Jobs, Salaries

11 Jobs With Shocking Salaries

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While the average American is paid $52,267 as of July 2018, you may be surprised to find out just how much (or how little) some jobs really pay. Thanks to Glassdoor salary reports, we can all see what a particular job pays and with Know Your Worth you can get a personal salary estimate to see what you should be paid based on your location, education and past experience.

Here are 11 jobs with salaries that surprised us.

1. Paramedic 

rescue team save lives

  • Median Base Salary: $38,381
  • Job Openings: 3,443

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2. Anesthesiologist 

Anesthesiologist checking monitors while sedating patient for surgery in hospital

  • Median Base Salary: $402,511
  • Job Openings: 2,521

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3. Software Engineer Intern

Business training

  • Median Monthly Pay: $77,080
  • Job Openings: 39,534

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4. Actor

Three People at Casting Call

  • Median Base Salary: $35,310
  • Job Openings: 59

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5. News Reporter 

NBC Reporter and Camera Man with News Van

  • Median Base Salary: $42,872
  • Job Openings: 1,354

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6. Chief Executive Officer

My challenging training session

  • Median Base Salary: $177,800
  • Job Openings: 490

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7. Railroad ConductorSee Open Jobs

Cape Cod Central

  • Median Base Salary: $66,238
  • Job Openings: 251

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8. Food Scientist

Food scientists using the microscope for research

  • Median Base Salary: $61,404
  • Job Openings: 1,579

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9. Elementary School Teacher

Happy elementary teacher congratulating his student on good answer.

  • Median Base Salary: $46,010
  • Job Openings: 11.075

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10. School Principal

African American businesswoman listening to seminar speaker at business conference

  • Median Base Salary: $100,438
  • Job Openings: 642

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11. President of the United States of America 


  • Base Salary: $400,000
  • Job Openings: 1

Salary Insight: President Trump earns a salary of $400,000, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment. As leader of the free world, this is significantly higher than what the average CEO earns, but still far below the millions of dollars that CEOs of major companies earn. For more comparison, President Harry Truman earned $100,000 in 1949 and President Richard Nixon earned $200,000 in 1969