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.


Ed Smith, 50

Owner/Pilot of a hot air balloon ride business

Taos, N.M.


Graham Parker, 25


Ocean City, N.J.


Michael Cangelosi, 24

Tattoo Artist

New Orleans, La.


Steve Cascione, 57


Warwick, R.I.


Juliette Goodwin, 35

Fashion Designer

Traverse City, Mich.


Jay Wood, 40


Eldon, Mo.


Joe Denning, 65


Portland, Ore.


Yolanda Karas, 35

Massage Therapist

Bismarck, N.D.


Michael Edwards, 49

Professional Bowler

Tulsa, Okla.


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