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By the Numbers: America's Top Jobs

The income range for "managers" and "primary school teachers'' is wide.  

| BY Kent McDill

There is a direct relationship between occupation and salary, and now there is an extensive chart to show how that correlation works.

Thanks to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Population Center, the top 10 jobs for each of 11 income levels is listed in chart form, letting us know what most people making more than $207,000 annually do for a living, all the way down to those who make less than $12,000 a year. The data came from the American Community Survey conducted as part of the national census.

By “top job’’, this chart indicates which job is being performed by the most people at that salary level.

For instance, among Americans making $207,000 or more, the top job is physician, followed by manager, chief executive, sales supervisor, and sales person. “Physician” ranks 10th among people making between $103,000 and $207,000, and then disappears from the top 10 lists, which is an indication that “physician’’ is a good way to make money in America.

“Managers’’ are in the top two positions from the top list at $207,000 all the way to those making between $48,000 and $58,000. That job drops from the top 10 once the income level gets below $32,000.

Like “physician”, “chief executive’’ no longer appears below $72,000, which is the third level of income on the chart.

The top three jobs at each of the income levels listed are;

·         $207,000-up: Physician, manager, chief executive.

·         $103,000-$207,000: Managers, software developers, sales persons.

·         $72,000-$103,000: Managers, IT, nurses.

·         $58,000-$72,000: Managers, primary school teachers, nurses.

·         $48,000-$58,000: Primary school teachers, managers, truck drivers.

·         $40,000-$48,000: Primary school teachers, truck drivers, managers.

·         $32,000-$40,000: Secretaries, truck drivers, sales supervisors.

·         $26,000-$32,000: Secretaries, truck drivers, sales supervisors.

·         $21,000-$26,000: Nursing aides, secretaries, truck drivers.

·         $12,000-$21,000: Nursing aides, cooks, cashiers.

·         $0-$12,000: Nursing aides, cashiers, cooks.

Facts of note from the chart include the fact that IT professional makes its first appearance on the list at the $72,000-$103,000 level but jumps to No. 2 overall. Also making the list for the first time at that level are “primary school teachers,’’ “nurses”, “Police” and “truck drivers.”

“Secretaries’’ first appear on the most popular list at the $58,000-$72,000 level, while “customer service’’ breaks in at $40,000-$48,000.

The lists change dramatically at the $32,000-$40,000 level, where “clerks”, “nursing aides”, “janitors” and “retail sales clerks” first appear.

About the Author

Kent McDill


Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.

In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.

McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.

McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy  Buffett and all things Disney.