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Job description, 2009 salary, and percentage gain in pay from 2000 to 2009:

1. General and operations managers: $92,650 (51% gain)

2. Financial managers: $101,190 (51% gain)

3. Computer and information systems managers: $113,720 (44% gain)

4. Registered nurses: $63,750 (42% gain)

5. Sales managers: $96,790 (41% gain)

6. Chief executives: $160,720 (41% gain)

7. Accountants and auditors: $60,340 (39% gain)

8. Preschool teachers, except special education: $24,540 (38% gain)

9. Management analysts: $75,250 (37% gain)

10. Pharmacy technicians: $28,070 (36% gain)

11. Postal service mail carriers: $52,200 (36% gain)

12. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products: $71,340 (36% gain)

13. Security guards: $23,820 (36% gain)

14. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses: $39,820 (35% gain)

15. Computer software engineers, systems software: $93,470 (34% gain)

16. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants: $41,650 (34% gain)

17. Police and sheriff's patrol officers: $53,210 (34% gain)

18. Waiters and waitresses: $17,690 (33% gain)

19. Loan officers: $54,880 (32% gain)

20. Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products: $54,810 (32% gain)

21. First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers: $58,610 (32% gain)

22. Cooks, institution and cafeteria: $22,620 (32% gain)

23. Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists: $23,330 (32% gain)

24. Network and computer systems administrators: $67,710 (32% gain)

25. Fire fighters: $45,050 (32% gain)

26. Teacher assistants: $22,820 (32% gain)

27. Bus drivers, school: $27,400 (31% gain)

28. Cooks, fast food: $17,720 (30% gain)

29. Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers: $17,700 (30% gain)

30. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks: $33,450 (30% gain)

31. First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers: $58,330 (30% gain)

32. Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop: $18,180 (30% gain)

33. Counter and rental clerks: $21,300 (30% gain)

34. Recreation workers: $22,280 (30% gain)

35. Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants: $24,040 (30% gain)

36. First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers: $29,470 (30% gain)

37. Computer systems analysts: $77,080 (30% gain)

38. Computer software engineers, applications: $87,480 (29% gain)

39. Billing and posting clerks and machine operators: $31,720 (29% gain)

40. Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks: $28,250 (29% gain)

41. First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers: $52,060 (29% gain)

42. Medical secretaries: $30,190 (29% gain)

43. First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers: $46,910 (29% gain)

44. Bartenders: $18,350 (29% gain)

45. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers: $23,480 (28% gain)

46. Lawyers: $113,240 (28% gain)

47. Dental assistants: $33,230 (28% gain)

48. Janitors and cleaners, except maids and housekeeping cleaners: $21,970 (28% gain)

49. Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders: $25,130 (28% gain)

50. Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education: $50,770 (28% gain)

51. Secondary school teachers, except special and vocational education: $52,200 (28% gain)

52. Dishwashers: $17,770 (28% gain)

53. Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers: $34,750 (27% gain)

54. Elementary school teachers, except special education: $50,510 (27% gain)

55. Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers: $32,330 (27% gain)

56. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food: $17,220 (27% gain)

57. Child, family, and school social workers: $39,960 (27% gain)

58. First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers: $34,900 (27% gain)

59. Truck drivers, light or delivery services: $28,330 (27% gain)

60. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, except technical and scientific products: $50,920 (26% gain)

61. Personal and home care aides: $19,680 (26% gain)

62. Construction laborers: $29,150 (26% gain)

63. Secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive: $29,980 (26% gain)

64. Cleaners of vehicles and equipment: $19,690 (25% gain)

65. Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop: $18,110 (25% gain)

66. Correctional officers and jailers: $39,050 (25% gain)

67. Social and human service assistants: $27,940 (25% gain)

68. Receptionists and information clerks: $25,070 (25% gain)

69. Tellers: $23,980 (25% gain)

70. Maids and housekeeping cleaners: $19,250 (25% gain)

71. Team assemblers: $26,820 (25% gain)

72. Medical assistants: $28,650 (25% gain)

73. Child care workers: $19,240 (24% gain)

74. Packers and packagers, hand: $19,470 (24% gain)

75. Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $35,420 (24% gain)

76. Maintenance and repair workers, general: $34,620 (24% gain)

77. Helpers—production workers: $22,370 (24% gain)

78. Food preparation workers: $19,020 (24% gain)

79. Office clerks, general: $26,140 (24% gain)

80. Industrial machinery mechanics: $44,470 (24% gain)

81. Cashiers: $17,820 (23% gain)

82. Computer programmers: $70,940 (23% gain)

83. Customer service representatives: $30,290 (23% gain)

84. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand: $23,110 (23% gain)

85. Machinists: $37,650 (22% gain)

86. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters: $46,320 (22% gain)

87. Bill and account collectors: $30,940 (22% gain)

88. Cooks, restaurant: $22,170 (22% gain)

89. Retail salespersons: $20,260 (22% gain)

90. Computer support specialists: $44,300 (22% gain)

91. Industrial truck and tractor operators: $29,550 (21% gain)

92. Carpenters: $39,470 (21% gain)

93. Home health aides: $20,480 (20% gain)

94. Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators: $39,770 (20% gain)

95. Truck drivers, heavy and tractor-trailer: $37,730 (19% gain)

96. Electricians: $47,180 (18% gain)

97. Insurance sales agents: $45,500 (17% gain)

98. Telemarketers: $21,810 (16% gain)

99. Stock clerks and order fillers: $20,960 (15% gain)

100. Driver/sales workers: $22,740 (12% gain)

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics


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