10 Surprisingly High Paying Jobs

10 Surprisingly High Paying Jobs

Are you thinking about changing careers but
feeling intimidated about the education and licensure associated with well-paying jobs? Exactly how much GRUNT work does it take to
get the GRATIFICATION of a new career making at least six figures? We did the math on the grunt-to-grat ratio
for you, with 10 jobs you wouldn’t expect to be well-paying, and the details on what
it takes to land the position, in this episode of The Infographics Show, 10 Surprisingly
High Paying Jobs. Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. Number 10. Railroad conductor
Up to $104,000 Did you know that in the U.S., professionalized
railroad conductors are still around? Neither did we, but they exist, and they cash
in in some areas. The national median salary is just $54,000,
but it does go all the way up to $104,000. The grunt is working your way up in a dying
industry and learning on the job without many mentors or companies to choose from. You’re away from home for long periods of
time. But the grat is you get to see the country
in an old timey kind of way, you get to feel like that kid you once were with your first
train set, and you can avoid the 9 to 5 and tell corporate America to kiss your – uh
– caboose. All aboard! Number 9. Crab fisherman
Up to $200,000 Tolerating the miserable work of capturing
crab through terrifying squalls for five figures per month was popularized by Discovery Channel’s
reality series The Deadliest Catch. Even negotiating the dynamic between the personalities
on board seems treacherous enough to think twice. But in recent years, changing safety regulations
have made fishing for Dungeness crab more doable. There is also an after-season for other kinds
of crab, as well as fish. All said and done, you can still clear $200,000
a year after a few years’ experience. The grunt work is working your way up, because
there is no school for crab fishing. You have to find a crew you trust and respect
to show you the ropes when you start as a deckhand. And you’ll be away from home and leave your
loved ones behind to worry. The grat is having a nontraditional career
and six figures to roll hard on your few days on land. Number 8. Building inspector
Up to $117,000 It’s not super scintillating, but if you’re
good with checklists and you have a mind for structural engineering, working for a city
government inspecting buildings could bring home six figures. The grunt part is working your way up in the
kind of large bureaucracy – that is, a major U.S. city – that is big enough to pay at
least $68,000 per year, and all the way up to $117,000 per year. It’s also highly specialized, so you’ll
give up other career tracks. And there are a few months of studying for
a standardized exam. But the grat is a well-paying job with predictable
days and permanent demand for your skills. Number 7. Egg donor
Up to $114,000 Here is one for the ladies. It can be lucrative, but it has its dilemmas. And it’s not really a job, as in an existing
role in any company, but an opportunity you could make your full-time gig if you’re
really, really determined to get some cash. The grunt is altering your cycle, feeling
like a human petri dish, and the whole ethical conundrum of creating a human you’ll never
meet. But the grat is up to $14,000 per cycle, so
you could, if you go on back-to-back cycles and take two months off, clear $140,000 in
a year. Number 6. Anesthesiologist
Up to $500,000 Anesthesiologists, in their quiet bedside
role near the superstar surgeon, look like some kind of low-level nurse or technician. They’re actually doctors, and they make
bank. The grunt is med school like any other doctor. That’s completing a four year degree, doing
the MCAT preparation to take the standardized exam to get into a decent medical school,
then going through four years of medical school, and four years of residency that actually
comprise a one-year internship plus a three-year residency. Some anesthesiologists do additional residencies
beyond those 12 years mandatory, and then have to study and take the board exam to become
board-certified. That board certification is an important credential
to earn the trust involved in taking someone safely through a major surgery and recovery. But then the grat is you make more than a
family doctor, general practitioner, pediatrician, or psychiatrist does. That is, anesthesiologists take home, on average
$294,811. That is a national average. In larger U.S. cities their annual salary
is in the $400 to $500 thousand dollar range. Number 5. Write for the federal government
Up to $123,234 A writer-editor for the State Department,
in which you don’t do any foreign policy analysis or speech writing, but analyze communication
documents and systemic functions of the department itself, grosses you $95,000 to $123,000 per
year. If you’d like to do something similar for
the Department of Energy, and recommend standards for documentation for audits and other reports,
you could start as low as $79,000, but also go up to $123,000. The grunt is working your way up in a dull
bureaucracy and memorizing templates and standards and learning to speak bureaucratese. The grat is the money, the great benefits,
and the job security. Number 4. Longshoreman
Up to $200,000 This job loading and unloading ship cargo
at large ports is of course only available if you’re near a big port like Houston,
Los Angeles-Long Beach, or New York – or are willing to move. But you might be willing, for the money. There is no education requirement – just
experience. West Coast longshoremen average $98,000 according
to shippingwatch.com, but with overtime and union power to play hardball on negotiations,
that salary gets north of $100,000. And an LA Times analysis in 2015 showed over
half of longshoremen made over $100,000, while foremen and managers top $200,000. A few bosses get $300,000, and all get free
healthcare. A New York longshoreman makes at least $124,000,
with another round of negotiations coming up in 2018. The grunt is working your way up and the intense
physical labor with never ending stacks of cargo waiting to be moved. But the grat is the cash, the health care,
and holding one of the few jobs that globalization actually needs. Number 3. Mine operator – underground
Up to $165,000 It’s not for you if you’re scared of tight
spaces, and it’s not glamorous, literally digging around in the dirt. And there’s this coal miner image out in
the pop culture lexicon of being, well, white trash. But you can laugh all the way to the bank,
because if you’re willing to work underground, you’ll clear $150,000 to $165,000. The grunt is learning the trade on the job,
the danger, the dirt, and taking such a specific career track that it doesn’t prepare you
for much else. But the grat is the earnings. And while automation continues to improve
mining, you’re not being replaced by a robot quite yet. That is, you will be in demand for a while. Number 2. City employees – at least those of affluent
towns Up to $142,903
You can actually make more than $143,000 without any education requirements in some cities,
like Santa Monica. But we picked the silliest job in that particular
city that pays six figures: farmers market manager. In fact, 105 City of Santa Monica workers
cleared over $300,000 in 2016, to the horror of watchdog blog Transparent California. The city’s global caché and resulting steady
stream of tourists, produce high occupancy taxes – that is, the city’s share of hotel
bills – and parking taxes, filling city coffers and boosting salaries for all jobs. The grunt is a dull bureaucratic job – and
perhaps your nagging conscience if you happen to be the Assistant City Librarian bringing
home $220,558, or occupying another overpaid post. The grat is, well, you’re overpaid and you’re
in sunny Santa Monica, or another rich city living large. Number 1. Firefighter
Up to $121,104 as a starting firefighter Mmm, running into burning buildings and maintaining
the fitness level to regularly charge flights of stairs. Maybe not? Think again: it has its advantages. Salaries vary by city and position, but in
major cities like New York and LA, you’ll clear six figures. You’ll make at least $121,000 from Day One
in Los Angeles, but in New York, you’ll have to work for five years to get to $110,000
as a low level firefighter. But then you get promoted on your way to Chief
and earn more at each level, over $300,000 in some fire departments. The grunt is you’re working in fire, putting
yourself in danger, worrying about your coworkers, dealing with deeply distressed people who
are watching their homes and offices burning, and you’re also a paramedic, meaning you
have to see terrible injuries from violence and witness other human loss. But you work days at a time and then have
chunks of time free, so you can travel and buy toys with the six figures you’re earning,
with solid job security. And you get to contribute to your community
and truly help people every time you go to work. So, which of these high paying jobs took you
most by surprise? Would you consider working any of these jobs? Let us know in the comments! Be sure to check out our other video, 10 Tallest
Buildings in the World. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!


