50 jobs that pay $50,000

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librarianWhile the unemployment rate edged up in August to 9.7 — the country’s highest in 27 years — the Labor Department has reported that fewer jobs were lost. While employment continued to drop, that decline appears to be slowing: -216,000 jobs in August compared to -463,000 in June and -276,000 in July.

This latest report also shed some light on discouraged workers:

Among the marginally attached, the number of discouraged workers in August (758,000) has nearly doubled over the past 12 months. Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for work because they believe no jobs are available for them. The other 1.5 million persons marginally attached to the labor force in August had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendance or family responsibilities.

It seems many of the people we at The Work Buzz are hearing from these days are discouraged. They say there aren’t enough jobs, there aren’t the right jobs, there aren’t any jobs.

Yes, it is taking more time these days to find a job, but hopefully, we can help you fight that job seeker fatigue. For example, we told you this week about a new CBsalary tool that matches salaries to jobs.

Many of you tell us that you’ll take any job as long as it pays the bills. Here’s one way this tool might fit in. Say you need to earn $50,000 to support yourself and your family. Type in your location and that number and — voila! — you’ll receive a list of jobs that match that pay an average of $50,000 in your area.

While we’re on the subject, we thought we’d give you a list to start with. Here are 50 jobs that pay an average of $50,000 annually in the United States:

  1. Millwrights
    Annual average earnings: $50,040*
  2. Mechanical engineering technicians
    Annual average earnings: $50,070
  3. Industrial engineering technicians
    Annual average earnings: $50,130
  4. Vocational education teachers, middle school
    Annual average earnings: $50,150
  5. Food service managers
    Annual average earnings: $50,400
  6. Vocational education teachers, postsecondary
    Annual average earnings: $51,020
  7. Dietitians and nutritionists
    Annual average earnings: $51,540
  8. Pile-driver operators
    Annual average earnings: $51,650
  9. Aircraft mechanics and service technicians
    Annual average earnings: $51,960
  10. Court reporters
    Annual average earnings: $52,150
  11. Chemical plant and system operators
    Annual average earnings: $52,160
  12. Construction and building inspectors
    Annual average earnings: $52,240
  13. Elementary school teachers, except special education
    Annual average earnings: $52,550
  14. Lodging managers
    Annual average earnings: $52,570
  15. Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education
    Annual average earnings: $52,650
  16. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers
    Annual average earnings: $52,950
  17. Forensic science technicians
    Annual average earnings: $52,970
  18. Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school
    Annual average earnings: $53,090
  19. Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents
    Annual average earnings: $53,100
  20. Boilermakers
    Annual average earnings: $53,110
  21. Sound engineering technicians
    Annual average earnings: $53,150
  22. Respiratory therapists
    Annual average earnings: $53,170
  23. Advertising sales agents
    Annual average earnings: $53,230
  24. Radiologic technologists and technicians
    Annual average earnings: $53,410
  25. Appraisers and assessors of real estate
    Annual average earnings: $53,460
  26. Educational, vocational, and school counselors
    Annual average earnings: $53,540
  27. Vocational education teachers, secondary school
    Annual average earnings: $53,760
  28. Employment, recruitment, and placement specialists
    Annual average earnings: $53,960
  29. Insurance appraisers, auto damage
    Annual average earnings: $53,990
  30. Electrical and electronic engineering technicians
    Annual average earnings: $54,050
  31. Medical and clinical laboratory technologists
    Annual average earnings: $54,120
  32. Real estate sales agents
    Annual average earnings: $54,700
  33. Librarians
    Annual average earnings: $54,750
  34. Training and development specialists
    Annual average earnings: $54,840
  35. Music directors and composers
    Annual average earnings: $54,840
  36. Special education teachers, secondary school
    Annual average earnings: $55,140
  37. Surveyors
    Annual average earnings: $56,030
  38. Property, real estate, and community association managers
    Annual average earnings: $56,280
  39. Aerospace engineering and operations technicians
    Annual average earnings: $56,560
  40. Engineering technicians, except drafters, all other
    Annual average earnings: $56,660
  41. Legal support workers
    Annual average earnings: $57,060
  42. Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists
    Annual average earnings: $57,080
  43. Editors
    Annual average earnings: $57,300
  44. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators
    Annual average earnings: $57,630
  45. Funeral directors
    Annual average earnings: $58,820
  46. Public relations specialists
    Annual average earnings: $59,030
  47. Sales representatives, services
    Annual average earnings: $59,150
  48. Transportation inspectors
    Annual average earnings: $59,650
  49. Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators
    Annual average earnings: $59,780
  50. Instructional coordinators
    Annual average earnings: $59,830

