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20 Jobs That Pay $25 per Hour

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

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Twenty-five dollars. It can buy you two movie tickets, one bottle of nice wine (or several of the cheap stuff), or 25 of your favorite items from the dollar menu at McDonalds. It might not seem like a lot -- but when you think about it in terms of your salary, you might change your mind.

If you earned $25 an hour and worked the standard 40-hour workweek for 52 weeks each year, you'd be raking in $52,000* per year. Considering the national average salary is $43,460, according to the National Compensation Survey, you'd be doing pretty well for yourself.

So who earns more than $25 per hour? Here are 20 jobs that pay $25 or more per hour and their predicted job growth through 2018**:

1. Vocational education teachers, postsecondary

What they do: Teach students in a variety of subjects beyond the high school level

Hourly wage: $25.01

Mean annual salary: $52,030

Job outlook: 15 percent job growth through 2018

2. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

What they do: Control and maintain heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems

Hourly wage: $25.02

Mean annual salary: $52,040

Job outlook: 5 percent job growth through 2018

3. Health care practitioners and technical workers, all other

What they do: N/A

Hourly wage: $25.05

Mean annual salary: $52,110

Job outlook: N/A**

4. Curators

What they do: Oversee museum affairs and activities

Hourly wage: $25.16

Mean annual salary: $52,330

Job outlook: 23 percent job growth through 2018

5. Transit and railroad police

What they do: Protect and patrol railroad and transit property, employees and passengers

Hourly wage: $25.17

Mean annual salary: $52,350

Job outlook: N/A

6. Court reporters

What they do: Create verbatim transcripts of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings and other events

Hourly wage: $25.22

Mean annual salary: $52,460

Job outlook: 18 percent job growth through 2018

7. Subway and streetcar operators

What they do: Operate train systems and handle fares for passengers

Hourly wage: $25.38

Mean annual salary: $52,800

Job outlook: N/A

8. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

What they do: Diagnose and repair aircraft engines and assemblies

Hourly wage: $25.47

Mean annual salary: $52,970

Job outlook: 6 percent job growth through 2018

9. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

What they do: Set-up, remove and repair switching and dialing equipment used in central offices or on customers' property

Hourly wage: $25.48

Mean annual salary: $52,990

Job outlook: 0 percent job growth through 2018

10. Real estate sales agents

What they do: Rent, buy or sell property for clients

Hourly wage: $25.53

Mean annual salary: $53,100

Job outlook: 16 percent job growth through 2018

11. Advertising sales agents

What they do: Sell or solicit ads or advertising space in publications, signs, TV and radio

Hourly wage: $25.57

Mean annual salary: $53,190

Job outlook: 7 percent job growth through 2018

12. Dieticians and nutritionists

What they do: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to promote health and disease control

Hourly wage: $25.59

Mean annual salary: $53,230

Job outlook: 9 percent job growth through 2018

13. Music directors and composers

What they do: Conduct and plan performances by musical groups

Hourly wage: $25.68

Mean annual salary: $53,410

Job outlook: N/A

14. Lodging managers

What they do: Plan and coordinate accommodations of an organization or department that provides lodging

Hourly wage: $25.72

Mean annual salary: $53,500

Job outlook: N/A

15. Appraisers and assessors of real estate

What they do: Appraise property to determine its fair value

Hourly wage: $25.73

Mean annual salary: $53,520

Job outlook: 5 percent job growth through 2018

16. Construction and building engineers

What they do: Plan, direct, or budget activities with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities and systems

Hourly wage: $25.75

Mean annual salary: $53,550

Job outlook: 17 percent job growth through 2018

17. Locomotive engineers

What they do: Drive locomotives to transport passengers or freight

Hourly wage: $25.77

Mean annual salary: $53,590

Job outlook: 10 percent job growth through 2018

18. Tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents

What they do: Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms

Hourly wage: $25.87

Mean annual salary: $53,800

Job outlook: 13 percent job growth through 2018

19. Sound engineering technicians

What they do: Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix or reproduce music, voices or sound

Hourly wage: $25.93

Mean annual salary: $53,940

Job outlook: 2 percent job growth through 2018

20. Chemical and plant system operators

What they do: Control or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines

Hourly wage: $25.97

Mean annual salary: $54,010

Job outlook: N/A

*Figures were found by dividing the annual salary by 52 weeks (in the year).

**Salary information according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hourly wages and annual salaries were computed based on mean number of hours worked each week and year, which vary per occupation.

***Some occupations do not collect data for job growth.



Last Updated: 14/10/2010 - 12:38 PM


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