30 Jobs That Pay $80,000

CareerBuilder.com writer

jobsLet's be honest: Sometimes you don't care about the job -- you just care about the salary.

But it's awfully hard to look for a job that fits both your salary requirements and your skill set. Not to mention that we always tell you that your work and career should be something you love. Ideally, money is just an added benefit.

That being said, we're also realists. We know that times are tough and at this point, some people just need to get paid. Fortunately, there's a new salary tool available that can help you do just that.

Jobs by Salary, a new salary tool from CBSalary.com, allows you to search for jobs by salary based on where you live or work in the United States. Do you live in Phoenix and want to make $50,000? No problem. Plug in your data, and you'll get a list of jobs that pay that much in your area, plus the necessary requirements.

Because our readers live all over, we thought it unfair to provide a list of jobs that pay a certain dollar amount in one place or another. Plus, we all know that different markets pay different salaries based on a variety of things such as cost of living.

Instead, we went to the Bureau of Labor Statistics to look at the latest (May 2008) salary information for the United States. From there, we found out which occupations pay in the $80,000 range based on national averages.

Here are 30 jobs that pay at least $80,000:

1. Administrative law judges, adjudicators and hearing officers

Do this: Conduct hearings to rule on government-related claims; determine penalties and liability; and help to craft settlements.

Get paid: $80,870

2. Biomedical engineers

Do this: Design and develop devices and procedures to help solve health-related problems. Projects might include information systems, artificial organs or artificial limbs.

Get paid: $81,120

3. Chiropractors

Do this: Diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions of the spinal column to prevent disease and alleviate imbalance, pain and pressure believed to be caused by interference with nervous system.

Get paid: $81,340

4. Atmospheric, earth, marine and space sciences teachers, post-secondary

Do this: Teach courses and research topics in the physical sciences, except chemistry and physics.

Get paid: $81,470

5. Agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes

Do this: Represent and promote their client's business while handling business matters and contract negotiations.

Get paid: $81,550

6. Materials scientists

Do this: Study the chemical composition of various materials and figure out ways to develop new materials and improve existing ones; also determine ways to use materials in products.

Get paid: $81,600

7. Physician assistants

Do this: Perform health-care services and provide treatment plans under a physician's supervision.

Get paid: $81,610

8. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

Do this: Research and investigate human diseases and how to improve human health.

Get paid: $81,870

9. Physics teachers, post-secondary

Do this: Teach courses and research topics pertaining to the laws of matter and energy.

Get paid: $81,880

10. Atmospheric and space scientists

Do this: Study the effects the atmosphere has on the environment, most commonly through weather forecasting.

Get paid: $82,080

11. Management analysts

Do this: Figure out best practices of management by conducting studies and procedures to help companies figure out how to operate more effectively.

Get paid: $82,920

12. Producers and directors

Do this: Produce or direct, and make all creative decisions for stage, television, radio, video or motion picture productions.

Get paid: $83,030

13. Biological science teachers, post-secondary

Do this: Teach courses and research topics in biological sciences.

Get paid: $83,270

14. Materials engineers

Do this: Develop new uses for recognized materials, and develop new machinery and processes to make materials for use in specialized products.

Get paid: $84,200

15. Transportation, storage and distribution managers

Do this: Oversee transportation, storage or distribution activities in accordance with governmental policies and regulations.

Get paid: $84,520

16. Financial analysts

Do this: Assess the financial situations of an individual or organization.

Get paid: $84,780

17. Electrical engineers

Do this: Design, develop and test the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment.

Get paid: $85,350

18. Education administrators, elementary and secondary school

Do this: Oversee all activities of public or private elementary or secondary schools.

Get paid: $86,060

19. Industrial-organizational psychologists

Do this: Work with companies to solve problems within the company. You may help with policy planning; employee screening, training and development; and organizational development and analysis.

Get paid: $86,460

20. Computer software engineers, applications

Do this: Build computer applications software and code; ensure that all software projects adhere to a company's technology and business standards.

Get paid: $87,900

21. Economics teachers, post-secondary

Do this: Teach courses and research topics in economics.

Get paid: $88,330

22. Biochemists and biophysicists

Do this: Study the chemical composition and physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena.

Get paid: $88,450

23. Art directors

Do this: Create design concepts and presentation in artwork, layout design and copywriting for visual communications media.

Get paid: $88,510

24. Electronics engineers except computer

Do this: Design, develop and test a wide range of electronic equipment, from CD players to global positioning systems.

