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25 Odd Jobs That Make Money

When we think about making big money at our job, we often think about traditional jobs: doctor, lawyer, banker. But there are loads of little-known jobs out there that provide a great salary. Have a look at this infographic from - you may want to change your career path afterwards!


  • Risky jobs lead to higher pay
  • Voice-over artists can make up to $80,000 a year!
  • Trash collectors earn $60,000 per annum!

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25 Odd Jobs that Make Good Money

  1. Shot Girl: She is the one who prepares test tube sized shots of tequila and Jell-O. They are paid 25 cents per shot that they sell plus the tips. This translates as anywhere between $300 and $600 per night.
  2. Submarine Cook: Working as a senior submarine cook in Australia could fetch you $200,000 per year. If you have about 6 years of experience as a cook on the sea, then this job is for you.
  3. Pearl Diver: An average pearl diver in Australia earns about $1300 per day while it is $500 and above in America. It is a risky proposition though.
  4. Oil and Gas Diver: If diving is your passion then you can combine it with some odd job like inspecting oil rigs, laying pipes and welding under the waters. You could easily earn $80,000 per year.
  5. Airplane Repo Man: If you are a born salesman then consider selling airplanes for a change. Plane costs run into the millions of dollars, and 10% commission means a lot of money, to the tune of $10,000 to $900,000 per plane. Reselling just one plane can help you set aside a fortune for life.
  6. Bounty Hunter: This one is really an odd job to be doing. Bounty hunters help in getting a criminal who has skipped out on bail, back to jail. They can earn anywhere between 10 and 45% of the bail amount. The higher the risk, the higher the money you make.
  7. Voice-over Work: For just 5 minutes of dubbing audio for cartoons and commercials you could earn $325. Even a novice can make up to $80,000 per year.
  8. Lipstick Reader: This lady will read the lip prints of women in high teas and parties and earn anywhere from $25 to $50 per hour. The reader tells the person about their personality and future prospects.
  9. Human Statue: This is an age-old job which requires dressing up as a cartoon or an idol and appearing in promotional events or theme parks. Human statues make about $25 to $200 per hour
  10. Human Scarecrow: This is an odd job for the rural dwellers. You get paid $10 to $15 an hour for assisting your friendly neighborhood farmer
  11. Focus Group Participant: This is like an offline survey participant. Being a part of such groups will pay you $40 to $100 an hour and you will be required to give you opinion on products, ideas or services.
  12. Sperm or Egg Donor: If you are young and in good health then this is an easy way to earn your second income. While men earn only a maximum of $200 per donation, women can demand up to $8000.
  13. Mystery Shopper: Anonymous shoppers and service evaluators are employed by companies and auditors to assesss their merchandise, quality, cleanliness and behaviour of employees at workplace. You could easily make $100 per week doing a single assignment.
  14. Movie or Television Extra: Becoming an extra for a movie or TV cannot only give you quick money but also a chance to feature with your favorite star. A weekend on the sets can get you up to $200 per day.
  15. Live Mannequin: This is the latest rage in high end stores. They employ people to parade down with a dress of your choice. If you like modeling then you could earn about $50 an hour doing this job.
  16. Body Advertiser: Painting your face in logos or etching tattoos on your skin are the best ways to become live ads for companies. You could earn anywhere from $100 to $5000 based on the size and importance of the tattoo.
  17. Crab Fisherman: Fishing for crabs could make you richer by more than $60,000 within a few months. These are frequently taken up by college students to clear their education loans.
  18. Crime Scene Cleaner: Not everyone wants to do this job, which is the reason it is a high paying odd job. Starting at $35,000, you could end up earning 6 figure salaries in no time.
  19. Embalmer: Another one which has not many takers is the job of a dead-body sanitiser. Average salaries range from $45,000 upwards per annum.
  20. Luxury House-Sitter: Taking care of luxury houses while their owners are on vacation is a cushy job to have. You get paid for lazing around in a palatial house with food and other amenities for free and a $200 per week allowance. Great if you need a paid quiet time in luxury.
  21. TV Watcher: Watching TV to provide viewer ratings or write subtitles is a profession that is catching up fast. You could earn a starting salary of $25,000.
  22. Waterslide Tester: This involves testing water slides in theme parks and luxury pools for quality, safety, speed etc. A professional waterslide tester not only gets a great salary but also the experience of travelling to exciting places.
  23. Elevator Mechanic: With a salary of $70,000 and above, who would not think of fixing elevators and escalators, especially when it requires no professional qualifications?
  24. Trash Collector: A garbage collector's job may be looked down on, but not any more if you know that they earn $60,000 or more per annum.
  25. Toy Creator: If you are a child at heart and have not had your fill with toys, then here is a job where you can relive your childhood forever. Starting with $53,000, toy creators can make loads of money based on their creativity.


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