Nobody likes to be average. Not you. Not me. Not even your salary.
The national average salary in the United States is $43,460, according to the National Compensation Survey. That works out to be $20.90 per hour. So in order to be above average, you have to earn more than $21 per hour. Why not be way above average and find a job that pays $10 more than the average hourly salary?
We gathered a handful (30) of the many jobs that pay between $30 and $39 per hour, which rake in a solid $62,000 to $82,000 annually. Take a look and see how your salary stacks up:
1. Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products make purchases to get needed farm supplies at the best rates.
Hourly pay: $30.02
Annual salary: $62,450
Hourly pay: $30.20
Annual salary: $62,810
3. Loan officers evaluate, authorize or recommend approval of commercial, real estate or credit loans.
Hourly pay: $30.39
Annual salary: $63,210
4. Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators help out with alternative resolutions to settle disputes outside of court. The processes are less formal than a court trial.
Hourly pay: $30.41
Annual salary: $63,250
5. Insurance underwriters review applications for insurance coverage and accept or decline them based on the degree of risk involved.
Hourly pay: $30.45
Annual salary: $63,330
6. Diagnostic medical sonographers perform ultrasounds that physicians order for patients.
Hourly pay: $30.60
Annual salary: $63,640
7. Film and video editors edit motion picture soundtracks, film and video.
Hourly pay: $30.62
Annual salary: $63,680
8. Food scientists and technologists analyze the composition and properties of food.
Hourly pay: $30.95
Annual salary: $64,370
9. Animal scientists study the life cycle and related biological issues of farm animals.
Hourly pay: $31.02
Annual salary: $64,510
Hourly pay: $31.04
Annual salary: $64,560
11. Urban and regional planners create plans to use land and physical facilities in towns, cities, counties and metropolitan areas.
Hourly pay: $31.10
Annual salary: $64,680
12. Landscape architects plan and design areas for landscaping projects.
Hourly pay: $31.69
Annual salary: $65,910
Hourly pay: $32.42
Annual salary: $67,430
14. Market research analysts estimate the business potential for an organization's marketing and promotional efforts based on research they conduct in different markets.
Hourly pay: $32.45
Annual salary: $67,500
15. Dental hygienists clean teeth and examine a patient's mouth, head and neck for signs of oral disease.
Hourly pay: $32.63
Annual salary: $67,860
16. Speech-language pathologists help individuals who have trouble speaking as a result of hearing loss, physical conditions or language barriers.
Hourly pay: $32.86
Annual salary: $68,350
17. Nuclear medicine technologists work with radioactive materials and equipment used in nuclear medicine procedures.
Hourly pay: $32.91
Annual salary: $68,450
18. Budget analysts examine budget estimates and analyze budgeting and accounting reports to ensure controlled spending.
Hourly pay: $33.29
Annual salary: $69,240
19. Occupational therapists develop rehabilitative programs to help disabled persons gain independence.
Hourly pay: $33.98
Annual salary: $70,680
20. Geographers study the earth and its land, features, inhabitants and phenomena.
Hourly pay: $34.33
Annual salary: $71,420
21. Clinical, counseling and school psychologists diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems.
Hourly pay: $34.77
Annual salary: $72,310
22. Fashion designers create clothing and accessories, from shoes to clothes to jewelry and more.
Hourly pay: $35.78
Annual salary: $74,410
23. Operations research analysts study management and operations issues through engineering and other scientific methods.
Hourly pay: $36.23
Annual salary: $75,370
24. Sociologists study human society and social behavior.
Hourly pay: $36.63
Annual salary: $76,190
25. Physical therapists develop rehabilitative programs that improve health of patients.
Hourly pay: $36.64
Annual salary: $76,220
26. Architects design buildings, homes and other structures for various clients.
Hourly pay: $37.93
Annual salary: $78,880
27. Education administrators, all other manage the everyday operations of educational facilities.
Hourly pay: $38.53
Annual salary: $80,140
28. Environmental engineers study environmental problems and create solutions that governments and the general population can put into practice.
Hourly pay: $38.82
Annual salary: $80,750
29. Civil engineers design and oversee the construction of large-scale public works, such as bridges, dams and airports.
Hourly pay: $39.03
Annual salary: $81,180
30. Materials scientists research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and manmade materials.
Hourly pay: $39.59
Annual salary: $82,350
*Salary information based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rachel Farrell researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder.com. Follow @CareerBuilder on Twitter.
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