No two ways about it: Money matters. And thankfully, wages are on the rise.
The mean annual wage in 2009 for all occupations was $43,460 ($20.90/hour), according to the Labor Department's Occupational Employment Statistics* program. That's up from $32,390 in 2008.
Want to know what jobs make close to the national average salary? Here are 10 jobs that pay a salary similar to America's mean salary, plus the skills and education needed for each.