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CareerBuilder's Mother's Day Survey Explores How Working Moms And Dads Compare In Salary, Title And Job Satisfaction

CHICAGO, May 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With many moms and dads serving as the sole financial providers in their households, CareerBuilder's latest research takes a closer look at how genders compare in terms of income, career advancement and job satisfaction. While salary data indicates that female breadwinners may have a tougher time making ends meet, working moms in general tend to be happier in their jobs. 

The study also had encouraging findings for stay-at-home moms and dads who are contemplating re-entrance into the corporate world, highlighting work-related skills you acquire as a parent that you can potentially add to your resume.

The national survey, which was conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll between February 10 and March 4, 2014, included 453 working mothers and 375 working fathers with children 18 years old and younger who are living at home with them, and 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Salary and Title by GenderIn this year's study, 31 percent of working moms and 37 percent of working dads reported that they are the only breadwinners for their households. While working moms and dads who are sole financial providers were equally likely to work in a management position (20 percent), more men reported holding a senior management role such as a CEO, CFO, Senior VP, etc. The research also points to a significant disproportion of men and women in other job levels within a company. Working dads who are the sole breadwinners were nearly twice as likely to report holding a professional or technical role - 57 percent compared to 28 percent of working moms. Working moms who are the sole breadwinners were twice as likely to report working in an administrative or clerical role – 52 percent compared to 23 percent of men.

Working dads who are the sole breadwinners also tended to be in a higher earning bracket. They were four times as likely to earn six figures while working moms who are the sole breadwinners were nearly twice as likely to earn less than $35,000.

Earn less than $35,000 annually

  • Working moms who are sole financial providers: 38 percent
  • Working dads who are sole financial providers: 21 percent

Earn $100,000 or more annually

  • Working moms who are sole financial providers: 6 percent
  • Working dads who are sole financial providers: 24 percent

Maternity and Paternity LeaveBoth working moms and dads continue to struggle with juggling professional and personal commitments. Twenty-six percent of both genders said they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance.

More than one third (34 percent) of working moms who had a baby in the last three years didn't take the full maternity leave allotted to them by their companies, up from 30 percent last year and 26 percent in 2012. One in five (22 percent) took one month or less maternity leave while 11 percent took two weeks or less. Ten percent worked while on maternity leave.

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