10 Jobs That Pay $20 An Hour

The nation’s unemployment rate has reached 5.5%, a half-percent increase from last month, which is the largest increase in 2 decades. If you are “between gigs” or simply looking to upgrade, CNN Money in partnership with Careerbuilder, has put together a list of 10 jobs that pay $20 an hour or more. Check out the list, inside…

1. Gaming supervisors — $20.38/ hour*
Gaming supervisors watch over assigned areas in casinos and gaming facilities to make sure that all gaming stations are covered and gamblers are following the rules.

Annual salary: $42,390*
Growth through 2016: 23 percent
Industry: Personal care and services

2. Health educators — $21.81/hour

Health educators encourage people and communities to live healthy lifestyles by teaching them about healthy behaviors and how to prevent diseases.

Annual salary: $45,370
Growth through 2016: 26 percent
Industry: Community and social services

3. Subway and streetcar operators — $22.20/hour

Subway and streetcar operators control or drive trains, electric-powered streetcars, trolleys or light-rails that transport passengers through cities, suburbs and metropolitan areas.

Annual salary: $46,180
Growth through 2016: 12 percent
Industry: Transportation and materials moving

4. Respiratory therapists — $23.37/hour

Respiratory therapists practice under a physician’s supervision to treat patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders.

Annual salary: $48,610
Growth through 2016: 23 percent
Industry: Health care practitioner and technicians

5. Curators — $24.03/hour

Curators manage museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers and historic sites. They direct collections storage and exhibitions, including negotiating and authorizing the purchase, sale, exchange or loan of collections.

Annual salary: $49,980
Growth through 2016: 23 percent
Industry: Education, training and library occupations

6. Cartographers and photogrammetrists — $25.29/hour
Cartographers and photogrammetrists analyze and map geographic data provided by surveys, satellite information and photographs.

Annual salary: $52,600
Growth through 2016: 20 percent
Industry: Architecture and engineering

7. Multimedia artists and animators — $27.90/hour

Multimedia artists and animators create special effects, animation or other visual images seen in movies, television programs and computer games.

Annual salary: $58,030
Growth through 2016: 26 percent
Industry: Arts, design, entertainment, sports and media

8. Arbitrators, mediators and reconcilers — $28.27/hour

Arbitrators, mediators and reconcilers decide or recommend resolutions, penalties and liabilities on claims regarding legal matters.

Annual salary: $58,790
Growth through 2016: 11 percent
Industry: Legal

9. Urban and regional planners – $28.33/hour
Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for land use and physical facilities in towns, cities, counties and metropolitan areas.

Annual salary: $58,940
Growth through 2016: 15 percent
Industry: Life, physical and social sciences

10. Loan officers — $29.77/hour
Loan officers approve various types of credit loans and advise borrowers on financial status and methods of payments.

Annual salary: $61,930
Growth through 2016: 11 percent
Industry: Business and financial operations

*All wages and salaries are mean averages provided by the BLS

For even more $20 an hour jobs check out CNN Money’s full article.

Ten jobs that pay $20 an hour
[CNN Money]
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  1. dripdrop says:

    Ugh depressing.


  2. loganmo says:

    Somewhat deceptive article-those are not entry-level salaries..and people swithcing to such jobs form unrelated fields are not likely to make that kind of dough right off the bat. Further, several of them require degrees in that or a related field (e.g. you can’t be an urban planner with a degree in english lit.)

  3. Bladefist says:

    What about Computer programmer? 90% of the people in the field cant program. But get a 6 month contract, and you’ll get a nice paycheck for 6 months until the project is due and you have nothing.

  4. Loan Officer…. ummmm….

    really, aren’t they laying off crap loads of people right now

  5. MissPeacock says:

    Um, sorry, but I don’t think ANY of those are for people “between gigs.” Let’s see…I just lost my job. I think I’ll become a RESPIRATORY THERAPIST? Come ON! I imagine it takes quite a while to work up to most of these positions and salaries as well.

  6. amodlin says:

    I’m an intern and I make $20/hr :)

  7. 7. Multimedia artists and animators – $27.90/hour…
    Annual salary: $58,030

    I think CNN got their shit mixed up. I’ve worked 3 entry level animation gigs (one television program) in the past 3 years, and they all pay around 30-40 grand MAX.

