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Job Title: Maintenance Worker
Annual salary: $29,300
Hourly pay: $14.09
Stay-at-home dads: 6.2 hours a week
Working dads: 4.6 hours a week
Being a parental maintenance worker is the epitome of necessary evil.
When they're newborns you're a diaper technician and often feel like you should be in a radiation suit. When they learn to walk you have to make sure every surface is clean because kids will lick anything and everything, including floors and walls. Then come the crayons, the paint, the dirt, the mud...it never ends. And until they learn to clean up after themselves (that day never seems to arrive), you're stuck with general maintenance until they go off to college.