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“Forbes” went through the newest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and came up with a list of the most surprising jobs that can pay over $100,000.  Here are the top ten.

#1.)  Technical Writers.  That means writing things like technical manuals and instruction booklets.  There are just over 45,000 technical writers working in the U.S., and a lot of them make around sixty or $70,000 a year.

But the top 10% make $102,000 on average.

#2.)  Elevator Repairmen.  On average, they make $74,000 a year, and the top 10% average $106,000.  For some reason, the ones in Massachusetts tend to make the most.
#3.)  Transportation Inspectors.  They inspect equipment and cargo, and the average salary is $66,000 a year.  But top earners can make $110,000 a year or more.

#4.)  Insurance Salesmen.  There are over 320,000 in the U.S., and on average, they make $63,000 a year.  But the top 10% average $115,000.  And as far as salary goes, the best place to sell insurance is in Rhode Island.

#5.)  Writers.  Including people who write scripts, ads, and other material.  The average annual income is $68,000 a year, but the top 10% average $116,000.

Just so we’re clear, they’re talking about professional WRITERS, not bloggers.

 #6.)  Gaming Managers.  It’s someone who plans and coordinates the gaming operations for a casino.  The average annual income is $75,000 a year, and the top 10% make around $117,000.

Casinos in New Jersey . . . not Nevada . . . tend to pay the highest salaries.

#7.)  Make-Up Artists.  There are about 2,000 of them in the U.S., and on average, they make about $64,000 a year.  But the top 10% pull in an average of $120,000 a year.

#8.)  Film and Video Editors.  The top 10% average $126,000 a year, and a lot of them live in California.  The average for ALL editors is $67,000.

#9.)  Art Directors.  Including the ones at advertising companies, TV stations, and magazines.  The average salary is $96,000 a year, and the top 10% can make $170,000 or more.

#10.)  Human Resource Managers.  The top 10% average about $170,000 a year, but even HR managers who AREN’T in the top 10% make a lot.

There are a total of 82,000 of them working in the U.S., and the average salary is just under $109,000.

Source: Forbes

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