Hourly Wage: 10 Jobs that Pay $30 per Hour

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salaryIf you're looking to bump up to a $30 hourly wage, having a bachelor's degree helps. But, there are still plenty of careers where you can earn $30 or more per hour without a degree. From construction to health care and IT, check out our list of 10 well-paid gigs and the requirements for getting started.

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01. Commercial Diver

Hourly pay: $25.58 - $35.75

Welding work can be rigorous and demanding. Can you imagine doing it in the dark, under 1,000 feet of water? Commercial divers do all kinds of repairs, construction work, search and rescue, and other tasks while floating over river beds or past schools of fish. Divers must be efficient workers, excellent communicators, comfortable working in teams and up for very physically demanding work. Divers attend diving school then look for work placement opportunities where they can build their skill and experience level.

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02. Construction Superintendent

Hourly pay: $22.52 - $35.17

From strip malls to 50 story office towers, construction superintendents are responsible for coordinating the building of commercial and residential structures. A person in this job needs to be an effective leader who can coordinate the teams and processes needed to complete a project on time, from hiring workers to getting materials to the site. Depending on the size of the project, there may be more than one construction manager involved. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most construction managers are often self-employed and those with college degrees in construction tend to have better job prospects.

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03. Grant Writer

Hourly pay: $24.75 - $50.51

When non-profit groups, research institutions and community-based organizations look for funding, they often rely on grant money. And, grant writers are responsible for bringing in those dollars. Besides having excellent written communication skills, grant writers must be good researchers, know how to organize information well, be aware of the best grant sources and know how to write persuasively. Many grant writers work for themselves, though a large organization can hire them full-time. And, grant writers have the opportunity to work for a cause they believe in which can make it a very satisfying job.

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04. Ultrasound Technologist

Hourly pay: $29.11 - $38.04

Diagnostic medical sonography is a growing field. When compared with less portable and more expensive approaches, like CT and MRI scans, ultrasound is growing in popularity. And, as the baby boomers age, this technology will become more in demand. Technologists often work at healthcare facilities and need to be available on weekends and evenings. This career can be entered several ways, including study at vocational institutions, colleges or in the armed forces, along with on-the-job training. There are certifications available and sonographers can also specialize in certain areas of the body.

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05. Landscape Architect

Hourly pay: $22.73 - $32.90

When a new freeway goes in or a home is being built, the undeveloped land around it often requires the care of a landscape architect. If you love the outdoors and have an eye for both beauty and function, this may be a great career for you. Landscape architects review a site, talk to their clients about their needs, create a plan, follow a budget and then work with the other members of the project team to ensure that the final landscaping is completed as planned. Landscape architects spend time indoors doing research, meeting with clients and creating proposals, but the rest of their time is spent on the job site. A bachelor's or a master's degree in landscape architecture is usually needed to enter this profession, as well as licensure in most states.

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06. Handyman

Hourly pay: $17.59 - $35.23

No matter how bad the economy gets, kitchen faucets still leak and broken stair railings must be repaired. Working as a handyman can give you plenty of autonomy and, depending on your skill level and who you are working for, you can charge a premium. While there are no official educational requirements, you need to have good business smarts. The majority of your business will likely come from referrals once you've proven yourself as a reliable and experienced worker.

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07. Web Developer

Hourly pay: $25.41 - $51.61

Here is a job where you can get paid much more than $30 per hour, if you're good. Web developers work on the technical side of Web site creation. They use software languages and tools to create applications for the Web. A Web developer figures out who the users for the site will be and how best to give them information, from the organization of the site to, sometimes, its design. While a bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is needed to get hired in most Web developer roles, you can also gain skills with an associate's degree and through certification courses.

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08. Pipefitter

Hourly pay: $22.50 - $33.41

Don't you love a shower with nice, strong water pressure? A pipefitter helped to bring you that wonderful experience. Pipefitters make sure that water, waste water, natural gas and other substances flow through pipes that are correctly connected and adequate for their job. Pipefitters install and repair both the high-pressure and low-pressure pipe systems for manufacturing, heating and cooling of buildings and more. They may also install the automatic controls used to regulate these systems. Pipefitters don't always have an easy job. They can end up working on remote oil fields or in cramped indoor spaces and may do emergency repair jobs on weekends. No degree is required for this job, but a long, intensive apprenticeship, which includes coursework and on-the-job training, is the most common route to getting started.

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09. Medical Equipment Repairer

Hourly pay: $24.49 - $32.26

If you want a career in the booming health care field, but are more mechanically than medically-oriented, you can still find work. There is a growing demand for the repair, maintenance and calibration of medical equipment like patient monitors, scanning machines, electric wheelchairs and more. Medical equipment repairers typically have an associate's degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering. Completing a bachelor's degree increases your likelihood of advancement into management. While some of the work is routine, repairers must be ready to work evenings and weekends in case of emergencies.

