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5 Best and Worst Paid Jobs in 2013

In the movie Fun with Dick and Jane, Jim Carrey plays the role of a VP for a big corporation that tanks, and the ne...

5 Best and Worst Paid Jobs in 2013

In the movie Fun with Dick and Jane, Jim Carrey plays the role of a VP for a big corporation that tanks, and the next hour and a half is a hilarious parody of what an out-of-work person has to go through to put food on the table (or in this case, grass on the lawn). This film presented an exaggeration, but parts were pretty close to the truth for a lot of people when the economic crisis hit its peak. There is a popular belief that business executives like Jim Carrey’s character make the big bucks, but according to this report from 2013, they only come in 10th after (you’ve guessed it!) doctors. The top 5 jobs based on gross income go to:

  • Anaesthesiologist

  • Surgeons

  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

  • Obstetricians and gynaecologists

  • Orthodontists

 

The average yearly income of people in these categories ranges from  $196,000 to $235,000. Chief executives, on the other hand,  earn a measly $178,000.

 

 

But if we lump the top medical professionals together, the list looks like this:

  • Medical professionals

  • CEOs     

  • More medical professionals

  • Petroleum engineers

  • Architectural and engineering managers

 

So what does this mean? If you want to make a lot of money, go to medical school.

 

 

Worst Paid Jobs

If you didn’t go to medical school, there are still a lot of opportunities out there. But if you’re out of luck, chances are you’ve had to make do with a job in food service, which is among the lowest paid occupations in the report. The actual lowest paid workers are line cooks, closely followed by food preparers and servers, shampooers (in parlors), dishwashers, and counter attendants. They more or less get minimum wage, with an average annual salary that ranges from $18,870 to $19,650, not including tips. This is roughly 10% of what the blokes on the best paid list get. Doesn’t seem fair, does it?

 

Hope for the Flowers

Numbers can be deceiving. Gross income does not necessarily mean actual take-home cash. When the income between these two groups was compared after taxes, insurance, state benefits, and other factors, the seemingly large earnings gap was narrowed in the long run. Something to think about, isn’t it?


 

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