Top 10 Best-Paying Entry-Level Jobs

job interview It used to be that entry level jobs were reserved for young graduates entering the job market for the first time, but today people of all ages and experience levels are considering new careers and starting over at ground level.

While some are taking the opportunity to pursue their dream jobs, many are simply looking for a job, any job, that pays a decent salary. Below is our list of some of the best paying entry level jobs, some of which require college or specialized training and others that require nothing more than a high school diploma and solid work ethic.

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1. Sales Representative

Starting salary(including commission): $35,000-$60,000

Education/Training: Many sales jobs require no formal education; but some, especially those dealing with scientific or technical products, will require a four-year college degree in addition to excellent interpersonal, communication, and persuasive skills.



2. Registered Nurse

Starting salary: $30,000-$52,000

Education/Training: Two to four years of college (for an ADN or BSN); accelerated 12-18 month programs are available for people who already have a four-year degree in another field. State licensure is also required after passing an approved nursing course.



3. Crime Scene Cleaner

Starting salary: $35,000-$40,000*

Education/Training: Some states and employers require certifications in how to safely clean and dispose of biohazardous waste while protecting yourself and others from contamination; but in some cases you can get started with just a high school diploma.



4. Mail Carrier

Starting salary: $30,000-$40,000

Education/Training: Must be over 18 years old, have a good command of the English language, and pass a written examination that measures speed and accuracy at checking names and numbers and the ability to memorize mail distribution procedures.



5. Toll Booth Collector

Starting salary: $23,000-$38,000

Education/Training: High school diploma or GED. Must be content working alone in a tight space day after day.



6. Truck Driver

Starting salary: $29,000-$35,000

Education/Training: Requirements vary by state and employer; but at minimum you must be 21 years old, pass a physical exam, and hold a valid commercial driver's license.



7. Construction Worker

Starting salary: $25,000-$49,000**

Education/Training: No formal training is required for the most basic duties, although apprenticeship programs often require a high school diploma or GED and the highest salaries will be reserved for those entering the field with a four-year bachelor's degree.



8. Embalmer

Starting salary: $23,000-$35,000

Education/Training: Licensure requirements vary by state; most require some form of training that can include a few months to a few years in a classroom setting, on-the-job experience as an apprentice, or a combination of both.



9. Plumber

Starting salary: Apprentice: $25,000-$30,000/Journeyman: $31,000-41,000

Education/Training: Applicants must have a high school diploma/GED and be at least 18 to get started. Training is acquired on the job via apprenticeship status, which usually lasts four to five years, after which certification is required to achieve Journeyman status.



10. Garbage Collector

Starting salary: $20,000-$35,000

Education/Training: Applicants usually need a high school diploma or GED and must pass both written and physical exams, have a valid commercial driver's license, and (frequently) must pass a criminal background check.

Sources: *CNNMoney.com **Forbes.com

All Salary data courtesy of Payscale.com unless otherwise noted


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Rigel Celeste is a freelance writer and artist living in a small city in the middle of Midwest farming country. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking and playing with her dog, and drinking coffee while staring out the window.

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Caralyn Donnamaria P

wow not what I would have expected ! grreat article

January 14 2012 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Matt Hagens

This is a good list too of the best paying jobs http://highestpayingprofessions.com/

October 12 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mark

test piolt for lazey boy $1000000 a yearfor the assteck

October 04 2011 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bond

too bad as a plumber i cannot get a friggin job anymore thanks to las vegas's failed construction industry. its all about who you know not what you know!

August 19 2011 at 11:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hurhear

my Daughter moved to Oakland Ca and can't find a job she's been there since May
and only finds day work any suggestions
She is going broke and will have move back to Mn
she had one interview with target and they would not hire her
she was a phonologist here in Minnesota but i guess they wont except her license

August 16 2011 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Thos

I think in order to be "entry-level" there has to be a possibility for advancement. Mail carrier? Trash man? Embalmer? These are "one-level" jobs, not "entry-level"

July 26 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

How do you figure a Registerd nurse RN is an entry level job? Not two but a mionmoum of four years of college,
Very nice spelling, so much 4 your rant lol lol lol

March 30 2011 at 4:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
masmanz

Top 10 best paying? Here are some entry levels:
Lawyer $160,000
Software Engineer 75,000 to 105,000
Physician 140,000 to 225,000
Need I list more?

March 30 2011 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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N68Firebird

I think they were trying to mention jobs that didn't require ten years or more of education and training.

March 30 2011 at 2:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
stroudmds

How do you figure a Registerd nurse RN is an entry level job? Not two but a mionmoum of four years of college, How come Regal Celeste doesn't know her job? She must still be living at home...To find out go to Shitforbrains.c*m.

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