Get paid: $88,670

25. Medical and health services managers

Do this: Supervise medical and health services in hospitals, clinics and similar organizations.

Get paid: $88,750

26. Chemical engineers

Do this: Design chemical plant equipment and create processes for manufacturing chemicals and products.

Get paid: $88,760

27. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

Do this: Study the composition, structure and other physical aspects of the Earth.

Get paid: $89,300

28. Veterinarians

Do this: Provide health care for family pets, livestock and zoo animals. Provide check-ups, treat diseases and advise caretakers on how to best raise their animals.

Get paid: $89,450

29. Construction managers

Do this:Oversee all activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities and systems.

Get paid: $89,770

30. Sales engineers

Do this: Sell business goods or services, the selling of which requires a technical background equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering.

Get paid: $89,770

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Holly Marie

This list is way off. Now I'm curious to know how these were averaged.

August 15 2012 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They continually say teachers are needed. Once you get your undergrad or even your Masters. The PRAXIS EXAM is so difficult your unable to pass it to get certified, and there you are with no job only student loans.

June 27 2010 at 3:12 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Looks like the only commenters are scammers trying to lure in people in legitimate need who are looking at this story because they are hoping to find an answer to their money needs. Shame on anyone for doing so. Folks, sales has been looked down on by my peers since I can remember. But in my relatively short sales career of about 12 years, I've almost always made more than these $80k per year. Most of the "careers" they've listed require an expensive degree. I have none. Find a good company that focuses on really training you well and in a few years you will make more than most college educated people you'll meet. The college thing used to be the only way to go, and as "sheople" we are taught/brainwashed that if you want to make anything of yourself then you have to be very well educated. History is full of un-degreed people who became very, very rich. I'm not saying sales is for everyone,but if you can stick it out and find your niche, then you'll be glad you listened to me in this little comment. TIP: The biggest money is to be found in "in home" sales. Gazillions of home owners buy big ticket stuff everyday (windows, roofing, coatings, etc.). At an average of $10k or more and a 10% commission, you don't need to sit in front of too many people each week to make $100k per year!!! Also, don't be like other sheople and beleive everything AOL posts. Chances are, what they post is because someone somewhere is paying them to drive you into a certain direction. AOL is a business and a business #1 goal is to make money, regardless if it's good for you or not. Hope this turns a light on for some of you!

November 29 2009 at 2:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

30 jobs...$80,000 per year..nah I can only work 2 at the most, I'm tired and off to bed. Good night everybody.

November 29 2009 at 12:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually have my Private. I'd love to get back into flying but a "cheap" airplane costs more than a house! Still... I may consider getting the commercial. I don't want to fly for airlines but something like you do may be fun.

November 29 2009 at 12:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh sure AOL, I'll just drop everything and turn my epic undergraduate student loan debt to astronomical getting degrees in these fields (most of which require a graduate degree). I mean why not? It's hard enough to get a job that pays a living wage these days, so I should pay money to work six times as hard instead.

Brilliant! Brilliant! Let's see, I graduated from college just in time for the job market to collapse. By the time I get my graduate training in these fields, these careers will no longer be "hot."

I think I'll just drive a cab... less BS!

November 29 2009 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Anita C. Rhoney

I feel for most Americans, those that used to be the middle class and still are when it comes to taking care of the nation. Formerly, we could at least, make enough to live on, but now, we carry the burden of the economy, the morals (such as they are) and payinglifetimes for educations for kids and selves, which should be free for anyone who wants to improve themselves AND their society. Too bad that Americans believe in capitalism. I believe that it is the greediest most self-propagating system in the world. We are just beginning to learn what that greed can do. Everything that exists in America turns into a money-making scheme. Every mistake we make is either taxed or we pay fines. Oppression is what is going on and the politicians keep pushing us further down. When are they and the people going to wake up and smell the roses? When nations get to the point of the elite and wealthy classes doing all they can to keep the status quo (that is comfort, wealth and power for themselves), there is (or should be) revolution in the air and wings. It seems to be needed to clean it all up. But then, where are the leaders to make it better again? Have our schools trained them to know how to have a peaceful and efficient society that would benefit more people? I know that our rules, many laws and regulations have us oppressed, so what do we do?

April 13 2010 at 10:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about politician. You don't have to know anything and get millions if you are corrupt enough. Chicago politicians are the prime example!

November 28 2009 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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