Every year around Mother’s Day, Salary.com looks at the role of a typical mother in a typical household and calculates an annual salary based on the market rates for the various jobs she does. Using the Mom Salary Wizard, I determined that the media salary for a mother of two school-age children living in my town is over $134,000.
This calculation doesn’t mean that she should only accept a full-time job that pays at least this amount, and it doesn’t mean that a family would need to pay this much to hire others to take care of mom’s responsibilities. Perhaps it encourages people not to underestimate the important roles covered by the typical mother in an average household.
The graphic included here takes a similar approach and applies it to Santa Claus. Looking at the work Santa does in order for Christmas to be successful, researchers have determined that Santa’s annual income should be almost $133,000. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they used median salaries for jobs like farmworker (to represent Santa’s reindeer wrangling), correspondence clerk (to represent Santa’s letter reading), and retail sales (to represent Santa’s shopping on behalf of consumers).
Updated October 9, 2016 and originally published December 13, 2011.