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The 10 Most Unusual High Paid Jobs


There aren’t many things which can be more demoralizing than a negative work environment. Do you feel as if there is a dark cloud looming over your head? Do you dread your alarm waking you in the morning and the thoughts of work? Well maybe its time for you to consider changing your career path. I have compiled a list of 10 well paid jobs which you may not have even considered before.

Let us know if you think your job should be included in this list of unusual high paid jobs.


1) Voice-Over Workwell paid unusual jobs

Every animated film, TV show or commercial that you see has somebody reading the voice of a character. Voice-overs are a great opportunity for  you to showcase either your singing or everyday voice. People in this area can earn upto $325 for only 5 minutes work and even less-known voice-over artists can earn $50,000 – $80,000 per year.

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2) Submarine Chef

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a cook then this career path could appeal to you. To earn the most money you will need to move to Australia.  Submarine Chefs earn a base pay of $50,000 with an additional $140,000 in bonuses and allowances. Why do they get paid so much i Australia i hear you ask? Because the job is “critical to the navy.”


3) Bounty Hunter

Although this could be one of the most dangerous jobs on this list it can also be one of the most rewarding. Payment can range from 10% to 45% of the quarry’s bail amount. Its a risky field to get into but if your suspect skips on a bail worth $100,000 the bounty hunter could earn $10,000 to $45,000.


4) Oil-Rig Technicianunusual well paid jobs

This high-earning number can mean that a lot of time is pent at sea and away from home, However, in some cases building rigs and laying pipes in the ocean can net a worker $1,500 per week and up to $90,000 a year.

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5) Pearl Diver

This is another Australian underwater experience except this job won’t keep you safe inside a large metal tube. Pearl Divers scan the ocean floor in search for their treasure whilst sharks and other maritime life glide by. Why do this job? Because rates an reach upto $1,200 per day.


6) Live Mannequin

If you don’t mind being dressed by somebody else and being stared at by passers by then this could be an ideal earner for you. Pay can range up to $100 per hour for some of the larger supermarket chains.


7) Cruise Ship Entertainerunusual well paid jobs

If you have an entertaining talent which you were born with or you may have picked up along the way then this job is perfect for you. Jugglers, fire eaters, even clowns can earn anywhere from $3,000 to $4,500 per month with an added room to lay your head and all the food and drink you could imagine.

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 8) Funeral Service Manager

Unfortunately everyone will have to deal with these people at some stage and their services don’t come cheap.  After viewing the Bureau of Labor Statistics report it is clear where the money is going. The average pay for a Funeral Service Manager is $79,930 a year.


9) Personal Shopper

If you have an eye for fashion then you could consider making a living out of whats ‘hot’ and whats ‘not’. Both men and women are willing to pay large sums of money to have somebody buy their clothes. Personal Shoppers can earn anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000+ per year.


10) Hot Dog Vendor

Due to the low cost of materials (sausage, bread, condiments) a hot dog vendor who claims a good location can earn $30,000 at the side of a street to $100,000 working at large sporting and musical events where there are large crowds of customers.

unusual well paid jobs


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Denis Coleman

Denis Coleman is the founder and CEO of Work Compass, a cloud staff performance collaboration software platform that helps teams align their efforts with strategic goals and continuously improve performance. Frustrated with the disconnect between strategy setting and day to day execution and the lack of tools available to managers to help them be great at their most important function …. Aligning their teams activities with strategic goals and actively managing for high performance Denis spent over 5 years researching strategy execution and performance management practices before founding Work Compass to create a software solution. Denis has held senior roles in Ireland, Czech Republic and North America with high performing electronics manufacturing and professional services organisations for more than 12 years. Denis has worked as Finance Director responsible for €800 million in annual revenues for Flextronics International, Key Account Manager responsible for annual revenues of more than €600 million for Dovatron International and Management Consultant for BDO one of Europe’s most successful professional services providers.

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