A good Santa Claus can pull in some serious cash over the season. Start putting on the lbs for next year!

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Forget driving for Uber or Lyft for extra spending money, because assuming you have the right body type, you could earn a killing during future holiday seasons working as Santa Claus.

According to HireSanta LLC, a firm that “hires” Santas to work at malls and homes across the country every holiday season, a burly man dressed as Santa can earn up to $15,000 per season.

“Most make $3,000 to $7,000, but it really varies based on how much Santa wants to work and the type of work he wants to do,” HireSanta’s founder Mitch Allen recently revealed to Fox Business.

Allen’s company caught the nation’s attention earlier this month when he appeared on the reality show “Shark Tank” in search of a $200,000 investment. He wound up securing a deal with multimillionaire investor Barbara Corcoran in exchange for 10 percent of his company.


Technically, HireSanta doesn’t really hire Santas. It simply connects them with clients.

“Clients (individuals, agencies, casting directors, etc.) pay us a set fee upfront to connect them with a Santa Claus that can fill their need. We then locate the perfect Santa for them and connect the client to Santa,” the firm’s Web Page explains.

“We ensure that the handoff is smooth and that both parties are happy. The client pays the Santa Claus directly according to our guidelines and experience levels.”

According to a number of Santas, the pay is certainly better than the minimum wage.

“[I typically charge] $150 to $250 an hour depending on the day and time. On Christmas Eve, I charge $300 an hour and as much as $500 for Christmas Day,” Walt Frasier, a New York-based Santa, told Fox last year, adding that he made $7,000 during the 2017 Christmas season alone.

The work schedule is nice as well.

“I work about five days a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Lynn Allen from the Dallas-Fort Worth area said. “The number of hours varies greatly, from more than 12 hours on Saturdays to just a few on the weekdays.”

“My ideal client is an event that needs a performing Santa, a larger-than-life Santa with a magical look. I work with many large event planning companies that use Santa in their productions.”

HireSanta’s Santas rarely just work at a mall. Some avoid the mall altogether, as mall gigs tend to pay poorly. A Payscale survey conducted last year reportedly found that mall Santas earn as little as $30 to $75 an hour versus Frasier’s $150 to $250 an hour.

Big difference!

But there’s a catch: Starting out as a Santa can be expensive.

“Good off-the-rack [Santa] suits are $300 to $500 while custom suits are $700 to $1,200-plus,” Mitch Allen (the firm’s CEO) said. “Most good Santas have a custom belt and buckle that are $200 to $300 and boots are around $100 to $1,000, so it can be expensive.”


The good news is you’d recoup your losses quickly, especially in the current economic environment.

Founded in 2012, Allen’s company is reportedly slated to earn over a million in sales this year: “We have seen a dramatic influx of requests this year than last year,” he said.

And the requests keep pouring in as Christmas steadily approaches:

Want to be their Santa? Well, what’re you waiting for!?



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