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How Much Do Fictional Characters Earn?

January is the busiest time of year for jobseekers, with many of us dreaming of new opportunities or a bigger pay packet. While Adzuna is gearing up to help millions of people find their perfect jobs, we can’t make every dream come true. If your life ambition is to be an MIB Agent or Intergalactic Police Officer we’ve got bad news: these jobs only exist in fiction.

Since we love all things jobs – yes, even jobs that don’t actually exist – we decided to pull together some of fiction’s most famous jobs that are (probably) more exciting than yours and put them in a gorgeous infographic. Enjoy!

A note on recommended salaries: our salary predictor is great for predicting the salaries of software engineers, social workers and electricians because we analyse over a million job adverts. But we don’t have any data for Pokemon Gym Leaders, Starship Captains or Raptor Wranglers. So instead, we’ve used the rather less scientific method of comparing the salaries of equivalent jobs in the real world when appropriate along with a large dollop of guesswork.

If you think we’ve grossly over or undervalued a particular job role, or if we’ve missed out something altogether, feel free to Tweet us about it at @adzuna or get in touch directly.


Jobs From Fiction Infographic

What Fictional Characters From Films Would Be Paid

  • Raptor Wrangler (Jurassic Park) – 40k
  • Jedi Knight (Star Wars) – 35k
  • Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters) – 30k
  • Architect (Inception) – 55k
  • Replicant Test (Blade Runner) – 30k
  • Operator (The Matrix) – 15k
  • Superhero Costume Designer (The Incredibles) – 45k
  • Scarers (Monsters Inc) – 25k
  • Video Game Character (Wreckit Ralph) – 20k

What Fictional Characters From Books Would Be Paid

  • Gamemaker (The Hunger Games) – 45k
  • Double 0 Agent (James Bond) – 80k
  • Care of Magical Creatures Professor (Harry Potter) – 45k
  • Ministry of Truth Clerk (1984) – 35k
  • The Hand of the King (Game of Thrones) – 30k
  • Dream Blower (The BFG) – 35k

What Fictional Characters From Comic Books Would Be Paid

  • Intergalactic Police Officer (The Green Lantern) – 40k
  • MIB Agent (Men in Black) – 45k
  • Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 120k

What Fictional Characters From Myths Would Be Paid

  • Tooth Fairy – 200k
  • Santa Claus – pro bono
  • Easter Bunny – pro bono
  • Cupid – pro bono
  • Ferryman to hell (Charon) – pro bono
  • Fairy Godmother – pro bono

What Fictional Characters From TV Would Be Paid

  • Watcher (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – 30k
  • Starship Captain (Star Trek) – 90k
  • Companion (Doctor Who) – 25k

What Fictional Characters From Video Games Would Be Paid

  • Pokemon Gym Leader (Pokemon) – 35k
  • Travel Agent at the Department of Death (Grim Fandango) – 35k