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Bell Curve


Content Contributor. Salary: $15,000 or less 

As a dog lover, you're selling your soul working for Kitten Krazy magazine. No, you don't think "Cats Rule and Dogs Drool" (the motto emblazoned over the main entrance to the building), but your editor won't let you write a story about anything other than the best litter boxes on the market.


Beat Reporter. Salary: $25,000 

You've made a name for yourself at the community newspaper. While that gets you a lot of positive media attention, it doesn't win you a lot of friends—probably because of all the hard-hitting questions you asked the local elderly grocery store owners, Mr. and Mrs. Fitzsimmons, who have more fans than you.


Professional Journal-Blogger. Salary: $35,000 

You pushed for a while to become a travel journalist, and at long last you've landed your dream job. Instead of stories of inequality or international relations, they actually pay you to travel the globe and write stories about things like hotels and restaurants and great food and night life. You know—the important things.


Seasoned Correspondent. Salary: $45,000 

You're covering war in the Middle East. The newspaper has assigned you a bodyguard. The sounds of bombs and sirens are so frequent that you barely notice them anymore, but the bodyguard still jumps at every wind-blown trash can he hears outside. You've considered asking the newspaper for a replacement bodyguard.


National Newsmaker. Salary: $65,000 

You've won a Pulitzer Prize for your coverage on corruption in the state justice system, which led to reforms. You've not only helped to make the world a better place, the community is now giving you a statue because you did it. Look who's laughing now, AP English teach who said you'd never put a decent sentence. Together.