*National data according to the BLS

  1. Librarians are a fading profession. Those who are making 50 grand a year are at the top of the profession and ready to retire.

    Once they retire, they are replaced by part timers in order to save money on benefits.


  2. Too generic, with a predilection for teaching positons–and those don’t apply either to the markets I examined. A flawed tool–fix the algorithm please.

  3. 50k may sound like a lot to most of the country, but in the northeast and west coast cities, 50k is just about good for a single person. With average housing at around 1500/month, you really need like 80k to think about supporting a family.

    What I’d like to see are jobs that START at 50k.

    • I agree, i live in NYC and 50k a year is peanuts. Maybe if you live in a small town 50k a year is good pay. Starting salaries at 50 would be better, and on teacher salaries..they MIGHT make 50k after 15 years..maybe.

    • I think it’s possible to live off 50k. I would kill for 50K!! I’m a somewhat recent college grad and current grad school student and 50K would be a dream. I understand it may be difficult to survive, but the grass is always greener on the other side. I’m lucky if I can make 20k a year. I graduated in 2009 and the term “entry level” no longer exist. I’m still struggling to find a respectable job that pays appropriately. I plan on becoming a teacher and would be thankful for 35K+. We have to learn to live on a smaller scale, cut back and most of all be thankful we (U.S. Citizens) have more than most in the world. (just an opinion)

      • 35 k a year as being a teacher will suck balls, my friend. With all the extra work you put in, plus all the extra cash you spend out of your own pocket to buy supplies and need equipment in order to complete a lesson because schools give teachers a whole twenty maybe twenty-five dollar budget for supplies. When you have a classroom filled with thirty plus kids, twenty bucks does not cut it. I know out of experience, as well as my wife.

        As for NYC, I want to see a job list for NYC. All jobs that are advertised in NY are crappy jobs, jobs that can barely provide you a monthly metro card. Search engines like Monster, Career builder are nothing but crap, they advertise the same jobs over and over. The few jobs that are worth applying for no longer enter the salary range and when you go for an interview, the salary tend to be in the low thirties. Including some job titles listed here.

      • Not in Boston with 2 kids. Those two kids will have to do college as well. You have your retirement and mortgage as well to look into. Plus bills, your tuition and loans as well. Things from braces to furnace repairs to helping out the folks. 90k in Boston is the new 50k which is the new poverty line for a family of four here. 30k is one adult with no college loans single with no life here.

      • I lived in Brazil and they have one whole month plus holidays of vacation. Other countries actually have more than us. That’ s why a lot of their foreigners come here to take our best jobs. Other countries even put their people through college unlike here. Here our best and brightest cant even afford college and drop out. We lose as a nation and in the global competition. Even Saudis are educated and speak English! Americans, especially North Easterners, are underpaid.

  4. it took me 7 years as an elementary teacher and a district switch in order to come close to $50,000, but it is possible for it to happen sooner if you keep going back and getting master’s degrees

  5. at 47,500 it is almost impossible to keep current with bills. Family of 5 with a daughter in College and a mortgage, 3 cars, it is next to impossible to make ends meet. I often thought about finding a new job but at 45
    its hard. No benefits, no pension, no nothing.
    I have 14 years in and nothing to show for it when I move on. God I hope I die before I have to live on social security because I can not keep my house on that income. What if I get sick. I think you get the point.
    I would leave if I had a place to grow with those benifits that used to be regularlly avail. Those jobs are few and far between.

