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How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries?

How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Outside The Government Inside The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States President of a United States Public University $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Top 1-5% of Earners Senators and Representatives- $174,000 Primary Care Physician $186,044 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Optometrist (Private Sector) Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Television and radio producers earn a median salary of $55,38o $106,655 $7 million book deal and a $250,000-per-episode 11 - 25% Computer Software Engineer Film Producer TV contract $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 between 2008 and 2018 26-50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook (Federal) $38,400 Interior Designer Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $37,658 $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 $31,376 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $27,296 $28,300 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services lnge At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Saurces: Burenu cof Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congreasional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chroniele of Higher Educstion, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries? President Obama's 2009 tax return shows that he and the First Lady had over $5 million in adjusted gross income -- $5,505,409 to be precise. That puts them in the top 1% of all income earners. In fact, their income was more than 10 times Obama's base presidential salary, which itself would still have put them in the top 5%. By comparison, Vice President Biden and his wife reported an AGI of $333,182. That too gets them into the top 5% of earners, a group with a minimum buy-in level of about $160,000. These numbers beg the question: How does my income compare? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, here's how the average salaries of some common U.S. occupations stack up against a sampling of federal paychecks, from the president on down to entry-level staffers. Inside Outside The Government The Government The Obamas reported an adjusted gross income of Median salary according to a 2009 Chronicle of Higher Education survey Barack Obama $5,505,409, due largely to book sales. President of the United States Base salary, $400,000 President of a United States Public University John G. Roberts Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Joe Biden Vice President of the United States $436,111 Surgeon $206,770 $227,300 $217,400 Тop 1- 5% of Earners Senators and Primary Care Physician $186,044 Representatives- $174,000 Speaker of the House - $223,500 Corporate Chief Executive $160,440 Majority/Minority Party Leaders - $193,400 Dentist 6 - 10% $142,870 Sarah Palin Lawyer While Governor of Alaska $110,590 $125,000 Income since leaving office in July is estimated at $12 million, due to a $7 million book deal and Maureen P. Falo- Legislative Counsel for Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) $83,831 Optometrist (Private Sector) Television and radio $106,655 producers earn a median salary of $55,380 11 - 25% a $250,000-per-episode Computer Software -Film Producer TV contract Engineer $85,940 Mary Shalapin District Director for Rep. Jerry Costello (D-IL) $80,541 $85,430 Biomedical Engineer $77,400 This profession projected to account for largest number Registered Nursé of new jobs between 2008 Optometrist O (Federal) $61,530 $62,450 and 2018 This profession projected to account for third-most lost jobs between 2008 and 2018 Author/Writer/Editor $53,070 26 - 50% Postal Service Mail Sorter U.S. Median Household Income The real median $50,303 household income in $50,020 2008, according to the Highway Worker (Federal) U.S. Census Bureau Elementary School Teacher $42,720 $49,330 Cook Interior Designer (Federal) $38,400 Jeffrey Dickson Mailroom Director/Webmaster for Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) $44,950 Social Worker \ (Child, Family & School) $37,658 $39,530 Dental Assistant (Federal) $36,170 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Federal) $33,100 Patricia Godfrey Secretary to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) $32,499 Dental Assistant (Private Sector) $32,069 Highway Worker (Private Sector) $31,376 Janitor Less than 50% (Federal) $30,100 Gina Gormley Staff Assistant to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $28,688 Construction Worker $28,520 \Medical Assistant Brenda O'Donnell Disabilities Issues Manager for Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $28,300 $27,296 Janitor (Private Sector) Barbara Douglas Staff Assistant to Rep. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $24,188 Cook $24,250 (Private Sector) $23,279 Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Worker (Private Sector). William Oliver $19,945 Staff Assistant to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) • U.S. Minimum Wage (Salary Equivalent) $17,573 $15,080 U.S. Poverty Line - $10,830 For a single-person household in 2009, according to Health and Human Services At Kiplinger.com, we've got an calculator to show you not only how your income compares with other Americans', but also how the nation's tax bill is distributed among its citizens. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Legistorm, Congressional Research Service, U.S. Census Bureau, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Kiplinger.com

How Does Your Income Stack Up To U.S. Government Salaries?

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