Jobs That Pay $80,000 a Year

Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder.com writer

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Who hasn't looked at his or her paycheck and imagined how much better life would be with a lot more numbers after that dollar sign?

Inevitably, a wise soul -- usually a parent -- tells you that no amount of money will solve your problems. Of course, you respond, "Let me find out for myself."

If your annual income hovers around the national median of $40,690, you're in the company of millions of Americans. As gas prices, housing costs and other everyday expenses continue to creep up, earning more money isn't just some daydream you harbor in vain. It's a reasonable solution to financial woes and a good way to plan for your future.

To assist your search for financial bliss, we've put together the following list of jobs that earn twice as much as the national median income. With salaries that fall anywhere between $80,000 and $89,999, here are some possible career opportunities for you as well as their expected growth rate.

1.  Associate actuary

Annual mean income: $81,924*

Projected employment in 2016: 22,000**

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 24 percent


2.  Attorney

Annual mean income: $88,235

Projected employment in 2016: 844,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 11 percent

3.  Compensation and benefits manager

Annual mean income: $80,011

Projected employment in 2016: 55,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 12 percent

4.  Economist

Annual mean income: $80,817

Projected employment in 2016: 16,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 7 percent


5.  Floor broker

Annual mean income: $83,608

Projected employment in 2016: 399,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 25 percent


6.  Marketing manager

Annual mean income: $86,283

Projected employment in 2016: 192,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 14 percent


7.  Petroleum engineer

Annual mean income: $86,899

Projected employment in 2016: 18,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 5 percent

8.  Pharmacist

Annual mean income: $88,786

Projected employment in 2016: 296,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 22 percent


9. Risk management supervisor

Annual mean income: $85,655

Projected employment in 2016: 570,000***

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 13 percent

10. Veterinarian

Annual mean income: $80,069

Projected employment in 2016: 84,000

Increase between 2006 and 2016: 35 percent

* Annual mean income from CBSalary.com.

** Employment projections based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

***Based on BLS projections for all financial managers.

Anthony Balderrama is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com. He researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.



Last Updated: 16/09/2008 - 12:07 AM


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