20 Jobs That Pay Way More Than They Should

It’s no secret that money plays a significant role in our lives. It keeps the lights on, puts food on the table, and allows us to pursue our dreams. So naturally, the need for higher-paying jobs becomes a pressing matter.

One Redditor asked, “What’s a job that pays extremely well for no reason?”

This thread received insights from many users, and we have compiled the top professions for you.

1. Call Center Quality Assurance

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You might be surprised, but many call centers recognize the importance of quality assurance and pay their employees accordingly.

One Redditor shared, “Voice analytics and QA for a call center?”

Another replied with their personal experience, “My job doesn’t make 6 figures, but I’m overly compensated for making sure Tech Support doesn’t c*ss the customer out and pointing out what they could have done better. I’m not even the supervisor; I’m just the judgy person in the corner office.”

2. Machine Repairer

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This user wrote, “Repairing slot machines. I’m currently at $32/h, and the benefits package and vacation time are incredible. Some days are busy, but I managed to read a few books on shift last year.”

Another said, “This sounds like it would be a fun job too. I love fixing things!”

So, if you have a knack for fixing things and enjoy working with machinery, pursuing a career as a machine repairer is a great option.

3. Tech Talent

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It’s no secret that professionals with technical skills and expertise are in high demand and often demand competitive salaries.

One commenter added, “I worked as a recruiter for Microsoft during the pandemic. There was such a fever pitch for tech talent that we were basically throwing $175k checks at anyone with a pulse and a GitHub. We have a lot of amazing tech talent, but some of the people we hired had no business being there. Like, literally just twiddling their thumbs and handling one or two small kanban type projects each week while reaping almost $200k a year. All of the big tech firms did. If you’re wondering why they all laid so many people off, that’s a big part of it. New hires now are being offered much smaller paychecks.”

Another responded, “Can confirm. We just “scooped up” sa backend dev from the recent Amazon layoffs. Thinking, “Well, they got a job at Amazon, so they must be good”. This person really sucks. I can tell they really could just “disappear” into the crowd at Amazon. If you aren’t on this person every. single. day. I am convinced they aren’t even working. Or this person has a whole other job or something, lol.”

4. Management Consultant

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One user said, “My job, “management consultant” I earn six figures, and my only real task is to listen to my boss whine. That’s it.”

Another shared, “Management consultants are so ridiculously overpaid. I remember once when our management wanted to make sure we were doing something right, so they paid $500k for one of you guys to come in, hang out for a day, and write a short report that basically said yep, these guys are doing a fine job. They seriously got like $25k per hour for that. Edit, to clarify; they didn’t bill $25k/ hr; it was a flat fee for a project that was much simpler than originally envisaged. Easy money for the firm.”

So, imagine this: you’re a management consultant, a master of problem-solving, and a trusted advisor to businesses. Your expertise will lie in helping organizations improve their performance. And guess what? Companies are willing to pay top dollar for your skills.

5. IT

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Technology is the driving force behind business transformation and growth. Companies rely heavily on IT systems and software that deliver top-notch customer experiences.

Someone said, “I think IT is pretty unbalanced from my experience. A lot of people become pretty incompetent in the field and tend to actually do less while climbing the ladder as they earn exponentially larger salaries.”

Another added, “Ah yes, I’ve seen that strategy in use. Spend your time kissing **s instead of working so you become the face of any IT success. When there is a failure, especially if your fault, you already have the ears of leadership, so let them “know” the fault lies on someone you want to go. You get promoted out of the situation.”

6. Third String Quarterbacks

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Being a third-string quarterback means you’re part of the team’s quarterback depth chart, but you typically sit behind the first and second-string quarterbacks. These players may not always be in the spotlight, but they still play an important role in the team dynamics.

This user wrote, “Chase Daniel has been in the NFL for 14 seasons, has thrown 273 passes, started 5 games, and made 41 million dollars. Your answer is the third-string quarterback.”

Someone else commented, “Third-string QBs are usually locker room guys / quasi coaches that help with film study, game prep, etc.”

7. Engineering Communicator

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One of the key reasons why engineering communicators are valuable is their ability to bridge the gap between engineers and non-technical stakeholders. You act as a translator, breaking down technical terms and explaining engineering concepts in an easier way.

Someone commented, “Learned of a guy making 300k translating genius talk to others. He would talk to the genius engineers. They would tell him their ideas since they were too socially awkward to do it themselves, and he would explain their idea to the rest of the team. Sounded like a great gig.”

Another said, “Engineering communication would be the industry. If it doesn’t have some ridiculous job title, I imagine the role would be engineering communicator. You’re probably familiar with some science communicators like Bill Nye.”

8. Voiceover Artists

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One user wrote, “The guy who does the voiceovers for movie trailers also makes millions, though I’d argue he does a lot more work each year. I’ve noticed a trend in trailers’ avoiding the classic “in a world…” voiceovers. His days as the go-to person for trailers may be numbered.

Don LaFontaine, the original “in a world…” guy, was extremely well-paid and became famous in his own right. He was the classic trailer guy in the heyday of trailers with heavy VO.”

Another replied,  “The “let’s get ready to rumble” guy and his brother, the “it’s time” guy, both make millions for holding a mike and saying a few lines.”

9. Game Show Host

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Being a game show host is like a party every time you step onto that stage. You get to entertain and interact with contestants and audiences, creating an electrifying atmosphere that keeps viewers hooked. And let us tell you, you get paid more than you could even imagine!

