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HOW MUCH DO THEY EARN?

Waylon and Willie were right.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys. They only make $20,160 a year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But a surgeon in South Carolina brings home on average $194,290 annually. A lawyer? $99,170.

We know you've always wondered how much money your neighbors make, especially when they drive home in that new Lexus, or maybe a rust-bucket that resembles an '86 Mercury Cougar. So, in conjunction with Parade magazine's annual "What People Earn" edition inside today's newspaper, The Herald offers a snapshot of what people in our area earn.

And you thought talking paychecks was off-limits.

The average weekly wage is $664 or about $34,000 annually in South Carolina, according to new data released last week. That's a 3.6 percent increase from 2006. In York County, the median annual income for a single household is $47,351, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And if you work full time on minimum wage, you'll bring home about $12,000 a year.

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