How much Snap pays employees in the US in 2021

Evan Spiegel

Snap, the company behind Snapchat, is hiring for hundreds of jobs in the US as the tech company expands into areas like augmented reality, short-form video, and original shows.

The growth spurt comes as Snap reported during the first quarter its highest year-over-year revenue and daily active user growth rates in three years.

Insider analyzed how much Snap pays for certain roles in the US.

We combed through public data to get a picture of Snap’s salary levels. The data, released by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification, shows how much Snap offered to pay employees who it wanted to hire in the US through work visas.

Snap offered certain US staffers between October 2020 and March 2021 annual salaries ranging $59,000 to $500,000 for various roles, according to the data.

Snap said it’s committed to paying all employees a livable wage that “contributes to healthy work-life integration and to the local economy in which we work.” It offers a minimum of $15,000 in equity grants to new hires, and said its baseline annual pay rate for employees at its headquarters in Santa Monica is $70,000.

Our full analysis breaks down salaries for jobs including product, research, engineering, and marketing roles.

Read more about how much Snap employees make, including recent salary offers for specific roles at the Snapchat maker

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How much Spotify pays employees in the US in 2021

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Spotify offices.

Spotify grew its workforce by one third last year to 6,554 staffers at the end of 2020.

While the streaming-music company has hit some snags – its controversial podcaster Joe Rogan has sparked internal debate among staffers – Spotify has continued hiring.

It currently lists roughly 360 openings on its careers website, and touts new flexible work benefits like the ability to work from anywhere.

As employees across industries make moves coming out of the pandemic, Insider updated our analysis of how much Spotify employees are paid in the US.

We pored over public data to get a snapshot of Spotify’s salary levels. The data, released by the US Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification, shows how much Spotify offered to pay employees who it wanted to hire in the US through work visas.

Spotify offered certain US staffers between October 2019 and March 2021 annual base salaries ranging from $60,000 to $260,00 for a variety of roles, according to the data.

Our full analysis breaks down salaries for jobs including marketing, research, engineering, finance and administrative roles.

Read more about how much Spotify employees make, including recent salary offers for specific roles in marketing, engineering, and more

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Salaries are on the rise in police departments across the US, despite protests and calls to defund the police

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NYPD officers stand guard on April 4, 2021 in New York City.

  • The 2020 median salary for a police officer in the US was $67,290 – the median for all jobs was $48,769.
  • Despite ongoing calls to defund police departments, officer salaries are only getting higher.
  • Police forces are growing, too, with incentives to join such tuition reimbursement and signing bonuses.
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Police work can be one of the best-paid professions in the United States.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median salary for a police officer was US$67,290 – more than one-third higher than the national median of $48,769 for all occupations. Many officers probably earn much more, because the bureau’s analysis is based on hourly wages for a typical work year of 2,080 hours and does not include overtime – one of the factors that can drive an officer’s yearly income even higher.

Although there is a great deal of variation across the nation’s roughly 18,000 police departments, the agency also reports that salaries for police have largely climbed in the past five years – from an 8.8% increase in Mississippi, the state that overall pays its police the least, to a 21% increase in Hawaii, one of the best-paying states.

While efforts to control police budgets have succeeded in Austin, Denver, and Oakland, among others, the Biden administration recently announced that COVID-19 relief funds can be used to hire police officers to combat the rise in gun violence.

As a former police officer who studies policing in America, I think it is unlikely that police salaries can go anywhere but up.

Read more: 3 IT professionals who didn’t get a college degree and are now making 6 figures reveal how to succeed in their field

Police salaries are inching up

Just look at the trends across the US.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics published the mean salaries for police officers in all states plus the District of Columbia for the year 2018.

Somewhat predictably due to cost of living, California topped the list at $101,380, followed by Alaska at $88,030, where the cost of living also drives salaries higher. New Jersey, Washington state, and Hawaii round out the top five.

All of the 10 departments with the lowest-paid officers are located in the South, where Mississippi police officers earn slightly more than one-third of their California counterparts.

Large cities clearly offer higher wages to their police officers, as do some cities surrounding large metropolitan areas. The Los Angeles Police Department currently advertises a starting salary of $70,804 a year. That’s up from the 2015 starting annual salary of $59,717 – an 18.5% increase over just six years.

Starting salary for police officers in Baltimore is $55,117, with a seasoned officer earning $95,325, base salary alone. Seattle officers earn $83,600 once they’ve completed their basic academy training and top out at $109,512 after 54 months, not including overtime. Seattle even agreed to pay its officers an extra 2% for wearing body cameras.

Larger, better-paying police departments attract officers from smaller departments by offering more pay and better training for experienced officers. This often leaves a void that small agencies struggle to fill with qualified candidates.

There are three main drivers of police take-home pay: overtime, education, and competition.

1. Overtime

In his recent trial for the murder of George Floyd, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was represented by an attorney paid for by his union, the Minneapolis Police Federation. This benefit is only a small part of the union’s 128-page labor agreement with the city, which details salaries, vacation, sick leave, medical insurance, grievance procedures and, in particular, overtime pay.

Reportedly, Derek Chauvin’s 2018 salary was $90,612, more than twice the average Minneapolis per capita income of $38,808 in 2019. But it’s overtime rather than base salaries that drives up officers’ total compensation.

Across the country, police officers typically receive “time and a half” for every hour worked beyond the standard 40-hour week, meaning a pay rate that combines their regular hourly rate plus an additional 50%.

Most union agreements also stipulate higher pay for other work deemed “overtime,” such as off-duty court appearances. They also stipulate other after-hours pay boosts, such as a minimum of four hours’ pay for officers called back to duty for any reason.

