What if the X-Men weren’t a team of superheroes and instead had regular jobs? With the release of X-Men: Apocalypse in theaters, the career experts at Zippia broke down each of the most popular X-Men mutants and figured out what their annual salaries would be if they had proper day jobs. What would superheroes like Wolverine, Beast, and Rogue be doing to make a living, instead of saving the world from mutant threats and other evils?
The career search engine took 25 of the most popular mutant and human characters from the X-Men comic book series and gave them day jobs based on their powers and abilities. Surprisingly, the top earner from the X-Men isn’t a mutant at all. As a geneticist, Dr. Moira MacTaggert has the earning power of almost $200,000 a year, while Vulcan and Sway round out the top three earners, as an astronaut ($141,715) and Instagram celebrity ($100,000), respectively.
Colossus and Nightcrawler are in the middle of the pack as an art instructor and drama teacher at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and would both make $55,000 annually. Wolverine is just ahead of them, making $57,000 a year as a butcher. At the bottom of the salary chart, Zippia predicts that Changeling ($25,000) and Iceman ($19,050) would earn the smallest salaries, as an improv actor and bartender, respectively.