6 Dividend Stocks With Above-Average Yields

These reliable dividend payers span the market.

Looking for that elusive investment income? Here are six dividend-paying stocks with above-average yields and the likelihood of reliable payments. These stable companies are spread across industry sectors, from technology to banking. (All yields are as of October 29.)

Avista (AVA; yield, 3.7%) is a utility that provides electricity and gas to parts of Washington and Idaho, gas to parts of Oregon, and through a recent acquisition, electric service in and around Juneau, Alaska. The Alaska acquisition should start adding to earnings next year. This small-company stock has boosted its dividend an average of 9% annually for the past decade. Per-share earnings for the first half of 2014 have already topped the average full-year estimate of the analysts who follow Avista. Annual dividend per share: $1.27.

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Joseph Lisanti
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Retirement Report
Joseph Lisanti is a former editor-in-chief of Standard & Poor's weekly investment advisory newsletter, The Outlook. His writing has also appeared in BusinessWeek Online, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, Financial Planning, and Variety.