When you think of high-paying jobs, you probably think of doctors, lawyers, or CEOs. But there are actually a number of other jobs that pay surprisingly well, some of which even pay over $150k.

A user asked the forum, What’s an unexpectedly well-paid job? Here are the common responses.



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“Boiler operator. Get paid $35/hour to play Skyrim on Switch while watching Netflix. Just have to find one that’s all operator and no maintenance.”



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“I work at home as a closed captioner broadcaster for the News. I make my own schedule, making between $35-$65 per hour, depending on the job. Large investment to get started but significantly worth the payout.”



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“Airline dispatcher. I met a girl many years ago. I met them because she was living in my town and training to be an airline dispatcher. There are just a handful of schools that teach it.

I had no idea what an airline dispatcher was, let alone how much money they get paid. Dispatchers at FedEx can make $150,000 per year or more. It also gives you a lot of options to advance at an airline, like being station chief at an airline.

The girl I dated had a dream to one day be Air France Station Chief in Tahiti. I don’t know if she made it or not.”



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“Court reporting. Stenography is a tough skill, but plenty of court reporters earn over $100k. And no college degree is required (although most CRs will need to be certified).”



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“Technical writing. If you can simplify complex technical information according to the reading audience, you can make well over $100K annually.

People ridicule English degrees until they find out how much can be earned as a technical writer.”



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“Mobile crane operators, union guys pull over 200k, and it’s a trade that’s pretty easy on the body.” 



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“I don’t know if this is true in other cities, but T and bus operators in Boston make bank. I’ve rarely met a higher paid, less engaged group of employees in my life, and I work in recruiting.”



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“Utility lineman. There is a developing shortage nationwide due to baby boom retirements. It’s a well-paid base, but the overtime is fabulous.”



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“I drive machinery in a coal mine in Australia. I make about 170k. Even our new trainees are paid pretty well, about $48 per hour. I think it ends up being close to 90-100k. Easy money for sitting on your arse in an air-conditioned cab.”



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“Longshoremen. If you are a senior union member, you make an absolute cake. $180k plus a year.”



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“Becoming a locksmith changed my life. Well paid, and I get to help people out. I love it.”



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“Self-employed cleaning services (I don’t know exactly what to call it)

My parents started getting paid $35 an hour for cleaning a community center to ~$50 for cleaning offices. My mom started it then my dad joined in to help her with the hours and taking care of the house and kids.

Eventually, my mom got good contacts and started cleaning managers’ offices from factories, Sacramento politicians, and staff alike. Can’t express how proud I am of my mom. She turned all those bad Hispanic cleaning lady jokes into something brag-worthy.”



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“I was a bathroom attendant in a fancy restaurant. Made hundreds of dollars a night in cash to do next to nothing.”



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“Funeral Director is a great paying job with not a whole lot of schooling. That’s what I do, and I make about $75,000.”



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“Bartending. Some people know, but the overwhelming majority don’t. If I only worked 20 hours, two days a week this year (weekends), I would make close to $50k.

If I tried and worked two solid jobs five days a week, I would easily hit close to, if not over, $100k. This doesn’t apply to every bar or bartender, and you’re not going to make this type of money at an Applebees or a super franchised corporate establishment.”


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