  8. opsomath says:

    So, I thought my job was too weird and overspecialized to qualify, but some of this stuff is even weirder. Plus, mine isn’t evil, like arbitrators or loan officers.

    So without further delay:

    Government scientific contractor – $27/hr.

    Performs various laboratory and field work for government regulatory agencies, including biological assays, sample preparation, and chemical preparation. Analyzes and organizes data using common database and spreadsheet software.

    Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in science, some require graduate student or recent graduate degree

  9. What? They’re still hiring loan officers? Seriously? You’d think there would be more than enough them out-of-work that submitting a resume would be a waste of postage.

  10. Jetgirly says:

    High school teacher in Canada – $40/hour.

  11. swedelibrarian says:

    Uhh… thanks for the bogus list, most of these require at least a bachelors degree, if not a masters to ACTUALLY get the job. Uhh, curators… sure would like it if I could actually get that job, even with the masters degrees I have… a list of jobs that don’t require library degrees or ones in geography would be a lot more useful.

  12. Preyfar says:

    Yep. While as a freelance animator I was making $20/hour on average, when I finally got the offer to be hired on full time it was a $36.6K a year. Really, REALLY disappointing… specially given I was animating for the pharmaceutical industry.

    I actually stopped animating and doing graphic design as a profession because it didn’t pay jack, and the areas that required that skill-set have a ginormous cost of living. There’s just no way I could compete with outsourced Korean labor, and the companies which most companies which the companies were turning to more and more. I instead turned to my fallback career as an IT tech and make far, far more money now than I ever did as an art guy.

  13. Preyfar says:

    Out of all the animation jobs I’ve had I got paid an average of about $39K. And one of the positions I was lead animator, too… so, uh, yeah. Not entry level at all. Of the other animators I know, most are making high 30’s to low 40’s. Guys out from Chicago, NYC and Florida.

    So… yeah. I seriously ponder authenticity of those numbers. As a former professional in the industry I call shenanigans on those figures.

  14. amodlin says:

    @swedelibrarian: It’s not their list, it’s CNN’s bogus list.

  15. bobbleheadr says:

    @Steaming Pile: Most of those jobs are commission only, and if they do pay a salary its minimal (2k or so), so they are still hiring. Just no one is making any money.

  16. easy2panic says:

    approx. $80 an hour –> A shipboard engineer

    Entry level salaries are near $100,000 a year, and you only work 6 months out of the year.

    Mind you it is a little dangerous, and you are out at sea with usually only 10 to 15 other people whom you will most likely not see that often (unless you really wanted to). Not all companies offer this, and you have to get a license, but it isn’t that bad. I will have this opportunity because I attend the Texas Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

  17. easy2panic says:

    Top salary lists NEVER include anything from the maritime fields.

    If you work in the bridge, and after several years, you can make Captain and earn $250,000 or more a year. (Something like that, but it’s definitely alot.)

  18. weakdome says:

    Why not just throw “surgeon” and “President of the USA” in there too? You know, in case anyone just has a spare medical degree or is slightly mentally impaired and wants a summer job.

  19. wallapuctus says:

    @Bladefist: So true… then there’s people like me who are looking for programming work and still can’t find anything. I’m too honest about my capabilities. I should bullshit an MCSD and cash on some chump.

  20. Bladefist says:

    @wallapuctus: Ya, well I hear on the radio all the time: “The average programmer makes 70,000 a year, and all you need is 6 months of weekend classes”

    My ass.

  21. cashmerewhore says:


    Respiratory therapists can get a two year degree, board certification and come out making that salary. Don’t need benefits? Float as an on-call and make double.

    Sadly, my four year BA wasn’t this helpful, so I’m back in school for an associate’s degree… (I’m really tired of the office environment, I realize I could do my masters in the same period of time.)

  22. crabbyman6 says:

    Ugh, these lists are always depressing. Especially when public transportation jobs are on the list. For example, a SEPTA bus driver can make $20.57-22.84/hr on a high school diploma. These are some of the surliest, worst drivers around AND they get full health benefits. Makes me wonder why I’m going to grad school.

  23. vandre says:

    $20/hr doesn’t go too far in Chicago/New York/L.A/S.F

  24. the article says gas station pump operators make $21.52/hr

    im in the wrong industry

  25. amodlin says:

    @Bladefist: Did you go to school for computer science?

  26. floyderdc says:


    I agree. This like most “tips” from media outlets is worthless. Thank God for CNN to tell me that I can make a lot of money if I just obtain a MS in a certain field.

