Blue collar jobs usually pay by the hour although some trade professionals earn salaries.
For instance, electricians earned median annual wages of $47,180 as of May 2009 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other blue collar workers such as janitors, grounds maintenance workers and auto mechanics earned median hourly wages ranging from $10.56 per hour to $17.03 per hour according to 2009 BLS wage estimates.
If I were inclined to listen to conventional wisdom, I would be forced to conclude that I’m doing terribly in the mating market.
Apparently, women universally and immutably prefer to “marry up.” We want men who are more educated and earn more money, and this is the single most important trait we seek in a man. My boyfriend of four years—even though he is undeniably gorgeous, kind, and honest—falls much farther down the ladder of social prestige than me. I earned six figures my first year of practice and work in a firm whose letterhead is populated with Ivy League graduates.
One is that I’m a contrarian who enjoys going against the grain for the immature thrill of being defiant.