One-third of working moms, sole provider

May 7, 2011 at 2:04 AM
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CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) -- Forty-five percent of working U.S. moms who are the sole provider for their family earn less than $35,000, a survey indicates.

CareerBuilder's annual Mother's Day survey -- conducted Feb. 21 to March 10 among men and women employed full-time with children age 18 and under living in the household -- indicates 35 percent of working moms and 44 percent of working dads are the sole financial provider for their household. Only 15 percent of sole provider working dads make less than $35,000 a year.

Twenty-eight percent of these the sole-support working moms earn $50,000 or more compared to 63 percent of men, while 7 percent of these moms earn six figures compared to 18 percent of men, the survey indicates.

In addition to the financial handicap, women's heavier workloads and longer hours are resulting in less quality time at home. Twenty-five percent of all working moms said they spend 2 hours or less with their children each work day, up from 17 percent from last year. Twenty-four percent take work home at least once a week, the survey says.

Although working moms have trouble making ends meet, 31 percent of all working moms say they would take a job with less pay if it meant they could spend more time with their children.

The survey of 484 working moms and 836 working dads -- employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government -- by Harris Interactive has a margin of error of 4.45 percentage points for moms and 3.39 percentage points for dads.

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