What Is Dad's Job Worth?

by Salary.com Staff - Original publish date: January 18, 2012

at Is Dad's Job Worth?  

 
Working Dad vs. Stay at Home Dad Salaries For 2006    

Salary.com has revealed that dads would be taking home a pretty hefty paycheck if they were paid an annual salary for the many "dad jobs" they do for their families. Salary.com consulted with Stay at Home and Working Dads, and used the survey results to rank the top 10 jobs that make up a dad's job description. The analysis showed that if paid, Working Dads would rake in a total of $71,160 in addition to their day job salary, while Stay at Home Dads would earn $125,340 annually.

See below for the top 10 most common "dad jobs" along with the salary dad should be earning for his work as a dad.

The Working Dad's Salary   
Dad Job Title
Dad's Work Week (hours)
Dad's
Salary
(dollars)
Computer Operator
8.2
$6,460
General Maintenance Worker
5.8
$4,301
CEO
4.4
$37,779
Day Care Center Teacher
4.3
$2,970
Laundry Machine Operator
3.4
$1,593
Facilities Manager
3.3
$6,563
Psychologist
3.3
$6,218
Van Driver
2.7
$2,148
Cook
2.6
$2,081
Groundskeeper
1.6
$1,047
 


Total Hours
39.6
$71,160
   
Dad Base Pay
39.6
$71,160
Dad Overtime Hours
0
0
   
Total Dad Salary
39.6
$71,160



The Stay-at-Home Dad's Salary   
Dad Job Title
Dad's Work Week (hours)
Dad's
Salary
(dollars)
Day Care Center Teacher
17
$11,741
General Maintenance Worker
14.5
$10,753
Cook
13.4
$10,726
Computer Operator
12.6
$9,926
Van Driver
6.3
$5,012
Facilities Manager
4.5
$8,949
CEO
4.1
$35,203
Laundry Machine Operator
4
$1,874
Groundskeeper
2.3
$1,505
Psychologist
2.3
$4,334
 


Total Hours
81
$100,025
  
Dad Base Pay
40
$49,395
Dad Overtime Hours
41
$75,945
 
Total Dad Salary
81
$125,340


Based on the survey data collected, Salary.com was able to determine that a Stay at Home Dad's workweek is approximately ten hours shorter than that of a Working Dad, Working Mom and Stay at Home Mom. Click here for the Stay at Home Mom data.

Now, dads and their families can create their own "dad paycheck" with the Dad Salary Wizard®, the first interactive tool that allows dads and their families to price the "dad job," based on location and dad's personal hours worked in each of the 10 roles. Users can create a hypothetical dad paycheck and dad pay stub, which can be printed and emailed to family and friends.


"This analysis shows that dads play a significant role in the at-home duties that keep a family running, and the market value of the work dads perform is certainly worthy of recognition," said Bill Coleman, Senior Vice President of Compensation at Salary.com. "It's particularly noteworthy that more than half of dad's total salary figure comes from contributions to the family outside of dad's normal work day. Dads clearly play a crucial role in the raising of their children and the running of their households, which should not be overlooked."




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