What we make in South Carolina

March 10, 2013 

What we make in SC

THE STATE

  • WHAT DO SOUTH CAROLINIANS EARN?

    Search salary databases for state workers making more than $50,000 a year and high school coaches in South Carolina on The State's database page.

Forget starving artists, talk to the guy who climbs up on the roof to help his boss nail down shingles. He would do better staying safe on the ground, installing floors, according to the latest South Carolina wage statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Or the woman who washes dishes in your favorite restaurant? She could double her salary by moving over to the stove and learning to cook. And if you’re thinking of switching careers or just sending a kid off to college, it might be wise to consider orthodontics school. A snapshot of the mean annual wages of workers in South Carolina:

Salaries of some notables in South Carolina

Ray Tanner - Athletics director at the University of South Carolina

$375,000

Chad Holbrook - Head baseball coach at the University of South Carolina

$200,000

Scott Early - Lexington High football coach who resigned last week

$103,410

Lillian McBride - Richand County deputy director of voter registration

$74,600

Nikki Haley - Governor of South Carolina

$106,078

Among the highest paid

Orthodontists

$200,010

Chief executives

$156,530

Lawyers

$107,100

Nuclear engineers

$90,970

Human resource managers

$89,680

Physicians assistants

$81,900

Electrical engineers, Software developers, Chirpractors

Mid-level workers

Artists

$61,370

Loan officers

$60,600

School psychologists

$59,240

Real estate brokers

$58,700

Landscape architects, Insurance appraisers, auto damage

$57,730 to $58,590

Zooligist, Librarians, Middle school teachers, Insurance sales agents, Paralegals, Clergy, Chefs

$37,170 to $53,650

Forest technician

Among the lower paid

Floor layers

$33,500

Reporters

Tax preparers

$33,220

Preschool teachers

$27,340

Bank tellers

$25,900

Bailifs, Floral designers, Dietetic technicians, Roofing helpers

$20,940 to $25,770

Lifeguards, Short order cooks, Umpires, Dishwashers

$17,670 to $19,500

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