Best- and worst-paying jobs in C-U area

Best- and worst-paying jobs in C-U area

Get a job in medicine or management if you want to pull down the big bucks in the Champaign-Urbana area.

If you'd rather take in tiny bucks, go for a job in food service.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, doctors and dentists had the top-paying jobs in the Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area during 2012. Veterinarians also did well, having the fifth-highest pay out of 296 occupations for which wages were listed.

Management positions made up six of the 10 most highly paid occupations, with CEOs tops in that category and computer and information systems managers right behind.

The only non-medical, non-management occupation to crack the top 10 was systems software developers.

Lawyers missed the cutoff, hauling in an average of $92,300 a year — good enough for No. 13.

Of the 15 lowest-paid occupations, 10 were in the food service category.

Also getting the crumbs: maids and housekeepers, laundry and dry-cleaning workers, cashiers, personal care aides and hotel/motel clerks.

Average wages weren't listed for six occupations: pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physician assistants, radiologic technologists and miscellaneous categories for teachers and health care support workers.

The Champaign-Urbana metropolitan area is made up of Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties.

Here are the 15 highest-paid occupations, based on annual average wages:

1. Physicians and surgeons, $218,040

2. General dentists, $177,990

3. Chief executives, $124,360

4. Computer and information systems managers, $116,550

5. Veterinarians, $112,250

6. Architectural and engineering managers, $105,780

7. Sales managers, $104,410

8. Managers (that don't fit broader categories), $102,730

9. Medical and health services managers, $99,310

10. Systems software developers, $94,340

11. First-line supervisors of police and detectives, $94,200

12. Financial managers, $92,530

13. Lawyers, $92,300

14. Purchasing managers, $91,500

15. Marketing managers, $88,840

Here are the 15 lowest-paid occupations, based on annual average wages:

287. Maids and housekeeping cleaners, $20,570

284. Cafeteria/coffee-shop counter attendants, $20,540

285. Laundry and dry-cleaning workers, $20,370

286. Food preparation workers, $20,280

287. Bartenders, $20,150

288. Non-restaurant food servers, $20,130

289. Cashiers, $19,910

290. Restaurant hosts and hostesses, $19,870

291. Waiters and waitresses, $19,850

292. Short-order cooks, $19,230

293. Dishwashers, $18,960

294. Personal care aides, $18,870

294. Hotel and motel desk clerks, $18,730

295. Combined food-preparation/serving workers, $18,660

296. Dining room/cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers, $18,600

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