What People Really Earn In 2013

what people earn: Parade's 2013 salary report
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By Parade

Ever wonder what your local mayor makes? Or the comedian at the company retreat? (Hint: It's more than you think!) In our annual jobs survey, salary taboos take a hike.

Ben Strothman
Age: 51
City: St. Paul, Minn.
Occupation: Movie projector technician
Pay: $40,000
"It's fun to know that thousands will enjoy my work."

Joseph Koebbe
Age: 85
City: Hardin, Mont.
Pay: $10,200
The city council of Hardin (pop. 3,500) appointed Koebbe to a third term in 2011.Dan Nainan
Age: 31
City: New York City
Pay: $328,000
A former Intel engineer, Nainan took a comedy class to overcome stage fright; catch his act at danielnainan.com.

Kurt Kragthorpe
Age: 52
City: Salt Lake City
Occupation: Sports columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune
Pay: $64,993
"I get paid to do what others do for free: think about sports."

Melissa Pierce
Age: 58
City: Redbank, Tenn.
Occupation: Custom embroiderer
Pay: $19,000
Pierce operates an embroidery machine at two different shops.

Brenda Taylor
Age: 46
City: Olean, N.Y.
Occupation: Knife assembler
Pay: $48,000
At the Ka-Bar knife factory, Taylor values her friendly co-workers and job security.

Anedra Bourne
Age: 37
City: Richmond, Va.
Occupation: Tourism coordinator
Pay: $75,000

Seth Simas
Age: 23
City: Waterford, Calif.
Occupation:Substitute teacher
Pay: $11,260
Simas fills in as a sub while he looks for a full-time teaching post.

LeBron James
Occupation: Miami Heat basketball star
Pay: $57.5 million (est.)
One of the world's highest-paid athletes, he makes $40 million in endorsement deals, including ones with Nike and Sprite.
Fun fact: He has the top-selling basketball shoe.

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Blake Shelton
Occupation: Country music star, reality show coach
Pay: $20 million (est.)
He earns $75,000 per episode for his work on NBC's music competition series "The Voice."

Gabrielle Douglas
Occupation: Gymnast
Pay: $10.25 million (est.)
Her Olympics success sparked a best-selling memoir and lucrative endorsement deals.
Fun fact: She got $50,000 from the U.S. Olympic Committee for winning her two gold medals.

Occupation: Singer/songwriter
Pay: $32 million (est.)
Her album "21" was the top seller in 2011 and 2012, despite her time off for throat surgery and motherhood.

Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson
Age: 7
Occupation: Reality TV star
Pay: $50,000 (est.)
The earnings above were for the whole family, but we know who the star of TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is.
Fun fact: After the show became a hit last season, the clan's salary per episode more than tripled.

Sofia Vergara
Age: 40
Occupation: Actress
Pay: $21 million (est.)
The "Modern Family" star has a fashion line at Kmart as well as deals with CoverGirl and Pepsi.
Fun fact: She co-founded Latin World Entertainment, a Hispanic-oriented talent management firm.
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