It’s the week before Christmas and this year children aren’t the only ones scoring a gift.
According to a consumer insurance information website if Santa was a paid employee he would make more than $139,000 this year. That’s a 1.5% raise from last year. To figure out Santa’s salary the company takes a list of his tasks and finds the closest occupations.
For example Santa’s highest hourly wages come from running the workshop, a job similar to an industrial engineer; or piloting the sleigh like an airline pilot. His lowest paying jobs are working as a packer by wrapping gifts or a farm worker for taking care of reindeer.
And even though it’s a metaphorical salary some people think it’s undeserved. According to a survey of 895 people 29% think Santa should be paid nothing. But on the flip side another 29% think he should be paid one dollar for every child under the age of fifteen; if you’re keeping count that’s a billion dollar salary.