By Allen Greenberg
Plenty of Americans haven’t gotten much of a raise in recent years. But that doesn’t mean Santa doesn’t deserve one, even if it is rather paltry.
According to the latest annual analysis of this question by the people at Foster City, Calif.-based Insure.com, the value of Santa’s labor is $137,795 this year.
That’s a $2,851 bump over Santa’s $134,944 salary last year.
To calculate Santa’s value, Insure.com 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
Insure.com also surveyed 2,000 adults in October to find how people feel about the Santa salary question.
People, it said, tended to be either very stingy or very generous:
- 37 percent 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 Santa’s salary is a controversial topic,” said Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. “Many people have come to expect free delivery, even in this cold economy.”
Controversial? OK, sure, though certainly not on the level sparked by Fox News broadcaster Megyn Kelly’s “tongue-in-cheek” comments last week that Santa Clause is white.
Originally published on BenefitsPro.com