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Unexpectedly High-Paying Jobs

7 High-Paying Jobs That Will Surprise You

Unsatisfied with your own job and salary? Well, LearnVest will surprise you with some unpredictably high-paying careers that you just might be able to take on.


It's time for a raise.

How about a new job?

How about a job that pays a lot more than you'd expect?

We headed to our favorite salary-searching websites (like Glassdoor) in search of unusual jobs with fat paychecks. Yep, they exist. And there are many more than you may think.

We found high-stress positions, like those of air-traffic controllers (they can make as much as $140,000 per year!), and jobs abroad, like submarine cook jobs (submarine cooks in Australia make $187,000 per year!). And we found jobs that you can do from your very own home.

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Elevator Mechanic
Salary: $70,910

Seems awfully specialized, doesn't it? In fact, elevator mechanics aren't limited to elevators — they also service machinery such as chairlifts, escalators, moving walkways, and dumbwaiters. The job requires only a high school degree and then a certification that takes about four years of classes and paid, on-the-job training.

Trash Collector
Salary: Up to $60,000

Yup. You read that right. To make this unpopular job worth it, trash collectors make an average of $60,000 per year . . . which means that some make much more.

Sommelier
Salary: Up to $160,000

So you may need to like wine. And know a lot about it. And get certified. But once you do, you're on track for seriously high pay. (Plus, you can show off to all your friends!)

Read on for more.

Toy Creator
Salary: $53,000

Talk about having fun at work: toy creators get to invent memories for generations of children. And they get paid for the privilege!

Street Car Driver
Salary: $56,880

It'll take practice and a few months of training to get started, but once you're licensed as a street car driver, you can transfer your skills to any state and any city.

Voice-Over Artist
Salary: Up to $80,000

Voice-over artists provide the audio for animated films and series, dubbed foreign films, video games, commercials, and more. Your voice can be a valuable thing! (Little Mermaid, anyone?)

Casino Gaming Manager
Salary: $57,547

A 100 percent chance of casino floors doubling as office spaces? We like those odds. Casino gaming managers, who serve as administrators on the casino floor, are paid surprisingly well to blend work and play.

— Emily Levy

Check out more articles from LearnVest:

7 Ways Not to Quit Your Job

6 Signs It's Time to Quit Your Job

How to Budget When You Have a Low-Paying Job

What's So Bad About a Sedentary Lifestyle?

Source: Catherine Hall Studios via Style Me Pretty

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