Top 10 Career Costumes for Halloween

dancerWhether you love or loathe dressing up for Halloween there are some occupations that require a standard uniform each working day of the week. We’ve compiled a top 10 list of our favorite career-friendly Halloween costumes along with the occupation’s median salary*. With these numbers in mind, you might consider a career change or at the very least, a last-minute costume idea!

  1. Doctor – Ranked #1 for the salary alone, General Practitioners make an average of $184,390.
  2. Nurse – Continuing with the medical theme, RN’s make $67,490.
  3. Police Officer – Although not for everyone, some people prefer upholding the law for a living. The average Law Enforcement Officer makes $58,320.
  4. Firefighter – Notoriously known for their modest pay of $46,870 Firefighters typically find satisfaction in their heroic job duties opposed to their actual salary.
  5. Chef – The rise of reality cooking shows has made the chef costume relevant once again. The annual salary for a chef or head cook is $41,500.
  6. Farmer – Another tried and true costume is the overall clad, straw-hat wearing farmer. Whether an animal breeder or one of the agricultural kind, farmers make an average of $45,340.
  7. Construction Worker – Popular during the days of the song “YMCA” by the Village People, a job in construction will get you anything from $31,910 as a laborer to $62,070 as a supervisor.
  8.  Dancer – From ballet to tap, dancers use dance performances to express ideas and stories.  Anyone who has ever had to purchase a costume for a recital can repurpose it for Halloween, granted  it still fits! Dancers make an average of $14.44 an hour.
  9. Scientist – Most commonly portrayed as “mad,” there are quite a variety of them. From animal to food and political to health, Scientists make an average of $62,160.
  10. Maid – While the French Maid outfit is more suitable for a night of burlesque than cleaning toilets at the Holiday Inn, the costume has always been a staple at Halloween stores across the country. With the vast amount of hotels in cities small and large, housekeeping jobs are always in demand at an average salary of $20,740.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2015

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