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Old 02-14-2018, 02:27 PM
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Highest paying job for which one must wear a name tag

In the thread about unconventional advice, Chefguy contributed this:

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When my oldest son was considering not going to college, I pointed out the teeming masses of people working in jobs with their name stitched on the front (me included at the time) and asked him if that was what he wanted to do. He replied in the negative, so I told him 'Well, if you stay uninformed, you're likely to end up uniformed.' He looked puzzled at first, then started to smile as he got the word play.
Made me wonder what are the most high paying and / or prestigious jobs that still require wearing a name tag? Let's not count IDs on lanyards and such, because these days it seems everyone from emotional support hamsters and up have to wear those. I'm thinking clip-on name plates or stitched names on shirts and jackets.

My thoughts so far:

- Doctor? Do they still wear name plates in hospitals?

- High ranking military officers like generals and admirals. Name plates are part of the uniform, no?

- Airline pilot. That's usually, but not always, part of the uniform (my company issues them).
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:34 PM
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Astronauts?
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:37 PM
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You said stitched, so by that defintioon it would have to be professional athletes. Their names are stitched on to their shirts...jerseys, whatever.

Point is they have to wear a uniform, and it has their name on it.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:37 PM
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My thoughts so far:

- Doctor? Do they still wear name plates in hospitals?
Yep. My name is embroidered on my white coat plus I wear a hospital ID card.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:34 PM
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Probably not the highest, but managers of large department stores like Target and Walmart make quite a bit of money (six figures plus).
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:59 PM
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Possible winner - real estate agents. Wearing your nametag AT ALL TIMES is a must for top producers, since it leads to questions from strangers and is a great way to passively prospect for clients. Income? Well, the average for all agents is about $40,000 a year, but if you're wearing your name plate all the time, as all the top producers do, you're looking at probably $150,000 - $300,000 year.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:32 PM
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Any secure facility is going to require everyone to have badges at all times. I doubt that engineers and their managers at nuclear facilities are pulling down chump change.
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Old 02-14-2018, 04:41 PM
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Any secure facility is going to require everyone to have badges at all times. I doubt that engineers and their managers at nuclear facilities are pulling down chump change.
Yes but a security badge serves a different purpose. A name sewn onto a uniform or worn as a plate is to identify the person to the public. A security badge serves as a way to distinguish between authorized and unauthorized occupants of a given area. Almost nobody uses them to learn the badgeholders name. Heck most security guards can hardly be bothered to look at the name on a badge. They're usally looking for things like color and possibly the picture.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:01 PM
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My first thought was the professional athletes, already mentioned.

Growing up, my father was the General Manager for a nice beachside resort in North Miami Beach, Florida. He made well into the six figures, and he wore a nametag when he walked around the hotel.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:04 PM
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On cruise ships, at least the ones I've been on, all crew members wear name tags at all times. That goes for everyone all the way up to the captain.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:09 PM
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I've got two ideas.

1. How much does FLO make? (Annoying insurance commercial) she wears a name tag, right?

2 Do name tags at conventions count?

Lotsa people who don't wear a name tag everyday get stuck in meeting, conventions, seminars, training classes, fundraisers... Some times more than once a month.

Hell I've seen a few guys , and wondered if their job title was "V.P. of never being in the office and sucking up all the free food and drink"

And those conventions all have...

HI, I'M _____________. Name tags for everyone.

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Old 02-14-2018, 05:35 PM
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Yes but a security badge serves a different purpose.
I missed the line in the OP disqualifying lanyards. Sorry about that.

I'd have to go with doctors being the highest paying profession available to the average-ish person that would expected to display a name.
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:59 PM
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

Assuming pro athletes don't qualify

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Old 02-14-2018, 06:36 PM
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I wear a lanyard to work every day. Most of our clients require everyone to wear a picture ID card which also serves as an access badge. I have a stack of them in my truck.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:30 PM
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Not all pro athletes wear the name on kit. Tennis players. Track and field. Rugby Union.
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Old 02-14-2018, 09:34 PM
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I was also thinking of doctors. My wife wears scrubs with her name embroidered on them. They're very nice scrubs, but still a uniform.
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Old 02-14-2018, 10:53 PM
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Astronauts?
Astronauts are civil servants, their salary set by the General Schedule. It's not a very high-paying job compared to others mentioned in the thread. I believe the starting pay grade is GS-12, which is about $82k with locality adjustment for Houston.

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Old 02-14-2018, 11:23 PM
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When I act as Duty Counsel at the local courthouse (i.e. if you have a criminal matter before the Court, but do not have a retained lawyer, I as Duty Counsel, will be your "lawyer for the day" at no cost to you), I wear a nametag on the breast pocket of my suit jacket. It helps unrepresented accuseds identify me, if they want my services.

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Old 02-15-2018, 07:23 AM
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I used to do consultancy work for a major UK supermarket chain, with very swanky offices in central London (ok, it was Sainsbury's for the Brits amongst us).

In a bid to improve head office and store relations, the new CEO made everyone in head office wear a name badge with just their first name, every day, so they understood what it felt like for store staff. He also wore one.

So I'm naming him, as he was the CEO of a Major Corp and earned millions.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:30 AM
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Well, the average for all agents is about $40,000 a year <snip>
Do you have a cite for that? I worked for Realtor.com fifteen years ago and the average then was quoted as $8,000 a year.* There's been a lot of real estate inflation since then (even with the bust of 2008) but I imagine there's a lot more competition as well.

