Santa Claus Would Earn More Than $150K This Year

Thirteen of Santa’s main job assignments experienced wage growth this year, according to’s annual Santa Index.’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), 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 tradition, but it is used to remind people about the importance of life insurance.


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