Real Salaries Of 2011: What To Expect In 2012

salaries hot industries in 2012By Adriana Llames

Considering a new career? Before you jump into a new industry or profession, read this. From personal chefs to commercial pilots, corrections officers and celebrity realtors, here's what they actually made last year.

Personal chefs to plastic surgeons
  • Allison, a PA-based personal chef, $55,000
  • Angela, Social Media Manager, $42,000
  • AnneMarie, Newspaper Reporter, $26,000
  • Cindy, Elementary School Secretary, $17,500
  • Chad, Beverly Hills Celebrity Realtor, $1 Million+
  • Bill, Corrections Officer, $44,000
  • Bryan, FedEx Pilot, $148,000
  • Frank, Plastic Surgeon, $1 Million
  • Helen, Registered Dietician, $72,000
  • Jeanine, Library Director, $38,000
  • Julie, Food Truck Owner, $43,000
  • Sandi, Emergency Room Registered Nurse, $50,000

A look ahead

With the U.S. economy teetering daily like the teeter-totter on a children's playground, it's smart to focus your career on skills that you know well. If you're considered an expert, employers will pay. If you're thinking "now's the time to go out on my own", check your savings account for 12 months of living expenses and ensure it's and industry the economy is backing.

Salaries will stay at their current rates for 2012 and those receiving job offers will have room to negotiate for their fair market value. Engage salary tools (e.g., and to determine your fair market value when engaging in salary negotiations.

285,000 jobs a month for 5 years

While the Economic Policy Institute predicts it would take 285,000 new jobs per month for the next 5 years for our economy to return to pre-recession unemployment levels, all it takes for you to return to that state is one new job. Focus on that one and it's a far more attainable goal.

3 Hot Industries in 2012

The hot industries remain consistent in 2012: Healthcare, Digital/Social Media and Green Energy. If you're already in these industries, great for you. If you're looking to break into one of these, focus on skills that transfer easily (e.g. project management, client relations, team management, accounting). Most importantly, connect the dots for the hiring manager in your personal brand, on your resume, LinkedIn profile and during the interview.

Happy 2012!

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You forgot to add the poor 7-11 clerk; eight dollars an hour.

January 03 2012 at 11:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks, dm60123; for your true answer comment. Those that worship the media propaganda will have their free "heavens gate" ticket, courtesy of the Great Oz himself.

January 03 2012 at 11:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Dont forget loss of income due to OdumboCare, plus the loss will be counted as income on your W-2. BOHICA DOUBLE

January 03 2012 at 11:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about getting the moron out of office that has not created one real public sector job, but only goverment jobs out of office. You all sit back and think Obama has a plan, he never had one, and still doesn't. Without taxpayers paying taxes all of you, will lose your job, or be cut drastically. Top stories 2011 don't inclide econonmy, why???? Cause the media is brainwashing you all to life of poverty. We will become a third world nation in several years thanks to Obama. Werlfare for all, and when theres no more taxpayers, it's starve to death for all, look at North Korea, they have even eaten all the bark off of the trees. You liberals should all be shot for treason, God Save America from the likes of you.

January 03 2012 at 4:58 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

yeah and Mao, Stalin, Pol Pott had your same same dreams too. Now look at America!

January 03 2012 at 4:51 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Teaching in a public school is very difficult . They should revise the salaries and include what we called in the US military (combat pay). I suggested this at a teacher's meeting about 50 yrs ago and they yelled at me (+ cussed at me) Shut up you little XZYXRTY ! All I said was " Some of us have more difficult teaching assignments. Perhaps we should pay those people more even if it comes out of our salaries."There is no reason to pass the cost on to the taxpayers. My ears burned for the next 30 years. I really loved being a teacher. Working with young people and turning them in a better direction is a super job.

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