10 Not-So-Glamorous Jobs That Pay Well

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Would you believe it if we told you that you could earn six figures working on a job that most people probably wouldn’t want to do? It’s true. And, because there’s not too many people willing to fill these jobs or because these jobs may involve a certain amount of danger, employers will often pay these workers very well. Keep reading to find out what these not-so-glamorous jobs are and how much they pay.

10. Submarine Chef

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No, we’re not talking about someone who makes submarine sandwiches. We’re talking about a chef/cook who works on a submarine. And, unless you would actually enjoy living under the sea with 100+ people in cramped quarters for six months or more at a time, not knowing whether it’s day or night, not being able to communicate with family and friends back home, having to limit your shower time and having to share your bed with someone else because there are more people onboard than there are beds, chances are you probably won’t enjoy working as a chef in those conditions either. The good news is that you can easily earn six figures working as a submarine cook. In fact, submarine chefs in Australia make over $180,000 a year because their job is deemed “critical to the navy.” The bad news, if you can call it that, is that there isn’t much demand for these positions.

9. Professional Snuggler

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At first glance, some of you probably said to yourselves, “Hey, this doesn’t sound like a bad gig. Plus, I can get paid a lot for doing it too!” And, yes, it’s true that professional snugglers get paid quite a bit. One woman makes as much as $80 an hour for sessions that last anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours. But, depending on who you’re snuggling up with, that dream job can quickly turn into a nightmare. So, take our advice: You might want to take some time to think this through before you actually make a career move in this direction.

8. Septic Tank Servicer

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If you own your own home–especially in a rural area–you’ve probably had to have your septic tank serviced a time or two. And, if that’s the case, then you know what that smells like. Now, imagine working as a septic tank servicer and having to smell that all the time. Then, after you’re done pumping all of the waste out of the septic tank, having to transport the waste to a smelly waste disposal facility. It’s definitely gross, but the national average cost for having a septic tank pumped or cleaned is $380. If you have five jobs in one week, that’s $1,900! And, five jobs per week every week comes out to a little over $90,000 a year. Not too bad, huh?

7. Crime Scene Cleaner

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Unless you’re Jack the Ripper, you most likely don’t want to be anywhere near a crime scene, much less have to clean it up. That kind of job can be distressing in so many ways, especially if you’re the squeamish type. That’s why many crime scene cleaners earn quite a bit–about $75,000 annually, to be exact. And, believe it or not you don’t even need to study forensic science in college, although that would probably help prepare you. As a matter of fact, no college degree is required at all. That’s not too bad for $75k a year.

6. Golf Ball Retriever

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This may sound like a good job–until you realize that you have to do some diving into ponds and lakes on golf courses to retrieve these golf balls. Now, you can probably imagine how difficult it would be to retrieve a golf ball from a pond or lake. It’s not like it landed in a puddle. There’s a lot of searching that needs to be done. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “a typical golf course has between 4 and 12 ponds,” and golf ball retrievers can spend 8 to 10 hours a day searching these ponds and lakes.” And, what’s worse is that sometimes that job can spill over into the next day or two. FYI, A man who works on a dive crew told the BLS that you have to enter the pond with scuba gear on, and that because “the water is so black and murky” you have to feel for the balls by hand. The plus side is that some divers can make six figures a year.

5. Head Lice Remover

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Remember in elementary and middle school when they used to come around and check all the kids for lice? Well, you probably didn’t know that those folks got paid a pretty penny. Some earn up to $30 an hour for picking lice out of people’s hair. Others earn more. If you do a quick search on Google you can see just how much head lice technicians earn. And, the more time they’re willing to put in, the more money they can make.

4. Portable Toilet Cleaner

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You know how much you hate using porta potties. Just imagine how you’d feel if you had to clean them. Unfortunately, you can’t just power wash them and go. They have to be cleaned and disinfected manually from top to bottom. Not only is this job disgusting, it’s also hazardous to one’s health. Health-related issues that can arise range from nausea and diarrhea to typhoid and hepatitis. Yes, these workers wear protective gear, but the risk is still present. In fact, that risk is probably quite high since portable toilet cleaners disinfect anywhere between 50 and 60 porta potties a day! So, just how much do they earn? Around $60,000 a year.

3. Bounty Hunter

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Okay, most of you have probably seen an episode or two of “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” so you probably already know how dangerous this job can potentially be. But, perhaps the six-figure income some of them earn can more than make up for it. How much you’ll make depends on the fugitive’s bond amount, since you’ll be paid a percentage of this amount. So with a job like this, location and experience is the key. You’ll also have to complete a training program, and depending on where you work, you might have to obtain a license.

2. Airplane Repossessor

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How many of you used to watched “Operation Repo” on truTV? Remember how crazy those people got when they tried to come and repossess their cars? Well, imagine trying to repossess an airplane. According to Reader’s Digest you could get shot at or even thrown into a foreign prison! The good news is that airplane repossessors can earn commissions equivalent to 6 to 10 percent of the resale price of an airplane. So, if you’re lucky enough to repossess one that’s worth millions of dollars, you could earn a cool $900k!

1. Proctologist

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The thought of having to probe someone’s anus–although that’s not all they do–may not be all that appealing to you. But, the fact that proctologists are some of the highest paid medical professionals might change how you view this profession. According to media/news website Self-Made, proctologists earn on average $400,000 per year! And, although this job comes with a stigma and involve challenges that make most people cringe, proctologists “face unhygienic conditions and unsightly substances, so others don’t have to,” Self-Made said in an article published on its website.


Do you have a less-than-glamorous job that pays well? Tell us about it in the comments below. Thanks for reading!