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10. Network Support Engineer

Hourly pay: $23.27 - $31.1

Network support engineers maintain Internet and intranet systems in office places. If you have good technical skills and a helpful nature, this job could work for you. You install and maintain network hardware and software, analyze problems, and monitor the networks. You're also responsible for network security. Large corporations, small businesses and government organizations are all looking to hire network engineers. A bachelor's degree in a computer-related field is typically required to become a network support engineer, though a two-year degree or certification course and related work experience may be enough.

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M J Wyco Services

look for it find it bid it do it,duh

February 17 2011 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
M. Espinoza

One that I can think of that is not on that list is a mechanic. No matter what, people still drive vehicles and they still need repairs and maintenance done. Even in the worse of times (more recently), there were still millions of cars on the road and people needing mechanic work. And they make really good money too.

August 28 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shel

There are plenty of jobs that pay $30+/hr, but you have to want to actually work, get your hands dirty and perspire. Unfortunately way too many want to sit on their butt driving a desk and expect to get paid CEO wages right out of the box. Many people will gladly pay $50 to someone who will clean their house gutters, typical job takes 30 minutes... it's difficult to keep up with the demand... and virtually all will pay in cash, COD, green money.

August 28 2010 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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M. Espinoza

You've got that right! How many times I had done odd jobs as such to
get some good money in instead of feeling the need to sit on my butt
all day. Some insist on sitting on their butt all day and when they
cant find a job that allows that, they file for unemployment.
Unfortunately, that is reality. I just got a job working with 3 year
olds because there wasn't anything else around in my usual line of
work.

August 28 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt

Bridget, if your going to write an article it pays to do some research! A PLUMBER brings that water pressure into your house NOT a PIPEFITTER! ANY PLUMBER WORTH HIS SALT WILL BE READY TO FIGHT IF YOU CALL HIM A PIPEFITTER.. A Plumber can pipefit, but a fitter cant plumb!!!!

August 28 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BILL

MANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A COLORIST OR COLOR MATCHER BUT THE P[AY IS GREAT AND IF YOU STILL HAVE COLOR PERCEPTION, LEARN PIGMENTS (HOW HARD THEY ARE TO DISPERSE, LIGHT FATNESS, HOW STRONG THE TINT IS, ETC.) YOU WILL HAVE A JOB FOREVER IF YOU USE YOUR SKILLS. ALSO, IT WOULDN'T HURT TO LEARN HOW TO COLOR MATCH USING A COLOR COMPUTER. I WORKED AT IT FOR 35 YERS, I WAS A MANAGER FOR 30 OF THOSE YEARS AND WAS NEVER FIRED FROM A JOB. A GOOD SALARY, AFTER YOU BECOME A FULL FLEDGED COLORIST, AND YOU JOIN ONE OF TH ENGINEERING SOCITIES, YOU CAN BE WELL INTO THE $70K/YEAR RANGE WITH NICE PERKS. IT NOT AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS AND IT WILL TAKE ABOUT 5 YEARS TO LEARN IT RIGHT BUT IT'S WORTH IT.

August 28 2010 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Claude Dumont

I fix things. Call me. IT gets done.

August 28 2010 at 7:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Winner!!!!!

I have been a "Handyman" 35 plus years. I have seen and done it all. But now since the economy took a crap especially here in Michigan all the "laid off" guy's from the automotive industry have turned into "Handymen"!
Basicly we have a bunch of guy's that bought a Tape and a Cordless drill and are taking work from use real pro's of the industry.
Hey guy's you installed a shock or a doorhandle or some nicnac item on a car for 20 years does not make you a Handyman! GO AWAY and let us Pro's do the work!


August 28 2010 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jackie

If people in the automotive business that have lost their jobs are now becoming handymen/women...so be it. Jobs are tough to come by in Michigan and if they have the where with all and ability to do these jobs to care for their families...good for them. Give them validation for doing something!!!

August 28 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thomas J.Naber

I was a Union Electrican for 15 years,things got slow at work.Figured it was time to start my own company.One truck and me,no money from any bank,they said it was to risky.Now 3 years later,3 trucks,1 boom truck,2 trailer,and tons of tools and still nope help from any bank.It was a very good move for me,but not without alot of hard work and very long days.DON'T TELL ME THERE ARE NO JOBS OUT THERE,MAYBE JUST NOT THE ONE YOU WANT. IOWA

August 28 2010 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mikemaj82

nobody's making this kind of money with these types of jobs today. it's all bs.

August 28 2010 at 6:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mac

How about getting a 4 year degree preferably in engineering. Then specialize within the field of your choice. You'll get 6 figures from your third year on.

August 28 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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