PARADE'S What People Earn

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Ever dream of running for mayor? Curious how much a tattoo artist makes? How about a hot air balloon pilot in New Mexico? The answers may surprise you -- and may inspire you to rethink your career. Here's what real people from across the country earn in industries far and wide. See how your paycheck matches up -- or maybe get some ideas for your dream job.

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Allison Coia, 46

Personal Chef

Aston, Pa.

$55,000




Ed Smith, 50

Owner/Pilot of a hot air balloon ride business

Taos, N.M.

$92,000




Graham Parker, 25

Lifeguard

Ocean City, N.J.

$7,000




Michael Cangelosi, 24

Tattoo Artist

New Orleans, La.

$40,000





Steve Cascione, 57

Meteorologist

Warwick, R.I.

$90,000




Juliette Goodwin, 35

Fashion Designer

Traverse City, Mich.

$65,000




Jay Wood, 40

Exterminator

Eldon, Mo.

$66,000




Joe Denning, 65

Mayor

Portland, Ore.

$16,361





Yolanda Karas, 35

Massage Therapist

Bismarck, N.D.

$50,000




Michael Edwards, 49

Professional Bowler

Tulsa, Okla.

$24,700






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