How Much Would You Earn If You Were Paid For Being a Mom?

Have you ever wondered how much you’d earn if you were paid for being a mom?

The hype is true as becoming a mom (or a dad or any type of parent) is a blessing. Equally true though, is that becoming a mom is hard work. It may not go as expected and adjusting to the new responsibilities and never-ending commitments can be tough. There are a lot of pictures of beautiful babies but there aren’t many pictures of stressed-out moms with spit-up in their hair and poo on their hands as they change a diaper at 2 am.

Have you ever wondered how much you’d earn if you were paid for being a mom? If you are a mom, it feels like a lot so let’s start with the average number of hours worked per week. According to a 2017 study conducted by Market Research OnePoll in partnership with Welch’s nutrition program*, moms work an average of 98 hours a week. That may surprise some, but moms routinely get up at 6:30 am and don’t finish their day until after 8:30 pm.

According to**, moms would earn a base salary of $37,022 with an overtime salary of $75,941 totaling $112,962 per year. Let’s review some of the tasks done in an average week:

  • Childcare, 30.2 hours. Caring for our children involves an everchanging list of tasks that includes feeding, bathing, getting them ready for school, helping them through temper tantrums, playtime, getting them ready for bed, and holding them when they wake up from a bad dream.
  • Teaching and Coaching, 7.9 hours. Moms do a lot of teaching and coaching to help their children grow and develop. Moms teach children the alphabet, help with homework, and read to their children every night. Additional activities include sports practice, after-school events, and community clubs such as the Scouts.
  • Household Management, 45.9 hours. Running a household encompasses a lot of activities including laundry, cleaning, cooking, sewing, ironing, repairs, lawn care, and managing finances.
  • Errands, 10.7 hours. Moms also run a lot of errands including going to the grocery store, shopping for household goods, and buying clothes and shoes.

family in living roomIf you are a mom who feels you are balancing 2.5 full-time jobs, then you are not alone. Four in every 10 of the 2,000 American mothers asked, feel each week is a never-ending series of tasks that need to be completed. It’s not surprising that a lot of moms feel stressed every day.


What are some tips to help mom with all this work?

  1. Get help. Whether it is your partner, a family member or hiring a Nanny or Family Assistant, getting help and support will ease the burden. Identify the most stressful times of days or activities that you struggle to get completed and seek help. For new moms, this might be hiring an overnight Nanny to help you get some sleep. For working moms, it may be a Family Assistant to pick up the kids, cook dinner, and help with homework. If you can’t stand the thought of cleaning, create a chore list for the family and split up the work or look into hiring a weekly housekeeper.
  2. Involve the kids. From toddlers to teens, kids can help out. Toddlers can put away their plastic dishes in a low cabinet while elementary school kids can help fold laundry and pick up items that need to be put away. Middle school kids can start learning to cook. Teaching children how to complete these tasks are important life lessons. Sharing chores helps ease the burden on mom with the additional advantage that it’s important children understand their role and contribute to helping the family.
  3. Intentionally Manage Your Time. Plan ahead to use your time wisely. For example, plan weekly meals and include a few slow cooker meals that save time in the kitchen. Sneak in errands during lunch or bundle them together to reduce the number of trips required. Instead of leaving all the chores to the weekend, do a little bit each day so that it’s not so overwhelming. Prepare in advance, when possible, and plan time for sleep and exercise so you can stay healthy.
  4. Don’t Do Everything. You can’t do it all. Let the children pick 1 or 2 extra-curricular activities but don’t feel they have to participate in everything or have an activity for each day of the week. Try to cook healthy meals but don’t fret if you order pizza one night.


It will take trial and error but find what works for you and your family. Each family is unique, so what works for you will look different from what works for other families and that’s okay. Being a mom is tough work so surround yourself with those who love you and are willing to help.

To learn more about hiring a certified Nanny or Family Assistant, visit

Source Citations:

* Moms Wok 98 Hours A Week, Study Finds. SWNS, 27 July 2017. and
** What is a Stay-at-Home Mom Worth.

The 4 R’s for Negotiating a Nanny or Sitter Salary

The 4R’s (Reflect, Recognize, Research, and Reasonable) can help prepare you for this important salary conversation.

girl reading book to stuffed animalsEveryone wants to earn fair compensation for their work, but many people are uncomfortable talking about money. To make things more complicated, wages for Nannies and Sitters vary greatly across the United States. The 4R’s (Reflect, Recognize, Research, and Reasonable) can help prepare you for this important salary conversation.

1. Reflect on your goals. What types of childcare positions interest you? Do you want to care for children as a Sitter for a few hours during the weekend or find a full-time position caring for multiple children? Do you want to work with infants and toddlers or care for older children after school? Are you interested in earning more as a Family Assistant or do you prefer to stay focused only on childcare duties? Are you interested in Overnight care? Do you want to be responsible for pet care? Will you need to care for your child while also caring for additional children? Once you have determined what you’d like to do, you will be better able to find employment opportunities that suit your preferences.

But reflection doesn’t stop there. In addition to deciding the types of childcare positions you are interested in, it’s also important to prioritize your employment goals. Do you want to work for a single-family or with several families as part of a Nanny share? Is a high hourly rate the most important factor or do you want some weekends off? Are you interested in household management duties such as light cooking and cleaning to earn a higher wage? What benefits are most important to you?

2. Recognize your skills. List the qualifications and experiences you have in childcare. Do you have formal training such as an Amslee Institute Childcare certification or early childhood development classes? Are you certified in CPR and First Aid? Are you new to childcare or do you have paid childcare experience? Do you have specialized experience such as working with special needs, providing routine medical care, or volunteering to lead group classes at church? Have you taught a child any unique skills such as sign language or how to play a musical instrument? Are you fluent in another language? Do you have professional references, both written and former employers who are willing to speak with families seeking to hire you?

coins stacked in front of clock3. Research local pay rates to determine an appropriate range. Many websites offer information on local Sitter and Nanny rates and some professional salary sites, such as and also provide this information. Check several sites to determine the average for your area. According to the 2017 INA (International Nanny Association) Nanny Salary & Benefits Survey, the average hourly rate is $19.14 per hour for Nannies and 57.7% of nannies are paid time and a half when they work overtime.

Before you begin negotiations, you should know the average rate for your area and what it represents. For the most part, the average wage often requires supervising 1 to 3 children with childcare only duties. For jobs that have additional children, meal preparations, and other duties, the salary may be higher. Keep this in mind when you are evaluating job opportunities.

4. Reasonably negotiate with a goal to ensure both sides are comfortable with the job requirements and compensation. By evaluating your skills, job responsibilities, and wages in the local area, you are ready to thoughtfully discuss wages and benefits. Share your training and certifications as well as previous experience when seeking higher than average pay. Share the results of your research on pay for additional responsibilities such as caring for groups of children or taking on family assistant or household management tasks. Remember, live-in nannies may have a lower hourly wage, but the compensation includes room and board as part of the overall compensation. Finally, be willing to listen and remember the goal of negotiating is to clearly understand the job requirements and ensure the family and childcare provider are comfortable with the compensation.

woman holding papersThere can be a lot to discuss during a salary negotiation and work agreements or employment contracts can be used as a tool to help cover all the topics. A free 30-minute class, as well as work agreement templates, can be found at

To learn more about Nanny and Sitter wages, a Negotiating Compensation course is available with enrollment in any Amslee Institute program at

About the Author. Sara Olsen is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator and has a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. Sara has worked in career services for nearly 5 years as well as in the childcare industry as a Child Services case manager, babysitter, and tutor. Sara is an adjunct faculty member of Amslee Institute.