The Dollar Value of Homemaking

Here’s a neat article that assigns work values to the many tasks taken on by a homemaker in the course of a week.   I’m a little skeptical that the 80+ hours totalled here is a reasonable average but this seems to be a better approach than the recent study that assigned a huge value of about 116,00 annual to stay at home mom work.  Here is the calculator they provide.  That really does not jive with a rational view of how to pay people for doing work.     As the first article notes one realistic approach is to ask “what would somebody else do all this work for?”, though they also note that we undervalue domestic work in our economy.   I agree but don’t think we undervalue it enough to justify the claim of 116k.    For example if that was actually available to people to do the work you’d see a huge number of other professionals “apply” for homemaking jobs, which in turn would bring down the wage as demand for the job soared.

What is a realistic number?   Good question…working on that and paying myself handsomely for doing it.


1 thought on “The Dollar Value of Homemaking

  1. Hard to value.
    Some people use a flat rate for all irrespective of lifestyle. So ‘cleaning an apartment’ could embrace any sort of situation from an absolute pig-sty to a model-home already cleaned to salesman’s perfection.

    Its also hard to value the ‘society benefits’: If a mother stays home to take care of kids the economic benefit is going to be downgraded by the Kindergarten Teachers Union and the Health Care Workers Union.

    Price of cleaning services often is artificial anyway as it embraces social-services costs of rehab workers, off the books payments, invoicing inflation, etc.

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