      • Um, maybe the 5 kids can help out someday if SS doesn’t hold out? …besides making the “sweat of one’s brow” worth something more than just financing the cars? Would you suggest less kids, more stuff? Would it really make more peace of mind?

        Children are more than just liabilities…

  6. Teachers annual average salaray over $50k… maybe if you count the teachers who’ve been there for 30 years with guaranteed annual raises… My wife’s been teaching 6 years and makes $35k.
    You going to post an article on Carreer Builder, post a “50 ENTRY LEVEL JOBS that earn $50k”

      • I’ve been teaching 11 years as an art educator. (4 yr college BFA, 10 years real life exp as an artist/designer, 2 yrs college teaching art cert). I make $43,000 by doing K-8 art program PLUS administrative work & afterschool work. Burned out . schools in area cutting specials. So ridiculous. :(

  7. Like much on Career Builder it promises far more than it delivers. It found 68 pages of jobs. Career Builder has far less than that when searching on all jobs. It comes up with jobs that pertain to ocean harbors and I specified a place 100′s of miles from the ocean.
    Algorithm is way too generic.

  8. I agree Lisa,
    It isn’t just Librarians, but most of the jobs on this list do not pay even $40,000. The people who write this nonsense are not living in the real world.

    • Its the same people who work for the rest of the media. American media is unrealistic. Like Dharma and Greg had to be learning 300k to have that lifestyle and apartment in Manhattan or inheritted to have all that at that age. This information is unrealistic. A library director barely makes 47k let alone a part time librarian living in expensive Boston or other places.

  9. I think a lot of people are upset about the present day economy and lack of jobs. People have worked and done the right thing for their families just to get their jobs and homes ripped away from them. I think Career Builder is trying to work with what they have. I live in NC and our state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, and our governor cut our teacher’s pay to balance the state budget ! What I wish people would do is start putting the blame on the politicians that helped send our jobs away from the USA. How about they loose their jobs and homes and try to find a job on Career Builder !!!!!!!!!!!

  10. This article may be true but ONLY IF you are at the top of your field. It touts itself as a tool to assist in selecting a Job paying $50K or more. If you want to change jobs you will be lucky if you can find any of these with a starting salary near half that. If you have a family to support, home to maintain then you will get maybe four hours sleep a night trying to juggle those responsibilities AND take classes in your new chosen field.

    Article such as this are like statistics, they can be made to “prove” whatever the writer/statistician wants them to say.

  11. This article is the best version of “how to lie with statistics” I’ve seen in years. IF there were more than a handful of these jobs available in America today, they might pay $50,000, but in most places NOT. Editor? Seriously? For one of the many newspapers going out of business? Court reporter? They’re being laid off nationwide and replaced by machines. Librarian? Just like retail positions, almost all new hires are part-time. Real estate assessor? Ha ha ha. Aircraft mechanic? You mean like my unemployed neighbor? Public relations specialist? I was one of those for 18 years for a Fortune 100 company … before it went belly-up. Gimme a break.

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  17. It says AVERAGE INCOME learn to read people. If your looking to start at 50k try nursing. Starting pay is about 50-60k depending where you live in the US. My wife is a nurse of three years and pulls in 70k+ and Im a nursing student and we are both in our mid 20′s.

  18. I know how discouraging it is out there but as a recruiter I’m seeing the best candidates getting jobs and even multiple offers. These are people who understand that they probably won’t get the inflated salary they had before. As a county, there is no one person or entity to blame. We’ve all done this to ourselves and it will take all of us to make it change. The best thing we can do to help ourselves is start with a positive attitude. Positivity breeds positivity and can implement change. People with positive attitudes get hired.