In practice, these extra pay arrangements have a huge effect on driving up the size of police budgets. A few examples:

  • In Los Angeles, where the second-largest police force in the US boasts salaries of $83,144 after two years of employment plus an annual 1.5% cost-of-living increase, the union recently negotiated $245 million in overtime pay for its officers.
  • Boston’s complex agreement with its police department results in many opportunities for overtime as well as extra payment for special assignments.

City governments typically budget for some police officer overtime, since that extra income does not count toward an officer’s eventual retirement pay and reduces the need to hire additional employees. However, unanticipated events such as national disasters, public demonstrations, and political rallies all result in overtime pay for cops that cities must pay whether or not they planned for it:

2. Education

Few local law enforcement agencies require a four-year college degree, but most offer educational incentives that range from a 2% annual salary increase for earning an associate’s degree to 10% for a bachelor’s degree.

For example, since 1970 in Massachusetts, police receive pay incentives of up to 25% over and above their regular salary for a master’s or law degree. The Chicago Police Department, among others, provides tuition reimbursement for college courses, as well as additional incentive pay once a degree is completed.

Such incentives may be a good investment. Research indicates that police officers with college degrees are less likely to use lethal force and are subjects of fewer citizen complaints. Since fewer complaints mean fewer claims to pay and lawsuits to defend, this can ultimately save cities money.

3. Recruitment

More police officers are leaving the profession before retirement age, according to a 2019 study by the Police Executive Research Forum. The group has also found that the number of applicants for police jobs has steadily declined over the past 10 years. So departments trying to attract new recruits often go beyond tempting salaries by offering incentives like assistance with relocation, housing and childcare, education pay, college tuition reimbursement, health club memberships, and employee signing bonuses.

At the New York Police Department, the nation’s largest force, the starting salary is a relatively modest $42,000 a year. But the department highlights on its website that starting benefits include “holiday pay, longevity pay, uniform allowance, night differential, and overtime,” which together with salary can boost annual compensation to more than $100,000.

Even smaller departments are coming up with incentives to try and remain competitive with larger agencies that can offer higher salaries, more overtime and more attractive benefits. The police department of Bellmead, Texas, a city of around 10,500 about two hours north of Austin, has begun offering experienced officers a $5,000 bonus for signing on to the force.

Another trend to watch: Not only are police salaries rising, but the size of police forces also continues to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 5% growth in police jobs from 2019 to 2029, from 813,500 to an estimated 854,200, which is faster on average than other occupations.

Laurie Woods, senior lecturer in sociology, Vanderbilt University

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Here’s how much money 25 types of scientists make

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Soil scientists make a median of $66,120 a year.

  • There are dozens of career specializations in science, but some are more lucrative than others.
  • Physicists and natural-sciences managers were among the highest-paid professions.
  • Here are 25 select science jobs ranked from lowest to highest median annual pay as of May 2020.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
25. Conservation scientists had a median annual salary of $64,020.

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Total number of employees in the US: 22,020

What they do, according to O*NET: Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

24. Soil and plant scientists had a median annual salary of $66,120.

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Soil scientists make a median of $66,120 a year.

Total number of employees in the US: 13,950

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

23. Anthropologists and archeologists had a median annual salary of $66,130.

Anthropologists and archeologists

Total number of employees in the US: 7,180

What they do, according to O*NET: Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings.

22. Zoologists and wildlife biologists had a median annual salary of $66,350.

zoologist

Total number of employees in the US: 17,200

What they do, according to O*NET: Study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

21. Environmental scientists and specialists had a median annual salary of $73,230.

environmental scientist

Total number of employees in the US: 84,610

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

20. Food scientists and technologists had a median annual salary of $73,450.

food scientist

Total number of employees in the US: 13,080

What they do, according to O*NET: Use chemistry, microbiology, engineering, and other sciences to study the principles underlying the processing and deterioration of foods; analyze food content to determine levels of vitamins, fat, sugar, and protein; discover new food sources; research ways to make processed foods safe, palatable, and healthful; and apply food science knowledge to determine best ways to process, package, preserve, store, and distribute food.

19. Epidemiologists had a median annual salary of $74,560.

epidemiologist

Total number of employees in the US: 7,500

What they do, according to O*NET: Investigate and describe the determinants and distribution of disease, disability, or health outcomes. May develop the means for prevention and control; oversee public health programs, including statistical analysis, health care planning, surveillance systems, and public health improvement.

18. Chemists had a median annual salary of $79,300.

Scientist

Total number of employees in the US: 82,940

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control, or to develop new products or knowledge.

17. Life scientists (all other) had a median annual salary of $82,000.

geneticist

Total number of employees in the US: 6,540

What they do, according to O*NET: This job category includes botanists, ecologists, geneticists, neuroscientists, immunologists, and microbiologists.

16. Hydrologists had a median annual salary of $84,040.

hydrologist

Total number of employees in the US: 6,170

What they do, according to O*NET: Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

15. Nuclear technicians had a median annual salary of $84,190.

nuclear power plant

Total number of employees in the US: 6,160

What they do, according to O*NET: Assist nuclear physicists, nuclear engineers, or other scientists in laboratory, power generation, or electricity production activities.

14. Microbiologists had a median annual salary of $84,400.

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Microbiologist Ashley Paulick looks through a stereoscope to identify bacterium in a blood plate in an anaerobe lab within the Infectious Disease Laboratory at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in Atlanta.

Total number of employees in the US: 19,710

What they do, according to O*NET: Investigate the growth, structure, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, or fungi. Includes medical microbiologists who study the relationship between organisms and disease or the effects of antibiotics on microorganisms.

13. Biological scientists (all other) had a median annual salary of $85,290.

molecular biologist

Total number of employees in the US: 41,680

What they do, according to O*NET: This job category includes bioinformatics scientists, molecular and cellular biologists, and geneticists.

