Jobs That Pay At Least $25 An Hour

Good middle-class careers -- plenty of openings, too.

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By Debra Auerbach

If you make an hourly wage, you may not know how much you could potentially earn in a year. Let's say you make $25 an hour and work 40 hours a week year-round. That comes out to about $52,000 a year, a nice amount, especially considering it's roughly equivalent to the median annual household income in the U.S.

If getting a paycheck like that sounds good to you, consider any of these nine jobs, all of which make around $25 an hour.

1. Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanic and technician*
Job description: Aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians repair and perform scheduled maintenance on airplanes and helicopters. They also inspect airplanes and helicopters as required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Typical education level: Postsecondary non-degree award
Median hourly pay: $25.59

2. Construction and building inspector
Job description: Construction and building inspectors ensure that new construction, changes or repairs comply with local and national building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations and contract specifications.
Typical education level: High school diploma or equivalent
Median hourly pay: $25.18

3. Dietitian and nutritionist
Job description: Dietitians and nutritionists are experts in food and nutrition who advise people on what to eat in order to lead a healthy lifestyle or reach a specific health-related goal.
Typical education level: Bachelor's degree
Median hourly pay: $25.60

4. Editor
Job description: Editors plan, review and revise content for publication. An editor's responsibilities vary with the employer and the type and level of editorial position.
Typical education level: Bachelor's degree
Median hourly pay: $24.75

5. Fire inspector and investigator
Job description: Fire inspectors visit and inspect buildings and other structures, such as sports arenas and shopping malls, to search for fire hazards and to ensure that federal, state and local fire codes are met. Fire investigators determine the origin and cause of fires by searching the surrounding scene and collecting evidence.
Typical education level: High school diploma or equivalent
Median hourly pay: $25.11

6. Geological and petroleum technician
Job description: Geological and petroleum technicians provide support to scientists and engineers in exploring and extracting natural resources, such as minerals, oil and natural gas.
Typical education level: Associate degree
Median hourly pay: $25.97

7. Human resources specialist
Job description: HR specialists recruit, screen, interview and place workers. They also may handle human resources work in a variety of other areas, such as employee relations, payroll and benefits and training.
Typical education level: Bachelor's degree
Median hourly pay: $25.33

8. Property, real estate and community association manager
Job description: Property, real estate and community association managers handle the many aspects of residential, commercial or industrial properties. They ensure the property looks nice, operates smoothly and preserves its resale value.
Typical education level: High school diploma or equivalent
Median hourly pay: $24.75

9. School and career counselor
Job description: School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.
Typical education level: Master's degree
Median hourly pay: $25.67

*Job descriptions, education levels and median hourly pay from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook

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But with subsidies to the tune of $45,000...why work....just a few odd jobs under the table and you are in the $60,000 a year bracket with NO TAXES.....Food stamps, section 8, medicaid, Obamaphone, welfare check....all adds up....

September 06 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

HR Specialists make well over $30.00 per hour in many federal government agencies, but not to start.

September 04 2013 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that all the fast food workers in this country should apply for these jobs. since they walked out of their restaurants while on the job last week demanding 15 dollars an hour , just think , if they went to work for one of these companies they could make 25 an hour

September 04 2013 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Except that these jobs require a degree or at least a high school diploma.

September 04 2013 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheryl Denise

Mereworth, for me you nailed it. I have two college degrees and neither have helped me here in Augusta, GA receive a good paying job like they are stating here. I have a BA in Criminal Justice Administration and an AAS in Computer Information Systems. I told my daughter what's the point in going to college? Why not teach a person a good trade that they can learn hands on that will help prepare them for the real world. You nailed it every statement you wrote. I have also been saying the same thing. To think that somebody can live off of $7.25 an hour is "INSANE". My daughter has a BA as well in Criminal Justice Administration and she does have a minimum wage job at the Dept. of Juvenile Justice but it's as a housekeeper, because that was all that was available at the time. So I great 1000000000% with your comment.

September 04 2013 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I got laid off seven years ago after spending almost 25 years as a mainframe computer programmer and analyst, where I was earning almost $40/hour. I couldn't find another job anywhere (I was 51 years old at the time) so I went to work in a hardware store - I had to make a living somehow, even though I took a 75% pay cut with no benefits. I went back to school and got my Master's Degree in Information Systems, and sent out 100+ resumes - and didn't get a single response. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Had a professional resume writer create a new resume. Still nothing. I'm now a facility manager, making about a third of what I used to, but at least I have benefits. I live paycheck to paycheck, no savings or retirement anymore, no hope of a brighter future. At 57 now, I'm even more in debt thanks to my Master's Degree education. Could be worse, though - could be raining...

September 04 2013 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Leo

I've been trying to hire more workers for a while, but no one wants to work for $15/hour. It dosen't help that I'm only 23, and remind most people I Intervew of their grandson.

September 02 2013 at 11:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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You forgot a couple groups of people. Those that work in machine shops and those that work in sheet metal shops. There are a wide variety of production machines that if you can become proficient at enough of them, which is not difficult, there are a lot of places to get work. The pay is not bad either. Actually they can make more than about 30% of college graduates. There will be more job opportunities for them then many college graduates.

September 02 2013 at 7:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These jobs all require training and education to gain the skills needed to preform the job. Unlike the fast food workers this is a higher paying field bscause the jobs that are being done costs more, so the company can pay more. Aircraft mechanic is a skilled job, you do not want to have an unskilled worker getting high pay without the skills needed to keep the plane in the air.

Lower skilled jobs have lower revenue, so any increase in payroll comes fromm someone. If you have 10 employees and they each get $1 increase and they each work 2000 hours a year, then that adds $20,000 to the cost of labor. If the owner only has $50,000 after all exoenses, that extra $20,000 comes from someone, If it commes out of the pocket of the owner, he now has only $30,000 after risking his money and efforts to start the business.

The jobs detailed in this article are at least high skill, and need training and the pay relects this.

There are other jobs that require training and skills that pay well. If you want to earn this type of income, go get the skills to do these jobs.

September 02 2013 at 4:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 02 2013 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All this is meaningless if you are in your 40's or50's. Age discrimination is alive and well in 2013! With 30 years work experience and a degree, the only jobs I have been able to find in he last three years are low paying retail jobs with no benefits. Have had to work two and three jobs at once to make a living and still just getting by. Companies do not want to pay decent wages and do not want to shell out for benefits either. The recession has forced many companies to "contract" and learn to run on less.

September 02 2013 at 3:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Its the governments fault. There are no laws in place to protect workers in their 50's from being layed off by their employers. All employers care about is getting out the older higher paid employees and replacing them with younger people that they can pay less. At 57, (practically jobless since 54,) I cant find a decent full time, well paying job anywhere. Have no health benefits, house in foreclosure, unemployment has run out....and because of the govt, I cant retire until Im 66. By this time next year, I will probably be living out of my car, which thank God, is paid for and still running.

September 04 2013 at 10:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Trash collectors working for the towns surrounding Buffalo, NY start at $18.00 and make up to $28.00/hr not including a benefit package that is well over another $20.00/hr.
Do we really need to pay garbage collectors almost $50.00/hr?

September 02 2013 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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