25 jobs that pay $25 an hour

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Twenty-five is a good, solid number. It's helpful mathematically, since it's a quarter of 100. It’s easily divisible by five. It’s also the number of times you can play the lottery before you’re required to win (citation needed). So, in honor of the number 25, here are 25 jobs that pay (about) $25 an hour, all of which are projected to grow over the next five years according to Emsi.

1. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors advise people who suffer from alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental health issues or other mental or behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help clients recover from addiction or modify problem behaviors.

Average hourly pay: $23.75
Number of jobs in 2019: 318,095
2019-2024 projected job growth: 11%


2. Athletic trainers specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating muscle and bone injuries and illnesses.

Average hourly pay: $24.12
Number of jobs in 2019: 31,452
2019-2024 projected job growth: 11%

3. Self-enrichment education teachers instruct courses other than those that normally lead to an occupational objective or degree. Courses may include self-improvement, non-vocational and nonacademic subjects.

Average hourly pay: $24.37
Number of jobs in 2019: 407,177
2019-2024 projected job growth: 9%

4. Heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.

Average hourly pay: $24.03
Number of jobs in 2019: 380,050
2019-2024 projected job growth: 8%

5. Audio and video equipment technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment. They also connect wires and cables and set up and operate sound and mixing boards and related electronic equipment.

Average hourly pay: $23.77
Number of jobs in 2019: 106,216
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

6. Child, family and school social workers protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help families find housing or services, such as childcare, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to reunite families.

Average hourly pay: $24.03
Number of jobs in 2019: 350,458
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

7. Meeting, convention and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation and other details.

Average hourly pay: $26.02
Number of jobs in 2019: 135,570
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

8. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances.

Average hourly pay: $25.93
Number of jobs in 2019: 335,894
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

9. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators work with one or several types of power construction equipment.

Average hourly pay: $25.52
Number of jobs in 2019: 412,986
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

10. Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health.

Average hourly pay: $24.49
Number of jobs in 2019: 37,024
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%

11. Surgical technologists assist with operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment and help doctors during surgeries.

Average hourly pay: $23.76
Number of jobs in 2019: 114,860
2019-2024 projected job growth: 7%


12. Credit counselors advise and educate individuals or organizations on acquiring and managing debt. They may provide guidance in determining the best type of loan and explaining loan requirements or restrictions.

Average hourly pay: $23.98
Number of jobs in 2019: 39,123
2019-2024 projected job growth: 6%

13. Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns.

Average hourly pay: $24.13
Number of jobs in 2019: 152,630
2019-2024 projected job growth: 6%

14. Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research and drafting documents.

Average hourly pay: $26.32
Number of jobs in 2019: 330,917
2019-2024 projected job growth: 6%

15. Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets, such as ducts used in heating and air conditioning systems.

Average hourly pay: $25.14
Number of jobs in 2019: 146,303
2019-2024 projected job growth: 6%

16. Industrial machinery mechanics keep machines in working order by detecting and correcting errors before the machine or the products it produces are damaged.

Average hourly pay: $25.94
Number of jobs in 2019: 379,596
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

17. Preschool and childcare center/program education administrators supervise and lead staffs, design program plans, oversee daily activities and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their center’s program.

Average hourly pay: $24.74
Number of jobs in 2019: 70,513
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

18. Production, planning and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work and materials within or among offices in a business.

Average hourly pay: $24.06
Number of jobs in 2019: 377,120
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

19. Medical equipment repairers install, maintain and repair patient care equipment.

Average hourly pay: $25.35
Number of jobs in 2019: 50,238
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

20. Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants or other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages.

Average hourly pay: $25.71
Number of jobs in 2019: 305,111
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

21. Mobile heavy equipment mechanics repair and maintain construction and surface mining equipment, such as bulldozers, cranes, graders and excavators. Most work for governments, equipment rental and leasing shops, and large construction and mining companies.

Average hourly pay: $25.42
Number of jobs in 2019: 159,923
2019-2024 projected job growth: 5%

22. Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design and build highways, bridges, utilities and other infrastructure projects.

Average hourly pay: $26.29
Number of jobs in 2019: 76,815
2019-2024 projected job growth: 4%

23. Traffic technicians conduct field studies to determine traffic volume, speed, effectiveness of signals, adequacy of lighting and other factors influencing traffic conditions.

Average hourly pay: $24.38
Number of jobs in 2019: 10,247
2019-2024 projected job growth: 4%

24. Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property or the environment is at risk.

Average hourly pay: $25.60
Number of jobs in 2019: 331,574
2019-2024 projected job growth: 4%

25. Aircraft cargo handling supervisors coordinate the activities of ground crew in the loading, unloading, securing and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage.Average hourly pay: $26.47
Number of jobs in 2019: 10,494
2019-2024 projected job growth: 4%


*Job descriptions from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

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