Salaries by occupation for 15 flexible career areas

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This story originally appeared on Flexible jobs.

Have you ever wondered what other professionals in your industry make or how you can take the guesswork out of negotiating a salary? The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has done some of your homework for you, thanks to its huge database median wages.

The BLS provides wage estimates by occupation for a comprehensive list of categories and job titles. We have crossed some of the largest job groups in their database with the job categories on our site to provide you with the median salaries of flexible and tailored career fields remotely.


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Architects (building and design type, not computer architects) earned a median salary of $ 80,750 per year in 2019, according to federal figures.

Arts and design

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The median annual salary for occupations in arts and design (including graphic designers, interior designers and animators) was $ 48,130, with art directors earning over $ 94,000.

Business and Financial

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In 2019, the median annual salary of business and finance professionals has been $ 69,820; personal financial advisers earned the best median salaries in this category, at $ 87,850 per year.

Community and social service

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This category, which includes counselors, therapists and social workers, earned an average annual salary of $ 46,090, with the highest projected growth (12%) in the health and social assistance specialties.

IT and IT

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IT and IT professionals earned a median salary of $ 88,240 in 2019, the growth of this employment sector is expected to increase by approximately 11% by 2029. Top professionals in computing and IT earned more than $ 107,000.


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BLS data aggregated education, training and library professions in a category and reported a median annual salary of $ 50,790; post-secondary teachers topped the list, earning a median salary of over $ 79,000.


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The median annual salary in the engineering field capped at over $ 137,000 for petroleum engineers; overall, the median salary in the combined fields of architecture and engineering was $ 81,440, according to BLS figures.

Entertainment and sport

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Analysts placed entertainment and sports professions in the same category and showed a median annual salary of $ 45,250. (Note: there was no annual median figure for actors, musicians, dancers, and other more art-oriented careers.)

Health care

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This broad category, which includes physicians, registered nurses and dental hygienists, had a median salary of $ 68,190 in 2019, physicians and surgeons earning over $ 208,000 in the high end. Support roles in health care, including licensed practical nurses, home helpers, and medical transcriptionists, earned an average annual salary of $ 28,470.


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In the legal profession, the median salary depends on the level of expertise; lawyers won $ 122,960 per year, for example, while paralegals and paralegals earned a median annual salary of $ 51,740.


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The median annual salary of management professions has been $ 105,660 in 2019, although senior executives in engineering and IT can make over $ 144,000 per year.


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The median salary for math professions has been $ 90,410, but actuaries can earn up to $ 108,000. The median salary for mathematicians and statisticians is around $ 92,000 per year.

Media and communication

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Media and communications professions – including journalists, writers, editors, translators, and photographers– had a median annual salary of $ 48,270 in 2019. Technical writers earned the highest median salary of $ 72,850.

Office and administrative support

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Those jobs generally far away paid a median annual salary of about $ 37,580, according to federal data.


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Although the median annual salary declared in this category in 2019 was a little more $ 29,000, some professionals earned much more, with sales engineers leading the way with a median salary of $ 103,900.

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