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45 jobs at nine salary levels

Rachel Zupek Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

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When it comes to making money, everyone has goals. While some people aim to make millions, others are happy with just a little something -- anything -- coming into their bank accounts.

Not to mention that different careers pay different salaries. Experience and education play a role, too. So even though you may think you deserve to be paid $85,000, your job may pay only $45,000.

Even in that case, you'd be lucky. According to the National Compensation Survey, $43,460 is the national average salary across all occupations.

To give you an idea of the range of salaries in various occupations, here are five jobs within each salary range, from $20,000 to $100,000*:

Salary range: $20,000-$29,999

1. Personal home and care aides: $20,280

2. Manicurists and pedicurists: $22,150

3. Funeral attendants: $23,880

4. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers: $25,340

5. Dietetic technicians: $28,530

Salary range: $30,000-$39,999

6. Veterinary technologists and technicians: $30,580

7. Travel agents: $32,450

8. Dental assistants: $34,000

9. Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers: $36,470

10. Massage therapists: $39,780

Salary range: $40,000-$49,999

11. Surgical technologists: $40,710

12. Law clerks: $41,960

13. Flight attendants: $43,350

14. Firefighters: $47,270

15. Health educators: $49,060

Salary range: $50,000-$59,999

16. Food service technicians: $50,850

17. Respiratory therapists: $54,200

18. Anthropologists and archaeologists: $57,230

19. Editors: $58,440

20. Public relations specialists: $59,370

Salary range: $60,000-$69,999

21. Zoologists and wildlife biologists: $60,670

22. Insurance underwriters: $63,300

23. Registered nurses: $66,530

24. Audiologists: $66,850

25. Budget analysts: $69,240

Salary range: $70,000-$79,999

26. Microbiologists: $71,980

27. Computer programmers: $74,690

28. Sociologists: $76,190

29. Radiation therapists: $77,340

30. Marine engineers and naval architects: $79,240

Salary range: $80,000-$89,999

31. Chiropractors: $80,390

32. Administrative services managers: $81,530

33. Financial analysts: $85,240

34. Producers and directors: $86,870

35. Biochemists and biophysicists: $88,550

Salary range: $90,000-$99,999

36. Art directors: $91,520

37. Construction managers: $93,290

38. Compensation and benefits managers: $95,230

39. Purchasing managers: $96,910

40. Advertising and promotions managers: $97,670

Salary range: $100,000-$109,999

41. Political scientists: $101,050

42. Astronomers: $102,740

43. Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates: $103,990

44. Air traffic controllers: $106,990

45. Law teachers, post-secondary: $109,150

*Salaries are the according to the National Compensation Survey.

Rachel Zupek Farrell researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues for CareerBuilder. Follow @Careerbuilder on Twitter.



Last Updated: 03/10/2011 - 1:30 PM


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