Homer Simpson’s 100+ Jobs From CEO To Mini-Golf Assistant: An Analysis

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By In an early episode of The Simpsons, Homer Simpson walks with Marge through downtown Springfield. “Careful now,” he admonishes his wife. “These are dangerous streets for us upper-lower-middle-class types.”

Homer Simpson was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening

Homer Simpson was created and designed by cartoonist Matt Groening.

This is Homer’s first admission to being “middle-class” — but for the rest of us, this always seemed obvious. Homer has all the trappings of a stereotypical working-class American: He lives in a modest home in the suburbs with his wife and three children. He works a factory job while his wife Marge tends to the children and cooks. He is not a college graduate. He drinks beer, loves to grill, and wears a white polo shirt with blue jeans.

And his paycheck — which is briefly revealed in season seven — verifies his self-proclaimed economic status:

According to the stub, Homer’s pretax weekly pay of $479.60 works out to $11.99 an hour, or an annual salary of $24,395. Adjusted for inflation, that’s $37,416 per year.

 This falls considerably short of the national average of $48,320. But in Springfield, Oregon, — the real-life town The Simpsons is loosely based on — Homer’s salary places him squarely in the middle-class income bracket.

Of course, this is all based on his regular gig as a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. But Homer Simpson has held more than 100 other jobs during The Simpsons’ 27-season run — and analyzing them shows exactly how much of a middle-class icon the cartoon character really is.

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Source: Vox.com


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