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 bottles of the cheap stuff -- or 25 of your favorite items from the dollar menu at McDonald's. 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.

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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, post-secondary
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: Zero 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 and on signs, TV and radio
Hourly wage: $25.57
Mean annual salary: $53,190
Job outlook: 7 percent job growth through 2018

12. Dietitians and nutritionists
What they do: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to promote health and control disease
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 relating to 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  businesses
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.
**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.

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Last Updated: 13/05/2011 - 2:24 PM


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