Nine in ten teenagers help around the house


We work with thousands of schools, but did you know that we also provide rewards and certificates for parents? In light of this we surveyed over 1,000 teenagers to find out if they help out around the house, whether they are paid to help, and how much.

  • Almost half of teenagers are paid to help
  • Tiding the bedroom the most common chore

The survey found that nine out of ten (91%) say that they do help around the house, and almost half (45%) are paid to do so.

Of those who do help around the house, the most common chores for teenagers are tidying their bedroom (75%), cleaning the dishes (61%), vacuuming (50%), helping to cook meals (46%) and putting the bins out (44%).

Top ten chores done by teenagers

  Chore Average price per chore
1 Tidying Bedroom £1.87
2 Cleaning Dishes £1.55
3 Vacuuming £1.60
4 Helping to cook meals £1.98
5 Putting bins out £1.22
6 Hanging washing out £1.37
7 Dusting £1.66
8 Ironing £1.52
9 Clean bathroom £1.92
10 Babysitting £2.67 (half hour)

By far the most popular way of paying for chores is per chore with almost two thirds (65%) being paid in this way.  Over a quarter (27%) are given treats for doing jobs around the house, and one in ten (9%) are paid to do a list of jobs each week.

The best paid chores are babysitting, paying on average £2.67 per half hour and cleaning the car, paying on average £2.73 per car. All other chores pay on average between £1.22 and £2.21.  (See table below for the full list)

Neil Hodges, Managing Director, School Stickers, said, “It is great news that so many children help around the house, and that more than half of them do so without the incentive of payment. However there will always be some children that require a little bit of extra encouragement. Rewards have been used by parents and teachers for many years to help motivate and engage children that need it. 

Hodges continues, “Interestingly though whilst money and treats continue to be effective at home, it seems that many schools are moving away from this. Many schools now prefer to offer class rewards, year rewards, or house rewards so that pupils that are not easy to engage, are encouraged to do so by their class mates.”