DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Allowance. It is a rite of passage for many children. Most have a list of chores to perform in order to line their pockets with some spending cash.
Some children don't even have to earn it. The money comes once a week to use as they please.
What may come as shocking to some is the average amount of money kids get for allowance.
American Express calculates a yearly Spending and Trading Tracker.
It says weekly allowances jumped 70-percent from last year's report. The average American child received a whopping $32 a week up from $19.
Most parents based allowances on chores completed, but many place more weight on grades and age when determining allowances.
While many children rely on their parents generosity, many enter the summertime workforce. The report says teen workers make $456 on average. They are split on how they'll spend it. 49 percent say they earn it to spend it. 50 percent say they will save it.
Most teens flip burgers to earn cash while bagging groceries and mowing lawns are close behind.
As children look for ways to make money, parents are spending an average of $856 to keep their kids busy this summer. The report says top activities are day trips, sports teams, pool or club memberships, educational and art programs and day camps.
The American Express Spending and Saving Tracker research was conducted online among a random sample of 2,200 adults.
Interviewing was done between June 14 and 19, 2013.
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