12. Medical scientists (except epidemiologists) had a median annual salary of $91,510.

pharmacologist

Total number of employees in the US: 126,110

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research dealing with the understanding of human diseases and the improvement of human health. Engage in clinical investigation, research and development, or other related activities. Includes physicians, dentists, public health specialists, pharmacologists, and medical pathologists who primarily conduct research.

11. Statisticians had a median annual salary of $92,270.

statistician

Total number of employees in the US: 38,860

What they do, according to O*NET: Develop or apply mathematical or statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data to provide usable information. May specialize in fields such as bio-statistics, agricultural statistics, business statistics, or economic statistics. Includes mathematical and survey statisticians.

10. Geoscientists (except hydrologists and geographers) had a median annual salary of $93,580.

Geoscientist

Total number of employees in the US: 27,890

What they do, according to O*NET: Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth’s internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

9. Biochemists and biophysicists had a median annual salary of $94,270.

Biochemist chemistry biology

Total number of employees in the US: 32,010

What they do, according to O*NET: Study the chemical composition or physical principles of living cells and organisms, their electrical and mechanical energy, and related phenomena. May conduct research to further the understanding of the complex chemical combinations and reactions involved in metabolism, reproduction, growth, and heredity. May determine the effects of foods, drugs, serums, hormones, and other substances on tissues and vital processes of living organisms.

8. Materials scientists had a median annual salary of $99,460.

polymer scientist

Total number of employees in the US: 6,930

What they do, according to O*NET: Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

7. Atmospheric and space scientists had a median annual salary of $99,740.

meteorologist

Total number of employees in the US: 10,210

What they do, according to O*NET: Investigate atmospheric phenomena and interpret meteorological data, gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses. Includes weather analysts and forecasters whose functions require the detailed knowledge of meteorology.

6. Physical scientists (all other) had a median annual salary of $107,210.

paleontologist dinosaur

Total number of employees in the US: 19,050

What they do, according to O*NET: This job category includes geologists, paleontologists, chemists, physicists, and astronomers.

5. Mathematicians had a median annual salary of $110,860.

Math professor

Total number of employees in the US: 2,460

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

4. Astronomers had a median annual salary of $119,730.

Astronomer telescope stars

Total number of employees in the US: 1,910

What they do, according to O*NET: Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase basic knowledge or apply such information to practical problems.

3. Computer and information research scientists had a median annual salary of $126,830.

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Miguel Chateloin uses a computer to write code that would allow people living in Cuba to use email to post to blogs during the Hackathon for Cuba event on February 1, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The hackathon brought together experts and programmers to devise innovative technology solutions aimed at strengthening communications and information access in Cuba. The event is organized by Roots of Hope with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Total number of employees in the US: 30,220

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors. Develop solutions to problems in the field of computer hardware and software.

2. Physicists had a median annual salary of $129,850.

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Total number of employees in the US: 16,160

What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

1. Natural-sciences managers had a median annual salary of $137,940.

FILE PHOTO: A uniQure bioprocessing engineer shows a shaker flask where cells in growth medium are cultured in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam, the Netherlands December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Michael Kooren/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A uniQure bioprocessing engineer shows a shaker flask where cells in growth medium are cultured in a laboratory at Dutch biotech company uniQure in Amsterdam

Total number of employees in the US: 75,870

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Method and data source

Depending on their specialization, scientists can earn a lot of money.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program, which provides an annual guide to median pay in the United States, we looked at the pay of different science or science-related jobs. We were especially interested in looking at those that are the highest-paying.

Physicists, computer scientists, and astronomers were among the most lucrative careers, earning six-figure salaries.

The above slides are the 25 highest-paying jobs from our list of science and science-related jobs, such as mathematicians, ranked in order of median annual salary. We also included the number of people employed as of May 2020 from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program. We also added their job descriptions, according to the Department of Labor’s O*NET occupational database.

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Here’s how much everyone who works at an American hotel makes

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A hotel housekeeper makes a bed.

  • After a difficult year for hotels and travel, the leisure and hospitality industry is recovering.
  • The industry gained 331,000 jobs in April, marking three straight months of job gains.
  • Salaries for hotel jobs vary; the following is a look at how much select hotel positions make.
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37. Non-restaurant food servers earn a median of $25,020 a year, and there are 19,320 employed in the hotel industry.

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Food servers.

36. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers earn a median of $25,100 a year, and 28,960 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Dry cleaning.

35. Maids and housekeeping cleaners earn a median of $25,320 a year, and there are 355,930 employed in the hotel industry.

hotel maid
Housekeeper.

34. Desk clerks earn a median of $25,370 a year, and 201,620 are employed in the hotel industry.

hotel front desk
Desk clerk.

33. Dining room and cafeteria attendants, as well as bartender helpers, earn a median of $25,530, and 42,740 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Dining room workers.

32. Passenger vehicle drivers earn a median of $25,760 a year and 6,610 are employed in the hotel industry.

chauffeur
Chauffeur.

31. Fast food and counter workers earn a median of $25,870, and there are 16,290 employed in the hotel industry.

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Restaurant.

30. Waiters and waitresses earn a median of $26,550 a year, and 108,350 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Servers.

29. Restaurant hosts and hostesses earn a median of $26,710 a year, and 13,670 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Hostess.

28. Bartenders earn a median of $26,890 a year, and 31,820 are employed in the hotel industry.

hotel bartender
Bartender.

27. Baggage porters and bellhops earn a median of $27,060 a year, and 15,950 are employed in the hotel industry.

Bellhop
Bellhop.

26. Dishwashers earn a median of $27,080 a year, and 21,910 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Dishwasher.

