2014. That is up more than $5,000 from $113,586 in 2013, according to Salary.com’s 14th annual Mom Salary Survey.
“Sounds good to me,” Lambert said last week at her home off Stevens Creek Road. “If there could be a lump sum put on stay-at-home mom, six figures is probably a good starting place.”
Using the Web site’s Mom Salary Wizard, more than 15,000 mothers worldwide quantified their hours by job description to compute a yearly average. Based on the data, Salary.com determined that the average stay-at-home mom went from working 94 hours per week last year to 96.5 hours on 10 household and childcare jobs in 2014.
The breakdown for the past year included housekeeper (14.6 hours), cook (14.5 hours), day care teacher (14.3 hours), facilities manager (10.9 hours), computer operator (8.6 hours), psychologist (8.3 hours), van driver (7.8 hours), janitor (7.8 hours), laundry worker (6.5 hours) and CEO (3.2 hours).
In all, each profession’s wages totaled for an hourly rate of $18.32, a base salary of $38,126 and $80,779 of time-and-a-half overtime pay.