May 05, 2009 10:35 ET
Salary.com's 9th Annual Mom Salary Survey Reveals Stay-at-Home Moms Would Earn $122,732 in the U.S. and $135,661 in Canada
2009 Valuation of the Mom Job Shows Working Moms Would Earn an Additional $76,184 U.S. and $83,863 Canadian
NEEDHAM, MA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2009) - Salary.com,
Inc. (NASDAQ: SLRY), a leading provider of on-demand compensation,
payroll and talent management solutions, announced today the results of its
annual Mom Salary Survey. For 2009,
Salary.com™ determined that the time mothers spend performing the 10
most popular "mom job functions" would equate to an annual cash
compensation of $122,732 for a Stay-at-Home Mom and an additional $76,184
for a Working Mom, up 5% and 11%, respectively, from the 2008 calculations
of $116,805 and $68,405. Moms and their families can create their own "mom
paycheck" by visiting the Mom Salary
"This is our ninth year looking at the value of mom's work. It has become a
popular annual event because it not only recognizes the critical value of
what moms do, but educates the public on the key factors that determine what
employers are willing to pay for a given job," said Meredith Hanrahan,
senior vice president at Salary.com, Inc. "We value the job of mom based on
her job description and calculate what an employer would have to pay in
cash if they were to hire someone to do all that a mom does."
Salary.com created the 'Mom Job' based on Certified Compensation
Professional®* benchmarking principles that determine the value of a job.
Following these employer-based principles, it is important to match jobs
based on their job descriptions and not solely job titles. In Mom's case,
her role is an example of a hybrid job with 10 different jobs -- each with
different salaries -- that comprise her job. In the Mom Salary Survey,
12,150 moms quantified their hours worked in each role for a typical week.
Salary.com's compensation professionals weighted the different
responsibilities of the job to determine mom's overall total compensation.
Salary.com leveraged its CompAnalyst® global market data to benchmark the mom jobs in the U.S. and Canada. In
Canada, the salary was $135,661 for Stay-at-Home Moms and an additional
$83,863 for Working Moms (reported in Canadian dollars). The job titles
that best matched a mom's definition of her work in both countries are (in
increasing order of the percentage of her total 'Mom Job' salary) were:
Laundry Machine Operator, Janitor, Van Driver, Housekeeper, Computer
Operator I, Cook, Day Care Center Teacher, Facilities Manager,
Psychologist, Chief Executive Officer.
Because the study took place from Mother's Day 2008 to Mother's Day 2009,
the increase for both the stay-at-home and working mom reflects merit
increases between 3.5 and 5.0 percent in early 2008, prior to the downturn.
However, economic conditions began to show up in the working mom's salary.
"We found that not only are working moms outsourcing less and doing more
themselves, but they're also spending more time on the higher-paying jobs
such as facilities manager, CEO, and psychologist -- both factors that
contributed to their increased salary figure. This year, the working mom
had 17 hours of overtime in addition to her full time hours both at work
and as a mom -- up nearly double from 2 years ago," added Hanrahan.
According to the Salary.com survey, the working mom puts in over a 92-hour
work week once you combine her full-time job, mom hours, and mom overtime.
The primary driver of mom's six-figure salary depends on the amount of
overtime worked. This year the stay-at-home mom's overtime averaged 56
hours in their 96-hour "work week" -- over half her time spent on the job
The Mom Salary Survey has been enhanced over the years to reflect feedback
such as adding salary ranges for working moms and for stay-at-home and working dads. The survey
data has been incorporated into the Mom Salary Wizard, an online tool where
consumers can personalize the survey data to reflect their time spent per
job in an average week. The Mom Salary Wizard shows users how factors such
as geography and the mix of various mom jobs can impact compensation and
can either increase or decrease the mom salary from the national median
Salary.com publishes every year.
*Certified Compensation Professional is a registered trademark of
About Mom Salary Wizard
The Mom Salary Wizard® is the first
interactive tool that allows moms and their families to price the 'Mom
Job,' based on location and mom's personal hours worked in each of the 10
roles. Users can create a hypothetical mom paycheck and mom pay stub, which
can be printed and emailed to family and friends for Mother's Day.
For more detailed information on the Stay-at-Home and Working Mom
compensation analysis as well as the Mom Salary Wizard, log on to
About Salary.com, Inc.
Salary.com is a leading provider of on-demand payroll, HRMS, compensation
and talent management solutions helping businesses and individuals manage
pay and performance. Salary.com's highly configurable software
applications, proprietary data and consulting services help HR and
compensation professionals automate, streamline and optimize critical
talent management processes including: payroll, benefits, HR
administration, market pricing, compensation planning, performance
management, competency management, learning and development and succession
planning. Built with compensation and competency data at the core,
Salary.com solutions provide businesses of all sizes with the most
productive and cost-effective way to manage and inspire their most
important asset -- their people. For more information, visit