Jobs that pay $20 an hour

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20-dollar-billsPay is often the motivating factor to finding a job. With layoffs reported daily, paychecks and severance packages dwindling, and unemployment running out, it pretty much is THE motivating factor.

According to the BLS, American workers earn a mean wage of $19.88 an hour. The question is: What jobs actually pay this much?

We asked the folks at CBsalary.com for a list of jobs that pay around $20 an hour. Hot off the presses, here are 11 occupations that fit the bill. Keep in mind these are national averages and can increase or decrease depending on location. Education and training requirements vary.

Hint: Click on the job titles to see available jobs!

Histotechnologist
Job category: Healthcare
Average hourly wage: $20.13
Average annual earnings: $41,875

Construction Equipment Operator
Job category: Construction
Average hourly wage: $20.10
Average annual earnings: $41,801

General Machinist
Job category: Skilled Labor
Average annual earnings: $41,762
Average hourly wage: $20.08

Truck Mechanic
Job category: Skilled Labor
Average hourly wage: $20.04
Average annual earnings: $41,674

Vocational Training Teacher
Job category: Education
Average hourly wage: $20.02
Average annual earnings: $41,633

Tractor Trailer Truck Driver
Job category: Transportation
Average hourly wage: $19.97
Average annual earnings: $41,547

Adjudicator
Job category: Professional Services
Average hourly wage: $19.96
Average annual earnings: $41,509

Ophthalmic Technician
Job category: Healthcare
Average hourly wage: $19.94
Average annual earnings: $41,469

Help Desk Representative             
Job category: IT
Average hourly wage: $19.92
Average annual earnings: $41,443

Tax Preparer      
Job category: Skilled Labor
Average hourly wage: $19.92
Average annual earnings: $41,430

Computer-Aided Design Technician            
Job category: Design
Average hourly wage: $19.90
Average annual earnings: $41,391

11 Comments
  1. Let me put in a plug for construction equipment operator. Once this industry rebounds – probably by the end of the year – there is going to be a huge void of skilled laborers and equipment operators will be in high (understatement) demand.

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  4. One thing not being added to the information given here is that location has alot to do with salaries.The teachers salaries quoted are the kind dreamed of by small town teachers of Texas. My daughter is in her third year of teaching and in the small towns the subject and grade changes every year based on the need. Last year she had over 30 preK kids in her class and made a whopping 22000.00 a year.
    This is the future of our country.Something is wrong with this scenario.Check out salaries per state and region you want before picking a career.

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