Sure there’s a few Mrs. Clauses out there, but every kid knows Santa is a chubby guy with a white beard, ruddy cheeks, and a deep Ho, Ho, Ho. What the kids don’t know — and not a lot of the rest of us either — is that the kindly shopping mall Santa can pull in $8-$12k for the six- or seven-week season.
CareerCast, which lists playing Santa as one of the best of the seasonal holiday jobs, says a few of the jobs can pay $100 an hour at the high end. Those who get on the corporate and social holiday circuit easily make that much, and way more, like up to a few grand per gig.
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The downside is there’s no advancement opportunities, it’ll never turn into a permanent job, and chances are good some of the kids are going to throw up on you. On the other hand, you be one of Santa’s elfs, a job CareerCast puts in its worst category.