How Much Do Mall Santas Really Make?
Divide by 10,000 screaming children per season.
Ho-ho-ho-happy mall Santa season! It may only be late October, but blink and the throngs of mall Santas will descend upon consumer emporiums near you.
Now, if you've ever wondered how much these spiffily-suited fellas make, you're not alone. In fact, roughly 210 people a month search for the term "how much do mall Santas make?" Some, no doubt, are searching in an effort to don a white beard and red suit and get to work.
As Reader's Digest reported in the intriguing piece, 25 Things Your Mall Santa Won’t Tell You, "I make around $10,000 a season doing this, but cut me some slack," writes author Michelle Crouch, from the perspective of Saint Nick. "Between October and December, most mall Santas work about forty 10-hour days and listen to 30,000 children." That's a lot of smiles (and tantrums and tears, we'd bet, too).
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Another interesting factoid we learned in the article about Mr. Claus' gig? Real beards are tops but those faux white beards some Santas sports can cost up to $3,000 to order at a wig designer. Yikes! Santa ought to put in for a new pair of whiskers on his Christmas list.