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While nurses are not nearly as well paid as chief executives, their salaries are rising faster. That's one of many revealing data points in a Bureau of Labor Statistics study of compensation for the top 100 U.S. job categories, from 2000 to 2009

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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