As one Redditor says, “Vanna White makes $208,000 per work day.”

Another added, “Dude, I’d wear a dress and tap puzzle letters for $40k btw. I’m male.”

10. Pet-sitters!

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One Redditor shared, “Some rich person posted an ad this past week saying they needed a nanny for their dog; it pays 127k a year.”

Someone said, “Still sounds like a fine gig for a gap year.”

The best part of being a pet sitter is the bond you develop with the animals you care for!

11. Cannabis Worker

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One commenter wrote, “A coworker of mine just quit and went to work in a cannabis shop. She now makes 21$ per hour and all she does is sell weed and sit on a couch while checking IDs lol she’s allowed to play on her phone, listen to her music, play her switch, and use her laptop for college stuff while working as the designated ID checker. She’s also allowed one free gummy pack or one free drink per shift.”

Someone said, “She’s getting paid to hang out at a weed store, so pretty good considering she’s not flipping burgers or doing manual labor.”

With experience and knowledge, you can move up the ladder and take on more responsibilities within the Cannabis industry.

12. Beer Brewer

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Beer brewing is an art form that requires a combination of technical skills and a passion for flavor profiles.

Someone commented, “Before my son was born, I had a part-time gig where all I did was teach people how to make beer, then drink said beer. 20/hr to do what I absolutely loved to do and talk about. I did it 3 days a week and had an extra lump sum every month for woodworking, pickling, leathercraft, cheeses, and whatever I happened to be doing that week. I was crazy productive at my regular work, too, because I felt so refreshed after working my beer gig, watching my beer babies become actual brewers, and seeing their progress and tasting results. I miss it terribly.”

Someone else stated, “This is beautiful. I make about double that, but the job is 100x harder/cra**ier”

13. Gym Staff

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A Redditor said, “I get paid just under $80k working nights at a gym. Get all my work done in less than 2 hours and can basically do whatever for the other 6. Watch football. Scroll Reddit. Whatever. Not awesome money but excellent for what I do.”

Another responded, “That is bloody good money to sit on your butt.”

Someone else shared, “Hi, I’m a Registered Nurse busting my *ss working call and having no life while being extremely stressed out 24/7 to the point I think about suicide. My base wage is $72,000. You get paid more than me. You make amazing money. Can we trade?”

The gym community is often supportive, and you can join this network.

14. Mail Carriers

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Someone wrote, “Mail carrier for Canada Post. I make $230 a day (wages are based on route value), and I was home before 9 am on Friday. I started at 7 am.

Mondays are longer, and Christmas can suck, but 10 months of the year, I work max 4 hours a day. Unionized. Benefits that are better than Blue Cross, and I pay $15/month for them. PTO. Personal days. Etc. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

Someone else shared, “Man, that sounds like a great gig. I think I would literally pay the equivalent of a signing bonus to get a job like that right now.”

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a mail carrier is the opportunity to provide a valuable service to the community. Your work helps maintain connections and allows people to stay connected, even in this digital age.

15. Mowing Lawns

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As you trim and mow, you can see the beautiful transformation of lawns. It’s satisfying to step back and admire a manicured lawn, knowing your efforts have contributed to it!

A Reddit user said, “Lawn mowing. I make ridiculous money running a landscaping and lawn care business (5%/95%). It’s hard to overestimate how much people will pay to avoid physical labor.”

Another added, “Not avoid physical labor–save time. Lawn maintenance can take a full day between the work and the recovery after, and a weekend is only 2 days if that. Time is the most precious thing we have, and people pay a lot to own their time.”

16. Courtroom Shows

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Whether fictional dramas or reality-based programs, courtroom shows have gained significant popularity over the years. They provide viewers with a glimpse into the legal system and the dynamics of the courtroom.

One Redditor said, “Judge Judy makes $47 million per year. That is $900k every day she shows up for work.”

One person commented, “Wouldn’t say that’s without reason. Her show beat out Oprah in ratings and had almost ten million daily viewers.”

17. Human Resources

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Human Resources is a department within organizations that focuses on managing and supporting the people who work there. HR professionals play a vital role in employee management and organizational development.

One person said, “My current works’ hr department has tripled in size in five years, and they somehow manage to do less than the original team despite there being less staff to support.”

Someone else shared, “I work in payroll/HR. I can confirm I’ve seen lots of overpaid HR folks.”

18. Optics

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Someone else added, “You can be a normal retail sales associate and sell eyeglasses at LensCrafters and make up for $29.00 + commission + paid time off, sick leave, retirement, health and dental insurance, and free annual eyewear with a high school diploma.”

This user wrote, “The problem with this is that that’s what the job should make. Just because other jobs are paid garbage doesn’t mean that that job is paid well.”

It’s a fascinating field that deals with vision and lenses. Working in optics can offer interesting career paths and the potential for good pay!

19. Clowns

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Being a clown offers the chance to bring laughter, joy, and entertainment to people’s lives. And now, you can make big bucks doing it!

One said, “The average clown salary in the US is $63k.”

Someone else replied, “That’s about what I make as a teacher. I’ve been doing it for 18 years.”

20. Life Coach

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A Redditor shared, “Life coach. Give rich white housewives (or husbands) a bunch of platitudes for 10k a month so they can feel less guilty for being rich.”

Someone responded, “These are the same people who balk at paying a therapist a reasonable hourly rate of a couple of hundred dollars but will shell out thousands for a bunch of foolishness.”

As you guide others through their life journey, you often gain insights into your life. Companies will recognize your value, so you will earn a high wage too!

 

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