Are Stay-At-Home Dads Really Only Worth Half of Moms? Yes, Says New SurveyMeredith Carroll
Poor Dad can’t catch a break. Everyone refers to it as mom’s house, mom’s room and mom’s kitchen, but when he’s the one to stay at home, he’s still worth nearly half as much as she is, according to a new survey by Salary.com.
It’s an annual survey that determines how dads would be paid if there were a paycheck attached to parenting (as if!). They use some fancy-schmancy method to determine the numbers, so it’s really (kind of) scientific.
The 10 most common “dad jobs” are day care center teacher, CEO, psychologist, cook, groundskeeper, laundry machine operator, computer operator, facilities manager, maintenance worker and van driver. (The mom jobs, by the way, are the same, but are appropriately bestowed with more delicate titles.)
The survey this year found that stay-at-home dads work about 53 hours a week, so with overtime that amounts to $60,128 annually.
The general manager of Salary.com said, “It’s clear dads have become much more hands-on when it comes to parenting. From cooking meals to driving the kids to soccer practice, dads have been consistently taking on increased roles at home.”
It was a shift towards shared parenting combined with the recession that lead to 154,000 American men becoming stay-at-home dads in 2010.
But here’s the twist: Last month Salary.com said moms still do most of the work, with those who stay at home working about 97 hours a week, which means they’d get paid $115,432 a year. (And I did my own math about how much I’m worth.)
One explanation for the time/money discrepancy? Moms tend to count all the time they’re with the kids, no matter who’s there. Dads just count the time they’re alone with the kids.
Is Dad getting the short end of the money/credit stick? Or do moms really do/deserve more?
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