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Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K

Nontraditional Jobs That Pay $100K

John Rossheim | Monster.com

It’s no secret that doctors, lawyers, traders and senior executives at large corporations typically earn six figures or more. But where are the $100,000 jobs for the rest of us – the 140 million American workers who lack the inclination, the aptitude or the tolerance for student debt to go for the classic big-money careers?

It turns out that in 2008, there are quite a number of six-figure occupations which have nothing to do with stock trading or suing people.

Why, you might ask? Federal Career Coach Kathryn Troutman answers, “Retirement rates for midlevel managers are high; more and more, the government is hiring people from the outside directly into management.” Middle-management jobs in government may be better compensated than their private-sector counterparts. “Midrange professional salaries are much higher, and the flexibility and benefits are much better,” says Troutman. These jobs generally fall into the GS-14 and GS-15 grade levels.

Here are just a few of the federal jobs that can pay $100,000 or more, according to USAJOBS:

Air Traffic Controller

Human Resource Specialist

Nurse Consultant

Department of Agriculture District Ranger

Astronomer

Public Health Advisor

Transportation Specialist


Additional Resources:

Comprehensive Government Salary Guide

25 Highest Annual Salaries in Government


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    Disco58

    almost 4 years ago

    24 comments

    I thought it was interesting that a chaplain is #14 on a list of top 25. Either the next 11 are paid realy poorly, or the position of chaplain is way overrated and overpaid. It's also two notches higher than an HR Manager (that has to sting!). Apparently the government feels our spiritual well-being is also more valuable than the environment, air traffic safety and our borders. That's comforting.

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    Disco58

    almost 4 years ago

    24 comments

    I see the comment section is SPAM central, as usual Why bother having one?

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    edkarl

    almost 4 years ago

    4 comments

    RE: "American workers who lack the inclination, the aptitude or the tolerance for student debt " Huh? If you don't make 100K you must not have gone to college? Who's writing this?

    And, yes, 100K is not what it used to be - but let's also be realistic about "average" versus "mean" income levels - do you seriously think it's OK to insult everyone making less than 100K with the above quote from this article?

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    Great deal of truth to this. But what is a $100k worth in an area like D.C. where many of these opportunities exist. After taxes, rent/mortgage, car insurance, etc. You hardly look like you make six figures.

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