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New Survey Shows How Much People Make in Different Fields

LearnVest •  September 3, 2015 | Business and Careers

Ever wondered what your colleagues are bringing home each pay day?

Short of accidentally receiving someone else’s pay stub, modern technology makes it easier than ever to find out how your salary compares to that of your officemates—as well as those performing your job in another part of the country.

Take PayScale, for example, which calculates median salaries for specific jobs across the U.S. It recently listed the median wage and the overall pay range for hundreds of roles, from academic dean to zookeeper.

Here are some example findings.

Administrative Assistant: Median salary of $14/hour with a total pay range from $23,421 to $48,187.

Quality Assurance/Control (QA/QC) Inspector: Median salary of $16/hour with a total pay range from $25,111 to $71,333.

Office Manager: Median salary of $42,491 with a total pay range of $26,128-$59,189. Office managers working in a medical office generally receive a higher pay. 

Police Officer: Median salary of $47,938 with a total pay range from $30,757 to $81,485.

Sales/Marketing Manager: Median salary of $54,657 with a total pay range from $31,121 to $106,383.

Registered Nurse: Median salary of $26/hour with a total pay range from $42,727 to $82,093.

Manufacturing Engineer: Median salary of $63,745 with a total pay range from $47,379 to $86,473.

Electrician: Median salary of $20/hour with a total pay range from $29,679 to $80,787.

Information Technology (IT) Manager: Median salary of $79.584 with a total pay range from $46,052 to$127,625.

Check PayScale’s full database to see how your salary stacks up against your professional peers.

Another benchmark to keep in mind: The September 2014 Census Bureau report found that the median household income across all jobs was $51,939.

Why the median? That’s the halfway point if you were to list every American’s income from lowest to highest (the average is too skewed by the salaries of very wealthiest).

If you’re looking to boost your own pay grade, consider sharpening your skills with these seven crucial career-building to-dos.

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