Hourly Wage: 10 Jobs that Pay $20 per Hour


salaryReady for a gig that pays an hourly wage of twenty dollars? There are many options out there. And, of the following list of ten jobs, less than half require school beyond a high school diploma. See which skills you might already have or are interested in and get started.

01. Drywall Finisher

Hourly pay: $17.99 - $30.41

Are you up for some careful work and plenty of physical activity? In this gig you prepare walls for painting by taping and finishing joints and imperfections. Though this construction trade can drop off when the economy suffers, it's a job skill that is lucrative when in demand. No degree is required to get started. Most dry wall finishers learn their skills through informal training programs or on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

02. Structural Drafter

Hourly pay: $18.52 - $23.66

Drafting work gets you into the fields of architecture and engineering, without all of the required coursework. Structural drafters prepare architectural and structural drawings, often using Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) systems. They can develop specialized knowledge in specific materials, such as concrete or masonry, or in types of buildings, such as residential or commercial. Most employers look for applicants with at least a two-year degree. Armed Forces training can also prepare you for this job.

03. Carpet Installer

Hourly pay: $15.00 - $19.44

Here is another construction job that can be scarce in a down economy, but not as much as you'd think. It has the advantage of being a common, low-cost home improvement. According to the BLS, 35 percent of carpet installers are self-employed. You may work evenings and weekends for commercial jobs to avoid disturbing customers. Most installers learn their skills on the job. No formal education is required.

04. Fire Inspector

Hourly pay: $18.97 - $22.24

If you have an eye for detail and are willing to enforce the rules, you could find work as a fire inspector. Inspectors not only examine buildings to detect hazards and enforce local laws, they sometimes also investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions. Most fire inspectors are employed by local governments, with the state of California paying best for their work, according to the BLS. Fire inspectors must take classes and pass exams to be certified in their profession.

05. Facilities Manager

Hourly pay: $19.68 - $22.27

The person in this job must be able to do a wide variety of tasks, all meant to ensure the care and upkeep of a property. These tasks can include scheduling janitors and landscapers, renting out spaces, collecting rent money, ensuring pools are cleaned and that users of the property follow regulations. Though facilities managers often have an office, they likely don't spend much time at their desk. No college degree is required, though some schooling may be preferred by employers if accounting or business transactions are required.

06. Tax Accountant

Hourly pay: $20.80 - $30.52

Don't want to go to the office every day? This job offers the potential for flexibility and a work-from-home arrangement. Tax accountants fall into a larger category of workers called public accountants. This person can either advise a business on the tax advantages and disadvantages of a decision, or complete individual tax returns. Many tax accountants have at least a bachelor's degree in an accounting-related field. Going on to get certified as an accountant can increase both your salary and your opportunities for employment.

07. Sheriff's Patrol Officer

Hourly pay: $20.64 - $31.07

If you can not only stay calm in a dangerous situation, but are willing to take on a leadership role, a career in law enforcement may suit you. You get you a secure, steady paycheck and opportunities for career growth. Sheriff's patrol officers work for local, county governments. Applicants must have at least a high school education, and some departments may prefer or require college coursework. Being bilingual or having military police experience will increase your chances of getting this job.

08. Music Therapist

Hourly pay: $18.67 - $25.56

Can Bach and Mozart help with mental health issues or healing from surgery? A music therapist uses tones, sounds, rhythms and songs of all kinds to help people heal whatever is ailing them. Sometimes their patients play music or other times they simply listen. To work as part of a medical team, music therapists usually need a bachelor's degree in a related field. Licensure may not be required, but is often preferred by employers.

09. Interpretor or Translator

Hourly pay: $22.38 - $44.99

As an interpreter, you could be a key player in the middle of court hearings or a complex discussion on medical issues. It is a role where you can help others and it offers opportunities for further career growth. The BLS predicts that this line of work will see an increase in demand over the coming years. And, you can create a flexible schedule for yourself since the majority of interpreters are self-employed. Certification in certain subject area is often required, as well as extra education beyond high school.

10. Personal Trainer

Hourly pay: $20.08 - $27.55

If you've watched the show "The Biggest Loser," you know a lot about the work done personal trainers. Unlike aerobics instructors or sports coaches, personal trainers offer customized, one-on-one physical training for their clients. They can help clients not only lose weight, but also develop specific strength training routines, eating schedules and routines for injury prevention. The job also offers the possibility of a flexible schedule.

Next: 10 Jobs that Pay $50 per Hour

Source: All salary data provided by online salary database PayScale.com. Salaries listed are a range from the 50th to 90th percentile of hourly salaries for workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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March 06 2013 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To work ethically as a music therapist you should be board certified and attend a certified music therapy program. They also often make more than $20/hour.

August 30 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This article is really informative.

September 08 2010 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Millisaff and Lisa... If you are going to talk about how much money you make or opportunities of how to make extra income such as yourselves you need to put some kind of web address down to start with. I know you can't put the whole thing on here but you have to put some part of it down instead of talking about some ageless love crapola. HEY NAOFICK 54... There are plenty of jobs for Draftsmen and Sheetrock positions but you have to look outside of whatever town you live in. In Mid Michigan there are quite a few new construction that businesses are doing at this time In Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland aolong with Detroit plus North of there all the way up I-75 to Flint there is new development and the same goes with refurbishing old business buildings and homes that provide space for companies and for home buyers that can't afford new. So don't believe how the media generalizes when reporting.

August 18 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't make my living by the hour, but by cents per mile (CPM) as an over-the-road truck driver. My salary is usually between 40,000-50,000 per year. It's a good living, getting to travel all mover the U.S., and, I get a free roof over my head to boot! The only drawback, though, is that it gets quite lonely, and you don't have much of a social life. But the compensations speak for themselves.

August 17 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I worked for a great company for 30 years. Retired, and now collect a nice pension. Well, I really didint retire. I've had a few jobs since. I'm now working for another good company and collecting my pention at the same time. If I can do it, anyone can. All of you whiny sissys posting on this board need to be out looking for a job. You aint gonna find one sitting here typing on the internet. Bunch of whiny sissys

August 17 2010 at 1:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Drywall finisher or carpet installer for $20 plus an hour. BS! The illegal aliens have undercut those jobs far under that wage.

August 17 2010 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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There is a huge difference between the men and women who immigrated to this country and the illegal's that are here today. Yes, the U.S. is a melting pot...but the men and women that came here to immigrate stopped off at Ellis island and ummm registered themselves!! They didn't jump a fence, dig a tunnel, or run across the dessert illegally! They didn't come here and expect things to just be handed over to them....no they worked for it, they paid their taxes and became a vital part of our country! I have nothing against LEGAL immigration....so some may want to check out the definitions in their dictionaries before spouting off about immigrants and illegal's!!

August 17 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Whooppppeeeee. Who ever wrote this didn't listen to the news this morning.
My husband is a draftsman and surprize surprize. Some one has to be building to draft something. Or sheet rock something. No housing jobs no drafting or sheet rock. That is!!!!!!! part of the housing jobs.

August 17 2010 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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August 17 2010 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
7 replies to Sarah's comment

"Music Therapist"??? Is that the modern term for snake-oil salesman?

August 17 2010 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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