How much should stay-at-home moms like Ann Romney be paid? Nearly $113K, says study

A Democrat party advisor had accused stay-at-home mom Ann Romney of having “never worked a day in her life.”
Mon Apr 16, 2012 - 8:22 pm EST

April 16, 2012 ( - Amid renewed discussion of the value of stay-at-home moms thanks to a Democrat advisor’s decision to accuse stay-at-home mom Ann Romney of having “never worked a day in her life,” a popular study has found that such moms should be making six figures for their 24-hour workdays.

In this year’s survey of thousands of stay-at-home moms, came up with $112,962 as the right compensation for the domestic daily grind - considering the market rate for the hours worked as cooks, teachers, child psychologists, drivers and chief executives.

Previous calculations in the past four years have put the number between $115,432 and $122,732.


A very public debate on the value of moms staying at home erupted after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen made the controversial remarks last week, suggesting that because of Mrs. Romney’s decision to stay at home she was out of touch with the economy. Ann Romney instantly appeared on Twitter to counter the remark.

“I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work,” she tweeted. One of her five sons, Josh Romney, agreed, tweeting: “@AnnDRomney is one of the smartest, hardest working woman I know. Could have done anything with her life, chose to raise me.” contributing writer Sarah Shemkus noted that the furor over Rosen’s comments, whatever side you take, amounts to a good thing.

“Despite the controversy and hard feelings on both sides, the silver lining is the spotlight on the value of women and mothers to the economy. And regardless of your political leanings, anything that highlights the important work all mothers do is a positive thing,” she wrote.

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