Top attorneys earn over $750/hour and plaintiffs lawyers (the ones that chase accidents and medical malpractice using annoying TV ads) pocket a third or more of personal injury settlements, but county prosecutors and public defenders get paid a pittance. Specialty surgeons can easily earn a salary of $1 million or more, but some family practice physicians are hard pressed to pay off their med school loans years later. The majority of general practioners (GPs) earn a salary of just under $125,000, internists (internal medicine docs) earn typically between $150,000 and $450,000, depending on the size and location of their practice… and keep in mind that they face potential liability issues daily, pay malpractice insurance premiums… and have hundreds of federal and state regulations to comply with – unlike Skycaps (see below).
Pharmacists (due to a national shortage) working for mass merchandisers (retail drug stores) earn a salary between $60,000 (new grad) and $120,000+ with 15 years of experience, registered nurses earn a salary of less than half of this with 25 years of experience. Technical recruiters can earn $500,000 or more in a strong economy, but new FBI agents with a law degree earn around $62,000 and the salary of an Air Marshall falls between $35,000 and $85,000 – depending on previous law enforcement experience.
Veterinarians specializing in the care of large animals earn a salary of $89,000 on average. Museum curators with a MA start at around $27,500, and medical librarians average $45,000.
The average public school teacher salary, according to the American Federation of Teachers, is $45,950. A full professor at a top 50 U.S. university will earn (on average) between $104,000 and $158,000, plus outside consulting fees. Salary for associate professors will start at around $42,200 (national average).
Hospital administrators salary averages are from $67,000 to $143,000 annually, according to industry sources. Administrators at a teaching hospital earn significantly more. In hospital facilities where large numbers of physicians are employed (as a faculty group), salaries may be well above $300,000.
A Starbucks barista earns a salary of a couple of dollars over minumum wage, with experience.
News anchors in the 25 biggest television markets have an average salary of $140,000 (national anchors up to $15 million), but the overall average salary for all markets is slightly under $47,000, and most of the jobs are in small markets where the average is $33,000. Newspaper reporters with three years of experience average $27,600 in medium sized cities… while newspapers survive.
Nationally, the median wage for police patrol officers is $41,920. Prison guards average salary is $34,900 and court bailiffs $31,600. A New York State Trooper earns a $77,218 salary after five years on the force, a sergeant earns $90,795, lieutenant $107,970, starting salary is $61,525 (plus overtime, and cost of living differentials depending on where they are located).
Paralegals average salary is $30,700, federal court judges earn $145,100 to 159,030, the U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice earns $217,400, while Supreme Court Associate Justices make $208,100. The justices have the potential to earn a salary many times their Supreme Court salary in private practice.
The President of the United States earns $400,000 (along with a $50,000 monthly expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment), the Vice President $221,100 and most White House senior staff members $172,200.
The Speaker of the House $217,400, Cabinet-level officers $175,700, U.S. Senators and Representatives $162,500 (plus perks), Majority and Minority Leaders $188,100. In the U.S. military, a one star general takes home $14,068.80 a month.
State senators are all over the map, from a high of $110,000 in California (+ per diem pay), to Michigan at $79,650 (+ $12,000/year allowance) to a salary of $14,067 in Arkansas.
Most states (except Alaska) pay football coaches at state universities and colleges a better salary than their chief executive. The highest salary earner is the University of Alabama’s Nick Saban, whose $4 million salary far out-distances Gov. Bob Riley’s $113,000. Alaska, which doesn’t have a college football team, pays a hockey coach the most… but still $13,000 less than the governor. Head football coaches at NCAA Division 1A schools average about $920,000 annually, the largest salary of all state employees nationwide, according to a study by the American Association of University Professors.
In California, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger earned a salary $206,500 (but gave it all back), followed by the governors of New York at $179,000, Michigan $177,000 and New Jersey $175,000 (but former NJ Gov. Jon Corzine, former CEO of Goldman Sachs, only accepted $1/year). The lowest paid governors are in Maine at $70,000, Arkansas $80,800 and Tennessee $85,000.
Race car driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s earnings totaled more than $5,700,000 last year, and his endorsements earned him another $20 million, bringing his pay to nearly $26M. That number doesn’t include sales of Earnhardt merchandise – and income from the racing company that he owns. UPS drivers’ salaries start at $24.69/hour. No college required for either job.
Marine biologists earn an average starting salary of $39,000ish, with a high-end of around $57,000 – with 6-9 years of field experience and an advanced degree.
Other jobs that rake in the big bucks include but aren’t limited to:
1. Mutual Fund Managers
2. Professional Athletes
3. Chief Executive Officers
5. Motivational Speakers
6. Real Estate Agents
7. Skycaps (curbside airline baggage handlers)…most of it in cash tips
8. Westcoast Longshoremant
9. Photographers; wedding
10. Airline Pilots