  27. bohemian says:

    @cashmerewhore: Resp. therapist and nuke med techs. Both are 2 year degrees and pay decent. Nuke med was paying $60g a year in lower paying cities.

    The one I would run screaming from is pharmacy tech. The local tech school is churning out some of the dumbest people as pharmacy techs. The local pharmacies let them all do their internships at the end of their school. Over half of them have no business being a greeter at Walmart let alone a pharmacy tech. Since there is a steady pool of mouth breathing morons for the pharmacy tech jobs my guess it that it pays crap.

  28. Bladefist says:

    @amodlin: Yes. But my school was all Java based, and I am an ERP Project manager/.Net programmer. So how much I use from school is debatable.

  29. amodlin says:

    @Bladefist: Ah ok. School is Java based as well (University of Pittsburgh) but it seems like companies are hiring tons of students right out of school. None of my freidns have had trouble finding a decent job so far and Pitt isn’t exactly the best CS school.

  30. DashTheHand says:

    @Bladefist: Actually, replace the word “average” with “non-idiot kid that BS’d his way into the job by lying on his resume and learned all his skills on his computer he got for xmas by himself and actually really only uses it mostly to play World of Warcraft and download porn” and its actually pretty true.

    With a few certifications you can make more with a starting salary than someone who went to college for 6-8 years.

    You may not like it, you may not believe it, but its true. I know that my last boss was extremely upset that he went to college for 6 years, got a masters degree in business, and I left to an entry level job making more than him by more than 20k.

  31. wallapuctus says:

    @Bladefist: I’m trying to break into .Net right now. It didn’t exist when I was in college.

  32. parvax says:

    Is this serious? Good luck getting a job as a CURATOR of a museum in between gigs – after all you’re only competing with every person who ever graduated with an Art History degree.

  33. sn1per420 says:

    @amodlin: I’ve heard that programmers rarely get raises. Apparently there’s a steady enough supply of recent CS graduates, so when you ask for a raise in 5 years, the company says “we can hire a fresh college grad for what you’re making now, so shut up or leave”.

  34. Bladefist says:

    @DashTheHand: I hear you. I actually have been using the computer for god, 15 years? I started programming on the mirc client. College was just a formality.

  35. MaxSmart32 says:

    5. Curators – $24.03/hour
    Curators manage museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers and historic sites. They direct collections storage and exhibitions, including negotiating and authorizing the purchase, sale, exchange or loan of collections.

    Annual salary: $49,980
    Growth through 2016: 23 percent
    Industry: Education, training and library occupations

    As everyone already stated…

    This disgusts me. First, I have a MS in Museum Studies, and have been in the Museum field for 8 years. The Curator positions are so few and far between, and DEFINATLY not starting anywhere near $49,000…that for CNN to say this should be an ‘in-between gig’…I can’t even type correctly I am seeing so much red right now.


  36. Shadowman615 says:

    @loganmo: I guess much of the salary depends on what area you live in. My first impression when I looked at those salaries was that they all looked like entry-level. I certainly wouldn’t want to be making any of those salaries after 5 or 10 years — especially in a US major metropolitan area.

  37. kindabored says:

    I took a weekend class to become a property manager. my first job paid $55,000. No college required

  38. battra92 says:

    @Bladefist: So true. I was a CS major and hated programming and I am terrible at it.

    Now I’m an IT/Phone Analyst and do more than $20 an hour.

    Capitalism rocks!

  39. georgi55 says:

    They did not consider paid time off. They used 2080 working hours (52 weeks x 40 hours) but people usually get at least 80 paid vacations, sick days, and then there are national holidays. Actual average work hours per year is going to be close to 1800 if not less.

  40. Jon Karak says:

    LOL my hubby has a degree in urban planning. Let me tell you, it’s just swimming with opps for the BS level. Swimming I tells ya. NOT

  41. Shadowman615 says:

    @DashTheHand: I think what you described is not necessarily the norm. The certs might help if you want to go in something like network administration. For software developers, the general consensus among us is that you certainly don’t need a college degree to be able to do it, but most of the people in charge of hiring don’t accept that.

    For entry-level, sometimes you need it in order to get in the door; to differentiate yourself from the average script-kiddie.
    But even if you can manage to break in without it, it still can end up hurting later on. Also even for those with experience, many programmers/devs/software engineers I hear from always admit that the lack of degree closes quite a few doors for them. Like the salary seems to cap off quite a bit lower than it would otherwise.

