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Santa’s salary: how much does santa get paid?

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When you set foot in a mall during the holiday season, you are guaranteed to see the festively decorated pavilion marking the presence of everyone’s favorite jolly old elf. If you celebrate Christmas, the eyes probably evokes memories of sitting on Santa’s lap yourself as a child. But now that you are a grown-up, you can ask yourself what it is like to be the other person in that scenario.

Listen to the requests of small children, while the embody the spirit of Christmas, sounds like a delicious way to make some extra money—or it sounds like an utter nightmare. Either way, a mall Santa will tell you that the work is much more than just throw on a red suit. Mall Santas-to-be often go through a rigorous training process, learning the ins and outs of the north pole etiquette.

This iconic tackle, especially custom-made, the cost can be upwards of a thousand dollars—and real-looking white beard cost a pretty penny.
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And, of course, the needs of a suit before he can start with the Christmas requests. While many mall Santas are equipped with the iconic red getup, some have their own, Vox reports. And that fits, custom made, can cost upwards of a thousand dollars—and real-looking white beard cost a pretty penny.

The salary for that expenditure? Well, according to GOBankingRates, Santa’s salary itself can vary quite a bit. The median hourly rate for a mall Santa is $30, but the rates as low as $12 or as high as a whopping $75. That can amount to an annual take of around $7,000 to $ 10,000. And then there is something of a “Santa’s elite”—people who are very passionate about the work, and return year after year. This distinguished Kringles, that the progress of the mall jobs for higher-profile gigs at corporate events and private parties, can rake in as much as $20,000 per year.

But even the smaller salary for shopping centre Santas average is higher than the hourly rate for most other seasonal employment. GOBankingRates reports that the average hourly rate for seasonal jobs is just $10, with the santa Claus earn more than the norm.
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But even the smaller salary for shopping centre Santas average is higher than the hourly rate for most other seasonal employment. GOBankingRates reports that the average hourly rate for seasonal jobs is just $10, with the santa Claus earn more than the norm.

What all Santas can agree on, though, is that it is not a job you do for the money. You take on the mantle of Santa Claus, because you love the holiday season and want to spread the christmas spirit. The money is just icing on the milk and cookies. Read on for the full list of the surprising things your mall Santa won’t tell you.

This story was originally published by Reader’s Digest.

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