30 jobs that pay $30 an hour

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

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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

2. Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation or other visual images.

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

10. Writers and authors write material for scripts, magazines, books, websites and other vehicles.

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

13. Accountants and auditors give financial advice based on accounting records.

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.

Last Updated: 10/01/2011 - 2:35 PM

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