20 Jobs That Pay $25 per Hour

Rachel Farrell, Special to CareerBuilder

Twenty-five dollars. It can buy you two movie tickets, one bottle of nice wine (or several of the cheap stuff), or 25 of your favorite items from the dollar menu at McDonalds. It might not seem like a lot -- but when you think about it in terms of your salary, you might change your mind.

If you earned $25 an hour and worked the standard 40-hour workweek for 52 weeks each year, you'd be raking in $52,000* per year. Considering the national average salary is $43,460, according to the National Compensation Survey, you'd be doing pretty well for yourself.

So who earns more than $25 per hour? Here are 20 jobs that pay $25 or more per hour and their predicted job growth through 2018**:


1. Vocational education teachers, postsecondary

What they do: Teach students in a variety of subjects beyond the high school level

Hourly wage: $25.01

Mean annual salary: $52,030

Job outlook: 15 percent job growth through 2018




2. Stationary engineers and boiler operators

What they do: Control and maintain heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems

Hourly wage: $25.02

Mean annual salary: $52,040

Job outlook: 5 percent job growth through 2018




3. Health care practitioners and technical workers, all other

What they do: N/A

Hourly wage: $25.05

Mean annual salary: $52,110

Job outlook: N/A**




4. Curators

What they do: Oversee museum affairs and activities

Hourly wage: $25.16

Mean annual salary: $52,330

Job outlook: 23 percent job growth through 2018




5. Transit and railroad police

What they do: Protect and patrol railroad and transit property, employees and passengers

Hourly wage: $25.17

Mean annual salary: $52,350

Job outlook: N/A




6. Court reporters

What they do: Create verbatim transcripts of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings and other events

Hourly wage: $25.22

Mean annual salary: $52,460

Job outlook: 18 percent job growth through 2018




7. Subway and streetcar operators

What they do: Operate train systems and handle fares for passengers

Hourly wage: $25.38

Mean annual salary: $52,800

Job outlook: N/A




8. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians

What they do: Diagnose and repair aircraft engines and assemblies

Hourly wage: $25.47

Mean annual salary: $52,970

Job outlook: 6 percent job growth through 2018




9. Telecommunications equipment installers and repairers, except line installers

What they do: Set up, remove and repair switching and dialing equipment used in central offices or on customers' property

Hourly wage: $25.48

Mean annual salary: $52,990

Job outlook: 0 percent job growth through 2018




10. Real estate sales agents

What they do: Rent, buy or sell property for clients

Hourly wage: $25.53

Mean annual salary: $53,100

Job outlook: 16 percent job growth through 2018




11. Advertising sales agents

What they do: Sell or solicit ads or advertising space in publications, signs, TV and radio

Hourly wage: $25.57

Mean annual salary: $53,190

Job outlook: 7 percent job growth through 2018




12. Dieticians and nutritionists

What they do: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to promote health and disease control

Hourly wage: $25.59

Mean annual salary: $53,230

Job outlook: 9 percent job growth through 2018




13. Music directors and composers

What they do: Conduct and plan performances by musical groups

Hourly wage: $25.68

Mean annual salary: $53,410

Job outlook: N/A




14. Lodging managers

What they do: Plan and coordinate accommodations of an organization or department that provides lodging

Hourly wage: $25.72

Mean annual salary: $53,500

Job outlook: N/A




15. Appraisers and assessors of real estate

What they do: Appraise property to determine its fair value

Hourly wage: $25.73

Mean annual salary: $53,520

Job outlook: 5 percent job growth through 2018




16. Construction and building engineers

What they do: Plan, direct, or budget activities with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities and systems

Hourly wage: $25.75

Mean annual salary: $53,550

Job outlook: 17 percent job growth through 2018




17. Locomotive engineers

What they do: Drive locomotives to transport passengers or freight

Hourly wage: $25.77

Mean annual salary: $53,590

Job outlook: 10 percent job growth through 2018




18. Tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents

What they do: Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms

Hourly wage: $25.87

Mean annual salary: $53,800

Job outlook: 13 percent job growth through 2018




19. Sound engineering technicians

What they do: Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix or reproduce music, voices or sound

Hourly wage: $25.93

Mean annual salary: $53,940

Job outlook: 2 percent job growth through 2018




20. Chemical and plant system operators

What they do: Control or operate an entire chemical process or system of machines

Hourly wage: $25.97

Mean annual salary: $54,010

Job outlook: N/A

*Figures were found by dividing the annual salary by 52 weeks (in the year).

**Salary information according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hourly wages and annual salaries were computed based on mean number of hours worked each week and year, which vary per occupation.

***Some occupations do not collect data for job growth.




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cuate

Lol two yrs later

February 02 2012 at 3:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cuate

As well as certified pipe welders.

February 02 2012 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cal

In California, where I reside, the unemployment level is one of the highest in the States. The jobs are advertised, but the employers are highly selective. Couple that with the multitudes that apply for just one position it is quite difficult indeed to land any job. As one gets older it gets much much worse as the other poster described his situation about reverse discrimination.

The jobs that this article described are for ones who have experience and money to spend on being trained. If one is not either it does not help.

November 30 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ronnie M

Paul R, I like your comments, As well as what you wright, but I would like to make comment and that is to Stop use the words GD and F.

November 29 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pianist Ruth!

Glad you mentioned the artistic type jobs...most people don't realize what
a good well rounded musical director or composer makes...thanks for finally
including them on your list. Composing Radio and TV jingles, or incidental background music for ads, even just on the local basis, pays very well. An unique skill...it should!

November 29 2010 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Penny

I would recommend becoming bilingual in Spanish. People, put your money into an education of becoming FLUENT in Spanish now instead of taking a class at school like I did that gets me nowhere. I live in Florida and over 70% of the jobs in my field are for someone FLUENT in typing and speaking Spanish. Like someone else here said, it is reverse discrimination now. I have been working for over 20 years and never had a problem finding employment. I either have to move or spend time in South America becoming FLUENT.

November 28 2010 at 11:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane

This column must be written by a dreamer. I work in the RE world and there are agents dropping out of the business on a daily basis. Telecommunications has dried up. Advertising in print is almost non existent today. Aircraft mechanics,,,really? Fifty thousand dollars is chump change, eh? Is this a feel good article,,,,or what?

November 28 2010 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chuck

These up and coming jobs are all well and good. $53,000 is considered a comfortable salary unless you're one of the worthless bureaucrats engaged by the federal government then its more like $110,000!!!

November 28 2010 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kedzi

I lost it all, but not my ability to create once again. I lost my house, had to sell horses and everything that wasn't nailed down, to make it through, until I found my next step.

If someone who wants to be self employed had the money to buy a business, it would take years if they succeeded, to get paid back on their investment. Most small businesses of this nature don't make it. I am with a company that is only one of 10 out of 450 start up businesses in the laswt 6 years that has earned over 1 million dollars a month. The outlay is anywhere from 250.00 to 1450.00 to have your own business, that can provide either plan A or plan B part time.
I earn 3,000.00 a month part time. My initial investment was paid for in the first month.
The products are amazing, the company is amazing, AND I've earned two vacations in the past 2 years that I would never have taken had I not earned them. They were also 5 star all the way including air, limo food entertainment and lodging.
The tax benefits can't be beat, and our newest product has given us a start up company opportunity without the risk of an unproven company. This company is rock solid.
Contact me by email. kedzi@aol.com for more info.

November 28 2010 at 7:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LAURAJ

All jobs bama made in DC!! You could be totally stupid in DC and make 50K!!

November 28 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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