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Job Chores: Toys for All Good Girls and Boys. Salary: $140,000

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Tending to capricious elves. Feeding and caring for a dozen reindeer. And then overseeing the production of ALL those toys.

It's not easy being Santa, but if the jolly old elf were paid in today's dollars for the many tasks he handles, he'd earn about $140,000 annually, USA Today reports, citing an annual Santa Index survey from the consumer insurance website Insure.

The survey of 895 presumably "good" adults who believe Santa makes a visit to them each year relies on wage data taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA Today said.

Some positive fiscal news for the big guy in red. His 2014 salary for spreading Christmas cheer rose 1.4 percent over last year, USA Today noted.

Not everyone who responded, however, had a heart growing "three sizes larger." More than a quarter said Santa should make nothing for his efforts, while 29 percent felt his global good-cheer services were worth $1.8 billion.

Said Amy Danise, insure.com's editorial director: "The economic 'value' of Santa appears to be a hot-button issue."

According to bankrate.com, Santa's five-week holiday season payroll is calculated at $34,510,000.

Just 15 or so days remain until the North Pole denizen departs from his workshop for his round-the-world trek, NORAD reports.

Those wishing to send Santa a letter can contact him directly at northpole.com

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It's not easy being Santa Claus, but if he were being paid in today's dollars for his many tasks — tending to elves, caring for reindeer, overseeing toy requests and production — he'd earn about $140,000 annually, USA Today reports.
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