, a comprehensive source for insurance information, has released its 14th annual Mother's Day Index, which finds the work moms typically perform for their families could justify an annual salary of $140,315. That's an increase of 5% over’s last findings.

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“The unpaid work mothers do is worth over six figures,” says Managing Editor Nupur Gambhir, who oversaw this year's Mother's Day Index. “Our hope is that the index gives people a better appreciation for moms and how their contribution to the household is irreplaceable.” compiles its Mother's Day Index annually. The editorial team assigns a value to jobs primary caregivers typically perform around the home, such as cooking meals, helping with homework and caregiving. The editors match those tasks to real-world job titles and calculate a salary based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) wage information.

Among the 19 job categories used for the index:

  • Cook
  • Teacher
  • Childcare worker
  • Nurse
  • Maid/housekeeper
  • Hairdresser
  • Laundry worker
  • Mental health counselor

The Mother’s Day Index intends to acknowledge the hard work mothers do, which often includes balancing a family and a home with a full-time job — essentially performing two jobs yet only being financially compensated for one.

For many families, the absence of a second caregiver necessitates hiring outside help for cooking, cleaning and other household chores. Using the Mother’s Day Index as a gauge, the cost could add up to $140,000 a year.

“The loss of a mother isn’t just emotionally devastating, it can be financially devastating, too. All families should consider purchasing life insurance for mom in order to protect their financial health,” says Gambhir, a licensed life, health, and disability insurance expert.

A life insurance policy can afford a family the means to pay for childcare, housekeeping, tutoring and more.

Gambhir is available to comment on this year's Mother's Day Index calculations and answer questions about life insurance options.


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