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15 Jobs You Thought Paid Well, But Don't

We work jobs for a number of reasons, but it’s not called a "job" for nothing. You are performing work for money. Many jobs you know won’t pay for a second house or extravagant vacations, and other ca

We work jobs for a number of reasons, but it’s not called a "job" for nothing. You are performing work for money. Many jobs you know won’t pay for a second house or extravagant vacations, and other careers sound like they would, but actually don’t. This list contains the jobs that you’d expect to pay a lot, but don’t.

There is little consistency in what jobs pay or don’t pay. This list includes high profile positions, jobs that prolong the lives of others and bow ties. It also includes jobs that require a lot of schooling and very long hours of work. Benefits are not factored in, but in many cases are also below expectations.

A few jobs just missed the list. Surgical Technologists work next to the Surgeons that perform risky procedures and often save lives. If they don’t do their jobs well, the Surgeon can’t perform his job well. They make an average of $45,000 a year. Now, Embalmers are a strange group that you would think do a job no one else wants with financial reward, but they are only hauling in $50,000 on average. Then there are the reporters (oh, the poor writers) who go out and get news and report it. They bring in on average $45,000 a year.

A lot of the jobs listed are noble professions, but the salary is low due to job application saturation, supply vs. demand or alternate options for that particular product or service. Next time someone tells you they are a Marine Biologist you can still be impressed, just know they aren’t swimming in hundred dollar bills. Here are 15 jobs that pay less than you thought.

15 Head Chef - Average Salary: $40,000

14 Fashion Designer - Average Salary: $70,000

13 Casino Dealer - Average Salary: $15,000 (without tips)

12 Dietitian/Nutritionist - Average Salary: $50,000

11 Legislator - Average Salary: $50,000

10 Marine Biologist - Average Salary: $55,000

9 Professors - Average Salary: $65,000

8 Accountants - Average Salary: $63,000

7 Psychologists - Average Salary: $65,000

6 Architect - Average Salary: $65,000

5 Chemist - Average Salary: $70,000

4 Biomedical Engineer - Average Salary: $75,000

3 Optometrist - Average Salary: $100,000

2 Private Detectives - Average Salary: $50,000

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1 Firefighters - Average Salary: $50,000

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Firefighters put their lives in danger and on the line each time they punch in for work. Their job is to put out fires, but really it’s to save lives, risking their health and lives in the process. A Firefighter must be ready at anytime to respond. The training and schooling is ongoing, always making sure they are properly educated as well as in adequate physical condition for the job. For all of this a Firefighter can expect an average annual salary of only $50K. I think it goes without saying (will say it anyway) that being a Firefighter is a higher calling, money is definitely secondary when considering this career. Another reason to hold the job of Firefighter in high regard, despite the surprisingly low salary.

Sources:  www.bls.gov, www.forbes.com

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