Imagine someone walking up to you at the top of every hour and handing you a $20 bill. You'd be earning approximately the same amount of money that the average American does. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national mean for hourly wages is $20.44.
That said, wouldn't it be nice to earn more than the average? Not that a $20.44/hour gig is anything to sneeze at, but a bigger paycheck is never a bad thing. At least it's fun to daydream about having more money in your checking account. That's why we play the lottery, after all.
We've put together a list of jobs that pay at least $10 more than the national average just to give you an idea of how some people are earning their nice paychecks. Indulge your curious side and take a look at these 30 jobs that pay between $30 and $39 per hour.
3. Purchasing managers make purchases on behalf of organizations in order to get needed supplies at the best rates.
Hourly pay: $39.80
4. Environmental engineers study environmental problems, such as air and water pollution, and design solutions that governments and the general population can put into practice.
Hourly pay: $39.72
5. Post-secondary chemistry teachers educate college and university students on chemistry and related subjects.
Hourly pay: $39.47
6. Animal scientists study the life cycle and related biological issues of farm animals.
Hourly pay: $39.02
7. Chemical engineers are involved in the production of chemicals and in trouble-shooting any problems that arise in their manufacturing.
Hourly pay: $38.88
8. Industrial production managers oversee the planning and production of manufactured goods.
Hourly pay: $38.60
9. Physician assistants work under a physician's guidance to provide health-care services to patients.
Hourly pay: $37.84
10. Medical and health services managers oversee and manage the business needs of health care facilities or departments.
Hourly pay: $37.82
11. Post-secondary education administrators are responsible for managing the everyday operations of educational facilities.
Hourly pay: $37.51
12. Operations research analysts study issues relating to management and operations through engineering and other scientific methods.
Hourly pay: $36.57
15. Nuclear technicians work with scientists on research and experiments relating to nuclear physics.
Hourly pay: $35.23
16. Construction managers oversee the building of construction projects, from the planning stages to the budgeting.
Hourly pay: $34.77
18. Market research analysts conduct research on different markets to estimate the business potential for an organization's marketing and promotional efforts.
Hourly pay: $33.79
19. Civil engineers design and oversee the construction of large-scale public works, such as bridges, dams and airports.
Hourly pay: $33.06
20. Nuclear medicine technologists work with radioactive materials and equipment used in procedures related to nuclear medicine.
Hourly pay: $32.56
21. Architects design buildings, homes and other structures for various clients.
Hourly pay: $31.61
22. Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have difficulty speaking, which can be the result of hearing loss, physical conditions or language barriers.
Hourly pay: $30.71
23. Chemists research and analyze different substances, often through experiments.
Hourly pay: $31.35
24. Training and development managers plan and organize a company's training for staff.
Hourly pay: $30.63
25. Diagnostic medical sonographers are responsible for ultrasounds that physicians order for patients.
Hourly pay: $30.45
26. Medical scientists research diseases and their effects on humans in order to understand how they operate and how they can be treated.
Hourly pay: $30.35
28. Technical writers compose documents and communications that contain highly technical information but are easily understood by nontechnical readers.
Hourly pay: $30.08
29. Ship engineers supervise the operations of a ship, from equipment maintenance to electrical issues.
Hourly pay: $30.04
30. Dental hygienists perform some dental care on patients and instruct them on other preventive care habits.
Hourly pay: $30.01
*Salary information based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/abalderrama.
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