Do you seem to just being treading water in your financial situation?  Do you wonder how others get along when you think you are making a lot of money, compared to how much your parents made.  Let’s look at some average salaries for some jobs across the United States to see how your family stacks up.

 The median family salary in the United States is $52, 000.  Median is when 50% of the wages are above and 50% are below the figure.  This stops extreme values from influencing the results.

 A housekeeper for a hotel will make about $14,000 a year.   This is the job if you can clean 15 rooms in an 8 hour shift.  From here you can work your way up to Head Housekeeper and pull in $45,000 a year.

 A cashier in a fast food restaurant may make from $10,000 to $16,000 a year.  Work your way up to manager, and you can expect to pull in $34,000 to $55,000.  Wages and benefits can vary greatly depending on where the facility is a franchise or corporate owned.

 The average Dental Hygienist earned $32 an hour in 2008.  They earned between $44,000 ad $92,000 a year.  There are about 174,000 trained Dental Hygienists in the US, with half of them working part-time.  Their duties include working with the patients, cleaning teeth, and removing deposits.  Some states allow Dental Hygienists to do more work, like performing tests and preparing the results for the dentist to evaluate.

 Average wages for a teacher is $56,050.  Teachers will start at $25,000 to $40,000, depending on the state you live in.  Average wages are $35,000 to $60,000.  Top dollars are earned in California at $70,394 and Massachusetts at $65,897.

 A women playing in the WNBA will make $35,190 as a rookie.  With 3 years experience, the will get $51,000, and make the maximum at $101,500 with 6 years experience.  Bonuses are earned for accomplishments like making the All Star teams, being the champions, Rookie of the year, and more.  The average male in the NBA will make 3.7 million dollars.

 Computer Programmers will make a median wage of $70,000.  Their salaries will vary depending on their certifications.  The future programming jobs in the states is uncertain, as a lot of programming jobs move overseas to countries where the wages are much cheaper.

 Pilots, those we trust our lives to when we fly, start at a comparatively low wage.  They will start at $25,000 to $40,000 as rookies.  As they gain experience, their wages rise quickly, until they are making $125,000 to $200,000, depending on the airline they are flying for.    This is a good field to go into, as demand should grow as older pilots retire and airlines expand.

A General Manager for a baseball team will make between $500,000 and $2 million.  Much less than the players they are managing.  In 2011, the Kansas City Royals players made an average of $1,338,000 while the New York Yankees players made $6,756,300, on the average.

Some of us in this country make a lot and some make a little.  These are some average salaries for some jobs across the United States and I am sure we all think it is not enough and would wish for more.