15 Jobs You Thought Didn't Pay Well, But Do

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A lot of the time people will decide on a career path based on expected annual income, instead of doing something they would actually enjoy. Wanting to make money is the driving force behind so many job applications these days, when people should be looking into careers they would love having for the rest of their lives. There are so many jobs out there, and most pay a lot better than you would have thought. So before signing up for med school, or attempting to become a Hollywood star, check out these 15 jobs that you thought didn’t pay well, but do.

Some of these jobs can be something you do on the side for extra cash, while others are careers you wouldn’t have thought about pursuing before. You may not have even heard of some of the jobs listed below! There will always be a job out there that is suited for you and your skill set, so you never have to settle on doing something you’re not passionate about. You’re going to have to go farther than the wanted ads to find the job that’s right for you, but it’s worth the effort. Spending the rest of your life testing out the comfort levels of couches or writing for fortune cookies, all the while making a ton of money, is something to look into.

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15 Hot Dog Vendor ($30,000 - $100,000)

There seems to be a hot dog vendor on every street corner in major cities, and there’s a good reason for it. Hot dogs are in high demand by pedestrians who are looking for a quick and cheap bite on the go. Vendors earn anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 a year selling hot dogs to people passing by. Income depends on foot traffic, so parking your cart in a busy area, and especially in bigger cities, is your best bet. Sitting outside with a cart full of good food, while people watching, sounds like a simple enough way to make $100,000. The hardest part is remembering to fill up your mustard and ketchup bottles.

14 Personal Shopper ($25,000 - $100,000)

Do you love shopping? Then why not do it for a living! A personal shopper buys the things that other people don’t have the time to buy themselves. This could be anything from clothing to food, whatever your client needs. Personal shopping gives you the thrill of buying new things without the guilt of spending your own money. You can make anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 as a personal shopper, depending on how much your client makes and how often they’ll need your services. Personal shopping is a job that takes the superficiality of shopping and turns it into a positive thing; you’re helping others while doing something that you genuinely enjoy.

13 Psychic ($40,000)

We can predict that you’ll make around $40,000 a year as a psychic. Even though you need little to no training, other than the ability to read cards, it’s a job that requires you to leave your morals at the door. Being able to predict the future is not something that most people necessarily believe, even though a lot of people want to believe it. Knowing exactly what to say and what not to say plays a big part in being a psychic, you have to learn how to not be too specific. By being broad in what you say, you’ll give your clients room to make their own assumptions, to take what you’ve said and apply it to their own lives. Laying out a future for your clients that they want to hear could lead to easy money. If it’s completely ethical is up to you.

12 Furniture Tester ($31,000)

If you’re sitting around all day anyways, why not get paid for it? A furniture tester spends hours a day sitting on furniture and reporting their thoughts on the product to the furniture manufactures. Think of all the comfy couches and chairs you’ll sit on, all the while making about $31,000 a year. As a furniture tester, you’ll get to see all the new stuff before it’s released to the public, and get discounts on the stuff you really loved. A lot of companies hire part-time or even summer positions, so it’s not a career you necessarily have to commit to either. Getting paid to be lazy, what more could you want?

11 Sex Toy Tester ($40,000)

A sex toy tester is a job to get excited about, especially considering you’ll make around $40,000 a year. Talk about awkward packages to receive from your boss, but getting the newest sex gadget in the mail is only the begging of your awkward duties as a sex toy tester. After trying out the new product, you have to let your superior know how it was. Not really something you want to send over email. It may not seem like the most serious job, but the cash is seriously great. There’s also nothing better than working from home, or the comfort of your own bed. The toughest part of this job is figuring out what you’ll tell people when they ask you what you do for a living.

10 Hacker ($100,000)

A computer hacker can make up to $100,000 a year, through ethical and legal work. Hackers can use their talents for good, and help build better security systems for businesses. As an ethical hacker, you would be trying to prevent data theft and fraud. The job market for hackers continues to grow as security becomes a bigger concern for businesses and even government organizations. The more years of experience you put into ethical hacking, the more money you can ask for, because companies don’t mind paying big bucks for trained professionals. Getting in to this line of work requires training, all starting with a simple tech support certification. The important thing to retain about hacking is that you want to stay legal, ethical hacking and underground hacking are completely different things.

9 Private Butler ($150,000)

You can make up to $150,000 a year as a private butler. Yes, butlers still exist. A lot of upscale households have hired help, not just the Queen. You won’t necessarily have to dress up in a tux and call the homeowner sir, your duties will probably be very mundane; serving them their meals, running errands for the family, booking dinner reservations, taking care of guests, and managing other staff in the home. Acting as a security guard, a housekeeper, and a cook, there’s a lot of tedious work involved but it’s worth the big paycheck. Think of all the stories you’ll have helping out a wealthy family, and all the perks from being around that type of lifestyle. The only thing is that being a private butler is a huge commitment, to one job and one family.

