Vol. 2, Issue 1June 2010

Planning a Wedding for Less
Your child got engaged, and now you have a wedding to plan. How can you help create a lovely wedding without sending yourself to the poorhouse? READ MORE...

Using Your Credit Cards Abroad
Your credit card can be the easiest and safest way to pay for things when you travel abroad. However, there are things you can do to ensure that you don't pay more than you have to. READ MORE...

The Value of Meditation
Meditation can help reduce stress and fight a range of conditions, from allergies to sleep problems to cancer. READ MORE...

Where the Money Is

It should not be a surprise, but if you want to make the big bucks, be a doctor. Unless you're a woman. And stay away from the restaurant industry unless you want to starve.

Forbes recently released the best- and worst-paying jobs in America, based on the May 2009 salary survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The top five jobs are: surgeon, with an average annual pay of $219,770; anesthesiologist, $211,750; oral and maxillofacial surgeon, $210,710; orthodontist, $206,190; and obstetrician/gynecologist, $204,470. At the other end of the spectrum are: food preparation and serving worker, $18,120; fast food cook, $18,230; dishwasher, $18,330; shampooer, $18.890; and dining room and cafeteria attendant and bartender, $18,900.

The situation is somewhat different for women, who make an average of 80 percent of what men make. The top-paying job for a woman is chief executive officer, with an annual salary of $81,000, followed by pharmacist, $76,500; lawyer, $75,500; computer information systems manager, $73,500; and computer software engineer, $68,000.