Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well!


Some surprising jobs which pay well include ice cream taster which may pay $50,000 per year or more. A college degree is preferred plus some experience in an ice cream shop. You create new ice cream combinations and test flavors.

A body parts model can earn over $50,000 per year. No college degree is needed. You just need a part of your body such as hands, fingers or legs or feet which can be featured modeling rings, makeup, hand cream, shoes, etc. You should have a portfolio to show how well you photograph. If you haven’t done any professional photo shoots to make up a portfolio have someone take photos of you modeling items featuring the parts of your body you wish to model. In the beginning offer your services for free in order to build up a portfolio and experience.

An Air Traffic Controller needs to complete a FAA Education Program. This 12 week course is in Oklahoma. The position can pay as much as $100,000 per year.

A master sommelier has excellent customer skills as well as a thorough knowledge of wine and a love of wine. The position is in upscale restaurants where, in addition to making the wine list for the restaurant, you help customers select wines they will enjoy. You can earn a salary ranging anywhere from around $50,000 to over $100,000 depending on the establishment where you are employed and your knowledge and skills.

A voice over artist does voice overs for radio, TV and movies. You need to be able to read and speak very well. Expect a voice over career to pay $50,000 and up per year.

A detective or criminal investigator can earn around $75,000 annually. You need to pass written, physical and drug tests to qualify for the police academy. You need to graduate from the police academy. Then you need to work your way up through the ranks as a police officer until you reach the position of detective or criminal investigator.

A funeral service manager can earn around $80,000 annually. He is responsible for supervising the operation of a funeral home and for purchasing and selling funeral home supplies and services. He may coordinate funeral and memorial services. Special training and licensing is required.

Someone who works in a funeral home doing embalming and applying makeup and styling the hair of the deceased can expect to earn over $45,000 per year. These positions require specialized schooling and training and usually licensing in the state where you work.


The midwife works in OB\Gyn healthcare providing care before, during and after childbirth. Special training is required and special licensing may be needed. A midwife can expect to earn around $60,000 per year.

There are other positions available which do not require a college degree and still pay very well. You may need a high school diploma or equivalent to qualify.

These include a plumber who can expect to earn about $40,000 per year and up. You need to serve as a paid apprentice for 4 or 5 years before you can qualify as a plumber.

A brick mason earns about the same yearly amount as a plumber and also needs to apprentice for 3 or 4 years first.

Electric power line installers and repairers can earn over $60,000 annually.

Transportation inspectors check taxi meters for accuracy, check bus wheelchair ramps to be sure they are working properly and check cargo for train shipping. These positions pay around $65,000 peer year.

Gaming managers can earn over $65,000. For this position you need several years experience in a casino working with slots and table games.

Sales representatives can earn anywhere from $35,000 to over $100,000 annually depending on your skills. Sales representatives are needed in most industries. You need to possess above average interpersonal skills and be motivated to work.

These are just some of the well paying jobs which are available. Do some research to find a career what will fulfill your expectations and provide you and your family with a decent income.