  42. battra92 says:

    @DashTheHand: You may not like it, you may not believe it, but its true. I know that my last boss was extremely upset that he went to college for 6 years, got a masters degree in business, and I left to an entry level job making more than him by more than 20k.

    Very true. I slugged it out through college and have considered going to get basic certifications because I find they are worth more than my college experience.

  43. mythago says:

    I understand Raytheon pays pretty good if you want to work at one of the Antarctica bases (they do staffing for the non-government, non-scientific positions).

  44. rekoil says:

    @Bladefist: I’d argue that given sufficient education on the basics of CS, learning a new language is far easier than learning to program in the first place.

    My problem is that I was never a CS major, I learned perl on-the-fly, so making the jump to more structured languages such as C++ or Java is proving to much harder than I thought…

  45. amodlin says:

    @sn1per420: I think that’s mostly true. I work for an unnamed company that does contracting to the US Gov’t (the Dept. of Defense, CIA, FBI etc) and it’s pretty difficult for them to just hire new people because you have to get clearance. I guess what I’m trying to say is, find a job where the company would have a TOUGH time getting rid of you.

  46. Bladefist says:

    @rekoil: CS is a special field. You either get it, or you don’t. Colleges try to make people get stuff, that their brain, mentally can’t think that way. A lot of the new companies, I.T companies, are not requiring a degree anymore. They basically want nerds. There are people out there with PHd in CS, who haven’t gotten a clue. They just are great at studying and taking tests.

    Perl is a fine language, your issue is object oriented programming. Get a basic book on OOP, then .Net/Java will be easy for you.

  47. raisitup says:

    @weakdome: Why not just throw “surgeon” and “President of the USA” in there too?

    can i get an app, please?

  48. bleuboy says:

    2.5 months at the deathstar as a tech lead, no prior experience with an A+ cert, $12.33 per hour, CWA union benefits.

  49. Landru says:

    How about a between-jobs gig as a reporter for CNN?

  50. weakdome says:

    @raisitup: They’re in the bin with the rest of the apps at McDonalds

  51. backbroken says:

    GEORGE: Nobody’s hiring now. The market’s terrible.
    JERRY: So what are you gonna do?
    GEORGE: I like sports. I could do something in sports.
    JERRY: Uh-huh. Uh-huh. In what capacity?
    GEORGE: You know, like the general manager of a baseball team or something.
    JERRY: Yeah. Well, that – that could be tough to get.
    GEORGE: Well, it doesn’t even have to be the general manager. Maybe I could be like, an announcer. Like a caller man. You know how I always make those interesting comments during the game.
    JERRY: Yeah. Yeah. You make good comments.
    GEORGE: What about that?
    JERRY: Well, they tend to give those jobs to ex-ballplayers and people that are, you know, in broadcasting.
    GEORGE: Well, that’s really not fair.
    JERRY: I know. Well, okay. Okay. What else do ya like?
    GEORGE: Movies. I like to watch movies.
    JERRY: Yeah. Yeah.
    GEORGE: Do they pay people to watch movies?
    JERRY: Projectionists.
    GEORGE: That’s true.
    JERRY: But you gotta know how to work the projector.
    GEORGE: Right.
    JERRY: And it’s probably a union thing.
    GEORGE: [scoffs] Those unions. [sighs]

  52. swedelibrarian says:

    @amodlin: Yeah I know its CNN’s bogus list, anyone could figure that out!

  53. samurailynn says:

    @Bladefist: Seriously. My husband is a programmer, and I can actually read and understand a good portion of what he writes in the various languages that he uses. Would I be able to write any of it though? Only very simple things, and it would take me a lot longer than it takes him. It’s not just about learning the language, you also have to learn how to organize your thoughts and plan for future development.

  54. swedelibrarian says:

    screwed that up, meh, whatever

  55. S-the-K says:

    Unfortuantely, most of those jobs require some sort of skill or education. However, if your primary skill is watching Jerry Springer and drinking beer, it looks like #1 would be easy with a little bit of training, assuming you don’t have a rap sheet. #8 looks easy too; all you have to do is rule in favor of the company paying for your services. #3 is an easy job but it’s union so you’d have to know a guy to get your foot in the door. #5 would be easy except it requires you to know a bunch of stuff. I’m surprised #10 is on the list. I thought those jobs were becoming extinct or at least severely downsized?

