18 Unconventional Jobs with High Earning Power

Are you in search of a lucrative new career? Have you thought about exploring lesser-known, high-paying jobs? A recent query raised this point: “What are some unexpectedly well-paying jobs that are often overlooked?” Discover the top 18 responses to this question.

Medical Waste Disposal

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“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. His main clients are permanent makeup artists and tattoo shops (which don’t generate a ton of waste), but the few doctors office’s he picks up from always have waste, so he’s always making money. If he were to do it full time and expand, he’d likely be making 50k a year with a low-stress job (unless you count all the driving).”

Heavy Equipment Mechanic

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“I was literally offered a job a month ago where I was told “with overtime our guys are breaking $200k a year” to move to Texas.”

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

Panda Express General Manager

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“We had a meeting recently and 90 percent of us make over 90k a year, while 50 percent make over 100k. The top earner was 225k, and I made 125k last year.”

Cooking 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.”

Traveling Nurses

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“They make big money I hear.”

Residential Backflows and Fire Prevention Systems

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“Annual testing, county mandated. Recession proof. Cash cow.”

Crime Scene Cleaning in the US

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

USPS Sorting Facility

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“Been here for about 3 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.”

Unionized Elevator Operators in NYC

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“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.”

HVAC Engineers

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“Accountant here, A lot of my self-employed HVAC experienced clients gross about 132k euro a year, which is about 146k USD a year. Good money alright.”

Public Relations, Specializing in Crisis Management

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“If you need me, you REALLY need me. But most of the time you don’t need me at all. So I make six figures a year doing nothing at all most days. Just rushing in to save the day maybe a couple of times a year at most.”

Legacy Code Archaeologist

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“Guy I know 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.”

“Programming in cobol. 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.”

Underwriters for Mortgages in the US

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“Easy six figures.”

Merchant Marine Officer

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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.”

“My uncle has been a merchant marine for 30-40 years? He’s gone half the year, and I think that’s the only reason he and my aunt have been married so long.”

Home Inspector

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“People never think of them unless they’re specifically buying a house, but they make anywhere from $400-1000 for an inspection that usually takes three to six hours.”

Underwater Welder

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“A lot of people don’t even think about the need for them, but they’re really important and have a dangerous job, so they get paid pretty well.”

Hairdresser

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“My wife makes over $100k as a hairdresser.”

“Hairdresser checking in. Self-employed. Can confirm this. I make well over 6 figures, and I only work 30 hrs/week.”

Medical Technician

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“I am a specialized ultrasound technician making 120k a year. I only have an associate’s degree.”

“Can confirm. I’m a general ultrasound technician 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 makes $80/hour. Being a travel tech is also an option, which makes more.”

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