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- Some of the dirtiest, most dangerous, and off-putting jobs in America also pay decent salaries.
- Though it can be rare to make more than $100,000 in a dirty or unpleasant job, there are exceptions.
- We rounded up 15 jobs that may not be some people’s ideal career, but pay surprisingly well.
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Oftentimes, the more unpleasant or off-putting a job is, the more it pays. Many dangerous, dirty, or just unpleasant jobs don’t require a college degree or even a high level of experience. However, they do require a strong commitment to the job at hand and some require an even stronger stomach.
From the dangerous depths of coal mines to sky-high electrical towers, these jobs can put you at risk. They can also make your stomach turn. You may be surprised to discover you can make pretty good money picking head lice out of other people’s scalps, cleaning porta-potties, and mopping up blood from a crime scene. Other jobs, like becoming a dental hygienist, foot doctor, or proctologist, may seem slightly off-putting to some, but pay high salaries.
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Here are 15 jobs that may seem off-putting, but pay surprisingly well.
If hair grosses you out, this job may not be for you. Wax specialists are tasked with dealing with hair removal on all areas of the body – and we mean all areas. However, the monetary rewards of this career may convince you. Though the average yearly salary of a wax specialist is on the lower end of this list, it may surprise you considering wax specialists typically don’t need a college degree or years of experience.
The average yearly salary of a wax specialist is $48,750.
Butcher or meat cutter
Weak stomachs, beware. Butchers and meat cutters have the grisly task of dismembering meat before it’s sold. If being surrounded by meat cuttings all day sounds like your worst nightmare, maybe this isn’t the job for you. However, butchers have the propensity to make a surprisingly high salary.
The average yearly salary of a butcher is $35,159, but master butchers can make up to a whopping $113,000.
Crime scene cleaner
Crime scene cleanup certainly isn’t the job for everyone. For many, however, it’s an exciting career prospect that resembles real-life CSI. Sometimes referred to as biohazard remediation or trauma scene restoration, crime scene cleaners are tasked with cleaning up "blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially dangerous materials" after the investigators have recovered everything they need from the crime scene. You may be surprised to find out that crime scene cleaners can make relatively high salaries.
The average yearly salary for a crime scene cleaner is between $35,000 and $80,000.
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