Oscar Mayer Is Looking for New Wienermobile Drivers—Here’s How to Apply

Would you relish the opportunity to see the USA through the windshield of a motorized hot dog? Now’s your chance.

Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile visits a Chicago school.
Oscar Mayer’s Wienermobile visits a Chicago school. / Tim Boyle/GettyImages

The Batmobile. James Bond’s Aston Martin. The Wienermobile. All iconic vehicles that have a place in popular culture, but few people get the opportunity to actually drive one.

If Oscar Mayer declares you fit for Wienermobile duty, though, now you can.

The company recently announced its annual call for drivers to steer its small fleet of Wienermobiles, the hot dog-shaped vehicles that draw cheers and puzzled looks as they traverse the country. Those looking to raise brand awareness for hot dogs will need to be college graduates with a degree “preferably in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising, or marketing, though applicants are not limited to these degrees,” according to the job description. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, be passionate about driving a novelty car, and be willing to visit 20 states and cover 200,000 miles over the span of a year.

The gig offers a base salary of $35,600 plus a health benefits package and a weekly stipend of $150 to cover meals and personal travel.

The Wienermobile dates back to the 1930s, when Oscar Mayer’s nephew Carl suggested his uncle build a 13-foot-long mobile hot dog for promotional purposes. Eligible drivers receive training at Hot Dog High in Madison, Wisconsin; passengers are said to ride “shotbun.”

Competition for the job is fierce: Oscar Mayer asserts that its acceptance rate of less than 1 percent of applicants makes it more competitive than Ivy League admissions, a nice little fact that may help when your parents ask what you’re now doing for a living. If you want to apply, applications will be accepted through January 31.

[h/t USA Today]

A version of this story was published in 2023; it has been updated for 2024.