Over the course of The Simpsons‘ 596-episode run, Homer managed to work at least 191 jobs on top of his regular gig at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant (take that, first 7 jobs!) — and he was an utter failure at almost all of them. Two things he excelled at, however: drinking beer and making middle-class dads feel better about themselves by comparison. To paint a picture of what an economic rollercoaster Homer’s job history would be in real life, Vox figured out the salaries of his many jobs and ranked 100 of them. The breakdown might tell you a bit about the middle class, or make you wonder how Homer had all that time to spend at Moe’s.
While his top 10 jobs had salaries in the 6-figure range, his median salary was only $40,510. Thirteen percent of his jobs overall paid more than $100,000, whereas 49 percent of them put him in the middle class, and 38 percent in the lower class. His full-time position as a nuclear safety inspector ranked just 59th overall, with annual salary of $37,416, but 3 of Homer’s highest-paying positions where also at the power plant, so perhaps the radiation was worth it? (The answer is: d’oh!)
Homer has held other impressive positions such as an internet startup founder, a hitman, and Alec Baldwin’s personal assistant. Interestingly, his salary of $40,510 as a voice actor doesn’t begin to compare with Dan Castellaneta’s, the actor who rakes in roughly $6.6 million per season voicing Homer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Who knew there was such a shocking cartoon wage gap? Meanwhile, Homer’s lowest-paying jobs serve as important reminders to never encourage your kids to become drive-through workers ($17,900), wrestlers ($18,000), or mini golf assistants ($18,720). Unless they’re truly in it for the art.
Vox’s analysis noted that when you factored in all of Homer’s jobs and adjusted for inflation, his median income never went above the median income in the United States. Despite a few successes here and there, his income has mostly remained stagnant for the past 27 years, which may sound familiar. Basically, if middle-class America was a person, it would be Homer Simpson. No wonder he’s running for president.
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