Department of Labor and Regulation

Title - Labor Market Information Center

North Pole Wages in South Dakota

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As the frigid Arctic air whooshes across the hills and prairies of South Dakota, it sometimes feels like we might be almost as chilly as the North Pole. Let's say Santa decided to head south to a slightly warmer locale to set up his workshop. What would the average wages for a variety of jobs and duties be if Santa packed up all the toys, reindeer games, candy canes, etc., and relocated to South Dakota? The North Pole is a self-contained organization and cookies are its standard currency. However, if its residents wanted to venture out to explore, shop, dine and play in our state, gingerbread snaps and sugar cookies wouldn't work as forms of payment in most places.

The tables show how much an individual would earn per hour doing a variety of North Pole jobs or tasks in South Dakota wages. The South Dakota or national occupational equivalent is listed according to the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code along with the related average wage. Keep in mind, some of these duties would only total up to a few hours, days or weeks each year (e.g., Santa's Merry Christmas proclamations, mall visits) and others would be year-round jobs (e.g., toy-making, cooking-baking and naughty-or-nice reconnaissance).

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Santa wage table

Mrs. Claus wage table

Elves wage table

These lists are not all-inclusive. Other elven jobs include, but are not limited to, coal specialists, airfield operation specialists, assistant weather elves and Santa's mailroom workers. You can find the South Dakota or national occupational equivalents for these and more from the menu on our Occupational Wages page.

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
123 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4505
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184