    • Then how come some people in great jobs are miserable, lack people skills and treat both customers and employees (or each other) like crap? Its more who you know than positivity. Like extroversion and beauty wont guarantee a better job.

  19. I agree with Lisa Nowc’s statement. I am a “dislocated” librarian and am getting discouraged with my search for a new job. I know that I’m suffering age discrimination – there have been a few jobs in Phila. but younger candidates without experience are the ones hired. I even had one employer mention in the interview that they preferred “new blood” in their candidate pool, and if that isn’t a code word for age discrimination, I don’t know what is!
    I saw that my alma mater, Drexel’s iSchool, was having an open house today. I hope that anyone considering librarianship is given the real truth about this fading profession – if you take it up, you’ll probably be out of luck in the job front. And the salaries for something that required a graduate degree are pitiful.

  20. the problem is the mentality of Americans. As a whole we have come to expect that we will be paid top dollar for sub standard work ethics. MADE IN USA is a joke. When we were the economic power house, most of our work force was not college educated. We actually produced things that people wanted. There were very few mortgage brokers, systems analyists, and other fancy job titles then.. hell the trash man is now a Sanitation Engineer!! This recession is OUR fault! Perhaps if a person cant afford college, they shouldnt be there. Perhaps if a person isnt making enough money in a given position, they should look for another one instead of demanding the employeer pay more. Everyone wonders why jobs go overseas.. besides the horrible taxes business have to pay, the cost of employement of an american worker is through the roof.

    • Not really. Americans are underpaid, especially Bostonians. I lived in Brazil for a year and they have one month of vacation! Other countries have better than we do and work less or the same quality like us. Also a lot of really bright people dont go to college because of money or drop out. as a nation we all lose and America is getting weaker because we are not educating our best and brightest. We are a self sustaining country and others are surpassing us because college, even in Brazil, is affordable to the average Joe.

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  22. Most teachers have the opportunity to make more than meets the eye. Extra certification, degrees, confrences, summer school so on and so forth. So for working about 8 months of the year the break down is about 4300 a month, in translation 52500 a year, that is without any of the mentioned above. For a teacher who wants to make more I would say, summer job, or higher learning! Should teachers get paid on performance instead of tenure?

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  27. What a crock of S…! What about us low lifes who are not lawyers teachers, doctors engineers? I’m a nurse and can’t get a decent job in my area. Who does these surveys anyway? They must be on drugs!

    • One girl I know (Im not friends with) even started stripping and prostituting to afford her medical school. She is from a working class background like us “low lives.” Another guy sold drugs to finish veterinarian school.

  28. You didn’t mention Speech/Language Pathologists, directly. I have been working for 25 years in this field-in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and in schools. I have NEVER had any trouble finding a job. I get calls from recruiters almost monthly, and I am not even looking. Right now, I am working in the schools, and then on weekends or vacations or summers, I work as a casual employee for two rehab companies so I can have that experience. I make up to 70,000 some years, and I still have lots of time off. Hard work, rewarding work, professional work, great career.

    • How did you get into this area? How long did you go to school and are you able to move to another town and be able to start work soon?

  29. Not true. Academic librarians in private colleges are in demand. We have to work longer hours, get less holidays than working in the public sector, but we have jobs.

    Librarianship is changing, find the growing area – but you will work harder in it.

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  34. I truly believe that these companies are saying they pay 50,000, but in reality, they are paying 20,000 less annually. All of these positions used to pay 50,000. Example: Village Inn Restaurants used to pay their Managers 50,000, and the General Managers more. (This was in 1987) Now the General Managers are lucky if they make 42,000.) Inflation has taken a toll on all businesses and they have to cut payroll because there is no where else to cut. Our economy is in trouble.

  35. #1 on the list….. POLITICIANS who vote on own salary and screw everyone else!!!!!!

