Insure.com’s annual salary calculation based on recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) wage data shows Santa would earn a salary of $152,367.
For running the workshop (closest matching BLS occupation, industrial engineer), Insure.com calculates that Santa would earn $126,468 this year, up 2% from last year. As a professional shopper (Sales and Related Workers, All Other), he would earn $2,318, down 8% from last year.
Other breakdowns are as follows:
- Wrapper of gifts; Packers and Packagers, Hand; $2,053; up 4%;
- Labor negotiator with elves; Labor Relations Specialists; $5,750; up 2%;
- Letter reader; Correspondence Clerks; $1,832; up 1%;
- Sitting in mall to speak with children; Customer Service Representatives; $2,879; up 1%;
- Investigator (knows if you’ve been good or bad); Private Detectives and Investigators; $794; up 3%;
- List checker; Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks; $592; up 2%;
- Taking care of reindeer; Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Agricultural Animals; $4,883; up 4%;
- Snow plow driver; Highway Maintenance Workers; $3,488; up 2%;
- Driver of sleigh; Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers; $775; up 5%;
- Going down chimneys; Building Cleaning Workers, All Other (Chimney Sweeper); $152; up 2%;
- Cookie and milk taster; Agricultural Inspectors; $216; up 1%;
- Distributor (of gifts); Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks; $163; up 2%; and
- Announcer (“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”); Public Address System and Other Announcers; $0.20; down 5%.
The Santa Index is a light-hearted annual Insure.com tradition, but it is used to remind people about the importance of life insurance.
To see more about how Insure.com estimates Santa’s salary, go to https://www.insure.com/life-insurance/santa-index.html.