How Much is A Homemaker Worth??

I have found that since joining the club of the Stay at Home Mommy, my day seems longer. Busier.  Well duh, that much is obvious. I have a toddler at my feet, or in my lap at all times. Cooking, cleaning, laundry, watching t.v, and as I’m typing this post now…here he is. Right square in the middle of me.

My day is not just busier because of Sgt. Stinky, but now I have way more to get done in a day than I ever did. Man, I used to think that going to work for 8-9 hours and sitting in front of a computer, making phone calls was rough. HAH!

Lets examine a homemakers daily tasks, and what those would cost to hire someone…shall we!!

Private Chef

Meal preparation is a major task of any homemaker. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all in between. There is plenty of cooking and meal planning to be done.  The American Personal Chef Association reports that its personal chefs make $200 to $500 a day. Grocery shopping must also be factored in. A homemaker must drive to the supermarket, purchase the food and deliver it to the home. Grocery delivery services often charge a minimum fee of $5 to $10.

Total cost for services: $1,005 per five-day work week x 52 weeks = $52,260 per year.

House Cleaner

Everyone loves a clean house!! This not only makes for an efficient household, but it just makes ya feel good!! Typical cleaning duties include vacuuming, dusting, sweeping, scrubbing sinks as well as loading the dishwasher and making beds. Professional maid services will charge either by the room, square footage, or by the hour. For example, bi-weekly cleaning of a 900-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment with five rooms, costs $59-$124 . A 1,300 square-foot, single-story home with seven rooms runs $79-$150 . A 2,200 two-story, three-bedroom home with nine rooms averages $104-$180 . In addition, tasks such as oven or refrigerator cleaning and dusting mini blinds can run an extra $20-$25.

Total cost for services: $118 per week X 52 Weeks = $6,136 per year

Child Care

We all know daycare is EXPENSIVE!! This is one of the main reasons I have stayed home. It wouldn’t make sense to go back to work when almost half of what I make is going to pay for daycare. Homemakers provide Full-time, live in care. This type of service from a Nanny Agency is costly. It also comes along with a host of perks for the Nanny, such as health care, paid vacation, sick days, federal holidays off, dental and vision coverage, and sometimes..bonuses. Wow. The International Nanny Association’s 2011 survey found that nannies make $600 to $950 per week in gross wages, on average.

Total cost for services: $600 a week plus perks/benefits x 52 Weeks = $31,200 per year.

Personal Driver

A private car service might seem like a high-end luxury to most, but the beneficiaries of a homemaker get this service on a daily basis. Companies like Red Cap, which provide personal drivers that use the client’s own car as the means of transportation, offer a glimpse into the cost of this homemaker task. An elite membership which includes 365 days of unlimited, round-trip service is $1,000 a year plus 33 cents – $2.03 per minute.

Total cost for services: $1,000 per year + [(estimated miles driven 8000 miles / 50 MPH) x 60 min/hr x $0.33 per minute] = $4,168 total per year.

Laundry Service

While homemakers launder your clothes for free, this task comes at a cost when using a laundry service. Professional laundry services charge by the pound.  For example Susie’s Suds Home Laundry Service, Inc. in Texas charges 90 cents to $1.00 a pound to wash, dry, fold, hang and steam your clothes. Items that take longer to dry such as comforters, blankets, rugs and winter clothes are assessed at a price of $12-$15 each.

Total cost for services: $0.90 per pound x 4 pounds of clothes per day x 5 days per weeks x 52 weeks = $936 total per year.

Lawn Maintenance

Basic maintenance of the exterior property is a less common, but still possible duty of a homemaker. This could include things like mowing, debris removal, edging and trimming the lawn. These services cost about $30 a week on average.

Total cost for services: $30 per week x 52 weeks = $1,560 total per year

So what does all this mean??  The total for all services for a year of work is $91,261.00. This tells me that we are all wayyyyyy underpaid!

The duties of a full-time homemaker are far too often, taken for granted by their family. However, if that person were to take their skills out into the job market, they could earn a considerable wage. Homemakers contribute way more than just these few tasks. The love that they bring to the home is priceless, and for sure couldn’t be done without.


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