Moms Would Far Outearn Dads If Paid for Housework

Survey finds men would make about $20,000 for domestic chores

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

If only we could be compensated for all the household work we do, there’d be one big reversal in the gender pay gap.

Today reports that Insure.com crunched Bureau of Labor Statistics job numbers and found dads would earn $20,248 annually if they drew a paycheck for typical domestic guy tasks—like manning the grill, smooshing spiders and mowing the lawn—while moms would bring in $60,182 for stuff like cleaning, cooking and bandaging up kids.

At least today’s dads are doing more than they did in decades past.

“On an average day, 20 percent of men did housework—such as cleaning or doing laundry—compared with 49 percent of women,” says a study from last year by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to the news show. “Forty-one percent of men did food preparation or cleanup, compared with 68 percent of women.”

Still, for an extra $20,000, we’d be happy to take over lawn care, spider killing and grilling. But since that’s not likely, we’re more than happy to hand over kitchen cleanup to the guys. You know, just to keep things even.

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