Take-Home Pay

Salaries around the world

Worth is relative, but the value of some jobs is universal. That is the message in the new book World Paychecks: Who Makes What, Where, and Why (Facts on File; $12.95). Written by David Harrop, a freelance author, the study shows how salaries vary from country to country. Among the three great professions, medicine is the highest paid. Lawyers usually rank second and educators last, causing Harrop to conclude that most societies place health ahead of justice or the pursuit of knowledge.

Workers in the U.S. earn more than those doing the same job elsewhere, but there are some...

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