There is a website that I recently found that shows the median salaries, both nationally and locally of people in various career fields. For instance, nationally in 2013 an elementary school teacher had a median yearly salary of $52,756. A police patrol officer had a median yearly salary of $50,697 and a plumber’s median yearly salary is $51,658. All three of these job fields are essential to maintaining our society. Children must be taught, laws must be enforced and toilets must be kept working in order for us to continue to live quiet and peaceable lives.
But there is a career field that is even more essential to our society than any of these I have mentioned and based upon the timing of this article, I bet you can guess it, I am talking about mothers. Motherhood is a career! A life-long career and a very challenging one at that! If mothers collected yearly salary for all the various things they do in the home and for their families, how much would they be paid?
How Much is the Career of Motherhood Worth?
The same website I referenced above attempts to put a dollar figure on the various roles a mother plays. They included the various roles of motherhood such as, laundry, cleaning and cooking (etc.) and looked at the hourly wages of those who work in those industries, multiplied this wage by the average number of hours worked by mothers at each of those roles and came up with a staggering yearly salary of $113,599 for the stay-at-home mom and a yearly salary of $67,442 in addition to her outside income if she is the working mother.
Think about it. Mothers do all of these things for us and yet how much do they actually receive from it?
A Mother’s Day card and maybe a nice meal, every second Sunday in May!
The True Worth of a Mother
Of course the rewards of being a mother are not financial, but rather are emotional and spiritual and worth FAR more than all the money in the world! We cannot put a dollar figure on how much mothers are TRULY worth to us!
The Bible reminds us of her true worth
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…” — Proverbs 31:10
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised…” — Proverbs 31:28-30
– By Jack W. McNiel