15 Jobs That Pay $50 an Hour

pharmacistThough $50 won't make all your wildest dreams come true, it's no chump change, either. There's still a lot you can get for $50 these days: a haircut, dinner for two, a tank of gas, a 50-day supply of macaroni and cheese. It can buy a lot of life's necessities and simple pleasures.

Now, just imagine what you could do if you got paid $50 for each hour on the job. (Lifetime supply of mac and cheese, anyone?)

While it may seem like the kind of money only doctors and lawyers make, it is possible to earn $50 an hour in a variety of career paths. Here's a sampling of jobs that pay $50 an hour* (or $100,000 a year, based on a 40-hour workweek, with two weeks' vacation time).

1. Computer and information scientist

What they do: Computer scientists research everything from computer algorithms to programming languages and software properties. The goal of computer science varies, but objectives may include: improving the ease of computer use, expanding computer functionality and developing artificial intelligence.

Education: Most have a Ph.D.*

Average hourly earnings: $50.66*

2. Pharmacist

What they do: Pharmacists work in hospitals, drugstores and outpatient facilities. They dispense patient medication, ensure proper dosage, analyze possible drug interactions and provide information to patients.

Education: Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.)

Average hourly earnings: $51.27

3. Construction foreman/superintendent

What they do: These professionals oversee residential and commercial construction sites. They manage construction workers and coordinate project timelines and budgets.

Education: On-the-job experience; bachelor's degree preferred, but not necessary

Average hourly earnings: $50.14

4. Funeral director and embalmer

What they do: Funeral directors make plans for church services, wakes and burials. The embalming portion of the job title involves cleaning and sanitizing the body, and preparing it for burial.

Education: Licensing, two-year education program and apprenticeship required

Average hourly earnings: $52.47

5. Marketing manager

What they do: Marketing managers help direct a company's advertising, promotional and sales strategies, with the goal of improving the company's reputation and increasing its revenue.

Education: Bachelor's degree in business, communications, advertising or public relations.

Average hourly earnings: $50.81

6. Financial aid officer

What they do: Financial aid officers direct disbursement of student scholarships, loans and grants, with the goal of making school more affordable for students.

Education: Bachelor's degree usually required.

Average hourly earnings: $51,203

7. Securities trader

What they do: Securities traders typically work at investment banks, managing securities such as stocks, bonds, futures and options for individual and institutional investors.

Education: Most securities traders hold a bachelor's degree in finance or other business concentration. Often, securities traders must pass financial certification exams such as the Series 7 and Series 63 tests.

Average hourly earnings: $50.79

8. Behavioral psychologist

What they do: Behavioral psychologists study and treat emotional and behavioral issues by helping patients change their perceptions and behaviors, often through therapy.

Education: A doctoral degree is required to practice as a psychologist

Average hourly earnings: $50.36

9. Adult day care director

What they do: Adult day care directors manage day-to-day operations of the facility. Responsibilities may include overseeing employees and budgets, developing relationships with attendees and their families and planning activities.

Education: High school diploma required; bachelor's degree preferred.

Average hourly earnings: $50.64

10. Seismologist

What they do: Seismologists study, report on and predict earthquakes and seismic waves.

Education: An undergraduate degree in physics or geology is enough to get a foot in the door, though many seismologists have master's or doctoral degrees.

Average hourly earnings: $50.43

11. Judge

What they do: Judges preside over trials and hearings in local, state or federal courtrooms.

Education: Because almost all judges get their start as lawyers, law school is the most common educational path for judges.

Average hourly earnings: $49.99

12. Physicist

What they do: Physicists study the physical world, with emphasis on the properties and laws of nature such as mass, gravity, inertia and the composition of matter. Physicists may also apply their findings practically, and develop new medical instruments and engineering technologies, for example.

Education: Though entry-level positions can be found with a bachelor's degree, most physicists have a Ph.D.

Average hourly earnings: $51.76

13. Human resources managers

What they do: HR managers interview and hire workers, mediate employee complaints and act as information sources for employees.

Education: Bachelor's degree

Average hourly earnings: $50.73

14. General and operations managers

What they do: General managers are responsible for the overall operation of venues such as amusements parks, restaurants and hotels. They oversee things such as employees, guest relations, budgets, marketing and purchasing.

Education: High school diploma; bachelor's degree preferred.

Average hourly earnings: $53.15

15. Co-pilot

What they do: A co-pilot serves as one part of the two-part team that makes up an airplane cockpit crew. In-flight duties are usually shared between the more experienced pilot, also called the captain, and the less experienced co-pilot, also referred to as the first officer.

Education: High school diploma, pilot's license.

Average hourly earnings: $52.45

* Salary and education information from CBSalary.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salary info from CBSalary.com based on average earnings in Chicago. All salary information reflects pre-tax earnings.

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Beth S.

Funeral Directors and Embalmers DO NOT make $50+ an hour! The only way they are making that is if they own the funeral home and it is a busy one. If they work for someone, they are lucky to get $20-$25 an hour.

April 26 2015 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Ten

Remember, these "hourly" wages is not like a consultive per case, they're guarantee minimum 40 hours per week full-time pay. With $50/hr or $55/hr full-time employee working for a corporation, the rate-of-charge to outside customers are $235/hr rate. Your full-time 40-hr week pay rate should be 1/3 of what the company charges the customers outside. 1/3 to pay you. 1/3 to pay overhead expenses. 1/3 for the company's profit.

March 23 2014 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike Leung

#6, $51k an hour? daaaaayuummm

February 19 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As far as "co-pilot" $52hr with 78hrs guarantee is 1st year pay at Southwest. This video although a few years old now will give more realistic view of entry level "co-pilot" pay. http://youtu.be/RayMaswju1A

May 11 2012 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funeral director? Really? My mom is a licensed funeral director and I know she never made anywhere close to that. I also worked in the industry for a large corporation who just happens to be the employer posting the majority of the linked positions. Maybe the directors that moved into corporate management made that. In my experience $25/hr is about right for a location manager.

May 11 2012 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Except to be employed as any kind of commercial pilot now, you have to acquire 1500 hours because of a federal law recently passed (most first officers could be hired with 300-500 before that). That is NOT cheap. Especially if you get a degree in commercial aviation, which allows you to get hours without hiring a private instructor for an arm and a leg per hour. That's what my fiance is doing. He's still looking at $100K in debt from learning to fly, will be required to instruct for $20/hr to get to the 1500 hour mark (even with a 4-year degree, these very qualified pilots graduate with 300-400 hours), and will start at around $20K for the first few years once he is finally hired to be a first officer.

May 09 2012 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rick Webb

You forgot "Bartender."

May 09 2012 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Co pilot?? Sounds like not much responsibility involved. Wow jst got me interested

June 15 2011 at 3:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WOW financial aid officers make over 52k an hour! :P

March 23 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Daniel Cacoilo

Too bad most of those jobs require math. Something I'm not good in. :(

March 23 2011 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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