Jobs That Pay $60,000 a Year

Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

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So, you want more money? Welcome to the club. We've been waiting for you.

These days, it seems no one is satisfied with the amount of zeros at the end of his or her paycheck.  According to a new CareerBuilder.com survey, 83 percent of employees are living paycheck to paycheck to make ends meet. Twenty-three percent of respondents said they would need to earn an extra $251 to $500 more per paycheck to live comfortably, while 12 percent said they need to earn $501 to $750. Twenty percent of workers say they would need to earn more than an additional $1,000 more per check to live comfortably.

With the current national median salary at $40,690, these statistics are as surprising as they are expected. If you're looking to earn a few more dollars per paycheck, here are 15 jobs that earn between $60,000 and $69,999 annually, which are also expected to experience growth through 2016.

1.   Appraiser

Annual mean income: $60,689*

Projected employment in 2016: 118,000**

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 17 percent


2.   Architect

Annual mean income: $62,246

Projected employment in 2016: 155,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 18 percent

3.   Communications editor

Annual mean income: $68,267

Projected employment in 2016: 124,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 9 percent


4.   Computer Programmer Analyst

Annual mean income: $65,911

Projected employment in 2016: 650,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 29 percent

5.   Counseling psychologist

Annual mean income: $64,851

Projected employment in 2016: 176,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 16 percent

6.   Pediatric nurse

Annual mean income: $61,467

Projected employment in 2016: 3,092,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 23 percent

7.   Physician assistant

Annual mean income: $63,655

Projected employment in 2016: 83,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 27 percent

8.   Property leasing manager

Annual mean income: $65,320

Projected employment in 2016: 379,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 15 percent


9.   Seismologist

Annual mean income: $66,749

Projected employment in 2016: 38,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 22 percent

Web developer

Annual mean income: $66,864

Projected employment in 2016: 157,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 15 percent

10.  Media manager

Annual mean income: $66,931

Projected employment in 2016: 651,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 12 percent

11.  Meteorologist

Annual mean income: $68,594

Projected employment in 2016: 9,700

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 11 percent

12.  Purchasing manager

Annual mean income: $69,373

Projected employment in 2016: 72,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 3 percent

13.  Vascular technologist

Annual mean income: $69,036

Projected employment in 2016: 57,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 27 percent

14.  Video producer

Annual mean income: $62,476

Projected employment in 2016: 103,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016:11 percent

* Annual mean income from CBSalary.com.

** Employment projections based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Rachel Zupek is a writer and blogger for Careerbuilder.com. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 16/09/2008 - 12:03 AM


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