*Of course that was quoted by the company itself which was trying to inveigle Realtors into the then-new concept of having an online presence.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:38 AM
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Just as an aside, in the working-class neighborhood I grew up in in the Bronx, having a uniform on which your name was stitched on the pocket was an aspiration. It meant you actually had some job stability. Your boss thought you would be working for them long enough to make it worth having your name embroidered. He might think twice about firing you if it meant he had to go to the expense of changing it to a different name.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:02 AM
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A chief of police; a sheriff; military generals; the CEO of Disney?
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:12 AM
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

Assuming pro athletes don't qualify
According to Wikipedia

"While serving as chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, or Commandant of the Coast Guard, the salary is $15,583.20 a month,[10] regardless of cumulative years of service completed under section 205 of title 37, United States Code."

So, that's only just under $187,000 per year. Good pay for a salary, but not big money.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:19 AM
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According to Wikipedia

"While serving as chairman or Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chief of Staff of the Army, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Chief of Naval Operations, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, or Commandant of the Coast Guard, the salary is $15,583.20 a month,[10] regardless of cumulative years of service completed under section 205 of title 37, United States Code."

So, that's only just under $187,000 per year. Good pay for a salary, but not big money.
I think even flag-grade officers draw Basic Allowance for Housing if they're allowed to live off-post, so add about $36,000 per year for that. (OTOH, many senior officers are strongly encouraged to live in designated prestige housing on-post. In my Air Force experience, this is the housing area typically called General's Row or something like this. If this is the case, they're drawing BAH in-kind, not as cash.)

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Old 02-15-2018, 06:49 PM
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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?
Actually in the US military, 4-star generals do not wear a name tag on their Class A's, Dress Blues, etc. They may on their Battle Dress Uniforms or whatever they call them now. Actually I think it also applies to 3-star Lieutenant Generals.

That being said, a major general is making well above minimum wage.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:14 PM
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George Tanasijevich, President and CEO of the Marina Bay Sands (Singapore) is known to walk around the place with a name tag on and help customers whenever requested. He is referred to as "Employee Number One."

I don't know if that qualifies under the "has to" clause of the OP, but I'm betting he is quite well paid.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:00 PM
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Astronauts are civil servants, their salary set by the General Schedule. It's not a very high-paying job compared to others mentioned in the thread. I believe the starting pay grade is GS-12, which is about $82k with locality adjustment for Houston.
It's true that Astronauts aren't paid extremely well,but the OP did say "and/or prestigious"...I think they should qualify iin that department.
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Astronauts are civil servants, their salary set by the General Schedule. It's not a very high-paying job compared to others mentioned in the thread. I believe the starting pay grade is GS-12, which is about $82k with locality adjustment for Houston.
It's a paying job, and certainly the highest on (or above) earth.

If the OP meant highest-paying, he should have hyphenated it so.
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The first person I thought of was Lebron James. But I bet if Bill Gates ever wanders around in Microsoft, he gets issues a name tag.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:35 AM
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I know of at least one brokerage firm that requires it. Seems silly to me but there it is.
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I know of at least one brokerage firm that requires it. Seems silly to me but there it is.
Everyone at the brokerage firm I work at, including the founder and CEO, wears one. Today it's very much about security but 50 years ago it was, or so the legend goes, so people could be on a first name basis. They're even printed so your first name is 3 font sizes larger than your last.
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But I bet if Bill Gates ever wanders around in Microsoft, he gets issues a name tag.
What about Jeff Bezos? I believe he's currently the richest person on Earth, although perhaps not the highest paid. Think he has to wear one at Amazon, Blue Origin, or the Washington Post?
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Actually in the US military, 4-star generals do not wear a name tag on their Class A's, Dress Blues, etc. They may on their Battle Dress Uniforms or whatever they call them now. Actually I think it also applies to 3-star Lieutenant Generals.
That's not true.

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I guess it's more of a "it depends". I work on a base with a lot of brass and have seen 3 and 4-stars without name tags. Below is a link to the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff General Dunford without a name tag..

https://media.defense.gov/2015/Sep/3...-EK235-049.JPG

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I guess it's more of a "it depends". I work on a base with a lot of brass and have seen 3 and 4-stars without name tags. Below is a link to the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff General Dunford without a name tag..

https://media.defense.gov/2015/Sep/3...-EK235-049.JPG
He’s a Marine. They have different uniforms. There are no name tags on dress uniforms for Marines of any rank. GEN Miley is Army. Army wears name tags on dress uniforms.

And to clarify “it depends” is not how the military works. Speaking strictly of the Army all soldiers of any rank have to follow the uniform regulation AR670-1. In the long past generals had the authority to modify their uniforms as they saw fit. That’s how you got some of the Patton variations. That changed a while ago. Now the only general who can disregard AR670-1 is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs if he happens to be an Army General. Even then I can’t remember the last general who made up his own uniform variation.

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What, exactly, was George W Bush wearing when that plane landed on the aircraft carrier for him to do the MISSION ACCOMPLISHED speech and photo op?
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Old 02-17-2018, 03:34 AM
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CEO of Amazon?
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I suggested him in post #34, thinking he might wear one at his spaceship company1. Couldn't find a video of him there. So thanks for finding a picture showing he wears one at least some times. Actually, I expect almost everyone wears one on occasion.




1 Elon Musk is not the only billionaire with a private spaceship company. He just grabs all the media attention.
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Yes but a security badge serves a different purpose. A name sewn onto a uniform or worn as a plate is to identify the person to the public. A security badge serves as a way to distinguish between authorized and unauthorized occupants of a given area. Almost nobody uses them to learn the badgeholders name.
Nitpick aside: that's not true. When I was working in Houston, everyone had their security badge, and everyone used them to identify other people by their first name. As WOOKINPANUB stated, it's as much about being able to identify on first name basis as it is security.

That said, I will still agree that is a different case than wearing a name badge for the public.
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