Santa has a tough job, but have you ever wondered how much he’d get paid for it?
According to a new “study” from Insure.com, St. Nick would earn a cool $139,924 annually if he were paid fair wages for all of the jobs he handles. In other words, researchers added up the various duties and tasks that make up Santa’s job description and then compared them to wages made in similar, real-life careers.
Here are just a few of the roles they included: professional shopper, letter reader, sleigh pilot, chimney sweep and labour negotiator (with the elves, of course). The researchers then tried to estimate the amount of time Santa would put into each task in order to figure out how much he would make collectively. His 10-hour sleigh-pilot shift on Christmas Eve, for example, nets Santa about $623 ($62.31 per hour) a year. His toy workshop, meanwhile, brings in a cool $116,742 annually.
You still have to wonder how much money he loses heating that place up at the North Pole though. Cost of living ain’t cheap on the Arctic Circle, amiright Kris?