  56. ffmariners says:

    @swedelibrarian: Actually I think its Career Builders list… CNN just used it to make an article.

    So Career Builder sucks for making it and CNN sucks for believing it/not fact checking it.

  57. swedelibrarian says:

    sounds good to me… i didn’t know commenting could get so overly involved.

  58. swedelibrarian says:

    pretty much just wanted to clarify that I knew it didn’t belong to the consumerist and it’s turned into all this…Now I know what to do with all my spare time waiting for people to ask me reference questions, just keep commenting randomly!

  59. Notsewfast says:

    Investment Banker (Mid-Level, in Denver) – $108.17/ hour (40 hour workweek) $61.81/ hour (actual 70 hour workweek).

    Also, Train operators make 40+ grand a year? Who knew?

    Thank you for that, it made my morning.

  60. PinkBox says:

    I’m one of those already. *nod*

  61. easy2panic says:

    There is a pretty big shortage of people wanting to work on ships, that is why the money is so good.

  62. ffmariners says:

    @swedelibrarian: “turned into all this”

    Sorry for mentioning it? It was stated at the bottom of the article pretty obviously… so it took 0 seconds to find out. just wanted to point it out since everyone was saying CNN was so off in their numbers… the real blame should go to the people who made the article

  63. RINO-Marty says:

    enterprise architecture for the federal govmint = $53/hour plus full benefits. actually guys, here’s what i’d do if i had it to do all over again. become an air force officer right out of college. work 20 years, retire with full pension and benefits at 41 years. salary, maybe $80-100k.

    then get hired on as a civilian making about your previous salary and continue to draw your officer pension and benefits, work 20 years. salary + pension = $170k per year.

    re-retire as a civilian at 61 drawing two full pensions, get a job at a federal contractor making $120k a year while drawing two full pensions, all with benefits. total annual compensation $260k per year.

    and for the grand slam, marry another junior officer when you’re in your 20s and work together on similar career paths, and make have a mil combined by the time you’re 61. plus, there’s social security ;) i know one couple who have pulled this off.

    and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist. i know lots of people who do this and they’re competent professionals, not necessarily brain surgeons, but they make brain surgeon money.

    but just for starters, look at federal contracting – lots of $$$

  64. darkryd says:

    Uh – Okay did you offset the fact that the majority of those jobs require 4 years of college education in that particular field plus thousands of dollars in tuition?

  65. battra92 says:

    @Bladefist: S is a special field. You either get it, or you don’t. Colleges try to make people get stuff, that their brain, mentally can’t think that way.

    That is so true! I was getting Cs and Ds in Computer Science in college and I just kept thinking I was stupid. I got the theory but could never execute it.

    I switched to Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems (which had more than a few drop outs) and worked my butt off and got As.

    I think CS is like accounting. You have to be a certain type of person to do it. It will drive everyone else to suicide if forced to do it.

  66. Trai_Dep says:

    Yeah, I’m piling on how poor a list this is. A museum curator as a relatively easy job to saunter into off the street? Yeesh, curators have Masters’ candidates fetching coffee for them.
    Why doesn’t CNN include, Co-Founder of The Google?

  67. Many unionized factory jobs: 20$ to 50$+ per hour. Seriously, if you can find a car manufacturing plant or a sawmill or something, you will start out making great money even with no prior experience.

    The only problem is that forestry and manufacturing industries are going down the tubes. There goes one now.

  68. dualityshift says:

    #6 – hasn’t the surface of the planet already been mapped out, and with satellite imagery, isn’t this job in the same field as punch card data entry positions?

  69. enjo says:


    SAT tutor…$30/hr!!!!

  70. Orv says:

    A cautionary note about casino gaming jobs — at most casinos you will be expected to pay the application fees for your own gaming license. This can cost hundreds of dollars, and you need it up front, because you can’t work until you’re licensed. The license application process usually involves a bankground check.

    Usually supervisory positions get filled by promoting dealers, so you have to work your way up — but that isn’t all bad, as dealers can make a substantial amount of money in tips. If you don’t have previous experience, though, you’ll have to add the cost of a dealer class to your start-up costs.

  71. SinisterMatt says:


    Yeah, but the way you present that data is constantly changing, based upon needs, wants, and so forth. And things change from time to time as well, i.e., they build a new freeway or something that needs updating on maps. Mapping is just as much an art as science, especially since presentation is very important.

