Earn Your First Million | Careers

Published July 29, 2008

Posted July 28, 2008 - If you know that Hollywood's top stars can earn $20 million dollars per film and that the average time to shoot a movie is six months, you won't be surprised to see that their paychecks make the average person's income look minuscule in comparison. In fact, if these celebrities worked standard 8-hour workdays, it would take them less than seven days to earn $1 million.

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In all likelihood, you and I aren't making that kind of money. In fact, it will take some people their entire careers to cross the million-dollar mark even once.


With that in mind, we looked at a variety of jobs to see just how long it would take to earn $1 million working in each position. We used the median annual salary of each profession, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and broke down the earnings based on a 40-hour workweek.


Here are 30 jobs with earnings anywhere from below minimum wage to six-figure salaries and how long it would take to earn $1 million in terms of hours, eight-hour workdays and years.


Architects, except landscape and naval: $64,150*
32,425 hours**
4,053 days
16 years


Automotive service technicians and mechanics: $33,780
61,576 hours
7,697 days
30 years


Bartenders: $16,350
127,226 hours
15,901 days
61 years


Bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerks: $30,560
68,074 hours
8,508 days
33 years


Carpenters: $36,550
56,915 hours
7,113 days
27 years


Child, family and school social workers: $37,480
55,494 hours
6,937 days
27 years


Choreographers: $34,660
60,024 hours
7,501 days
29 years


Coaches and scouts at colleges, universities and professional schools: $37,530
55,432 hours
6,928 days
27 years


Computer and information systems managers: $101,580
20,475 hours
2,560 days
10 years


Computer applications software engineers: $79,780
26,069 hours
3,259 days
13 years


Computer support specialists: $41,470
50,150 hours
6,260 days
24 years


Dental hygienists: $62,800
33,124 hours
4,140 days
16 years


Desktop publishers: $34,130
60,938 hours
7,618 days
29 years


Elementary school principals: $82,414
25,240 hours
3,155 days
12 years


Executive secretaries and administrative assistants: $37,240
55,866 hours
6,982 days
27 years


Hairdressers, hairstylists and cosmetologists: $21,320
97,561 hours
12,195 days
47 years


Librarians, local government: $44,960
46,254 hours
5,783 days
22 years


Middle school teachers, except special and vocational education: $46,300
44,924 hours
5,615 days
22 years


Network systems and data communications analysts: $64,600
32,154 hours
4,032 days
15 years


Personal financial advisers: $66,120
26,896 hours
3,932 days
15 years


Photographers: $26,170
79,491 hours
9,935 days
38 years


Pharmacists: $94,520
22,007 hours
2,751 days
11 years


Physical therapists: $66,200
31,417 hours
3,927 days
15 years


Police and sheriff's patrol officers: $47,460
43,821 hours
5,479 days
21 years


Post-secondary teachers: $56,120
37,064 hours
4,633 days
18 years


Retail salespersons, department stores: $19,610
106,045 hours
13,259 days
51 years


Special education teachers, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school: $46,360
44,863 hours
5,608 days
22 years


Technical writers: $58,050
35,829 hours
4,479 days
17 years


Travel agent: $29,210
71,225 hours
8,900 days
34 years


Veterinarians: $71,990
28,893 hours
3,611 days
14 years


*Salary data based on median annual salary data as reported by the BLS.
**Hours, days and years figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

 

Written by BET-Staff

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