When you think of seasonal jobs, very specific types of gigs probably spring to mind. Most likely, you’re picturing retail jobs, with a special focus on the kind that require you to wear elf ears and striped stockings.
Forget being Santa's elf or wrapping packages at your local department store. The best-paying seasonal jobs look a lot like what professionals do the rest of the year -- and pay similar rates.
One of the more unique jobs out there is working as a Santa Claus. The job requirements include a sizeable tummy, a real beard (fake ones are out) and a convincing “ho-ho-ho.” While it may sound like holiday heresy to mention "Santa" and "salary" in the same breath, you might be surprised to learn that Santas can earn a high hourly wage for bringing joy to little kids and big kids alike.
A beginning Santa can earn an hourly wage of $100, while veteran Santas can earn an average wage of $175 to $200 per hour. The really big pay rate comes on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; that's when these Kris Kringles can earn wages of $175 to $200 for their first hour of work, and $100 to $300 for every hour after that.
If a Santa works 40 days during the holiday season, he can ring in the New Year with $8,000 to $10,000 in total wages. The big money is reportedly in private and corporate events, that’s where Santa’s wishes come true. Of course, there are some expenses, namely, the red suit, boots, and belt which can put Santa out $500 to $1000 bucks. However, earning $10,000 in a little more than month is good money, especially for retirees.
Is your salary a holiday gift or a nightmare? Find out with our Santa, er, salary calculator.