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    16 Jobs That Pay Waaaaay More Than You'd Think

    Currently filling out an application to be a garbage collector.

    Who here is avoiding checking their bank account after an indulgent weekend and wondering how on earth they'll ever be able to make enough money to sustain their expensive habits? Can I get a woot woot?

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    Well, we've got a few ideas for you! Reddit user ShanChab asked the Redditsphere, "What's an unexpectedly well-paid job?" Here are some responses that might have you questioning your degree, career, and just overall life choices:

    1. Garbage collectors in New York ($100k+).

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    "Garbage collectors in New York are paid up to $112,000 – a solid salary considering you don’t even need a degree."

    BenRS7

    2. A closed caption broadcaster for the news (up to $72k).

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    "I work at home as a closed caption broadcaster for the news. I make my own schedule and make between $35-$65 per hour depending on the job. Large investment to get started but significantly worth the payout."

    Ishtastic08

    The highest paid closed caption television specialists make an average of $72,000/year in Washington, D.C. and and $71,000/year in New York.

    3. A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority worker ($100k+).

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    "I don't know if this is true in other cities but T and bus operators in Boston make bank. I've rarely met a higher paid, less engaged group of employees in my life and I work in recruiting."

    -staffsargent

    One in three MTBA workers made over $100,000 in 2017.

    4. A court reporter ($100k+).

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    "Stenography is a tough skill to learn, but plenty of court reporters earn over $100,000. And no college degree required (although most court reporters will need to be certified)."

    tracygee

    5. An aircraft dispatcher ($100k+).

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    "I met a girl many years ago because she was living in my town training to be an airline dispatcher. There are just a handful of schools that [offer training] – it gives you a lot of options to advance at an airline, like being station chief."

    TheGonz75

    After they gain several years of experience, aircraft dispatchers can make more than $100,000 a year. Dispatch managers can make even higher than that.

    6. A mobile crane operator ($200k+).

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    "Mobile crane operator. Union guys pull over $200,000."

    fistmyliver

    Apparently crane operators in NYC can make upwards of $500,000 a year.

    7. A bathroom attendant in a fancy restaurant ($100+ per night).

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    "I made hundreds of dollars a night in cash to do next to nothing."

    FireAndBees

    8. A boiler operator ($35+/hour).

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    "I get paid $35/hour to play Skyrim on Switch while watching Netflix. You just have to find one that's all operator and no maintenance."

    Dlrlcktd

    The highest-paid 10 percent of boiler operators make $78,050 a year on average.

    9. A funeral director ($75k+).

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    "Funeral Director is a great paying job with not a whole lot of schooling required. That’s what I do and I make about $75,000."

    Undertaker89

    The top 10% of funeral directors made more than $97,200/year as of May 2011.

    10. A Trader Joe's manager ($100k+).

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    "General managers of stores make $100,000+. Assistant store managers make $60,000-80,000/year. Not bad for working [at a grocery store]."

    shabazoid

    11. A technical writer ($100k+).

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    "Technical writing. If you have the ability to take complex technical information and simplify it according to the reading audience, you can make well over $100,000 annually.

    People ridicule English degrees until they find out how much can be earned as a technical writer."

    WriteAway1

    12. An optician ($30+/hour).

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    "I get $30+ an hour to sell you glasses and contacts."

    vabunuc

    Boston is the highest paying optician city with an average salary of $77,150.

    13. A dental hygienist ($48+/hour).

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    "My wife is a dental hygienist and makes $48/hr."

    drcpdltd

    The top 10% of dental hygienists can pull in over $101,330 a year.

    14. A sign language interpreter ($35+/hour).

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    "We pay our interpreters $35/hr. They get time-and-a-half for assignments after 5 p.m. or on the weekends. If a gig cancels with less than 24 hours notice, the interpreter still gets paid."

    Catflappy

    The highest average wage for sign language interpreters was in Washington D.C. at $92,420 per year.

    15. Internal corporate IT ($100k+).

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    "I get paid $100k+ (with stock and health insurance, not a contractor) to read basic instructions and set up your company phone because you can't be bothered."

    pm_me_ur_wrasse

    There are a wide range of salaries depending on exact role and specific company – you can read more about IT salaries here.

    16. An occupational therapist ($100k+).

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    "My friend is studying occupational therapy, and apparently one of the jobs you can get from that is teaching new mothers how to hold their babies. Six figure income."

    DreaDreamer

    Occupational therapists make a median salary of $83,200.

    Some responses have been edited for grammar and clarity.

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