    Furthermore, most geographic data is not located in some magic repository somewhere that can be accessed by all (though some data is like that). Some companies have access to some data that others don’t, and vice versa. Thus, for any given job, if that data can’t be acquired (either commerically or from the government), it is up to the cartographer to get it somehow, either from old maps or going out and mapping it with a GPS unit.

    For that reason, I would argue that #6 isn’t equivalent to a punch card data entry position.

    By the way, anyone that wanted to get into cartography, I would strongly recommend going and getting a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The field is just exploding demand wise, and you can make pretty good money.

  72. Orv says:

    @sn1per420: And if they can’t get enough graduates, they just pester the government for some H1B visas and bring in someone from India.

    Companies like Microsoft are always complaining about a “shortage” of high tech workers and we need to allow more immigration. What they really mean is there’s a shortage of people who want to work at entry-level salaries for their whole career.

  73. sean77 says:

    @Bladefist: that’s fun with numbers.. they really do mean “average”.. not “median”.

    The “median” programmer makes $30k a year and can’t program.

    I’m a programmer (been working this same job for almost 10 years now) making $70k in a city where median *household* salary is $34k.

  74. ahwannabe says:


    Yup, and another thing to remember is that animators spend a fair chunk of the time unemployed. So even if you land a $27.90 gig, it’s not likely to last more than a few months.

  75. cashmerewhore says:

    @bohemian: Heh, I think I know more about my prescriptions than the pharmtechs, and that was before my physiology class.

    I’m going back for Nursing or Rad Tech, both available as two year degrees. Basically whichever I can get into first (originally rad tech because I thought it was less bodily fluids, but after anatomy with the cadavers, I’ve been pretty desensitized….)

  76. velvetjones says:

    @maxforrest32: Not to mention that those positions are typically filled by PhDs….

  77. matt1978 says:

    Where did they get the numbers for #2? As an “in-between” career. That’s insane. I’ve got an MS in Health Promotion & a CHES, and it’s still hard to find work.

  78. Mr. Gunn says:

    If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require advanced education that pays OK, you want to look at things like being a riverboat pilot, working offshore, driving a truck for a shipping line, that sort of thing. Those things pay quite well. So does the position of “Sanitation Engineer”, BTW.

  79. TWSS says:

    Okay, ACTUAL between-job gigs I’ve done that paid $20 or more per hour:

    High End Catering: $20/hour + tips. Requirements: Ability to balance heavy tray of champagne flutes while dodging conga-ing wedding guests.

    Stripper: -$4/hour (stage fees) + tips (~$200 for a four hour shift). Requirements: Decent tits, ability to balance on 5″ platforms, on/off switch for soul.

    Telemarketer: $6/hour + commission. Requirements: Broken moral compass, masochism.

    I’m really, really glad I’m working in my chosen field again.

  80. swedelibrarian says:

    @ffmariners: hun, it’s called a joke… don’t take offense so easily, its just a blog comment!

  81. swedelibrarian says:

    @TWSS: agreed (telemarketer)! Although my “telemarketing” paid $9/hr plus bonuses, and i didn’t have to sell anything, just do survey’s for the national science foundation, try going to a university to do this… Indiana University had a pretty good gig going.

  82. gliscameria says:

    $20+/hour – Art Class Model. Stand around naked, in sometimes very cold rooms. Perks include making fun of people from the class for drawing your balls in such great detail.

  83. TechnoDestructo says:


    What are the licensing requirements for that, and is that only if you’re like a physics or chemistry teacher, or do all teachers make close to that?

    I’m considering going into teaching (I’ll probably go for both foreign languages and ESL, maybe English Literature if I can), and if you can get a job in Canada with a US teaching certification, I’d definitely consider it.


    I came to the conclusion years ago that HR people in general don’t know shit about shit.

  84. emington says:

    Urban Planning requires usually a degree and professional certification, the same with Catrographers (GIS professionals basically).

  85. Bryan Price says:

    Wow. My salary when I left work to move to Florida and raise my wife’s family, $70K.

    I have updated all my computer certifications, and now the best I can hope for is $50K.

    Talk about depressing.

  86. matt1978 says:

    @TechnoDestructo: Ain’t that the truth.

