Top 25 Paying Jobs with Entry-Level Education of Associate Degree – Finding a Career

As per the Bureau of Labor, “These are the occupations with a typical entry-level education of an ‘associate’s degree‘ with the highest median hourly wages in 2011. Select an occupation to learn more about it in the Occupation Profile.”

# Occupation Median wages, 2011
   Hourly    Annual   
1 Air Traffic Controllers $54.59 $113,500
2 General and Operations Managers $45.74 $95,100
3 Construction Managers $40.50 $84,200
4 Radiation Therapists $36.84 $76,600
5 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $33.39 $69,500
6 Dental Hygienists $33.31 $69,300
7 Nuclear Technicians $32.71 $68,000
8 Registered Nurses $31.71 $66,000
9 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $31.35 $65,200
10 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians $29.55 $61,500
11 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other $28.21 $58,700
12 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians $27.36 $56,900
13 Respiratory Therapists $26.56 $55,200
14 Radiologic Technologists and Technicians $26.50 $55,100
15 Electrical and Electronics Drafters $26.19 $54,500
16 Funeral service managers, directors, morticians, and undertakers $25.38 $52,800
17 Occupational Therapy Assistants $25.02 $52,000
18 Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other $24.87 $51,700
19 Mechanical Engineering Technicians $24.69 $51,400
20 Electro-Mechanical Technicians $24.63 $51,200
21 Physical Therapist Assistants $24.54 $51,000
22 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians $24.53 $51,000
23 Geological and Petroleum Technicians $23.89 $49,700
24 Mechanical Drafters $23.65 $49,200
25 Industrial Engineering Technicians $23.60 $49,100

 

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