  1. I made right at $100000 as a railroad conductor. It’s not that bad of a job but the hours are rough and it’s very dangerous.

  2. False ? As an egg donor you can only donate 4 times a year MAX because donating cycle takes at least 3 months (it requires taking weeks of drugs and going into surgery for removal of eggs).???

    Realistically, you'll make $8 – 40k per year (including rest after surgery) IF you are chosen by buying customer (usually a couple that loves your profile).?

  3. 1. abandon all ethics and start a "networking marketing" company and become a multimillionaire in 5 years or less…or better yet, start a church!

  4. You guys forgot power line worker, lineman, one of the most in demand jobs in America and every time the wind blows you’re on double time, most journeyman bring in 150-200k and some up to 250k depending on how many storms you work ?‍♀️

  5. Um no… I’m a firefighter with over 8 years in an I don’t make ANYWHERE close to 100k a year!!! In fact most of the guys on my shift have a second source of income …

  6. Well, I am glad that the anestesiologist after 12 years of rigorous education will get paid a tat more than the crab fisherman …what a relief!

  7. Oilfield worker 90k-200k. There are a lot of jobs in the oilfields; Frac, sand or chemical hauler, water transfer, wireline, drilling rig (rough neckers), just to name a few. With no schooling or at the most needing a commercial drivers license, you can net over 100k a year right off the bat plus a lot of companies offer bonuses and really affordable healthcare. The downside is it's very physical work with a lot of lifting and swinging sledge hammers involved and operate in strange work rotations, where you might work 2 weeks on/ 1 week off or 2 weeks on /2 weeks off (really nice work rotarion). These kinds of schedules and that most companies offer travel pay, means you can live anywhere you want, go anywhere you want, as long as you make it back in time for your rotation. I've known guys that live in Trinidad in the Caribbeans and fly in to work on the company's dime.

  8. WARNING Just a warning to everyone that wants to get into a trade almost every employer wants 2 years of experience and is not willing to train you they all just kinda expect you to get the experience but won't help you get it you basically gotta get lucky or know someone I've been applying for 8 months with no luck they basically said open this door I said how they say with the key I ask where the key is they say it's behind the door

  9. Becoming the chief is more than just oh baam you worled hard here's the promotion… nope! Recommendations and etc.

  10. Who else is a 13 yr old kid that is about to pick igcse subjects but doesn't know what they wanna be, but they just wanna be rich?

  11. You need some experience for some of them though, like doctor, I think I made a video on my channel explaining how to find a job without experience, but these are great suggestions!! Esp fire fighters learned that from 1 of my friends!!

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  13. 10. Railway Conductor
    9. Crab Fisherman
    8. Building Inspector
    7. Egg Donor
    6. Anesthesiologist
    5. Write for the Federal government
    4. Longshoreman
    3. Mine Operator Underground
    2. City Employees
    1. Firefighter

  14. 1. Firefighter
    2. City Employees
    3. Mine operator – Underground
    4. Longshoreman
    5. Write for federal government
    6. Anaesthesiologist
    7. Egg donor
    8. Building inspector
    9. Crab fishermen
    10. Rail road conductor

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  16. Well in Czech republic firefighter have something about 22000$ that's rly pretty low… well if we measure that you have in US 2x prizes and 2x salary as well it is still 44k$ and that's really bad for us 🙁 At all everyone from state department here in CZ like police, medicians, etc… have low salary. Almost lower than the average salary of the state is. Guys who risking their lives to save us have a small salary. And I know many firefighters who have family, the mortgage on a house and they have to get second job if they want live average live with one holiday per year, one old car and two childrens. I am disgusted from it 🙁

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