Pocket money chores list: How much to pay per chore?

Pocket money chores list: How much to pay per chore?

In 2023, kids earned almost £282 million (a 38.8% increase on the previous year) from pocket money, plus completing tasks and receiving money through Giftlinks from family and friends. While it's entirely down to parental choice, paying children to do household chores is an effective way to help children build the association between work and earning, and teach them practical financial skills.

 

Related: Age-appropriate chores for kids

"With 75% of children agreeing that financial education will help them in their future career, empowering children to earn money from a young age could have a lasting positive outcome on equality and job opportunities in the UK."

 

Louise Hill, co-founder and COO of GoHenry

According to the latest GoHenry Youth Economy Report, kids and teens earned over £3.7 million from tasks (an increase of 10.2% on the previous year), suggesting that paid tasks are helping them learn crucial money management skills and financial responsibility.

 

But even when parents decide they want to pay their kids pocket money for doing chores, many wonder, "How much should I pay my child?" and “what is the current price per chore? If this sounds like you, you're in the right place.

 

Should I pay my child pocket money for doing chores?

Our primary job as parents is to prepare our kids to handle life as adults by teaching them essential skills, and money management is high on the list. One of the most important ways young people learn is through hands-on experience. Paying your child to do chores gives them hands-on practice when the stakes are low, and you are there to support them and monitor their spending and saving.

 

Giving your children money to do age-appropriate weekly tasks, whether laying the table, putting their toys away or sweeping the floor, has numerous benefits for parents and kids. It can help them build character, boost their self-esteem, and develop a solid work ethic and respect for earning money. It also celebrates achievements and shows appreciation. If your child helps with the housework, the extra pocket money becomes a bonus reward. It's a great way to teach your kids important lessons about the value of money and the importance of hard work. 

"Providing kids with payment for chores can help them understand the concept of earned income as opposed to money received as a gift.  Earning money helps kids to understand both the value of earning and the value of money by allowing them to appreciate the connection between work and financial gain.'

Beth Zemble, VP of Education, GoHenry

Paying kids to do chores also teaches them:

You can use the GoHenry app to set paid tasks for your children with a fixed value of your choosing. Once your child has completed the tasks, they simply tick them as done in the GoHenry app. Once approved, they'll get paid for the completed task.

 

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Should I pay my child pocket money for doing chores?

Pros and cons of chores

How much should I pay my child per chore?

For some parents, one of the most challenging aspects of paying their kids to do chores is deciding how much money to give them, especially when taking the pay-by-chore route.

Average earnings per task

In most cases, how much you pay your kids will come down to your household budget, your child’s age, the tasks they are doing, and what you expect them to spend their money on. 

 

No

Household Chore

2022

1

Putting clothes away

£0.71

2

Brushing teeth

£0.72

3

Emptying bins/doing recycling

£0.77

4

Getting ready for school

£0.77

5

Making bed

£0.81

6

Helping with shopping

£0.85

7

Loading/emptying the dishwasher

£0.88

8

Loading/emptying the washing machine

£0.91

9

Dusting

£0.91

10

Feeding pets

£0.92

11

Washing/showering

£0.95

12

Sweeping up

£0.95

13

Reading every day

£0.96

14

Tidying/cleaning room

£1.02

15

Washing dishes

£1.04

16

Homework

£1.18

17

Doing the vacuuming

£1.18

18

Walking the dog

£1.28

19

Exercising

£1.30

20

Gardening

£1.96

21

Washing the car

£2.97

22

Mowing the lawn

£3.46

23

Babysitting

£5.39

 

 

 

 

The average highest-paid chores:

  • Babysitting: £5.39 on average per task

  • Mowing lawn: £3.46 on average per task

  • Washing car: £2.97 on average per task

  • Gardening: £1.96 on average per task

  • Exercising: £1.30 on average per task

 

Chores that don't pay quite as well:

  • Putting clothes away: £0.71 on average per task

  • Brushing teeth: £0.72 on average per task

  • Emptying bins/do recycling: £0.77 on average per task

  • Getting ready for school: £0.77 on average per task

  • Making bed: £0.81 on average per task

What's the best way to pay for chores?

Not everyone agrees that kids should be paid for chores, and if that's something you are mulling over, there are ways to implement earning but with your own values attached.

“Practising real-world financial skills will help children to build the resilience and independence they need. Research from GoHenry has revealed that 84% of parents feel they would have made better financial decisions if they had received financial education before the age of 18. It’s so important to teach kids how to budget, earn and spend safely from a young age to instil positive habits as they grow into adulthood.”

 

Louise Hill, Co-founder and COO of GoHenry

There are various ways to pay your child for chores, and the best method depends on your child and your budget.

  • If they are highly motivated to earn money by doing chores, you may want to pay them per chore, as this keeps their interest high. It also encourages them to ask you for extra chores.

  • If your child quickly loses interest in their chores, you are better off paying them weekly. Tell them that tidying their room and doing their homework every day for a week will earn them X amount. Doing this motivates them to do them daily.

  • If your child is reluctant to do chores, set a high-end goal saying that if they do X number of chores for a month, they will earn enough to do Y or buy Z.

  • If you aren't sure about paying for chores, don't pay for the chores expected of your child as a household member; only pay for the ones you wouldn't expect them to do. This could be, cleaning the car, gardening, volunteering to walk the dog or washing the floors.

 

 

 

Example chores lists for 6- 16-year-olds

It can be hard to think of chores for your kids but if you're considering what to ask them to do, consider their age and how responsible they are and then give them time to perfect the task. Kids may never do chores the way you will, but if they give it their best, then that's worthy of payment. 

Pocket money chore ideas: Popular chores kids can do to earn pocket money include:

  • Brushing teeth
  • Getting ready for school
  • Feeding pets
  • Putting clothes away
  • Vacuuming
  • Tidying room
  • Making bed
  • Homework
  • Load / empty dishwasher
  • Empty bins / recycling

 

When breaking it down by age group, the most common chores per age are:

 

Age-appropriate chores for 6 - 7-year-olds

  • Brushing teeth
  • Putting away toys
  • Making their bed

 

Age-appropriate chores for 8 - 9-year-olds

  • Putting clothes away 
  • Getting ready for school
  • Helping clear the dinner table

 

Age-appropriate chores for 10 - 12-year-olds

  • Feeding pets 
  • Homework 
  • Putting away laundry 

 

Age-appropriate chores for teens

  • Tidying their room 
  • Sorting recycling and taking out the rubbish
  • Vacuuming and dusting

Average weekly pocket money for different ages

If you want to pay pocket money once chores have been completed, you might want to know what the average amount of pocket money is for different ages. Below is a summary of the average pocket money per age taken from our GoHenry Youth Economy Report 2023.

 

 

Age

Pocket Money (Weekly)

6

£3.04

7

£3.26

8

£3.67

9

£4.12

10

£4.90

11

£6.21

12

£8.14

13

£10.31

14

£12.15

15

£13.76

16

£14.68

17

£14.48

18

£12.28

Make paying your kids for chores easy with GoHenry

If you decide to reward your child for doing chores, the GoHenry kids debit card and app make it easy for them to keep track of their tasks and receive payment when they’re complete. It's a great way to keep kids organised and motivated. You can also use the app to manage regular pocket money, set spending limits, and monitor your child’s spending habits.

 

 

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Written by GoHenry Published Aug 10, 2023 ● 8 min read