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13 Shockingly Overpaid Jobs That’ll Make You Question Your Career Choice

In a world where salaries vary wildly, some jobs seem to have hit the jackpot, leaving us mortals wondering where we went wrong. In a popular online community, readers dive into the realm of the financially fortunate. We reviewed 13 jobs that readers declared overpaid and believe should pay less. 

Underwater Welder

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Underwater Welders are the deep-sea daredevils of the welding world and can make substantial incomes by fusing metal in the ocean’s murky depths. While the risks they take are undeniably real, it’s still quite surprising that their paychecks dive so deep for a profession largely unseen by the world above.

Feng Shui Consultant

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Feng Shui Consultants can pull in over $100,000 a year just for rearranging furniture and channeling good vibes. You’ve got to admire the harmony they create between their bank accounts and the ancient art of placement.

Professional Hacker (Ethical Hacker)

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Professional hackers are known for infiltrating the digital realm with stealth and cunning, but it seems they’ve also managed to crack the code to a lucrative career. With their income skyrocketing to new highs, one might wonder if they’ve stumbled upon a secret backdoor into the bank of success.

Elevator Installer and Repairer

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Elevator Installers and Repairers enjoy the financial lift of salaries well over $100,000 a year to ensure that people can comfortably ascend and descend in buildings. While their expertise is undoubtedly valuable, it’s intriguing that their pay scale rises to such heights for a job that essentially revolves around pushing buttons.

Flavorist (Food Chemist)

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Food chemists are rolling in the dough (and we’re not talking about pizza!). Sure, they expertly balance the chemical concoctions of our favorite treats, but perhaps we’re all just a little bitter that they’re raking in the big bucks while we’re left savoring the crumbs.

Ice Cream Taster

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An ice cream taster’s salary is undeniably enticing, with the potential to earn a comfortable living for such a seemingly delightful job. These professionals can average make anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 per year, depending on their experience and the company they work for. As they savor the flavors of their occupation, it’s clear that ice cream tasters have found a sweet spot in the job market.

Voice-Over Artist

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A golden voice can strike the right chord with clients. Voice-over artists can score impressive paychecks. It seems this job is a testament to the power of the spoken word and proof that fortune truly favors the vocal.

Air Traffic Controller

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Air Traffic Controllers command salaries soaring over $100,000 a year just to orchestrate the delicate dance of aircraft in and out of airports. While their work is crucial for safe travels, it’s curious to see their paychecks take flight in such an extravagant manner for a job that’s largely about keeping their eyes on blips and communicating with pilots.

Master Sommelier

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A Master Sommelier can uncork a salary of over $150,000 a year simply for being a grape connoisseur. It’s an intoxicating sum, no doubt, but one can’t help but wonder if we’re pouring too much into these wine aficionados’ glasses while other professionals are left whining for a refill.

Video Game Tester

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A video game tester’s income might have many of us hitting the reset button on our career choices as they level up in the realm of financial success. Salaries can range up to $50,000 per year; they appear to have discovered the ultimate cheat code for turning playtime into payday.

Lego Master Builder

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Lego Master Builders enjoy a unique and creative career, assembling intricate and captivating designs that bring joy to fans of all ages. Their salaries can range up to $75,000 per year, reflecting the value of their specialized skills and exceptional attention to detail.

Cruise Ship Entertainer

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Cruise ship entertainers charm the high seas with dazzling performances. In the end, their paychecks might be enough to give anyone a touch of seasickness as they navigate the stormy waters of envy and astonishment.

Dog Food Taster

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This job can fetch a surprisingly hefty paycheck for their role in ensuring quality kibble. With earnings ranging up to $75,000 per year, they’ve clearly sniffed out a lucrative niche in the world of pet care.

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