    To bad everyone can’t get into politics. Then we could just print more money and put everyone into more debt. FUN FUN FUN

    Not to mention the more money we print the less our yearly incomes are actually worth.

    What can I say I am a frustrated college grad with DEBT and a part time job!!! THANK YOU COLLEGE EDUCATION YOU GAVE ME A HOUSE PAYMENT EVERY MONTH BUT I HAVE NO HOUSE!!!

    But the blame goes to me I am the one who did not check it out when in high school. SOMEONE SHOW HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THE MATH!!!

  36. I think it depends on what part of the country you are in to some extent. I know where I live 50K would be wonderful. In fact, according to the teacher pay scale, I should be making that, but due to budget cuts, I am no longer teaching full-time. To make matters worse, the jobs are going to those who have lesser degrees and experience to keep from having to pay those who have worked long and hard for what they have gotten. If you are in the South, 50K is a blessing and a gift from God.

  37. My daughter is an appraiser/assessor. She’s 4 yrs. into it and makes 34000.00 per year. Medical benefits stink, but great sick, vacation and retirement.

  38. Yeah I live in mid Ohio and work at a warehouse and make like 55k a year plus an awesome benefits package, the real problem is that people think “oh I’m too interesting of a person to have that kind of job”. Or the 4000 people that we go through a year who are too lazy to do the job…hmm I don’t think that the problem is no jobs for the unemployed I think that the problem is that people are lazy oh and btw I’m only 22 and started when I was 19 so, You can have your college I avoided Computer Science because I knew that I would just be paying a loan for 10 years and got a real job that pays well.

    • I think many are missing the point. I worked my way into salaried management. Worked 50-60 weeks. Lost my job with medical, vacation and sick days. Not union job. There are many people out there in my income bracket that are now out of work and searching for similar pay. I took a job in a different industry earning 43% less than I made prior. Guess what? I quit! Not because I am to lazy to work hard! Because I am busting my arse and not able to pay my bills. I had to actually go into unemployment so I can have sometime to hopefully find a job that will be able to provide the income that my family and I need. The reality is that for most of us the more we earn, the more we spend. Why? Well for the majority of income earners they become married, have children, get loans for home and cars. Daycare, clothing, food, etc. when you are in your mid 30′s-” to 50′s, you are in your peak earning years and can’t just come home one day and say, “Honey, I have some great news for you! I accepted a job making half of what I am worth. Let’s try to sell our home and hope we don’t owe. We’ll rip the children from their home, neighborhood and school. And I’ll call the bank and credit cars companies to let them know that ai am earning less and they need to adjust my monthly payment so I can provide food and a roof while we attempt to move.”
      I get so tired of hearing others give there 2 cents. Unless you have to go home and look at your family and ask “How am I going to save this” you have no idea!!

  39. This list is useless in NYC. Teachers barely make that much, the only way a teacher can make that much is having a masters and ton’s of certifications. Listen folks, the bachelor degree is useless. Thanks to all these no name school pumping out under qualified ‘graduates’ flooding the work market, the Bachelor degrees is as useful as a high school diploma. Maybe it’s different in other states, but in NYC, Masters is the king when it comes to get a job. Go back to school and get your masters.

    • @seac In Massachusetts a bachelors will at least get you hired. No one here hires high school grads even for baby sitting or bartending. Massachusetts is a pseudo liberal socialist nanny state only few people can afford. The minimum here in a bachelors. 2/3 of Boston receives some form of government assistance or the whole deal. I tried to avoid the bachelors but I wasnt even getting called back by baby sitting agencies with top notch grades from one of the best high schools in Boston.

  40. I work for alpha coal Corp, as a highwall miner operator and made $79850 before tax and all benefits with 2 weeks paid vacation, vote yes for coal and help create jobs that pay the bills, the world wasn’t meant to last forever, make it while you can and depend only on Jesus

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