Most of us fulfill the duties associated with our jobs as a means to survive. While there might not be much entertainment with the jobs we do, there are several jobs that are not only thrilling, but also pay well. For instance, did you know that there are people who make a living by taking care of private islands? They not only get to live isolated on a private island, but are also paid handsomely every year.
Here, we have gathered a list of 10 unexpected jobs from around the world, that actually pay well.
1. Waterboys in the NFL make an average of $53,000 every year.
The National Football League (NFL) is one of the four major professional sports leagues and the highest professional level of American football in the world. During the 2018 season, more than 18 million people tuned in every day, to watch their favorite teams climb to the top of the chart. The NFL players are also one of the most well-paid people in the world. According to Forbes, the average salary of an NFL player is $2.1 million. NFL waterboys also take home a good paycheck every year. While some NFL waterboys are unpaid or stipend interns, the experienced ones take home an average salary of about $53,000 per year.
Waterboys are considered part of the equipment crew of a team, who have to provide the players with water and towels whenever necessary. Apart from their salary, they also receive merchandise or season tickets as compensation for their outstanding work. (source)
2. Sanitation workers in the United States make an average of $35,000 to $50,000 every year. According to CNN, two New York City sanitation workers made up to $112,000 in 2016.
It might not be the most glamorous of jobs but it certainly is a high-paying job. According to US News, in 2017 alone, the average salary of a sanitation worker was $36,160, and the best-paid 25% made $47,640 the same year. Metropolitan areas such as San Jose, CA, Oakland, CA and New York, NY, pay the highest salary for the profession. According to CNN, in 2016, Noel Molina and Tony Sankar, two sanitation workers from New York City, took the night shift from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and made more than $100,000.
Noel Molina was the truck driver, who made $112,000, and Tony Sankar, the helper who rides on the back of the truck, made $100,000. The duo has been working for Crown Container, a waste management company, for more than 9 years. Within those years, the two men, who are both drop outs, have managed to turn their profession into a job that pays them a six figure salary. (source)
3. Court reporters make an average salary of $50,000 and the top 10% earned annual wages of $100,000 or more.
Court reporter is a job that does not require a college degree. In fact, one of the perks of being a court reporter is the $35/hour salary and added benefits. However, in order to get the position, one has to be extremely skilled and capable of writing approximately 180, 200, and 225 words per minute (wpm) at very high accuracy in different categories. Depending on the level of experience, a court reporter makes between $35,000 to $50,000 and currently, there are 14,490 court reporters in the US; a number that is steadily rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 1,430 court reporters in New York, who make an average of $43.29/hour or $90,040 per year. (source)
4. Elevator installers and repairmen make an average of $80,000 per year, with the highest 10% of earners making more than $121,200.
Elevator installer and repairman is a job that is in high demand. Maintain elevators, escalators, moving walkways, and other lifts, pays handsomely. According to the US Department of Labor, the median annual wage for elevator installers and repairers was $79,780 in May 2018. While the lowest 10% earned less than $40,850, the highest 10% earned more than $121,200. In 2018, the median annual wages of elevator installers and repairers that worked for the government made a whopping $91,010, while those who worked as contractors made $78,860, and private individuals made $64,340. (source)
5. Fortune cookie writers make somewhere between $40,000 – $80,000 a year and the position does not require a college degree.
Fortune cookie writers have the job of coming up with witty, wise, or weird words that are nestled inside cookies. The job does not require a college degree, but does require one to find inspiration from anything and everything. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a writer in 2008 was $53,070, while the top 10% earned more than $106,630. Most writers make somewhere between $40,000 – $80,000, to come up with witty quotes like “You will be hungry again in an hour”. Depending on a writer’s wittiness and experience, they can earn anywhere from 75 cents to $50 per quote. Wonton Food, Inc. pays a team of freelance writers to come up with new and fresh messages every day. These writers also have to refresh and renew the Wonton Food’s database of 15,000 messages every couple of years. (source)
6. Oil rig workers make nearly $100,000 a year. Those who are higher in the hierarchy can make as high as $200,000 a year.
While it’s certainly not the easiest or cleanest of jobs, being an oil rig worker can pay big bucks. Being an oil rig worker can be exciting, and if you’re an ocean lover, then you would enjoy be surrounded by the ocean. The job does require you to think dynamically and be capable of making decisions at a fast pace. The average salary for oil rig personnel is somewhere between $100,000 and $120,000, but those who are drilling consultants or reservoir engineers make up to $200,000 a year. According to CNN, the lowest 10% of oil rig workers made $66,923, and those with no prior training and did general maintenance made a median wage of $34,680. (source)
7. Island care taker is a real job that offers $150,000 to swim, snorkel, go on hikes and live isolated for a period of six months.
There are indeed people who take care of private islands and get paid more than $100,000 for long periods of time, for literally enjoying their lives. Not only do private island care takers get to live rent-free, but also get a chance to blend with nature by going on hikes, swimming, and snorkeling. They are also tasked with the job of taking pictures and selfies, and posting them on social media channels. In 2009, Queensland Tourism Board allowed one individual to get paid $150,000 to live six months rent-free on the Great Barrier Reef. There were more than 36,000 applicants for the position, and one man, Ben Southall, was the lucky winner. Southall had to take care of the island as well as keep a blog and photo diary in exchange for six months rent-free on Hamilton Island as part of a $150,000 salary package. (source)
8. Experienced mascots earn up to $100,000 a year, which is twice the amount of an average American office worker.
College degrees are not required to become an official mascot for a team. However, those with cheerleading experience and those who have gone through official mascot training schools, can land a job that pays a six figure salaries annually. According to ChicagoMag, Benny the Bull, the official mascot of the Chicago Bulls is one such mascot who makes a six figure salary. Top NBA mascots make more than $200,000 plus added benefits for riling up the crowd and encouraging team players. The mascot of the Denver Nuggets makes a whopping $625,000 a year, which is the highest salary in the business today. (source)
9. Anesthesiologist assistant is an unexpectedly high paying job that pays a median salary of $134,000 for working under the direction of a licensed anesthesiologist.
An anesthesiologist assistant is someone who helps anesthesiologists administer anesthesia as well as monitors the patients. According to Payscale, the median salary for an anesthesiologist assistant is $134,000, making it one of the highest paying jobs in the US. One of the perks is that to become a anesthesiologist assistant, an M.D. is not required but you are required to undergo a roughly two year certification program after you get your bachelor’s. The US Department of Labor also notes that physician’s assistants also make a median salary of more than $108,000. (source)
10. Stagehands, that are employed full-time, are tasked with the job of moving and setting up heavy equipment. They also make more than $400,000 a year for their strength and agility.
The music industry is steadily growing and artists often setup gigs for the fans throughout the world. While the fans enjoy the surround sound and mesmerizing lights during a performance, they often forget the people who make it possible within a short period of time. Stagehands are people who are tasked with moving heavy equipment and setting them up within a short period of time. According to Bloomberg, in 2011 alone, full-time stagehands earned an average of $420,000. Whether it’s a holiday or the weekend, these people work full-time to move music and lighting equipment. The NY Times reports that the full-timers put in an average of at least 60 hours a week. (source)