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.
City: St. Paul, Minn.
Occupation: Movie projector technician
“It’s fun to know that thousands will enjoy my work.”
City: Hardin, Mont.
The city council of Hardin (pop. 3,500) appointed Koebbe to a third term in 2011.
City: New York City
A former Intel engineer, Nainan took a comedy class to overcome stage fright; catch his act at danielnainan.com.
City: Salt Lake City
Occupation: Sports columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune
“I get paid to do what others do for free: think about sports.”
City: Redbank, Tenn.
Occupation: Custom embroiderer
Pierce operates an embroidery machine at two different shops.
City: Olean, N.Y.
Occupation: Knife assembler
At the Ka-Bar knife factory, Taylor values her friendly co-workers and job security.
City: Richmond, Va.
Occupation: Tourism coordinator
City: Waterford, Calif.
Occupation: Substitute teacher
Simas fills in as a sub while he looks for a full-time teaching post.
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.
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.”
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.
Pay: $32 million (est.)
Her album “21” was the top seller in 2011 and 2012, despite her time off for throat surgery and motherhood.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson
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.
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.