Give Mom What She Deserves: $117,856

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Those flowers you were so proud to give yesterday seem pretty chintzy right about now. If a stay-at-home mom was compensated properly for what amounts to a 99-hour work week, on average, her annual salary would be $117K.

The figure comes courtesy of an annual survey from Salary.com. And moms weren’t unscathed by the recession: Such a “salary” was down 4% compared to a year before.

You can calculate exactly how much you—or the mom in your house—should be earning using
Salary.com’s Mom Salary Wizard tool, which will tally up all the hours and corresponding compensation for handling duties such as day care, cooking, van driver, maid, psychologist, and on and on.

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