25. Food preparation workers earn a median of $28,220 a year, and 9,750 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Food prep.

24. Janitors and cleaners (except maids) earn a median of $29,320 a year, and 34,390 are employed in the hotel industry.

janitor
Cleaner.

23. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers earn a median of $29,580 a year, and 8,340 are employed in the hotel industry.

mowing the lawn
Groundskeeping.

22. Security guards earn a median of $31,600 a year, and 22,010 are employed in the hotel industry.

security guard
Security.

21. Restaurant cooks earn a median of $31,720 a year, and 59,580 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Chef.

20. Concierges earn a median of $31,960 a year, and 8,510 are employed in the hotel industry.

concierge hotel
Concierge.

19. Office clerks earn a median of $32,550 a year, and 6,020 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Office worker.

18. Maintenance and repair workers earn a median of $33,870 a year, and 70,190 are employed in the hotel industry.

AC unit repair
Doing maintenance.

17. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks earn a median of $35,530 a year, and 15,730 are employed in the hotel industry.

accounting
Accounting.

16. First-line supervisors of housekeeping and janitorial workers earn a median of $37,390 a year, and 27,750 are employed in the hotel industry.

hotel maid
Housekeeping.

15. Secretaries and administrative assistants earn a median salary of $39,040, and 6,120 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Administrative assistant.

14. First-line supervisors of food preparation and serving workers earn a median of $40,850 a year, and 21,720 are employed in the hotel industry.

chef and cooks
Food preparation.

13. First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers earn a median of $44,190 a year, and 28,150 are employed in the hotel industry.

business colleagues are looking at a computer together
Office supervisor.

12. Meeting, convention, and event planners earn a median of $48,350 a year, and 6,320 are employed in the hotel industry.

An intelligent vision robot plays Scrabble at the Industrial Technology Research Institute booth during CES 2018 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 10, 2018
A convention.

11. Sales representatives of services earn a median of $53,070, and 17,260 are employed in the hotel industry.

Salesperson
Meeting.

10. Lodging managers earn a median of $55,730 a year, and 27,040 are employed in the hotel industry.

hotel concierge
Hotel worker.

9. Human resources specialists earn a median of $56,760 a year, and 3,440 are employed in the hotel industry.

human resources
HR specialist.

8. Chefs and head cooks earn a median of $60,020 a year, and 10,870 are employed in the hotel industry.

chefs
Chef.

7. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers earn a median of $61,130 a year, and 6,270 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Elevator repair.

6. Accountants and auditors earn a median of $62,120 a year, and 6,800 are employed in the hotel industry.

work meeting accountant
Office meeting.

5. Food service managers earn a median of $67,170 a year, and 6,020 are employed in the hotel industry.

chef disney
Food service manager.

4. General and operations managers earn a median of $79,330 a year, and 12,870 are employed in the hotel industry.

Emmanuel Moine, the manager of Glen Mhor Hotel, poses for a photograph in Inverness, Scotland, Britain March 8, 2019. Picture taken March 8, 2019. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Manager.

3. Administrative services and facilities managers earn a median of $86,880 a year, and 2,960 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Presentation.

2. Sales managers earn a median of $94,000 a year, and 4,620 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Sales.

1. Financial managers earn a median of $112,520 a year, and 3,030 are employed in the hotel industry.

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Meeting.

Method and data source

Although the leisure and hospitality industry is slowly recovering as the US continues to reopen and more people start to travel again, employment projections show the hotel industry could still end 2021 with fewer jobs than before the pandemic.

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, hotels are projected to see a loss of 478,245 jobs in 2021 relative to 2019 employment. The American Hotel & Lodging Association notes that the projections are based on just hotel property jobs, and don’t include losses in related businesses.

Hotels employ a wide variety of workers, and salaries range from well below the US median wage to very high paying.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries, including the traveler accommodation industry.

Hotel jobs tend to be lower paying than average. The median annual wage for an employee in the traveler accommodation industry was just $28,320, below the overall median wage of $41,950, in 2020 (the most recent data). Housekeepers, for example, earned just $25,320 per year in 2020.

The above slides are employment and wages for 37 select occupations in the hotel industry, ranked from lowest to highest wage. Both the number of people in that job and median annual pay are May 2020 figures from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program.

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The average salaries for Americans working in 19 life-saving jobs

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Firefighters earn an average of $56,360 a year.

  • Annual National EMS Week started on May 16.
  • Nurses and other workers in life-saving positions are also helping save lives during the pandemic.
  • From EMTs to firefighters, here are the average salaries as of May 2020 for 19 life-saving jobs.
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19. Lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers earn an average of $27,050 a year.

Lifeguard warning red flag

There are 113,150 employed in the US.

18. Ambulance drivers and attendants (except EMTs) earn an average of $30,700 a year.

ambulance

There are 14,120 employed in the US.

17. Crossing guards and flaggers earn an average of $34,220 a year.

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Crossing guard Linda Norris holds traffic as students from Gooding High School cross the street to board their buses after being released from class on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009 in Gooding, Idaho. Conventional public schools like Gooding High have lost students to charter schools in Idaho, where two types of public school systems compete for students and taxpayer dollars.

There are 85,050 employed in the US.

16. Security guards earn an average of $34,360 a year.

security guard

There are 1,054,400 employed in the US.

15. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics earn an average of $40,370 a year.

emergency medical technicians emt paramedics

There are 257,700 employed in the US.

14. Substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental-health counselors earn an average of $51,550 a year.

therapist

There are 293,620 employed in the US.