8 Cruise Ship Entertainer ($3,000-$4,500/month)

Being a cruise ship entertainer is a job and a free vacation all in one. You get to do what you love, through performance, for a short period of time each day. Not only do you get paid around $3,000 to $4,500 a month, you won’t have to pay for room and board, and you’ll be able to eat for free and enjoy all the other things that your cruise ship has to offer when you’re not on duty. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures are the amazing benefits of working as a cruise ship entertainer, but there are also a few drawbacks. Homesickness and seasickness are two things you’re almost guaranteed to experience, and going in to this line of work would be near impossible after marriage and kids.

7 Submarine Cook ($100,000)

As a submarine cook, you’ll be 100 feet underwater but also making over $100,000 a year. The conditions are tough to get use to, but providing food for the people living in the submarine is something that you can be proud to do. Your cooking experience can be very limited, but you have to be prepared to feed hundreds of hungry smelly men. The thing to keep in mind about being a submarine cook is that you won’t be preparing five star meals. You’ll probably be working with mystery meat, and the men you’ll be serving are not looking for anything fancy, they’re only hoping it won’t taste too bad. If a career as a chef is something you want to pursue, working on a submarine won’t be the place for you to flourish and be creative, but you’ll learn so much and come out a better person.

6 Elevator Mechanic ($50,000)

That guy working on your elevator makes over $50,000 a year! An apprenticeship program takes around four to five years, but you are working throughout and your schooling is far less expensive than if you were to enroll in a university program. There are also pitfalls to being an elevator mechanic, being careless can result in injuries, and there’s a lot of stress and pressure on you to log all of your activities, in case someone else gets injured in an elevator that you operated on. There are pros and cons to being an elevator mechanic, like there are for every job, but with a yearly salary of $50,000, and only having to learn a basic skill set, it’s definitely something to consider.

5 Voice-Over Actor ($60,000)

Being a voice-over pays around $60,000 per year, but you can make more depending on the project. Commercials to feature films, there’s always a need for voice-over actors. Not everyone has the budget to hire Morgan Freeman, and that’s where you come in. Lending your vocal talents to the big or small screen can propel a successful acting career. Many struggling actors turn to this medium for the money, it’s a foot in the door and a way into the industry. You wouldn’t think that the voice you’re hearing narrate the commercial you’re watching is making much money, but upwards of $60,000 a year isn’t bad just for talking.

4 Fortune Cookie Writer ($40,000-$80,000)

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It’s hard to imagine that there are people out there that sit in an office writing silly quotes to stuff inside cookies, but there are many fortune cookie writers. The two types of fortune cookie writers are contract writers, that make around $40,000 to $80,000 a year depending on what company they’re working for, and freelance writers, that can make up to $50 a project. It’s not as if writing the fortunes found inside the cookie are very philosophical. The person that came up with the fortune “You like Chinese food” made money off of that one simple idea. It’s a great way to make money on the side if you want to focus on a career in writing, but it’s also a job that is easily attainable and yet pays well without you having to put in a lot of effort.

3 Gambling Supervisor ($50,000)

With a salary of around $50,000 a year, pursuing a career as a gambling supervisor is no risk. You don’t need any previous experience to land a job at a casino; you just have to be a people person in every sense of the term. A gambling supervisor has to plan the casino’s parties and events, has to have an extensive knowledge of the game rules and explaining it to those who don’t, and addressing all issues and concerns that patrons of the casino may have. Throughout the night, the gambling supervisor walks around the room, overseeing the games, and making sure all the stations and workers are doing their job. Every casino needs a few gambling supervisors, and there are many casinos out there. It won’t be difficult to land this job.

2 Illustrator ($60,000)

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An illustrator makes over $60,000 a year, and they’re in high demand by almost every company or business. Designing fonts and images for campaigns pays a lot more than you would think, and you get to showcase your creativity through your work. Every children’s book needs pictures, every website needs a design layout, almost everything needs an illustrator and getting jobs through an advertising agency is easy enough, especially the more you build up your portfolio. Your natural artistic talent will only get better in time as well, the more you work the more comfortable you’ll become with your illustrating skills. The hardest part is deciding what you want to specialize in.

1 Bomb Disposal Diver ($100,000)

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Someone needs to explore the ocean floor in search of unexploded bombs, grenades, and landmines. Bomb disposal divers can make up to $100,000 a year, and usually only work for 6 out of 12 months. You can get free training in the navy to be certified to dive and dispose of bombs. If you don’t want to do it through the navy, the cost of the courses to get your certification is around $15,000. A lot of time has to be put in before you’ll be able to become a diver, but the job itself is rewarding, and not just because it pays well. You’re trained to stay calm in stressful situations, safely recovering or disposing of bombs that have been sitting on the ocean floor for years. You’re creating a safer ocean and a safer world.

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