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The Father's Day Index: Dad's Value In 2012

Of the traditional tasks on the Father's Day Index, dads we surveyed said helping with homework, barbecuing or cooking and driving took up most of their domestic-duty time each week.

If you want to ruin your dad's Father's Day, ask him to fix the plumbing or move some furniture -- those are likely his least favorite jobs around the house. When asked about their favorite jobs around the house, fathers ranked them this way:

  • Barbecuing/cooking: 22 percent
  • Helping with homework: 17 percent
  • Driving: 14 percent
  • Coaching a team: 9 percent
  • Assembly of toys, bookshelves, etc.: 9 percent
  • Fixing broken things around the house: 6 percent
  • Mowing the lawn, landscaping, snow removal: 5 percent
  • Doing family finances: 5 percent
  • Car maintenance; 4 percent
  • Being a scout leader: 3 percent
  • Pest removal (spiders, gross bugs): 3 percent
  • Fixing plumbing: 2 percent
  • Moving furniture: 2 percent

If fathers could pay someone to do all their household tasks, many say they'd likely want to spend the extra time with their families. In the survey, 36 percent of men chose this as the most likely activity that would take up his free time. Other top responses, in order of popularity, were exercising or playing sports, working, doing things on the computer, traveling or visiting museums, parks or historical sites, watching TV or movies or going to school.

The Father's Day Index 2013

Dad job BLS occupation Hours per week Weeks per year Mean hourly
wage
Annual Dad value
Barbecuing/cooking Cooks 3 52 $10.08 $1,571.70
Driving Taxi drivers and chauffeurs 9 52 $14.30 $6,692.40
Helping with homework Other teachers and instructors 10 40 $22.93 $9,170.00
Family finances Accountants and auditors 0.5 52 $33.75 $877.50
Mowing the lawn, landscaping, snow removal Grounds Maintenance Workers 2 52 $11.30 $1,175.20
Moving furniture Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 2 3 $12.98 $77.85
Car maintenance Automotive service technicians and mechanics 2 10 $17.60 $352.00
Coaching a team
Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers
4 10 $25.45 $1,018.00
Scout leader Recreation and fitness workers 5 10 $16.88 $843.75
Assembly of toys, bookshelves, etc. Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators 3 10 $15.15 $454.50
Pest removal (spiders, gross bugs) Pest control workers 1 4 $14.25 $57.00
Handyman Maintenance and repair workers, general 8 6 $18.30 $878.40
Plumber Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 2 3 $29.20 $175.20

Total: $23,343.50

Methodology

“Dad's value” is based on occupational wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and does not include a salary from work outside the home.

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