- Deseret News - Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Claus knows when you’re sleeping. He knows when you’re awake.

He also knows how to make mad money.

According to the 2014 Santa Index done by Insure, all the work Kris Kringle puts into the holiday season should earn him a $140,000 yearly salary if he were paid. Not too shabby for a guy who works one day a year and has hundreds of elves do much of the work for him during the holiday season.

Although, he actually does more than that, according to the Santa Index, which classified Santa as an industrial engineer who manages the North Pole 364 days a year. That makes him worth a $139,924 yearly salary.

Managing the North Pole takes up much of his time and creates that high salary, while “other tasks, like cookie tasting and auditing — including checking the list twice — demand fewer hours,” the Santa Index study reported.

That salary may seem high for Old St. Nick. It’s even higher when you consider he gets paid more than the position of “mom” does.

According to a study cited by Fox News, everything a mother does supposedly adds up to $117,000 a year. The study looked at what tasks mothers perform, like driving to day-care centers, housekeeping and talking to their kids, and equated them to the yearly salaries of real life professions, like maids, drivers and psychologists, which brought researchers to a $117,000 yearly salary.

So does Santa deserve to get paid more than your mom?

Well, according to the Santa Index survey, Santa isn’t getting paid enough. In fact, 29 percent of Americans feel Santa should be paid $1.8 billion, which is about $1 for every child that believes in him. Others think Santa’s salary should be closer to $100,000 or less (17 percent), and 16 percent feel it should be between $100,000 and $200,000, the index reported.

There’s no equivalent study about how much people think moms should be paid. But Time magazine’s Brad Tuttle said many would probably be on mom’s side for earning higher pay.

“If the question were ever asked, it would be wise to answer that moms (and dads too, of course) deserve to make at least as much if not more than Santa Claus,” Mr. Tuttle wrote. “Santa would surely agree that there’s nothing more valuable than a good parent — and remember, he’s watching.”

That actually isn’t surprising since Santa doesn’t really want the high salary for himself. “Singing Santa” Ric Erwin said to Insure that Santa, who wasn’t available for comments, wanted to be charitable with his salary.

“Not only was he quite unconcerned with earning a salary, he was actively engaged in giving his wealth away,” Mr. Erwin said to Insure. “What would he spend it on — and where?”

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