12 jobs that pay less than you'd expect

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Sometimes, despite the importance of the role or the average salary within an industry, the pay for certain jobs just doesn't meet expectations.

Take childcare workers for example. As advocates for The Fight for $15 point out, research by the University of California, Berkeley's Center for the Study of Child Care Employment shows that childcare workers have experienced no increase in real wages since 1997, even though the cost to parents for early childhood care has nearly doubled since then.

Glassdoor recently put together a list of 11 jobs based on at least 30 salary reports shared by employees on Glassdoor where the salary is completely different from what you might expect.

Based on Glassdoor's list, as well as independent research using the Bureau of Labor Statistic's occupational data, here are 12 jobs that pay less than you'd expect (all salary data came from the BLS):

Childcare workers

Average annual salary:$22,310

Child care is the biggest budget item for most families, and in a sad twist of ironies, many childcare workers, whom parents trust with their kids' lives for several hours a day, often can't afford child care for their own children. On average, child care workers earn almost 54% less than the average American worker ($48,320).

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Horseback Rider 
Average Annual Salary:
 $52,979

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Childbirth Educator 
Average Annual Salary: $61,746

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Elevator Inspector
Average Annual Salary: $62,810

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Bingo Manager
Average Annual Salary: $59,791

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Soil Conservationist 
Average Annual Salary: $65,036

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Ice Cream Taster (Food Scientist)
Average Annual Salary: $67,041

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Train Conductor
Average Annual Salary: $66,492

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Golf Ball Diver
Average Annual Salary: $50,000

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Sommelier
Average Annual Salary: $53,228

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Exploration Manger (Oil Diver) 
Average Annual Salary: $259,601 

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Paramedic

Average annual salary: $35,430

Glassdoor's salary insight: If you think working in healthcare will bring in a big payday, that's not the case for every job. Paramedics, who are typically first to respond and treat people when emergencies happen, earn $36,000, substantially less than a physician ($175,929) or registered nurse ($63,070). However, a college degree is not required for this position, though specialized training is to be licensed and certified.

Rehabilitation counselor

Average annual salary:$38,040

These professionals, many of whom have master's degrees or higher, work with people who have physical, mental, developmental, and emotional disabilities to help them become more independent and employable. While extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for the job, they make on average 21% less than the average American worker ($48,320).

Child, family, and school social workers

Average annual salary:$46,610

These social workers have the particularly difficult tasks of helping parents improve the social, psychological, and academic functioning of their kids, arranging adoptions, and finding foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they may address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. Even so, child, family, and school social workers make less than the average American worker ($48,320).

Chief executive officer

Average annual salary: $185,850

Glassdoor's salary insight: While CEOs at dozens of the world's biggest brands rake in more than $20 million each year, the average CEO earns far less. While these multi-million dollar leaders may get most of the attention, consider that most businesses in the US (89.6%) are actually very small companies, with less than 20 employees. Someone is still in charge — and still earning a handsome paycheck — just not several millions of dollars in most cases.

Food scientist

Average annual salary: $72,030

Glassdoor's salary insight: Though a food scientist's job is to enhance food products and make sure they're safe to eat, they bring in less than what the average life scientist ($81,920) or physical scientist ($85,180) earns. To get hired, a college degree is required and a master's degree is preferred, as this job combines biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry.

Elementary school teacher

Average annual salary: $57,730

Glassdoor's salary insight: Tasked with educating today's young minds to help them grow into tomorrow's leaders, elementary school teachers earn $57,730 per year, less than their middle schoolteacher ($58,760 ) counterparts. Many people believe teachers at all levels should be paid more. Teachers and supporters at school districts from California to Virginia have already demonstrated for pay raises this year alone.

Graduate teaching assistant

Average annual salary: $32,510

Though they are often tasked with assisting college faculty in teaching lower level courses, developing teaching materials, preparing and giving exams, and grading exams and papers, and despite the fact that they have already acquired a bachelor's degree and must be actively pursuing a graduate degree, TAs make far less than the average college professor ($77,480).

Orderly

Average annual salary:27,580

These healthcare support workers who tend to the non-medical care of patients like transporting them to operating rooms or x-ray rooms earn 65% less than healthcare practitioners and technicians ($77,800) and about 40% less than the average working American ($48,320).

Home health aides

Average annual salary:$22,870

Though they work in the healthcare field, home health aides earn $22,870 for providing individualized healthcare to the elderly, convalescents, or persons with disabilities at their home or in a care facility.

President of the United States

Annual salary:$400,000

Considering the importance and difficulties of the job, you might think that the leader of the free world would also get paid the most in the US — but you'd be wrong.

According to Title 3 of the US Code, the US President 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.

This is far less, however, than the millions of dollars that certain CEOs, athletes, and investment bankers make.

News reporter or correspondent

Average annual salary: $46,560

Glassdoor's salary insight: You trust them to bring you the latest news as it happens — day or night, 365 days of the year — but the average news reporter earns less than the average working American ($48,320). With the rise of non-traditional ways to consume news these days, news reporter jobs are expected to decrease by 9% through 2024.

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Salary: $106,939

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Social Media Manager
Salary: $107,473

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SEO Manager
Salary: $111,038

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Web Designer
Salary: $70,580

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Content Manager
Salary: $92,583 

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Lab Assistant
Salary: $53,912

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Dietician 
Salary: $56,890

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Elementary School Teacher
Salary: $54,814 

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Human Resources Manager 
Salary: $94,993 

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Civil Engineer 
Salary: $95,550

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