# Salaries

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## How much money do professional singers make?

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median hourly wage for a professional singer was \$23.50 in 2012. The term "median" indicates that half of the singers made less than this amount, and half made more.

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• #### Q:What does "net pay" mean?

A: Net pay is the amount of a person's paycheck left over after any deductions are taken out. This commonly includes federal and state tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. In addition, any voluntary withholdings, such as the employee's share of medical insurance, reduce the net pay.
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• #### Q:How much does a semi-pro football player make?

A: Semi-professional leagues are any sports organizations in which the salary is not considered sufficient to live on. As of 2014, Arena Football, considered the most professional among semi-pro organizations, pays its players an average yearly salary of \$21,760 to \$32,740. The average starting salary for an Arena football player is between \$17,920 to \$26,880.
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• #### Q:How do you calculate gross annual income?

A: Locate the gross pay under the "Total Earnings" or "Gross Pay" section of a paycheck and multiply the amount by 12, 24, 26 or 52, according to Cynthia Measom for the Houston Chronicle. Multiply by 12 if payment is once a month or 24 for a pay frequency that is twice a month. Multiply by 26 if the payment cycle is every two weeks or 52 for weekly paychecks.
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• #### Q:How much money do substitute teachers make?

A: According to a 2012 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, substitute teachers make an average of \$14.22 per hour, or \$29,590 for a full-time substitute working 2,080 hours per year. The average wage for substitute teachers varies greatly from state to state.
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• #### Q:What is the salary range for a fashion model?

A: The salary range for a fashion model is extreme, spanning from a median wage of \$9.02 an hour in 2012 to several million dollars a year. The salary of a model is highly dependent on location, experience, endorsement deals and more.
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• #### Q:What is a typical hourly rate for babysitting?

A: A typical hourly rate for babysitting as of 2014 is \$10, according to USA Today, but this varies depending on experience, location and the number of children involved. The wage of a babysitter is often open to negotiation between the parents and the babysitter.
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• #### Q:How much do Secret Service agents make?

A: A special agent in the secret service starts in a salary range of \$43,964 to \$74,891, according to 2010 figures at SecretService.gov. These salary levels correspond to the GL-7 to GL-9 pay grades for federal law enforcement officers. In addition to this salary, a special agent assigned to a local field office typically receives a further 25 percent Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) for working additional hours each day.
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• #### Q:What does "FIT" stand for on my pay stub?

A: "FIT" on a pay stub stands for federal income tax. This is the amount of money an employer needs to withhold from an employee's income in order to pay taxes.
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• #### Q:How much money does a bullpen catcher make?

A: As of 2014, the average salary for a bullpen catcher is under six figures. Public discussion of bullpen catcher salaries is considered taboo in Major League Baseball. The management of each team determines how much salary to pay its bullpen catchers. In addition to a salary, bullpen catchers share in lucrative bonuses paid to team players that participate in postseason playoff games. The playoff pool is worth millions.
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• #### Q:How much does a lawyer make each week?

A: According to U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, lawyers in the United States bring home anywhere from \$1,452 to \$3,266 per week. The length of time that a lawyer has been practicing, the types of cases taken on and even the area of the country where the lawyer practices can all affect earnings.
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• #### Q:How much per year does a movie critic make?

A: Movie critics bring home an average salary of \$82,000 per year as of 2013, according to Indeed.com. Salary can vary greatly by region, with California and New York being the highest-paying states.
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• #### Q:How much money does a pit crew member make?

A: According to PilotOnline.com, a two-year contract with a base salary of approximately \$110,473 is not unheard of for a pit crew member. Extras, such as a share of prize money and a company car, might also be included.
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• #### Q:What is the difference between net pay and gross pay?

A: The difference between net pay and gross pay is the amount that is taken out of the wages for taxes, benefits and other voluntary deductions. Net pay is the amount that an employee takes home after deductions. Gross pay is the amount that the employee actually earns.
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• #### Q:How much do professional boxers get paid per fight?

A: The amount of money a boxer earns per fight depends on their weight class, skill set, popularity and where the fight is. They are mostly paid by the round. For example, in 2014, a local boxer challenging a local opponent might make \$800 for four rounds of fighting.
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• #### Q:What is the average salary for a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader?

A: As of September 2014, the average salary for a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader was \$150 per home game. Each cheerleader has the opportunity to earn extra money at paid performances.
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• #### Q:How much does a postman get paid?

A: According to the official United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, postal service mail carriers make between \$33,000 and \$58,000 per year, as of May 2013. This equates to an average hourly pay of \$16 to \$28.
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• #### Q:What is the salary of an excavator operator?

A: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median yearly salary for construction equipment operators, including excavator operators, is \$40,980 as of May 2012. This corresponds to an hourly wage of \$19.70.
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• #### Q:How much do airline pilots make?

A: The median salary for commercial airline pilots is \$73,280. Some pilots earn less than \$38,520 a year while some earn over \$134,990. Pay is heavily influenced by experience and seniority.
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• #### Q:How much do auto mechanics make per year?

A: According to the 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, auto mechanics make an average of \$36,610 per year or, \$17.60 per hour. Average pay for auto mechanics varies based upon geographic location, education and level of experience.
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• #### Q:How much money does a neuroscientist make a year?

A: The yearly salary for a neuroscientist can vary widely, ranging anywhere from \$50,000 to nearly \$200,000 per year, depending on level of experience and the field of employment. Individuals with a doctorate in neuroscience employed in academia can expect to earn between \$50,000 and \$100,000 per year, with some highly-paid professors earning up to \$200,000 per year.
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• #### Q:How much money do professional bowlers make?

A: The Professional Bowler's Association reported earnings for the 2011 to 2012 season ranging from \$100 to \$140,250. Earnings are based on performance in PBA tournaments, and three bowlers during this period received more than \$100,000 for their efforts.