15 Odd Jobs That Pay Well


15 Odd Jobs That Pay Well

While most people have jobs that sound familiar, some people have taken a different path into more unique careers. However, it’s still important to earn enough money to make a living, and there are luckily many unusual jobs on the market that pay well. You might not have known that some of these jobs exist, but they could lead you down an unconventional path toward a thriving career. In this article, we will explore some high-paying odd jobs to pursue.

Primary duties: A bereavement coordinator is someone who helps families with terminally ill or recently deceased loved ones. They manage everything from paperwork to appointments, handling the funeral service and supervising volunteers and staff so that the family going through a difficult time doesn’t have to. A bereavement coordinator position is a type of counseling service as well, and you might be responsible for arranging counseling for the bereaved when necessary. With a job like this, you would generally work in hospitals, nursing homes, or in hospice settings.

Bingo or casino manager

Primary duties: A bingo manager’s job is to manage everything in a casino or bingo hall. This job does not require a college degree, but does often require at least five years of experience in a similar managerial position. Some duties of a bingo manager might be ensuring compliance with federal and state gaming regulations, handling customer complaints, approving jackpots and overseeing payouts. You would also be responsible for the casino staff and budgets.

Primary duties: A master marijuana extractor is a position where you process marijuana to produce edibles, oils, concentrates and other marijuana products. You do need a degree in a related field to acquire this job, but once you have one, you can start earning a considerable salary right out of college.

Private Investigator

Like Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew before you, it’s time to pick up the magnifying glass — read: a telephoto lens and a bag of corn nuts to tide you over — and get to work. As a private investigator, you’d be gathering, analyzing, compiling and reporting information for your clients about potentially unlawful individuals or organizations. You only need a high school diploma and moderate on-the-job training to do the work. And, in case you’re an optimist who thinks people have become kinder and more trustworthy over the years, know that detectives and investigators are going to see a projected 13% jump in job growth from 2020 to 2030.


Some people like crystals because they’re pretty and make good paperweights. Some like them because a lady in a head shop once told them they’d bring peace and healing. Others, known as crystallographers, like them because the study of their composition can make major advances in the fields of science and medicine. You get to pick which person you are in this scenario, but only the last one makes over $93,000 a year.

Methodology: F or this study, GOBankingRates analyzed the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates dataset to find high-paying jobs that are often overlooked. To be considered high-paying, each job had to have estimated median hourly and annual wages above the national median for all occupations. All job titles included in the final ranking are either tracked as an occupation title by the BLS or explicitly identified as an example of a specialized task included within a larger category in the category’s Occupational Employment Statistics or Occupational Outlook Handbook entry. GOBankingRates also provided information on each job’s projected growth rate from 2020-2030, typical level of on-the-job training for new employees and entry-level education and experience requirements, all from the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data on the most specific larger category available was provided for jobs for which OOH data was incomplete. Jobs were ranked from 1-30 with No. 1 being the job that pays the most. All data was collected on and up to date as of Sept. 28, 2021.

About the Author

Erica Corbin

Erica joined GOBankingRates in 2018. Previously, she worked as an editor at Nasdaq’s wire service GlobeNewswire. She’s had the pleasure of creating content for several products, companies and outlets over the years, primarily lifestyle- and entertainment-related. If asked, she would say the highlight of her career thus far has probably been interviewing some immensely talented people — Glenn Close, Bill Hader, Mary J. Blige and Michael Ironside are personal favorites.

Amazon Mechanical Turk

Mturk is a crowdsourcing site that lets businesses outsource small tasks that require a human touch. AI can’t do everything just yet, so companies seek out feedback from real people. Tasks include processing images or video, cleaning up data, and answering questions about content.

There’s a wide range of tasks available, and you can work as little or as often as you like. It’s a nice, flexible way to make a little extra money in your free time. The microtasks can take anywhere from a few seconds to half an hour to complete. There’s a huge range to choose from.

Each task pays a few cents to several dollars. Keep an eye out for high-paying tasks, or tasks that take a short amount of time to complete. You can increase your earning by finishing many short tasks that pay decently.

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