What people earn: PARADE’s 2013 salary report

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By PARADE magazine

Ever wonder what your local mayor makes? Or the comedian at the company retreat? (Hint: It’s more than you think!) In our annual jobs survey, salary taboos take a hike.

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Ben Strothman
Age: 51
City: St. Paul, Minn.
Occupation: Movie projector technician
Pay: $40,000
“It’s fun to know that thousands will enjoy my work.”

 

 

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Joseph Koebbe
Age: 85
City: Hardin, Mont.
Occupation: Mayor
Pay: $10,200
The city council of Hardin (pop. 3,500) appointed Koebbe to a third term in 2011.

 

 

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Dan Nainan
Age: 31
City: New York City
Occupation: Comedian
Pay: $328,000
A former Intel engineer, Nainan took a comedy class to overcome stage fright; catch his act at danielnainan.com.

 

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Kurt Kragthorpe
Age: 52
City: Salt Lake City
Occupation: Sports columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune
Pay: $64,993
“I get paid to do what others do for free: think about sports.”

 

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Melissa Pierce
Age: 58
City: Redbank, Tenn.
Occupation: Custom embroiderer
Pay: $19,000
Pierce operates an embroidery machine at two different shops.

 

 

BrendaTaylorBrenda Taylor
Age: 46
City: Olean, N.Y.
Occupation: Knife assembler
Pay: $48,000
At the Ka-Bar knife factory, Taylor values her friendly co-workers and job security.

 

 

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Anedra Bourne
Age: 37
City: Richmond, Va.
Occupation: Tourism coordinator
Pay: $75,000

 

 

 

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Seth Simas
Age: 23
City: Waterford, Calif.
Occupation: Substitute teacher
Pay: $11,260
Simas fills in as a sub while he looks for a full-time teaching post.

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: LeBron James attends the 2012 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award presentation at Espace on December 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/FilmMagic)

LeBron James
Age: 28
Occupation: Miami Heat basketball star
Pay: $57.5 million (est.)
One of the world’s highest-paid athletes, he makes $40 million in endorsement deals, including ones with Nike and Sprite.
Fun fact: He has the top-selling basketball shoe.

 

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 07:  Host Blake Shelton performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Blake Shelton
Age: 36
Occupation: Country music star, reality show coach
Pay: $20 million (est.)
He earns $75,000 per episode for his work on NBC’s music competition series “The Voice.”

 

 

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05:  US Olympian Gabrielle Douglas attends the 2013 DVF Awards at the United Nations on April 5, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

Gabrielle Douglas
Age: 17
Occupation: Gymnast
Pay: $10.25 million (est.)
Her Olympics success sparked a best-selling memoir and lucrative endorsement deals.
Fun fact: She got $50,000 from the U.S. Olympic Committee for winning her two gold medals.

 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24:  Singer Adele, winner of the Best Original Song award for 'Skyfall,' poses in the press room during the Oscars held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Adele
Age: 24
Occupation: Singer/songwriter
Pay: $32 million (est.)
Her album “21” was the top seller in 2011 and 2012, despite her time off for throat surgery and motherhood.

 

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson visits "Extra" at The Grove on October 15, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)

Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson
Age: 7
Occupation: Reality TV star
Pay: $50,000 (est.)
The earnings above were for the whole family, but we know who the star of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is.
Fun fact: After the show became a hit last season, the clan’s salary per episode more than tripled.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Sof?a Vergara poses at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Sofia Vergara
Age: 40
Occupation: Actress
Pay: $21 million (est.)
The “Modern Family” star has a fashion line at Kmart as well as deals with CoverGirl and Pepsi.
Fun fact: She co-founded Latin World Entertainment, a Hispanic-oriented talent management firm.

 

4 Comments
  1. CareerBuilder ParadeMagazine I’m liking the movie projector thing. Isn’t that overvalued for that position? Or is that including OT?

  2. I NEED TO MAKE SOMETHING. JUST GRADUTE 2012, WHAT UP ????????????? NEED A JOB I GOT A  BA BUSINESS ADMINSTRATION ( HR)
    THANKS HELP IF YOU CAN
    THANK YOU MARILYN BENJAMIN

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