13. Forest-fire inspectors and prevention specialists earn an average of $52,130 a year.

CalFire firefighters spray water on a controlled back fire while battling the the so-called "Sherpa Fire" in the hills near Goleta, California, on June 16, 2016.
CalFire firefighters spray water on a controlled back fire while battling the the so-called “Sherpa Fire” in the hills near Goleta, California, on June 16, 2016.

There are 2,900 employed in the US.

12. Firefighters earn an average of $56,360 a year.

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Firefighters earn an average of $56,360 a year.

There are 311,350 employed in the US.

11. Fire inspectors and investigators earn an average of $67,680 a year.

Firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Opelousas, La. Authorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of "suspicious" fires at three African American churches in recent days. Fire Marshal H. "Butch" Browning said it wasn't clear whether the fires in St. Landry Parish are connected and he declined to get into specifics of what the investigation had yielded so far but described the blazes as "suspicious." (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)
Firefighters and fire investigators respond to a fire at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Opelousas, La. Authorities in southern Louisiana are investigating a string of “suspicious” fires at three African American churches in recent days. Fire Marshal H. “Butch” Browning said it wasn’t clear whether the fires in St. Landry Parish are connected and he declined to get into specifics of what the investigation had yielded so far but described the blazes as “suspicious.” (Leslie Westbrook/The Advocate via AP)

There are 14,010 employed in the US.

10. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers earn an average of $70,000 a year.

NYPD

There are 654,900 employed in the US.

9. Transit and railroad police earn an average of $71,000 a year.

transit police car

There are 3,800 employed in the US.

8. Registered nurses earn an average of $80,010 a year.

nurse

There are 2,986,500 employed in the US.

7. First-line supervisors of fire-fighting and prevention workers earn an average of $83,170 a year.

camp fire firefighter huddle

There are 69,000 employed in the US.

6. Epidemiologists earn an average of $83,620 a year.

FILE PHOTO: A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist measures the amount of H7N9 avian flu virus which was grown and harvested in an unnamed CDC laboratory in 2013.   James Gathany/CDC/Handout via REUTERS   ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
FILE PHOTO: A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) scientist measures the amount of H7N9 avian flu virus which was grown and harvested in an unnamed CDC laboratory

There are 7,500 employed in the US.

5. Emergency management directors earn an average of $84,310 a year.

FEMA

There are 10,210 employed in the US.

4. Detectives and criminal investigators earn an average of $89,300 a year.

nypd police detectives

There are 105,980 employed in the US.

3. First-line supervisors of police and detectives earn an average of $97,180 a year.

FILE PHOTO: Police officers walk on the plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Police officers walk on the plaza of the Supreme Court in Washington

There are 122,310 employed in the US.

2. Air-traffic controllers earn an average of $127,440 a year.

air traffic controller

There are 22,190 employed in the US.

1. Surgeons earn an average of $251,650 a year.

hospital doctors surgeons

There are 37,900 employed in the US.

Method and data source

Sunday kicked off National EMS Week, which celebrates emergency medical workers and their life-saving efforts. 

Insider took a look at what the typical American who works in life-saving occupations earn each year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries.

Using that data, we found the average annual salaries, as reported by the BLS, for 19 medical and protective-service roles where saving lives is a part of the job. We ranked the above from lowest to highest average annual salaries and included employment figures as of May 2020, the most recent period for which data is available.

Lifeguards tend to make a relatively low annual salary, while firefighters and police officers are well compensated on average. Surgeons are very highly paid.

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The American worker had been earning less throughout the pandemic. That ended in March.

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A restaurant worker wears a protective face mask and gloves in midtown as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 13, 2020 in New York City.

  • US wages went into pandemic-related decline in March 2020, and exceeded that level in March 2021, per BLS data
  • The indicator is the latest to surpass past highs as stimulus and reopening power the US rebound.
  • The boost was driven by stronger wage growth for low-wage workers, a group hit hard by lockdowns.
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Various economic indicators are surpassing their pre-pandemic highs as stimulus and reopening drive the country toward a full recovery.

US wages are the latest to rebound.

Salaries and hourly wages finally leaped above their February 2020 peak in March 2021, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Employee payment across the country rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $9.78 trillion from $9.67 trillion, marking a new record high and an eleventh consecutive climb.

By comparison, it took more than twice as long for wages to fully rebound from their decline during the Great Recession.

The sharp increase seen two months ago was powered by stronger wage growth for workers in food preparation and serving, cleaning, and individual care, a group hit hard by lockdowns. Those Americans have enjoyed a massive jump in wages from January to March as vaccines started to be rolled out and service jobs bounced back. Wage growth for managers, professionals, technicians, and office and administration workers remain below their pre-pandemic rates, albeit only slightly so.

The bounceback in low-wage income growth marks a positive development amid the largely uneven recovery. The white unemployment rate still sits significantly lower than that for Black and Asian Americans. And while wages are rebounding across racial and gender lines, the pandemic only exacerbated long-lasting inequalities.

More broadly, the labor market seemed to turn a corner in March. Payroll growth shot higher as stimulus and the easing of lockdown measures juiced the economic recovery. Gains were also strongest among leisure and hospitality businesses, some of the firms hit hardest by the virus and its fallout.

The labor market’s rebound is expected to have accelerated last month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to publish April payroll growth data on Friday and reveal how reopening and warmer weather benefitted hiring. The median estimate from economists surveyed by Bloomberg calls for nearly 1 million nonfarm payroll additions. They also expect the unemployment rate to drop to 5.8% from 6%.

Economists got their first preview of April job creation Wednesday morning. The country’s private sector added 742,000 payrolls in April, according to ADP’s monthly employment report. That missed the median estimate of 873,000 private payrolls but still marked a fourth straight monthly gain.

