So here was something cool I saw in my physical newspaper that I didn’t find online!
Parade’s annual “What People Earn” report!
Which documents all kinds of everyday common jobs to jobs and salaries of higher profile celebrities, to careers that pay well but don’t require four-year degrees, all the way through to some of the most random – yet also pretty epic! – jobs you can find around the country.
I did end up finding a version of this report online if you’re interested in diving in – What People Earn 2020: See the Salaries of Everyday Workers Across America (basically just a gallery with expanded notes) – but below are some of the highlighted gigs from it I jotted down for your reading enjoyment.
Check ’em out and see if any of them excite you! Which would you pick if you had to choose *one* from each category? :)
Everyday common jobs:
- High School Social Studies Teacher @ $38,000
- Union Carpenter @ $46,600
- Social School Worker @ $67,000
- Nurse Practitioner @ $110,000
- Chief People Officer @ $120,000
- Restaurant Owner @ $250,000
I’d pick the carpenter gig if I had to as I’d LOVE to be more skillful with my hands and better maintain my house and build projects, but a close second would be a (registered) nurse which is something I actually looked into right before stumbling across the blogging world… It would have been interesting to see where I’d be if I ended up down that path!, but on the flip side you’d then be sitting in front of a blank screen right now reading nothing ;)
Jobs that don’t require a four-year degree:
- Plumber @ $53,910
- Wind Turbine Technician @ $54,370
- Electrical Power Line Installer @ $70,910
- Elevator Installer and Repairer @ $79,780
- Nuclear Power Reactor Operator @ $94,350
If I had to pick one: elevator installer/repairer!! How random – but fun – is that?! Always been fascinated by them as a kid, and think it would be a pretty neat gig to rock. Or to even BE an elevator, for that matter! Lol… Do you know how many people and secrets you’d learn over time?! ;) One of the only podcasts I ever listened to had an episode on them once and now I think about it every time I’m in an elevator and like to talk to it as if it’s alive ;)
Take a listen to this – it’s awesome (and only 17 mins): everythingisalive.com/episodes/ana-elevator
UPDATE: Here’s another job from a reader who just emailed me: “Hey J. Money, I just want to add to the list of non-four year degree jobs! I’m a Designer in the oil & gas industry. I make $125K and climbing (not including overtime). I’m in the Civil/Structural discipline but there are several more disciplines like piping, electrical, mechanical, instrumentation… all of which pull in this range of cash if they’re any good. I have a 2 year associates degree from a technical college, but many people get in this business by learning AutoCad from friends or family that have an “in” with the biz. The downside to this trade is how highly affected we are by the economy roller coaster. I was laid off early on in my career but came back strong and I’m surviving this craziness right now. Put in the effort, excel at your job and save money for the risk is the general idea to make it in this career path. It also requires visits to chemical plants, oil refineries, paper plants etc, but primarily sitting at a computer 3D modeling and creating drawings. It’s quite fun once you learn how to manage the stress and deadlines!”
High profile/celebrity jobs:
(Keep in mind – these are all YEARLY earnings!)
- Vice President of The United States @ $235,083
- Jennifer Aniston (Actor) @ $28,000,000 (est)
- Luke Bryan (Musician) @ $42,500,000 (est)
- Howard Stern (Radio Host): $93,000,000 (est)
I don’t like attention and certainly wouldn’t ever want to be famous-famous, but I think it would be pretty cool to know how to play the guitar (and sing!), so if I had to pick one of these I’d def. go the musician route. Or even better, the guy who *writes* the lyrics and then someone else sings it and gets all the glory! Haha… stealth wealth at its finest ;)
The most *interesting* jobs!
- Theater Critic @ $13,794
- Gas Chart Integrator @ $21,910
- Hollywood Tour Guide @ $45,500
- Detective and Criminal Investigator @ $81,920
- Incident Meteorologist @ $83,840 – “[provides] on-site weather support when wildfires or other natural hazards threaten life and property.”
- Forester @ $92,000 – “[managing] 8,000 acres of urban forestland for drinking water and biodiversity protection.”
- Soil Scientist @ $92,635
- Hydrologist @ $108,316 – “[building] computer models that predict when and where it will flood”
- Crop Doctor @ $133,000
- Vending Machine Owner/YouTuber @ $144,000
- Professional Organizer @ $175,000
- Virologist/Directer, Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) @ $209,700
VENDING MACHINE OPERATOR!!! YES PLEASE!! What a cool hustle that’s obviously now way more than that for this guy! Similar to ATM machines (which I used to work for a company who sold them years ago), it’s a super passive income generator once you get passed the upfront work and costs of placing them. (And unlike ATM machines which require you to fill it up with YOUR OWN MONEY unless you hire out, these guys are just stuffed with snacks! :) So no theft worry on top of it!)
I had to stalk this guy online to see who he was (Jaime Ibañez), and he’s def. killing it in the social media game as much as the vending machine business – maybe even more? The guy’s only 19 years old (!!!), and already has an empire of 30 machines and over 36 million views on YouTube right now which he only started in 2018!! Crazy!!!
$144,000/year – pretty good! Pretty… pretty…good!
Lots of options out there if you’re stuck in a rut or in the recent position of being laid off with this nasty crisis all around us…. Perhaps it’s a good time to finally chase that passion of yours or learn something new?! It’s 1,000x easier to pick up a new trade with technology these days! And often for FREE!
Here’s Parade’s article/gallery again if you want to poke around and see if anything else sticks out to you: What People Earn 2020
And then here’s a link to our Side Hustle Series as well for those new to the site and looking for some inspiration: 70+ Ways to Make Extra Money on The Side
Always some way to make money!
PS: It’s soooo nice getting a physical paper to our door now! All the headlines are of course old by the time you open it up, but it’s all the *local* stuff that really makes it special as you often tend to miss it… I’m learning everything I ever wanted to about our community now, both important (covid-related), as well as fluffy! And feeling a lot more *connected* now too which is making all the difference in the world as we move into week #5 of the quarantine here… Hope you guys are all still well and safe too!