Top 5 jobs that pay $30 an hour (and how to get hired)

Last updated: February 22, 2024
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We know how overwhelming it can be sifting through endless job listings to find roles that suit your needs and experience. And even more so when you’re trying to find a job that pays above minimum wage.

To save you time scrolling through endless hiring ads, we’ve found the top five jobs that will pay a starting wage of $30 an hour in 2022.

You can use this article as a good starting place to find a role that suits your requirements. But first, let’s outline what types of jobs pay more than $30 an hour.

What types of jobs pay more than $30 an hour?

Typically speaking, most jobs that pay $30 an hour or more require a relevant qualification. At the very least, they’ll require a high school diploma.

If they don’t have specific education requirements, they’ll often require your application to show considerable experience.

Having said that, this isn’t a blanket statement for all jobs that pay over $30 an hour.

It can be on a case-by-case basis, depending on the company that’s hiring you and the type of experience you have. If you’re the right fit, you’ve got a chance of landing the job and becoming an employee.

5 jobs that pay $30 an hour

A job that pays $30 an hour has an average salary of $58,500 per year (if you’re working a 37.5 hour week).

Sounds good, right?

If you’re looking for a job that pays over $30 an hour, you’ve come to the right place. Based on figures from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’ve outlined five jobs that pay over $30 an hour.

1. Real estate sales agent

A real estate sales agent manages the process of buying and selling properties. They perform different duties depending on whether they’re working for the seller or the buyer.

Generally speaking, they’ll specialize in either residential or commercial real estate.

The average pay for a real estate agent is $33.28 per hour.

What the job involves

As we mentioned, the role varies slightly depending on whether the agent works for the buyer or the seller. But this is more about the paperwork side of things, not the day-to-day work.

Here are some of the duties a real estate agent will perform:

  • Perform administrative tasks surrounding the purchase or sale of a property.

  • Respond to emails and calls from clients

  • Coordinate showings and open houses

  • Update client databases

  • Create property listings

  • Create budgets for company operations

  • Research existing listings for comparative market analysis

  • Update the company website

Find out more about the responsibilities of a real estate agent.

Experience and qualifications

To be a real estate agent, you need to get a real estate license. You don’t need a bachelor's degree to get the license, and the process is fairly quick at 4–6 months.

It’s not the cheapest process (it varies by state), and there are a few exams you’ll need to take to get the license:

  • Pre-licensing exam: $350+

  • Licensing exam: $100-$300

  • Activating your license: $200-$400

If this doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in, consider starting with a more entry-level position before committing to getting your license.

Take a look at our job board to see what entry-level real estate sales agent jobs are available.

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2. Construction

A construction worker is a broad term for anyone working as part of a construction crew.

As you can imagine, there are a lot of different roles in construction. Often how much you get paid will depend on the role you’re performing and your experience.

Here’s an example of a construction hierarchy:

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The average hourly pay for construction workers is $33.38, and you might qualify for overtime pay.

What the job involves

Here are some of the most common construction roles and what their day-to-day work entails:

  • General laborer: You’ll be working with the foreman to support their day-to-day work. This could include removing debris, assisting with drywall, and helping with tiling. In all honesty, it’s a pretty varied role.

  • Carpenter’s apprentice: Working with the carpenter, you’ll help set up tools, carry equipment and materials, keep the worksite clean, and help with framing.

  • Roofing laborer: Working solely on building the roof, a roofing laborer will tear up the old roof, remove debris from the worksite, and carry out basic installations.

The exact responsibilities of these roles will differ from company to company.

Find out more about construction job descriptions and responsibilities and take a look at these construction resume tips.

Experience and qualifications

There aren’t any specific qualifications you need to perform entry-level positions in construction. The most important thing is that you’re willing to learn and you’re happy to be physically active for long periods and in all weather conditions.

Search for available construction positions today.

3. Executive secretary/administrative assistant

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants provide clerical support to executives in the workplace. They make sure the workplace is running smoothly and that administrative tasks are taken care of.

In some cases, they can be responsible for lower-level administrative employees.

With a lot of businesses working remotely, this role is often advertised as an online job.

The average hourly wage for an executive secretary or admin assistant is $31.36, and you’ll likely get paid vacation.

What the job involves

Executive secretaries and admin assistants can work in pretty much any industry, meaning the specific responsibilities can vary. But on the whole, day-to-day expectations remain the same. Let’s look at what these are:

  • Answering calls and taking messages

  • Managing schedules and appointments for senior members of staff

  • Arranging meetings

  • Managing general emails and other communications

  • Undertake basic bookkeeping duties, such as expense reports, memos, and invoices

  • Managing databases

  • Preparing presentations

  • Negotiating with vendors and suppliers

  • Ordering office supplies

  • Managing budgets

  • Training and supervising entry-level administrative staff

Experience and qualifications

Executive secretaries and administrative assistants don’t need a college degree, but they’ll need some proven work experience in an administrative position.

If you don’t have experience, you can take admin courses to give yourself an edge.

Find out more about how to break into an administration role and take a look at some secretarial and admin roles currently available.

4. Occupational therapy assistant

An occupational therapy assistant supports an occupational therapist in their day-to-day work, which usually involves diagnosing and treating patients who have difficulty with everyday activities.

These treatments help patients rebuild the skills they need to live and work as well as possible.

Here’s an overview of the six main areas of occupational therapy:

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The average hourly rate for this role is $30.49.

What the job involves

Let’s outline some of the daily responsibilities for an occupational therapy assistant:

  • Treat patients with therapeutic and self-care activities under the direction of the occupational therapist

  • Track and document patient progress

  • Attend meetings and conferences

  • Keep office treatment areas clean and tidy

  • Explain treatment techniques to patients and their families under the supervision of the occupational therapist

Depending on the amount of experience and skill you have, the occupational therapist may let you undertake more duties under their supervision.

Experience and qualifications

To be an occupational therapist assistant, you need to have an associate degree from an accredited program. Cost and duration vary based on the program you choose, but it typically takes between 2–3 years.

You can take a look at the American Occupational Therapy Association to see the full list of accredited programs.

If you’ve already got the qualification, check out these occupational therapy assistant roles.

5. Lodging managers

A lodging manager is someone who manages any type of accommodation establishment. They’re responsible for the planning, coordination, and direction of the entire accommodation facility.

The average hourly rate for this role is $31.38.

What the job involves

So what’s involved in the day-to-day life of a lodging manager? Truth be told, it varies depending on the size and location of the establishment.

A small B&B owner will have a different daily schedule from the manager of a chain hotel in a big city.

But some responsibilities apply to all hotel managers. Let’s take a look at what they are:

  • Make sure that guests have a great experience

  • Hire and train new employees

  • Monitor staff performance

  • Organize staff working schedules

  • Manage budgets

  • Deal with customer queries and complaints

  • Manage payroll

  • Think of new ways to improve accommodation

  • Set room rates

  • Maintain relationships with suppliers and vendors

  • Present sales and figures to the hotel’s board of directors

Because hotels are open 24/7, it also means that lodging managers might have a varied schedule. In other words, it’ll rarely be a 9–5 job. But this does also mean you can have flexible working hours, which some people value.

Find out more about working in hospitality.

Experience and qualifications

Most hotel establishments don’t have education requirements to become a lodging manager.

It might help you land the job if you have a certification in hotel management, but most employers (particularly those from smaller hotels) will be more concerned with your experience.

Find out what hotel manager roles are available near you.

Get yourself a higher paying job today

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That’s why we’ve collated a selection of hiring resources to give you the best chance of success. You can also browse available jobs and connect with other job seekers in the same position as you.

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Thanks for this.

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