Interesting Facts About Santa’s Job

Christmas Eve is an exciting time of year for those who celebrate Christmas. Children hope that Santa has decided they made it on the nice list, not the naughty list, and they will wake up to gifts under the tree and in their stockings. Parents have wrapped up gifts with the label “From Santa.” But that’s not all.

Many people have been employed to dress up as Santa or Santa’s elves for parties, the shopping mall, or other events. Photographers are busy taking photos of Santa with children.

And because this blog enjoys taking a deep dive into the details of different kinds of jobs, today, we will look at interesting facts about Santa’s job. (Note: we will not discuss whether Santa Claus is real – we know the truth.)

Interesting Facts About Santa’s Job

Santa Claus is said to live at the North Pole with his wife, where he spends the year making toys with the help of his elves.

“Santa has 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical). This works out to 822.6 visits per second.” – Source

“Considering that the surface of the Earth extends over 510,1 million square kilometers, Santa must travel at a speed of 16,451,612 kilometers per hour to cover every last corner of the world in the 31 hours at his disposal.” – Source

“…there has been a 121% increase in requests this holiday season compared with last year but there are 15% fewer professional Santas available. ” – Source Comment regarding concerns for social distancing and COVID for older men who would be ideal to apply for the Santa role.

“Anecdotal evidence suggests that the earnings of professional Santas vary considerably, depending on the type of employer and duration of the work. The most lucrative work reportedly comes from contracts with shopping malls and photography companies, from which a professional Santa can earn up to $20,000 in one holiday season.” – Source

“Salaries depend on where and how long Santa grants holiday wishes, too. The most ‘lucrative’ Santa jobs come from working with malls and photography companies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where you can earn up to $20,000 in one holiday season.” – Source

“…while legends claim that Saint Nick is almost 2,000 years old, most Santas (39.14%) are Baby Boomers, which LinkedIn identifies as those born between 1946 and 1964. About 27% of Santas are Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, followed by Gen Xers (about 19%), born between 1965 and 1980.” – Source

“In the early 1890s, the Salvation Army needed money to pay for the free Christmas meals they provided to needy families. They began dressing up unemployed men in Santa Claus suits and sending them into the streets of New York to solicit donations. Those familiar Salvation Army Santas have been ringing bells on the street corners of American cities ever since.” – Source

“How much does a Santa make? As of Dec 16, 2022, the average annual pay for a Santa in the United States is $61,639 a year. Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $29.63 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,185/week or $5,136/month. ” – Source

How old is Santa? Many sources cite his age as 1752.

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11 thoughts on “Interesting Facts About Santa’s Job

  1. That’s one seriously fast moving sled! 😂😂 I hope that your Christmas holiday season is wonderful, dear Vanya, and thank you for sharing this interesting perspective on Santa Claus. 🎅🎄

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