10 Jobs That Pay At Least $35,000 A Year

best jobs $35,000 a year

By Susan Ricker

Oscar Wilde once said, "When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is." While his sentiment is perhaps a little cynical, it rings true, as every part of life has a price tag attached: transportation, medical bills, groceries, electricity, water and so on.

However, having a job and a paycheck are one of the great parts of life, too. If you're looking to make a specific income, here are 10 jobs to consider that pay around $35,000*:

1. Cement mason and terrazzo worker*
Description: Cement masons pour, smooth and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads and curbs. Using a cement mixture, terrazzo workers create durable and decorative surfaces for floors and stairways.

  • Median annual pay: $35,530

2. Glazier
Description: Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, storefronts and display cases to create distinctive designs or reduce the need for artificial lighting.

  • Median annual pay: $36,640

3. Insulation worker
Description: Insulation workers install and replace the materials used to insulate buildings and their mechanical systems to help control and maintain temperature.

  • Median annual pay: $35,110

4. Marriage and family therapist
Description: Marriage and family therapists help people manage or overcome problems with their family and relationships. They listen to clients and ask questions to help the clients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.

  • Median annual pay: $39,710

5. Massage therapist
Description: Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the body's soft tissues. Therapists relieve pain, rehabilitate injuries, reduce stress and aid in the general wellness of clients.

  • Median annual pay: $34,900

6. Medical secretary
Description: Medical secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks for health-care facilities. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments and support other staff.

  • Median annual pay: $34,660

7. Physical therapist assistant
Description: Physical therapist assistants work under the direction of physical therapists. They help patients who are recovering from injuries, illnesses and surgeries regain movement and manage pain.

  • Median annual pay: $37,710

8. Self-enrichment teacher
Description: Self-enrichment teachers instruct in a variety of subjects that students take for fun or self-improvement, such as music and foreign languages. These classes generally do not lead to a degree or certification, and students take them voluntarily to learn new skills or gain understanding of a subject.

  • Median annual pay: $36,340

9. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
Description: Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors advise people who have alcoholism or other types of addiction, eating disorders or other behavioral problems. They provide treatment and support to help the client recover from addiction or modify behavior.

  • Median annual pay: $38,120

10. Survey researcher
Description: Survey researchers design or conduct surveys and analyze survey data. Many groups use surveys to collect data such as employment and salary information or to ask questions that help them understand people's opinions, attitudes, beliefs or desires.
  • Median annual pay: $36,050

*All job descriptions and median annual pay figures are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Susan Ricker is a writer and blogger for CareerBuilder.com and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.
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