House mums worth $176,000 a year
A full-time stay-at-home mother would earn $US134,121 ($A176,626) a year if paid for all her work, according to a new US study.
A mother who works outside the home would earn an extra $US85,876 ($A113,091) annually on top of her actual wages for the work she does at home, according to the study by US compensation experts Salary.com.
To reach the projected pay figures, the survey calculated the earning power of the 10 jobs respondents said most closely comprise a mother's role - housekeeper, day-care teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive and psychologist.
Employed mothers reported spending on average 44 hours a week at their outside job and 49.8 hours at their home job, while the stay-at-home mother worked 91.6 hours a week, it showed.