Teacher Salaries by State
No matter how hard the doctors try, they will not put morticians out of business anytime soon. Morticians in Minneapolis do well, with a median salary of $48,476. In Atlanta, your friendly neighborhood mortician earns a median salary of $38,780.
Back in the land of the living, we'll always need teachers. If we take a look at K-12 teacher salaries by state, we find that elementary school teacher salaries are the highest in California and New York State; both have a median salary of $44,954. On the lower end of K-12 teacher salaries by state, elementary school teacher salaries take a dip in Texas, where the median salary is $38,311. Elementary school teacher salaries are even lower in Florida, with a median of $34,964, but those jobs will always be there.
Average Job Salary: Scientists and Barbers
We'll always need scientists to find cures for diseases, or at least discover a new low calorie chocolate. A research scientist in biotechnology, with less than a year of experience, earns a median salary of $56,522; not bad for just starting out. For those braniacs with more experience, say 5-9 years, the median salary is $65,942. This profession definitely pays to stick around; with 10-19 years of experience, the median salary is $75,363, and 20+ years will net you a median salary of $83,841.
It's not rocket science, but we'll always need barbers. Barbers earn median salaries of $26,500 to $33,100, depending on work setting and employer (e.g., hotel, barbershop, etc.). These salaries do not include tips, a known big plus for the hair care trades. People will always need a barber, unless they are foolhardy enough to try to cut their own hair.
Heavy Equipment Operators Salaries Public Works
Civilization will always rely on construction workers. There is a lot of variation in annual income, depending on contract type, commercial vs. civil (road) vs. residential construction, union or not, etc. Median salaries of $40,250 to $70,500 or more are possible.
I've saved the most glamorous career for last. A waste disposal manager gets rid of everything we don't want. Annual salaries vary from $28,000 to $62,000 or more, depending of the scope of the work and location.
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Dr. Al Lee