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Salary.com's 10th Annual Mom Salary Survey Reveals Stay-at-Home Moms Would Earn US$117,856

NEEDHAM, MA, May 05, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Salary.com, Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!slry/quotes/nls/slry  (SLRY  3.03, -0.05, -1.62%)  announced today the results of its annual Mom Salary Survey. For 2010, Salary.com determined that the time mothers spend performing the 10 most popular "mom job functions" would equate to an annual cash compensation of US$117,856 for a Stay-at-Home Mom. Working Moms would earn US$71,860 above their regular salary for their mom duties.

These salaries are down 4 percent and 6 percent, respectively, from the 2009 calculations of US$122,732 and US$76,184. Moms and their families can create their own "mom paycheck" by visiting the Mom Salary Wizard(R).

"For 10 years, we have offered perspective on the critical job of mom by calculating what an employer would have to pay to hire someone to do all that she does," said Brent Kleiman, SVP, marketing and strategy at Salary.com. "Like many of us, moms are working more hours, and it is no surprise that this year, the challenging economy impacted the results of our Mom Salary Survey."

Salary.com benchmarked a fair salary for mom's work by considering the market value for mom's most common jobs and tasks. Our 'Mom Job' is actually a hybrid of 10 different jobs -- each with different salaries. In this year's Mom Salary Survey, more than 28,000 moms quantified their hours worked in each role for a typical week. Their different responsibilities were weighted to determine mom's overall total compensation.

Salary.com established mom salary ranges for both the United States and Canada. In Canada, the salary was CAN$132,288 for Stay-at-Home Moms and an additional CAN$82,220 for Working Moms. The job titles that best matched a mom's definition of her work in both countries are: laundry machine operator, janitor, van driver, computer operator, housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, chief executive officer, psychologist, and facilities manager. The salary benchmarks for these jobs are based on salaries for a small company, as company size is a key factor that affects pay.

According to the Salary.com survey, the working mom puts in more than 96 hours a week when you combine her full-time job, mom hours, and mom overtime -- an increase of four hours from last year. This year's survey shows that mom is spending more time preparing meals, making sure the home stays in good repair, and shuttling the family to activities. Moms continue to work longer hours, because they outsource less and handle increasingly more of the workload themselves. Overtime remains a primary driver of mom's six-figure salary. This year, the stay-at-home mom's overtime averaged 59 hours in a 99-hour "work week."

About Salary.com Salary.com(TM) helps businesses and individuals manage pay and performance. Salary.com's consumer website provides individuals with the highest quality compensation information on the web as well as a unique set of career management tools. Every month, millions of individuals use our free Salary Wizard(TM), Cost-of-Living Wizard, Education Wizard and Job Search Wizard to make intelligent career decisions. For more information, visit http://my.salary.com/.





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