We subjoin a desk displaying the common wage or wages in 100 of the main occupations. In most instances the figures have been compiled from authorities experiences, however the place no experiences may very well be obtained an estimate has been made by taking the common receipts from sure districts. In the latter cases, after all, the desk can’t be thought of completely dependable; that is particularly the case with the professions of the lawyer, the physician, and the clergyman. Still, because the sections of the nation taken could also be thought of as pretty consultant of the entire, the figures will in all probability be discovered not far amiss.

Some individuals will likely be stunned to study the common lawyer and doctor obtain respectively solely $1,210 and $1,053, however they need to keep in mind that whereas the pay in these professions is usually as excessive as $25,000 and even $50,000 a yr, a large number of novices and unsuccessful males are toiling–or not toiling–for a mere pittance. Were it not for the ten per cent. of very profitable males in these professions who’re making fortunes, the common receipts could be even smaller by two or 300 {dollars} than they seem within the desk.

Other instances the place the figures might not have as a lot worth as may very well be desired are below the headings which actually comprise a bunch of occupations as an alternative of a single one, as that of the journalist and the electrician; but others the place the final title is that of a genus comprising many species, as that of the engineer; and nonetheless others the place there’s a nice distinction within the worth of the work carried out, as within the case of lecturers and manufacturing unit operatives. Again, in enterprise ventures, reminiscent of these of storekeepers, bankers, brokers, and others, many have truly misplaced cash, and this reduces immensely the common, whereas among the many so-called working lessons, days of idleness, prepared or enforced, function in the identical method.

Yet, on the entire, if anybody consults the desk as a basic information to the pecuniary rewards of the varied trades and professions, he’ll discover that they’ve been positioned of their relative monetary standing. In the occupations named, staff are typically meant, employers and unbiased staff being printed in capitals.


Engravers (wooden), $1,684 SURGEONS, 1,616 THEATRICAL MANAGERS and SHOWMEN, 1,605 BANKERS and BROKERS, 1,601 Electricians, 1,560 SALOON-KEEPERS, 1,475 Designers (textile), 1,383 Decorators (china and stone ware), 1,248 HOTEL-KEEPERS, 1,245 LAWYERS, 1,210 Architects, 1,206 Teachers (every kind of faculties), 1,153 DAIRYMEN, 1,152

MERCHANTS, 1,149 DENTISTS, 1,115 Engineers (every kind), 1,092 Draughtsmen, 1,090 Furniture-Workers, 1,087 PHYSICIANS, 1,053 Dyers, 1,040 Furriers, 1,036 Engravers (metals), 1,014 Actors, 989 LIVERY-STABLE KEEPERS, 981 Journalists, 979 CLERGYMEN (house-rents not included), 963 MEAT-DEALERS, 951 Painters (home), 936 GROCERS, 935 Gunsmiths, 930 RESTAURANT-KEEPERS, 924 Masons, bricklayers and plasterers, 919 Plumbers, 919 Electrotypers, 911 Hatters, 910 Musicians, 899 Miners, 892 Bookbinders, 884 Goldbeaters, 858 Watchmakers, 832 Door, sash, and blind-makers, 780 Glass-workers, 778 Boot and shoemakers, 773 Blacksmiths, 750 Carpenters, 750 FARMERS (together with dwelling), 749 Conductors and motormen, 728

Telegraphers, 720 Cooks, 720 ARTISTS, 713 PHOTOGRAPHERS, 702 Typewriters, 690 Cigarmakers, 676 Coopers, 675 Printers, 660 Millwrights, 650 Harness-makers, 648 Soapmakers, 646 Upholsterers, 642 Quarrymen, 635 Sawyers, 630 Tailors, 626 Locksmiths, 624 Machinists, 624 Press-feeders, 624 Firemen, 624 Sailmakers, 623 Coachmen, 620 Barbers, 619 Clerks, 608 Cutlers, 598 Moulders, 595 DRESSMAKERS, 593 Boiler-makers, 584 Cabinet-makers, 572 Tinsmiths, 571 Carriage-makers, 572 Draymen, 520 Butchers, 517 Soldiers, 514 AUTHORS, 502 Agents, 496

Millers, 495 Waiters, 494 Lumbermen and raftsmen, 482 Brewers, 480 Tanners, 468 Farm laborers (moreover board), 456 Factory operatives, 450 Weavers, 450 Peddlers, 440 Bartenders, 425 HUNTERS, TRAPPERS, and GUIDES, 416 Gardeners, 390 Laborers, 390 Sailors, 375 Confectioners, 347 Stevedores, 336 Nurses (moreover board), 285 Hostlers (moreover board), 180 Servants (moreover board), 162 */

This post was originally published on July 21, 2022.

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