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14 Careers That Could Make You a Millionaire Before You Retire

In a survey of millionaires, these are the top careers where you could sock away a million by the time you retire—and many don't even require an advanced degree

 By | Diana Kelly Levey |


Average civil engineer salary: $86,640

Average mechanical or industrial engineer salary: $87,370

“We surveyed over 10,000 millionaires all across the country for the researching finding in my book Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—and How You Can Too,” says author Chris Hogan. “The things that we found was that these were regular, everyday people working regular, everyday jobs.”

Hogan and his research team asked for the millionaires’ professions to learn more about how these people became net worth millionaires—which includes how much money they have when they factor in what they own minus what they owe. “The number one profession amongst these millionaires was engineers,” says Hogan. “That doesn’t surprise me; they’re good at planning.” It’s also among the 100 best jobs in this 2020 U.S. News and World Report Survey.

In this feature, we included median 2017 salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, but, it’s important to have conversations with people in your profession and region, advises Vicki Salemi, career expert at Monster. “Salaries for one position in a major metro area like New York City can be vastly different to another in a rural part of the country as well as levels comparing a new manager to a manager who has seven to ten years of experience,” she says. You can also take into consideration competition for jobs. Monster looks at hiring patterns over the past six months to see what’s hot. Learn the 10 things successful people do every morning.

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