Congratulations, moms. You get a raise … but not a lot

Studio photo for May 2013 Real cover story. Credit: Eric Doggett
Studio photo for May 2013 Real cover story. Credit: Eric Doggett offers its annual Mother’s Day Index. It tries to estimate what the jobs moms do are worth. This year, according to the index, we get a 1/2 of a percent raise. Our duties as childcare worker, cook, teacher, chauffeur and the like would have earned us $65,522.65 if we actually got paid for what we do.

Here’s how figured it out:

Childcare worker: 2,080 hours a year, at a hourly wage of $10.75 for $22,360

Social director: 480 hours at $18.20 for $8,736

Teacher: 400 hours at $20.43 for $8,170

Cook: 728 at $10 for $7,280

Chauffeur: 468 at $14.63 for $6,844.50

Maid: 520 at $10.18 for $5,291

Personal assistant: 156 for $11.03 for $1,719.90

Meeting, event planner: 64 hours at $21 for $1,344

Designer: 40 hours at $23.48 for $939.20

Private detective: 40 hours at $1.08 for $843

Accountant: 26 hours at $24.70 for $642.20

Grounds maintenance worker: 52 hours at $11.73 for $609.70

Licensed nurse: 24 hours at $18.43 for $442.20

Hairstylist and cosmetologist: 26 hours at 411.58 for $300.95

So what’s missing from this list?

I would like to know where head zookeeper is? I’m currently managing the lives of a dog, two cats, a chinchilla, four fish and a snail.

I think you could throw in plumber, too, as well as hazmat removal. Have you seen my kids’ bedrooms and bathroom?

Let us know what you think should be added to this list.



Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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