Salary calculator shows how much mums should be paid

It’s said a mum’s work is never done – but have you ever wondered how much you’d actually earn if you got paid for everything you do for your kids? Now you can use a clever calculator to work it out.

Psychologist, teacher, peacekeeper, cabbie, banker, nurse, chef, judge – there really is no limit to a mum’s talents. So to honour mums in the lead-up to British Mother’s Day on March 15, flower delivery company Interflora launched an ad campaign called the Hardest Job in the World. It published a fake job listing in The Times, promising extreme hours, no holidays, little shut-eye and responsibilities such as “chauffeuring, cooking, cleaning and counselling”.

“The hours are long, some days you won’t get time to eat, you’re unlikely to ever have a full night’s sleep and you won’t get to take any holidays. But as well as being the hardest job in the world, this role is one of the most rewarding too,” it says.


It offers a salary equivalent to $332,000, based on what a parent would earn working huge hours as a PA, chauffeur, teacher and other occupations. It says applicants must be willing to learn on the job, be tenacious with impeccable time-management skills, be willing to be on call 24/7 and have “unlimited patience and be calm under pressure”. Sounds about right!

But the best part? It has also devised a “mum salary calculator” for parents to work out what they would earn for all the work they do to take care of their kids. (Note: click here to get to the salary calculator if you are on a mobile device).

Enter your estimated hours for each task – such as ferrying your kids around, cooking for them (and getting them to eat it), reading, playing or craft-making, cleaning up after them, comforting them and keeping track of appointments and events. The calculator will do some quick sums and tell you how much you should be earning (and compare that with the salaries of other professions such as lawyers and bankers).

Head over to the salary calculator (here for mobile devices) to work out your annual wage – then come back and tell us what you think of your would-be salary below (we think you’ll be pleased!).

(via Huffington Post)

Michelle Rose

Michelle Rose

Michelle is a journalist and mum to two girls who are obsessed with dinosaurs, fairies, pirates and princesses in equal measure. She lives in Melbourne's east with her husband, daughters and a giant, untameable labradoodle. Michelle loves all things vegetarian, wine (it's a fruit) and online shopping.

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