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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Highlights from the Occupational Employment and Wages Summary

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ released updated data for their Occupational Employment Statistics program on Wednesday revealing that office and administrative support occupations represent over 15 percent of total national employment. Information and record clerks, with m ore than 5.5 million jobs was the largest office and administrative occupation.

Other highlights from the data release are as follows:

Healthcare had employment of 12 million with registered nurse being the largest occupation in this industry
Construction continues to see positive gains in employment with laborers, carpenters, and electricians among the largest construction occupations
• 64% of entry-level employment only require a high school diploma or equivalent such as retail sales representative occupations, customer service representatives, and cashiers
• 70% of the Top 10 STEM occupations included software developers, and computer user support specialists
• With nearly 8.6 million jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM occupations had an annual mean wage of $87,570, compared with $45,700 for non-STEM occupations
• The largest occupations overall were food and beverage serving workers (7 million), health diagnosing and treating practitioners (4.9 million), and sales representatives (4.6 million)