“Service providers have the most to gain as the economy reopens, recovers, and resumes normal activities and are leading job growth in April,” Nela Richardson, chief economist at ADP, said.

[Editor’s note: This article has been updated to remove the Federal Reserve phrase classifying workers in food preparation and serving, cleaning, and individual care as “low-skill workers,” a term increasingly seen as problematic.]

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Here’s how much every US state pays its teachers and how much they spend on each student

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Public school teachers made $61,730, on average, in 2018-2019.

  • May 3 to May 7 is National Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • The typical public school teacher’s salary varies across the country.
  • The following is how much public school teachers made during the 2019-2020 school year.
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51. Mississippi

Mississippi teacher pre k

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $45,192

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.6%

State spending per student: $8,935

50. Florida

Florida hi five

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $48,800

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -12.5%

State spending per student: $9,346

49. South Dakota

South Dakota teacher pay

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $49,220

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 11.4%

State spending per student: $10,073

48. Arkansas

Arkansas recorder lesson

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $49,822

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.8%

State spending per student: $10,139

47. Louisiana

Louisiana hand raise teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,217

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.2%

State spending per student: $11,452

46. West Virginia

West Virginia capitol Charleston uncle sam

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,238

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.6%

State spending per student: $11,334

45. Arizona

Arizona principal empty classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,381

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -10.1%

State spending per student: $8,239

44. Missouri

Missouri teacher student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $50,817

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.2%

State spending per student: $10,810

43. South Carolina

South Carolina teacher student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,485

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.1%

State spending per student: $10,856

42. Indiana

Indiana teacher slideshow

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,508

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -19.0%

State spending per student: $10,262

41. Tennessee

Tennessee calculators TI

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $51,862

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -6.0%

State spending per student: $9,544

40. Montana

Montana teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,135

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.8%

State spending per student: $11,680

39. North Dakota

NOrth Dakota teacher helping student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,328

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 15.3%

State spending per student: $13,758

38. Kansas

Kansas teacher reading

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,554

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.1%

State spending per student: $11,653

37. Utah

Utah Salt Lake City teachers

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,819

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.5%

State spending per student: $7,628

36. Idaho

Idaho teacher toothpick

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $52,875

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.1%

State spending per student: $7,771

35. Kentucky

Kentucky teacher rally

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $53,907

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.5%

State spending per student: $11,110

34. Virginia

Virginia birds teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $53,933

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -8.4%

State spending per student: $12,216

33. Oklahoma

Oklahoma Teachers strike

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,038

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 13.6%

State spending per student: $8,239

32. Alabama

Alabama scholarships classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,095

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.0%

State spending per student: $9,696

31. New Mexico

Arizona teacher rally

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,256

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.7%

State spending per student: $9,582

30. North Carolina

North Carolina rally public education

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,682

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -8.7%

State spending per student: $9,377

29. Maine

Maine teacher talking to student

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $54,967

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 1.7%

State spending per student: $14,145

28. Nebraska

South Dakota teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $55,267

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.4%

State spending per student: $12,491

27. Nevada

Nevada ESL teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $56,672

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.3%

State spending per student: $9,417

26. Texas

Texas teacher protest

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $57,091

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 0.0%

State spending per student: $9,606

25. Colorado

Colorado teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $57,269

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -1.2%

State spending per student: $10,202

24. Minnesota

Minnesota handson teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $58,663

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.0%

State spending per student: $12,975

23. Iowa

Iowa teacher reading

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $58,917

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 8.7%

State spending per student: $11,732

22. Wyoming

Wyoming teacher development

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,014

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 13.8%

State spending per student: $16,224

21. Wisconsin

Wisconsin teacher classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,176

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.4%

State spending per student: $12,285

20. Ohio

Ohio teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $59,713

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.2%

State spending per student: $13,027

19. New Hampshire

New Hampshire teacher desk apple

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $60,003

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 4.7%

State spending per student: $16,893

18. Georgia

Georgia teacher hands raised

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $60,578

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -2.8%

State spending per student: $10,810

17. Vermont

Vermont vegetables

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $61,108

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.5%

State spending per student: $19,340

16. Michigan

Teacher handouts michigan

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $62,185

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -16.6%

State spending per student: $12,345

15. Delaware

Delaware teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $64,853

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.9%

State spending per student: $15,639

14. Hawaii

Hawaii classroom textbooks

2018-2019 average teacher salary: $65,409

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 6.1%

State spending per student: $15,242

13. Rhode Island

Rhode Island teacher lockers

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $67,323

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -5.8%

State spending per student: $16,121

12. Oregon

Oregon teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $67,685

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 5.2%

State spending per student: $11,920

11. Illinois

Illinois backpacks

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $68,305

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.3%

State spending per student: $15,741

10. Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania teacher lecture

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $70,258

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -4.3%

State spending per student: $16,395

9. Alaska

Alaska teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $70,877

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 0.4%

State spending per student: $17,726

8. Washington

Washington teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $72,965

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 17.0%

State spending per student: $12,995

7. Maryland

Maryland school hallway

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $73,444

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 9.7%

State spending per student: $14,762

6. New Jersey

New Jersey teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $76,376

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -3.4%

State spending per student: $20,021

5. Connecticut

Connecticut classroom

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $78,247

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: -0.5%

State spending per student: $20,635

4. Washington, DC

DC school teacher

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $79,350

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 10.9%

State spending per student: $22,759

3. Massachusetts

Massachusetts teacher cursive

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $83,622

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 18.2%

State spending per student: $17,058

2. California

California teacher poster

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $84,659

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 16.9%

State spending per student: $12,498

1. New York

Teacher New York

2019-2020 average teacher salary: $87,543

Change in adjusted salary since 1999-2000: 12.9%

State spending per student: $24,040

Method and data source

Although teachers have the incredibly important job of educating the next generation of Americans, their earnings vary widely across the country. 

