Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Salt Lake City

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Salt Lake City

Whether you picture hard-working teachers buying school supplies for their students or genius professors shaping future leaders, it's fair to say education encompasses a wide variety of jobs. So much so that there's room to specialize and pursue your passion.

Historically, teachers' pay is a rather contentious topic. The average teacher salary is about $2,000 less than a decade ago after adjusting for inflation. Despite this, many of these jobs are rewarding in more ways than one. In other words, education can be very lucrative—particularly within specialty fields.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest and lowest paying education jobs in Salt Lake City, UT using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Keep reading to discover the highest and lowest paying education jobs in your city.

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#45. Substitute teachers, short-term

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $26,570
- #329 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#44. Preschool teachers, except special education

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $31,740
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#43. Tutors

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $32,050
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 570

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)
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#42. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $32,110
- #140 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,220

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#41. Library technicians

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $40,870
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)

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#40. Archivists

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $45,860
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,880
- Employment: 6,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($84,080)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($79,270)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,800)
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#39. Self-enrichment teachers

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $47,290
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,020

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,230
- Employment: 216,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#38. Special education teachers, secondary school

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $47,680
- #399 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,100
- Employment: 145,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($110,320)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($106,590)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($103,540)
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#37. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $49,400
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,650
- Employment: 38,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($96,640)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,290)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,740)
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#36. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $49,700
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,130
- Employment: 105,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($116,850)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($97,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,200)

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#35. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $50,320
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,170

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,170
- Employment: 121,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Arecibo, PR ($62,080)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,380)
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#34. Curators

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $53,690
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,880
- Employment: 11,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,990)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,680)
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#33. Librarians and media collections specialists

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $55,120
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,180
- Employment: 127,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($94,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,990)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($89,220)
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#32. Special education teachers, preschool

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $56,460
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,970
- Employment: 21,130
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($101,190)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,010)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($97,900)
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#31. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $60,170
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,080
- Employment: 13,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($136,830)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($123,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($121,590)

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#30. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $60,780
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- Employment: 120,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($95,420)
--- Kingston, NY ($92,160)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,490)
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#29. Instructional coordinators

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $62,380
- #306 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 810

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,560
- Employment: 184,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salem, OR ($93,890)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($93,760)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,430)
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#28. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $63,300
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,190

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,080
- Employment: 1,329,280
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,860)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($91,430)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,280)
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#27. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $63,340
- #129 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,960
- Employment: 84,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($122,160)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($121,490)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($115,060)
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#26. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $63,730
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,240
- Employment: 94,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($180,910)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($160,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($151,060)

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#25. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $66,040
- #141 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,940

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,530
- Employment: 1,020,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,010)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($101,980)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,490)
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#24. Special education teachers, middle school

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $66,680
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,860
- Employment: 79,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($117,940)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($94,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,140)
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#23. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $69,490
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,880
- Employment: 592,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($109,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($107,280)
--- Yuba City, CA ($94,480)
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#22. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $72,920
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,090
- Employment: 187,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($102,210)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,730)
--- Chico, CA ($88,430)
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#21. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $73,690
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,680
- Employment: 58,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($162,660)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,980)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($132,320)

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#20. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $77,230
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $99,480
- Employment: 12,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($148,140)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($144,580)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($142,450)
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#19. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $79,850
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,990
- Employment: 19,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,170)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($130,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($129,250)
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#18. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $80,560
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,580
- Employment: 27,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,400)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($127,260)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($124,320)
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#17. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $83,150
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,980
- Employment: 44,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($157,340)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($149,220)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($138,090)
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#16. Architecture teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $85,830
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,600
- Employment: 5,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($155,970)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($144,550)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($142,180)

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#15. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $87,290
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,980
- Employment: 14,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($155,350)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($150,290)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($140,340)
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#14. History teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $87,330
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,460
- Employment: 18,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($148,420)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($129,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,560)
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#13. Geography teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $89,650
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,150
- Employment: 3,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($140,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($122,200)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($116,120)
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#12. Social work teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $91,040
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,650
- Employment: 12,280
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($112,000)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,460)
--- Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA ($96,040)
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#11. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $101,350
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,390
- Employment: 36,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($141,130)
--- Iowa City, IA ($131,770)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($117,020)

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#10. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $105,570
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,040
- Employment: 68,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($146,700)
--- Charlottesville, VA ($109,450)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($109,310)
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#9. Education teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $110,160
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,990
- Employment: 58,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($119,140)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($112,130)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($110,160)
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#8. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $110,230
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,090
- Employment: 11,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($180,550)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($180,490)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($172,600)
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#7. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $111,230
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,840
- Employment: 10,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,120)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,790)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($147,770)
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#6. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $129,390
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,610
- Employment: 37,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($152,280)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($145,360)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($144,170)

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#5. Business teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $130,470
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,720
- Employment: 79,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($175,640)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($175,080)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($154,600)
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#4. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $135,160
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $94,060
- Employment: 20,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($140,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($136,870)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($135,160)
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#3. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $139,360
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,590
- Employment: 35,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($157,030)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($153,050)
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#2. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $146,010
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,710
- Employment: 47,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($181,560)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($166,470)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,140)
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#1. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Salt Lake City, UT
- Annual mean salary: $172,530
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $133,310
- Employment: 191,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($226,440)
--- Jackson, MS ($202,690)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($183,250)

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