15 jobs that pay $30 an hour

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Here’s a fact about 30 that will surely get your attention. The following 15 jobs pay around $30 an hour.

Want to know some interesting facts about the number 30? There are 30 upright stones forming Stonehenge's sarsen circle. There are 30 tracks on the Beatles' White Album. A U.S. senator must be 30 years or older in order to serve in the position.

You may or may not find those facts interesting, but here's a fact about 30 that will surely get your attention. The following 15 jobs pay around $30 an hour:

1. Occupational therapy assistants help patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.
  • Typical entry level education: Associate’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $28.59
2. Respiratory therapists care for patients who have trouble breathing—for example, from a chronic respiratory disease, such as asthma or emphysema.
  • Typical entry level education: Associate’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.72
3. Hearing aid specialists select and fit hearing aids for customers, administer and interpret hearing tests, assess hearing instrument efficacy, take ear impressions and prepare, design and modify ear molds.
  • Typical entry level education: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Average hourly earnings: $28.33
4. Fundraisers organize events and campaigns to raise money and other kinds of donations for an organization. They also may design promotional materials and increase awareness of an organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.27
5. Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.46
6. Health educators teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $28.44
7. Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease. They advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or achieve a specific health-related goal.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.36
8. Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging examinations, such as x rays, on patients. MRI technologists operate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners to create diagnostic images.
  • Typical entry level education: Associate’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.21
9. Training and development specialists help plan, conduct, and administer programs that train employees and improve their skills and knowledge.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $31.11
10. Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.


  • Typical entry level education: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Average hourly earnings: $30.30
11. Makeup artists, theatrical and performance apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
  • Typical entry level education: Postsecondary non-degree award
  • Average hourly earnings: $31.21
12. Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $31.17
13. Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil, and natural gas.
  • Typical entry level education: Associate’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $30.50
14. Construction and building inspectors ensure that construction meets local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.
  • Typical entry level education: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Average hourly earnings: $29.23
15. Multimedia artists and animators create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.
  • Typical entry level education: Bachelor’s degree
  • Average hourly earnings: $28.27

*Job descriptions from Bureau of Labor Statistics. Education level and pay from Emsi.