Nationwide, the average public school teacher salary for the 2019-2020 school year was $63,645, according to data from the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. While the nominal teacher salary has increased over the last couple decades, when adjusted for inflation, average salary is about 0.2% higher than the $63,523 average in the 1999-2000 school year using 2019-2020 dollars.

While many teachers earn a solid middle-class wage, the job comes with unique challenges. Many teachers across the US end up spending a not-insignificant amount of their take-home pay on school supplies for their students and classrooms.

The above slides show how much public school teachers made during the 2019-2020 school year (the most recent year for which data is available in each state) according to the NCES, as well as the total amount spent per public-school student during the 2018 fiscal year in each state, according to the Census Bureau.

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From cafeteria workers to principals, here’s what everyone makes in a public school

Elementary school teacher
Elementary school teachers earn a median wage of $62,050 a year.

35. Fast food and counter workers earn a median of $25,510 a year and 121,970 are employed by public schools.

school cafeteria workers preparing food

34. Institutional and cafeteria cooks earn a median of $26,130 a year and 116,220 are employed by public schools.

school cafeteria school cook

33. Childcare workers earn a median of $28,560 a year and 88,280 are employed by public schools.

preschool

32. School bus monitors and protective service workers, all other, earn a median of $29,120 a year and 58,930 are employed by public schools.

FILE - In this March 15, 2013, file photo, teacher Astrid Barrios, center, listens as Milford police detective Carlos Sousa, left, debriefs participants after a lockdown exercise at Milford High School in Milford, Mass. The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two separate U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students who are told, at least in some situations, to do what they can to disrupt shootings. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

This is a catch-all category used by the BLS to designate protective service occupations that are not included in other occupational groups. 

31. Teacher assistants earn a median of $29,320 and 963,030 are employed by public schools.

teacher

30. Substitute teachers earn a median of $29,510 a year and 414,660 are employed by public schools.

teacher

29. Coaches and scouts earn a median of $30,890 a year and 39,440 are employed by public schools.

high school football coach

28. Education instruction and library workers, all other, earn a median of $31,410 a year and 50,940 are employed by public schools.

library

This is a catch-all category used by the BLS to designate educational occupations that are not included in other occupational groups. 

27. Janitors and cleaners earn a median of $31,950 a year and 276,360 are employed by public schools.

janitor cleaning garbage Urige Buta
Olympic marathon hopeful Urige Buta pushes a cleaning cart as he works at a high school in Haugesund, west of Oslo on March 19, 2012.

26. Office clerks earn a median of $33,330 a year and 94,600 are employed by public schools.

office worker laptop plant

25. Bus drivers earn a median of $33,900 and 189,570 are employed by public schools.

Bus driver

24. Security guards earn a median of $35,720 and 28,890 are employed by public schools.

school security guard in New York

23. First-line supervisors of food prep and serving workers earn a median of $36,440 a year and 32,890 are employed by public schools.

cafeteria

22. Secretaries and administrative assistants earn a median of $38,260 a year and 205,820 are employed by public schools.

receptionist

21. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks earn a median of $42,400 a year and 28,940 are employed by public schools.

bookkeeping accounting spreadsheet

20. Maintenance and repair workers earn a median of $44,440 a year and 53,340 are employed by public schools.

classroom repair ceiling

19. Teachers and instructors, all other, earn a median of $47,250 a year and 87,550 are employed by public schools.

teacher

This is a catch-all category used by the BLS to designate class-room occupations that are not included in other occupational groups. 

18. Computer user support specialists earn a median of $48,000 a year and 30,370 are employed by public schools.

computer teacher with students

17. Preschool teachers earn a median of $53,550 a year and 48,640 are employed by public schools.

preschool teacher with kids

16. Registered nurses earn a median of $58,810 a year and 48,800 are employed by public schools.

nurse

15. Kindergarten teachers earn a median of $59,300 a year and 101,900 are employed by public schools.

kids storytime reading teacher kindergarten students

14. Kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers earn a median of $61,090 and 170,250 are employed by public schools.

special education

13. Middle school teachers earn a median of $61,780 a year and 529,600 are employed by public schools.

middle school teacher robotics

12. Child, family, and school social workers earn a median of $61,790 a year and 39,900 are employed by public schools.

social worker

11. Middle school special education teachers earn a median of $61,980 and 74,930 are employed by public schools.

autistic child
Six-year-old Gwendoline, an autistic child, works with Professor Gilbert Lelord at Bretonneau hospital in Tours, France.

10. Elementary school teachers earn a median of $62,050 and 1,199,550 are employed by public schools.

elementary school teacher

9. High school career and technical education teachers earn a median of $62,340 and 66,140 are employed by public schools.

shop class woodworking apprentice

8. Librarians and media collections specialists earn a median of $62,690 and 42,900 are employed by public schools.

Librarian

7. High school special education teachers earn a median of $63,060 and 123,160 are employed by public schools.

Special Needs Education

6. High school teachers earn a median of $63,400 a year and 847,900 are employed by public schools.

english school teacher
English teacher Radka Tomasek speaks to the class at the English Center June 16, 2006 in Miami, Florida.

5. Educational, guidance, school, and vocational counselors earn a median of $65,840 a year and 126,500 are employed by public schools.

guidance counselor

4. Instructional coordinators earn a median of $70,210 a year and 70,420 are employed by public schools.

Teacher
In this May 13, 2010 photo, English teacher Nicholas Melvoin walks around his classroom as he teaches at Edwin Markham Middle School.