  87. Osi says:

    “the rapist” for $20 Alex? – As quoted from Sean Connery from SNL …

    Programmers start out at roughly $22/hr for a Gov position. Now where is that list …

  88. Squot says:

    Marketing assistant: 12$/hr, while I’m in college to be a graphic designer. Hopefully getting my Masters in marketing. Perhaps.

    However, I contract as a Graphic Designer / Web Designer for anywhere from 20-60$ an hour on the side.

  89. JiminyChristmas says:


    Right, but you typically only get about two hours of work per day, if that.

    And it’s equally possible they could draw you with a tiny unit.

  90. Jetgirly says:

    @TechnoDestructo: I just signed my contract to begin teaching in the 2008/09 school year. I have a probationary contract, which is the best contract you can get as a new teacher. If my first year is successful, it is automatically converted to a permanent contract- forever. I am guaranteed the full salary for the year, even if they can’t find a full-time job for me. My certification is in 7-12 English Language Arts, but there are no laws preventing the school board from making me teach math and physics once I’m hired. I was hired in December, and one of the conditions of an early offer of employment is that I won’t know where/what I’m teaching until late summer. Salaries are uniform across the board (starting at $51,500 or so in my city) EXCEPT for anyone who teaches a trade and has all the proper credentials. If you can teach carpentry, woodworking, etc. you can negotiate your own salary. Last year a first-year trades teacher was making about $68,000. All salaries vary from city to city, and certification laws vary from province to province. If you are Catholic, Alberta and Ontario are pretty desperate for Catholic teachers.

    I don’t know about US-certified teachers working in Canada. Here, you either do a five-year Bachelor of Education degree or a four-year Bachelor of Whatever degree followed by a second, two-year Bachelor of Education degree. Then, you apply to the provincial Ministory of Education and they determine whether or not you are eligible to teach. The salary scale is based on your number of years of post-secondary education and the number of years you’ve taught K-12, and the government, not your employer, is responsible for determining that.

  91. jcoltrane says:

    I’m working freelance making $50/hr and half the time, I don’t even know what I’m doing. Can’t tell you what I’m doing… Don’t want you to tell them I’m overpayed.

  92. guevera says:

    arbitrators and loan officers. Hmmmm…
    You know, as long as your willing to be scum, crack dealing and child pornography probably pay pretty well, too…

  93. BytheSea says:

    No, curators do not make $20/hr, not in this presidency. Most museums are barely staying afloat. If you get into the museum world, you’re doing it for love and peanuts, literally. They might start paying you after your second or third year.

    As for “health educators” (I’ve been searching in that industry and haven’t seen that term), I’ve yet to see an NGO or nonprofit that pays $20/hr for anything other than upper management.

  94. NinjaMarion says:

    @ffmariners: Ummm….did no one here bother to read the articles? The Consumerist post is the only one that mentions “in between gigs.” The CNN article is just a listing of 10 jobs that pay $20 or more an hour if you translate the annual salary to hourly pay and that are expected to have growth in their field up through 2016. Nowhere in the article does it claim to be quick fixes to your current, shitty career or something to pick up in between jobs. That was Consumerist that implied that with the “in between gigs” comment.

  95. zaka says:

    @wallapuctus: @Bladefist: Guys, if you have CS degrees from good schools, this is an awesome job market. I actually have heard radio ads for two rather large companies in the midwest that need programmers for C/C++ and .NET languages. I also know that both of these companies pay 55k+ for entry level work.

  96. parrotuya says:

    I am in the GIS/Geography field. I can tell you that it takes years to get to $25 an hour in Cartography or Photogrammetry. After three years in the industry, I make just under $20 an hour. Cartography generally requires a bachelors in geography. But interestingly, it is possible to get into Photogrammetry with no college or just a certificate. You could be making $25 + an hour within 10 years.

  97. ‘The “median” programmer makes $30k a year and can’t program.’ – I seriously doubt that’s the case; the median programmer’s STARTING salary here is 30K _euro_. Better programmers can do quite a bit better.

  98. GilmerDawls says:

    In my field, Art History, I’d need a PhD, and to have published a few
    notable articles, or a book, to be a curator. And some of the better
    jobs, in larger institutions or local governments, pay from $65-
    $250,000 / yr. It’s much easier to be a registrar at a zoo or
    botanical garden or some other place than it is to be a curator, as
    curating in itself has Masters and PhD programs meant for “curatorial

    Looks like CNN didn’t do its homework.