Santas Job Value Would Be $137,795, but Many Might Give Him Lump of Coal

(PRWEB) December 16, 2013

Many people think Santa should work for free and, if he calls in sick, the best replacement is actor Tim Allen.

Those are the results of an survey that looked at how people view the value of Santas many jobs.

In an annual analysis of the average wages associated with Santas duties, found that his work is worth $ 137,795 this year. Thats a small increase over the average wages for the same jobs last year, when Santas potential salary was $ 134,944.

To calculate Santas value, estimated the number of hours he might spend at each important task investigator of the naughty, list checker, workshop manager, delivery driver and many others and used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find the closest matching occupations and average hourly wages.

But adults nationwide are divided over the issue of a Santa salary. When asked how much Santa should be paid, people tended to be either very stingy or very generous:

37 said Santa should not be paid his work should be charitable.
27 percent said $ 1.8 billion a year, which is approximately $ 1 for every child under the age of 15 in the world.
15 percent said between $ 100,000 and $ 200,000 a year.
12 percent said under $ 100,000 a year.
9 percent said more than $ 200,000 a year.

The disparity between the two most popular answers reveals that Santas salary is a controversial topic, said Amy Danise, editorial director of Many people have come to expect free delivery, even in this cold economy. They want their presents sealed with Santa Prime tape.

Those who expect pro bono service likely wouldnt give Santa any sick days. Nonetheless, asked who should fill in for Santa if he calls out sick on Christmas Eve. There were several categories of choices, but actor Tim Allen snags the sleigh keys based on his past job experience.

Because they have played Santa before:

27 percent, Tim Allen {The Santa Clause)
15 percent, John Goodman (“The Year Without a Santa Claus”)
13 percent, Tom Hanks (“Polar Express”)
2 percent, Billy Bob Thornton (“Bad Santa”)
1 percent, Bryan Cranston (“‘Twas the Night”)

Because they’ve got plenty of money to spend on presents:

14 percent, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates
7 percent, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett

Because he wouldn’t forget to feed the reindeer:

6 percent, animal expert Jack Hanna

Because theyd keep the elves in line:

5 percent, businessman Donald Trump
3 percent, Fox TV host Bill O’Reilly
2 percent, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick

Because they make magic:

4 percent, illusionist David Copperfield
1 percent, illusionist David Blaine

I think were leaving money on the table here, said Danise of the Tim Allen win. Gates and Buffett have already promised to give away their fortunes. What better way to do that than in one glorious night of around-the-world reckless abandon?

No matter what your job is, knowing how much your family would need to replace your income and your household duties is an important step in determining how much life insurance you might need.

See the full chart of Santa jobs and wages at

Methodology surveyed 2,000 people age 18 and older. Respondents were split evenly between males and females and distributed across age groups according to Census data on age distribution. The online-panel survey was fielded in October 2013.

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