3. Speech-language pathologists earn a median of $71,120 a year and 53,960 are employed by public schools.

Speech and Language Pathologist

2. Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists earn a median of $77,500 and 41,320 are employed by public schools.

child psychologist

1. Education administrators, such as principals and superintendents, earn a median of $99,690 and 214,110 are employed by public schools.

Arizona principal empty classroom

Method and data source

Public schools employ a wide variety of workers, and salaries range from well below the median wage to very high-paying.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program offers data on employment and wages across different occupations and industries. According to that report, there were about 7.27 million Americans employed by public schools owned by local governments in May 2020, the most recent year for which data is available.

The median annual wage across all public school occupations was $49,680. The salaries for occupations with at least 25,000 employed within the sector range from $25,510 for fast food and counter workers to $99,690 for education administrators.

Teacher salaries also vary between grade levels. For instance, high school teachers earn a median wage of $63,400 a year, while middle school teachers earn a median wage of $61,780. 

For our analysis, we looked at all the occupations with at least 25,000 employees in the local-government-owned school sector in May 2020. We then ranked these occupations from lowest to highest wage. In addition to the median annual pay, the above slides also include the number of people in that job within this industry.

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Amazon was ranked by LinkedIn as the best place to grow your career. But the list omitted major factors like pay and race.

LinkedIn office
LinkedIn, which is owned by Microsoft, ranked Amazon as the best company for US workers to grow their careers in 2021.

  • Linkedin published its list of the top US companies for career growth, ranking Amazon first.
  • LinkedIn’s revamped criteria this year included factors like promotion rates and gender diversity.
  • But the list didn’t consider other key factors like pay and racial diversity.
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In his final letter to shareholders as Amazon’s CEO earlier this month, Jeff Bezos downplayed concerns about the company’s working conditions, defending it as “Earth’s best employer and Earth’s safest place to work.”

The letter came on the heels of Amazon’s aggressive anti-union campaign, multiple illegal firings of whistleblowers, a tripling in the number of labor complaints against the company last year, and climbing injury rates that are nearly double the industry standard.

When Amazon announced its quarterly earnings call this week, it leaned on another source to prove that it’s a great place to work: LinkedIn. On Wednesday, the Microsoft-owned job platform published a list ranking “the 50 best workplaces to grow your career in the U.S.” in 2021.

According to LinkedIn’s criteria, Amazon earned the top spot, which the company touted in its earnings release along with high marks on lists by Fortune and Boston Consulting Group.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

LinkedIn did a massive overhaul of its criteria for this year’s list – which it explained in depth in an accompanying blog post – eventually landing on what it said were seven “pillars” that researchers have shown lead to career progression: “ability to advance; skills growth; company stability; external opportunity; company affinity; gender diversity and educational background.”

While any list claiming to rank the “top” anything is ultimately based on subjectively chosen criteria, several seemingly important factors didn’t make the cut, including salary data or any demographic data beyond gender.

LinkedIn confirmed salaries were not factored into the rankings but wouldn’t comment further about salaries on the record.

“In terms of the diversity pillars, we measure gender diversity, specifically, which looks at gender parity within a company, as well as educational background, analyzing the spread of educational attainment among employees. We are working on additional diversity criteria and hope to continue expanding this pillar in future years,” LinkedIn spokesperson Maggie Boezi told Insider in an email.

Amazon paid its median employee $29,007 last year, and the company said this week that it would raise pay by up to $3 per hour for 500,000 employees. But despite lucrative salaries and benefits for corporate employees, research has shown for years that Amazon setting up new warehouses often drives down wages in the area.

Those salary disparities take on added significance when factoring in the racial disparities between Amazon’s warehouse and corporate employees. In 2020, 32.1% of all Amazon employees were white, while 13.6% were Asian, 26.5% were Black, 22.8% were Latinx, 3.6% were multiracial, and 1.5% were Native American.

But the path upward is narrow for employees of color at Amazon.

Among corporate employees, 47% are white, while 34.8% were Asian, 7.2% were Black, 7.5% were Latinx, 3% were multiracial, and 0.5% were Native American. Among senior leadership, 70.7% were white, 20% were Asian, 3.8% were Black, 3.9% were Latinx, 1.4% were multiracial, and 0.2% were Native American.

LinkedIn’s decision to rank Amazon as the best place to grow your career without accounting for racial diversity data may be especially surprising to some members of Amazon’s diversity and inclusion teams, who told Recode that internal Amazon data showed that Black employees are promoted at a lower rate and given worse performance reviews than white coworkers.

Insider’s Allana Akhtar also reported that Amazon lags far behind competitors like Walmart – ranked ninth on LinkedIn’s list – when it comes to Black and Latino representation in upper management.

As for Amazon’s warehouse workers, Bloomberg reported in December that Amazon is “transforming the logistics industry from a career destination with the promise of middle-class wages into entry-level work that’s just a notch above being a burger flipper or convenience store cashier,” citing government data that showed more than 4,000 Amazon employees are on food stamps in just nine states.

Turnover rates at Amazon warehouses are estimated to be as high as 100%, according to the National Employment Law Project.

One possible explanation for why LinkedIn’s list still ranked Amazon first despite the above data may be that its list appeared to focus on white-collar workers.

In her blog post explaining the methodology, LinkedIn senior managing editor Laura Lorenzetti, said that the list “since its inception showed professionals where people like them were most eager to work.”

Boezi, the LinkedIn spokesperson, told Insider that the list included all full-time and part-time employees regardless of job title – except freelancers and interns – and that LinkedIn “regressed our findings against outside sources such as the World Bank and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and evaluated various scoring mechanisms for every pillar we selected.”

While LinkedIn’s list may not single-handedly change jobseekers’ minds, Amazon’s case reveals how the underlying data that goes into such rankings is far from unbiased.

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