20 Jobs You Probably Didn’t Know Paid Such High Salaries

Some quite random jobs are actually pretty lucrative, but most people just don’t realize it.  A recent online survey asked, “What jobs pay surprisingly high that no one knows about?” Keep reading for the most popular 20 answers. 

Medical waste disposers

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“There are a lot of regulatory requirements, but it mostly gets incinerated. And the first commenter is right. Those guys make bank. Even the drivers start at like $28/hr for my lab with just a Commercial Driver’s Licence (CDL).”

This one actually is surprisingly true. My dad runs his own medical waste business and only does it once or twice a week and makes about 15k-20k a year from it.”

Heavy equipment mechanics

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“I make $160k a year in North Dakota, but it’s North Dakota.”

“My husband makes 200k a year and works seven days on, seven days off, but 12-hour days. For us, it works great and enables us to travel a lot.”

Cooks for resource camps

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I cook for resource camps (tree planting, firefighting, have done the odd oil rig or scientific expedition in the past), and I get paid an amazing day rate.”

“Hey, cook/baker here. I, too, work on an oil rig, and here off the coast of Newfoundland, it certainly does pay well. Roughly 160k a year with six months off on three-three rotations.”

The traveling version of anything

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If you have any skill that you are willing to drop everything and go do at a moment’s notice in some random place, you can get paid quite well.”

“I’m a field service engineer. Amazingly I’m now contracted at one facility, but I spent 17 years on the road. I make two-to-three times what the people who work for the company I’m contracted at do and basically do the same job.”

Residential backflows and fire prevention system experts

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“The first prevents stuff going the wrong way up your pipes. The second prevents fire from spreading to or through your building.”

Can confirm. I just had this done at our site, and it was 2.8k.”

Crime scene cleaners

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No joke, those guys are expensive. I could never do it, though – they see some truly horrifying things.”

“Good money. I respect all crime scene cleaners because they have to look at some pretty nasty stuff.”

Medical technicians

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A lot of medical technician jobs are surprisingly well paid. I am a specialized ultrasound tech making 120k a year. I only have an associate’s degree.”

“Can confirm. I’m a general ultrasound tech at large hospitals in southern California and make 125k. Also, only an associate’s degree is needed. I know people with much more experience than me that make $80/hour. Being a travel tech is also an option, which makes even more.”

USPS workers

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I work for USPS in a sorting facility. I’ve been here for about three years, and I make $25/hr, 40 hours a week, to type zip codes and put mail in sacks. We’re also unionized, can wear pretty much whatever we want, and can listen to music while we work. By far the easiest job I’ve ever had.”

“I’m a USPS contract driver. Work with sorters every morning before delivery. Overall pretty chill and decent people to work with. Pay is $25-30/hr depending on the day.”

Unionized elevator operators

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Unionized elevator operators in New York. Certain freight elevators MUST have a licensed elevator operator in them by law, even though they are modern automated push-button elevators. You can make six figures doing that, from what I hear.”

Where I live, elevator guys start at 50 an hour and quickly go up to 80 just due to sticking around. The issue is the union doesn’t allow many people in hence the high wages.”

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) expert

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My dad owns his own HVAC company and profits at least $1k(cad) per day. But that’s with all his experience at this point. Any tradesperson who is really good should start their own business.”

“Seriously. Please, kids. Go into HVAC. I’ll pay whatever. Just please don’t make me wait two months to fix/replace my AC when it breaks in the middle of July!”

Welders 

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My first year of welding was 175k+ .”

“My friend used to work down in red river gorge in Kentucky, and apparently, an underwater welder had a place around there. Allegedly this dude only worked like a handful of days a year and made bank.”

COBOL programmers 

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“A whole bunch of banks and investment companies and insurance companies have these 50-year-old databases programmed in COBOL, and if you know the language, you can make bank because it’s much cheaper for them to pay a COBOL developer 250k / year rather than spending 30 million transferring all their database info to some new spec.

“The term for this is ‘legacy code archeologist.’ A guy I knew in high school taught himself some obscure programming language for a job posting he saw. He was the first person I know who was able to buy a house on his own.”

Mortgage underwriter

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My son started doing this about six months ago. It’s a slow period now because spring has just started, but he expects to make about $9,000 a month during the summer and fall.”

“How are US underwriters getting paid that?! In the UK, a mortgage underwriter would get about £18,000 a year, so maybe $30,000?!”

Merchant marine officers

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Bank money, no expenses, half the year vacation. I travel for work to crazy places. It’s hard on family and relationships, though.”

“Working cruise ships is also fun. I was technically a ‘merchant marine.’ I ran a photo department for years. Decent pay. But the perks were the best. No rent, free food, fun industry, traveled the world!”

Sales to contractors in the construction industry

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The jobs are not sexy, and you have to start early, but basically, you drive around to job sites selling building materials for local/regional distributors. If you work long enough to get going with the huge accounts, it’s pretty common to make $150k-$200k/yr in midwest money.”

Landscapers

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The landscaper doing our backyard pays his entry-level laborers $27hr to start. A lot has to do with the company and not necessarily the work.”

“Landscaping pays well. Sadly in Michigan, it wouldn’t work for what I wanted. The company loved me, and I loved the job, but the plowing was not something I was down for.”

Horse braiders

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Braiding horses for hunter shows. It’s been a while since I did it, but at the top shows, I was getting around $100-150 per horse. On a good day, I could do ten horses.”

“Braiders make bank. If you can put up with the obnoxious hunter riders and their Karen mothers, you can make serious money being a braider…”

Mattress salesman

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The margins on mattresses are crazy, crazy high. Most companies give their salespeople huge commissions for each mattress they sell because of the crazy margins.”

“Sleep Number and Lazy Boy are some of the easiest to sell because the customers who come in probably already want it!”

Garbage men

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Garbage man here. I make 26-something an hour, so it’s not terrible. Depends on what area you’re in. But I work 6-2:30 and have great benefits as well. It’s not for everybody. Hard on your body but not nearly as bad as you would imagine.”

“I work for a city and can confirm. I make $40/hr but would be $20/hr anywhere else.”

UPS drivers

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I made around $110k last year. $40/hr, $60 with overtime. I get around 10-15 hours of overtime a week. We also don’t pay for healthcare.”

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