How Much Should You Pay Your Child for Chores?

Mother and daughter cleaning

A good rule of thumb is to pay your child $1 for each year of their age, per week. 

When your child starts doing chores, you may wonder: should I pay him? Parents seem to disagree on whether or not their children should receive an allowance based solely on doing chores.

There are currently several methods used to distribute allowances. Three common methods, according to Money Crashers, are:

  • Unconditional
    This method means your child receives a weekly allowance, whether or not your child completes her chores.
    Pro: This system means your child will have money to manage on a regular basis. Hopefully, this will be a tool in teaching her to control her finances.
    Con: This system essentially offers your child free money, which isn’t very conducive to encouraging responsibility.
  • As Needed
    Under this arrangement, your child only receives money when he needs it.
    Pro: This allows you to discuss money management whenever your child does need something.
    Con: Distributing money as needed means your child won’t have money very consistently, and this method doesn’t teach him to earn what he wants.

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  • Earned
    This system involves paying your child an allowance based on chore completion. There are multiple ways to use this structure. The first way is to assign your child certain chores to do each week. If she completes all of her chores, she gets her allowance. If she doesn’t complete her chores, then she doesn’t get any money. The second way is to set a certain amount of money for each individual chore and pay your child for each one that is completed. This way, you can choose to either assign chores to your child, or let her pick how many chores she wants to do, based on how much money she wants to earn.

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How Much Should You Pay Your Child for Chores?

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11 comments

  1. Profile photo of Michele Michele says:

    Most of my children our teenagers so cleaning their room and picking up after themselves is a form of responsibility. There are certain things around the house that everyone joins in and does together so its less on everyone and unfortunately we don’t have a lot of money so there are no allowances. Now if extra things our done then depending on what it is, depends on the money. Cleaning out gutters 10.00, cutting the grass 10.00, picking up sticks, 5.00, crushing cans 2.00 and so on. They also need to learn that everything you do doesn’t come with a price tag. I want them to b able to learn to volunteer their time and help out people. It makes them feel good to do a good deed.

  2. Profile photo of Eva Eva says:

    I don’t pay my child to do their chores. In my opinion the learn nothing from that. I understand if they did something extra, then they deserve an allowance. But to do everyday tasks that they will be expected to do in their future, No.

  3. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    I think a small allowance is a great way for a child to learn about money management and counting. Throughout the week my son does little chores and then on Sundays I give him 4 or 5 quarters to put in his money jar. In which he “counts” them. He gets so excited when he counts the change and puts them in the jar. Chores are things we are suppose to do but a small reward doesn’t hurt, it’s not like you’re spoiling them by giving them $20 a week.

  4. Profile photo of Shelby Shelby says:

    My mom would only pay me 5 dollars a week no matter what my age I was. Even teen years. The chores weren’t too bad except for sat when we spent the whole day cleaning. But no one in my school had to the chores my parents made me do daily. So it was pretty unfair. It was less than a dollar a day I’d make if you do the math. When I moved to my dads he gave the “I’m lucky to be their” attitude” and there for chores were the least I could do without an allowance. Then when I needed something it was “what have you done to deserve it?” Or “why should I?” As if I owed him for being a parent. If I had a job hed probably make me pay rent on top of it. I disprove of both these methods but I’m not sure what I’ll do as far as that goes but I won’t do what my parents did. She’s only 9 months. I got time to think about it.

  5. Profile photo of Alicia Alicia says:

    Im not sure about it yet

  6. Profile photo of KT. S KT. S says:

    I didn’t earn a allowance till I was 10. Now I did however give my 4 year old a $20 to go buy her something so she would understand money. It was a great learning experience for her too! After we did this experiment she never demanded me to buy her anything again, she would ask me if it was too much money and if she could earn the toy. It was the greatest feeling to have my four year old offer to help instead of me telling her to.

    • Profile photo of sayhola sayhola says:

      Great idea! A few weeks ago my husband and son were enjoying a snack… my husband asked if he wanted to learn about money. He said sure, so my husband offered him a cracker he had and said it would “cost” three of the raisinets the kiddo had. He counted them out, got the cracker, and proudly announced “I paid Daddy.” I was really proud of BOTH of them. 😉

  7. Profile photo of sayhola sayhola says:

    I don’t think children should be paid for chores at all – they are expected to do certain jobs as being part of a family. I have jobs to take care of the family, Daddy has jobs to take care of us, and so will the children – that’s just basic responsibility. For example, if you can’t take care of your toys, you will lose them. If you can’t help when asked, you can have time out. I don’t think I’ll pay for grades, either. However, their money and “treats” and fun activities that cost money will be certainly correlated to behavior, attitude, etc., and I do think it’s important for there to be consequences (and rewards) for such things. If there is a school dance and the child has been well-behaved, there will be a few bucks provided for a snack and drink. That is how I was raised and it seemed to work; I hope that theory will continue in this day and age. Money management is a bit separate of an issue – taught through things such as monetary gifts for birthdays, holidays, etc., and having savings accounts and college funds and piggy banks from birth. Just my opinion – there are lots of ways to approach this, and so many ideas work well.

    • Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

      I agree. Being the eldest of 5 and raised in a culture where every family member has certain “task assignment” – I would like to teach my own child to develop the same sense of responsibility. And yes, my piece of thought as well. If it works for others, then good. But I did remember an instance when my father paid me for pulling out white hairs! That money went to my piggy bank!

  8. Growing up I never received an allowance but I always had what I need and as soon as I was old enough I got a job and earned my own money!

  9. I really think this would be a great idea for my three year old.Thanks

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