Santa's job worth nearly $133,000
Santa oversees the making of toys, but it's far from his only duty. Here's what he would earn this year, based on wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This post comes from Emmet Pierce at partner site Insure.com.
Manufacturing executive, sleigh pilot, labor negotiator, compulsive list checker and fulfiller of children's dreams, Santa Claus has no peers when it comes to juggling diverse duties at his North Pole headquarters.
The man who sees you when you're sleeping and knows when you're awake should be earning a well-deserved six figures, according to our analysis of wage data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We took a look at the tasks for which Santa is best known and calculated what it would cost to hire others to accomplish them.
This year, the value of Old St. Nick's work is $132,948.
Highlights of his duties and corresponding BLS wages include:
- As a "manufacturing executive" he designs, develops, tests and evaluates systems for managing industrial production processes. That covers everything from carving nutcrackers to creating curly haired dolls that cuddle and coo. Hourly pay and days of work per year (364) bring his pay for this task alone to about $109,841.
- Fifteen days of professional shopping (for toys that elves can't make) at a cost of $2,388.
- Add in 14 days of professional wrapping and Santa's annual pay rises by another $1,786.
- Finding someone else to read children's letters would cost $1,656 annually, under BLS guidelines.
- His retail store visits to meet with children would cost another $2,648.
- Giving him credit for all the list checking he does -- and remember, he's checking 'em twice -- we added in a conservative $510.
- Factor in his labor negotiation skills with those troublesome elves and Santa clears another $5,074 annually.
- Who's naughty and nice? Factor in another $690 as private investigator.
Even if you're someone who's destined to get a lump of coal in your stocking, you have to admit that getting Santa's services at an annual salary of just under $133,000 is an incredible bargain. (You can find the full list of occupations and compensation here.)
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To mwlee300: Haven't you ever done anything just for fun? It was sort of a neat take off on traditional holiday stories.
90% of the time, 100% of these articles are a pure waste of time, especially if they aren't amusing!
I question some of the numbers and maybe there is a typo driving down santa's earning potential? Airline pilot = $554.30 vs. Snowplow driver = $3,101.40?
Also remember this does not take into account his Celebrity Endorsements, Event Emcee and Appearance compensation, royalties for the Saint Nick, North Pole, Kris Kringle, and Santa branding and/or trademarking. Also he has sponsors ya know: shop tools, Sleigh, reindeer supplies, etc.. Those probably total over 100 Million a year. And I believe his new boots are Nike 6.0 series snowboarding boots. Nike Loves taking good care of their "A team" members.
Wow! He is grossly underpaid then. If I was paid for all I do throughout my days and nights, I'd make his pay look pathetic. Didn't they post the average pay/worth of a stay at home mom, about the same or more than this? Seems like old Saint Nicholas ain't much different than many of us!
salary dot com has a "dad salary wizard". I am a working Dad, but combined with what I would be paid in my Dad duties my total pay would top $160k. Saint Nick WHO? LOL!
"I like how the Workshop CEO salary is like 900% higher than all the other salaries combined."
Ummmmmmmm. That's because that is what he does with the majority of his time, likely over 90%. Coincidently 90% is 900% of 10%, if you can follow that. All jobs aren't weighted equally. That's why his annual pronouncement is only paying $0.18.
The airline pilot/snowplow driver thing makes sense because he only flies a little bit at one time during the year, but the North Pole needs CONSTANT snowplowing. That's another thing I figured he would outsource ... maybe this should be retitled, "What It Takes To Keep The North Pole Running".
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