10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

A rainy Monday is probably prime-time for feeling glum about your work. If you’re stuck in a job you don’t like it could be enough to have you reaching for your CV.

But before you start browsing through the job ads, try to put things in perspective. So what else could you be doing instead? Take a look at our list of some unusual jobs that are paid surprisingly well.

Cruise Ship Entertainer

Annual median salary: $3,000 to $5,000 a month, plus room and board

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A cruise ship entertainer can do any one of a number of jobs that involve keeping people on a cruise ship entertained, from organizing games and activities, to performing or co-coordinating other entertainers.

Golf Ball Diver

Annual median salary: $50,000 – $100,000

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This occupation is exactly what it sounds like: Collecting golf balls from the bottom of a golf course’s water hazards.

Pet Food Taster

Annual median salary: $20,000 – $50,000

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Pet food tasters are paid to taste-test new formulas before they hit the market to make sure that the food our best friends eat has a good flavour and contains all of the ingredients listed on the label.

Nail Tester

Annual median salary: $47,498

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Nailbox, a British nail polish subscription service, is searching for nail testers to try, test, and review 50 nail polishes and accessories every month for $47,498 a year. Each tester gets a package each month which includes polishes to test and photograph.

Ethical Computer Hacker

Annual median salary: $24,760 – $132,322

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Although it might sound like a contradiction, ethical hackers are working in a company to fix any problems by hacking into the computer system, similar to the way a criminal hacker would.

Water Slide Tester

Annual median salary: $32,000

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Can it really get any better than this? These freelancers travel around the world riding water slides all day long and watching for potential safety concerns.

Crime Scene Cleaner

Annual median salary: $50,000

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These people don’t mind spending time around blood and corpses. Crime scene cleaners go to work at crime scenes, after police have collected all the evidence.

Virtual Head Hunter

Annual median salary: $250 to $10,000 per referral 

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Head Hunter finds talented people that would be the best fit for clients requirements. On a daily basis he talks to a number of potential employees, finding the top candidates.

Personal Shopper

Annual median salary: $62,500

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Personal shopper helps customers shop by giving advice and making suggestions. They usually work at department stores and boutiques, although some are freelance or work exclusively online.


Annual median salary: $50,800 – $80,000

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A sommelier usually works at an elite restaurant and is in charge of everything related to the wine collection. He recommends and picks out precisely the right wine pairing to go with customers meal.

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