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Celebrity Personal Assistant
Screening someone's mail, answering the person's phones and responding to his or her Match.com queries are chores uncherished. But for up to 0,000 annually, such menial tasks could become quite doable. Still yet, nothing serves as a reality check like, say, scooping the mashed potatoes back into the skin (after crushing and adding antidepression pills as requested, of course) to make you wonder if a good chunk of change and a few celebrity run-ins are worth it.Photo by Bounce/Getty.
In April, the Massey mine explosion in West Virginia killed 25 miners. While it was an immense tragedy, the incident was certainly not unfathomable to anyone familiar with the job. According to the most recent Mine Safety & Health Administration and Bureau of Labor Statistics report, in 2008 there were 3,227 total injuries, nearly 200,000 workdays lost due to injury, and 28 fatal injuries. But the loot these brave workers take home—in West Virginia and New York it averages to about ,500 annually—is apparently worth the risk.Photo by Tyler Stableford/Getty.
Crime and Trauma Scene Decontaminator
Cleaning and recovering biohazardous material and bodily fluids—including anything from anthrax to HIV/AIDS-contaminated blood—at crime scenes is only made more insufferable by the biotechnicians' uniform: a heavy Hazmat suit, fit with double-filter respirators, and chemical-spill boots. But for the most part, they get paid for their efforts. According to Eddie Evans, owner of Crime Scene Cleanup in Orange County, California, on-scene cleaners can make up to per hour, while owners rake in approximately 0 per hour.Photo by Shutterstock.
Disinfecting the corpse, massaging limbs to relieve rigor mortis, setting eyes and mouth open using string or wire, draining blood vessels via the jugular and replacing with embalming fluids, draining body cavities (yes, that's what you think it is) and injecting chemicals to raise skin or disguise visible bruises are just some of the tasks on the daily to-do list of an embalmer. That said, the job doesn't require a degree, which makes the salary range of ,950 to ,060 a very decent living.Photo by Darrin Klimek/Getty.
Electrical Power-Line Installer and Repairer
The heights at which linemen work, along with the weather conditions in which they work, are child's play compared to the real danger at hand: The handling of high-voltage electricity cables containing tens to hundreds of thousands of volts. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, 43 percent of all occupational electrical fatalities from 2003 to 2007 can be attributed to contact with overhead power lines. Alas, it's a little easier to understand the risk when we know the salary of the top 10 percent: ,310 per year.Photo by Richard Shock/Getty.
Earning significantly more than the average income, garbagemen in New York City (and other big cities as well) dump about ,000 into their bank accounts annually. While long days and physical labor—not to mention the ever-surrounding stink—turn some job-seekers away, the security of the often-unionized work pulls them right back in.Photo by Shutterstock.
Sanitary Sewer Inspector
Looking for cracks and clogs in sewers is a dirty, disgusting job, and one that requires men in little more than waders to drudge through—let's be real—poop (sprinkled with cockroaches and rats) on all fours. However, while the average salary varies from region to region, according to job search engine Indeed.com, a NYC–based worker can rake in ,000 annually, a number that makes rodents just barely tolerable.Photo by John Zoiner/Getty.
The professional care of feet is definitely not the most glamorous of medical specialties. After all, bunions, hammertoe, ingrown nails and wart removal are the bread and butter of the practice. That said, to the tune of a median salary of 6,520, we'd welcome a fungus-ridden foot in our face, too.Photo by iStockphoto.
Bridge Toll Collector
At first glance, this unionized gig doesn't seem like the worst around—collect money, give people directions, tell a joke or two, end scene. At second glance, however, it's the pits. Picture a bored-out-of-his-mind-worker in a 3' x 4' to 8' x 16' vestibule for long, late-into-the-night shifts surrounded by the smog of exhaust and not-so-sweet sounds of honking horns. On the other hand, for possible pay of ,000—and the hopes of an interesting passerby experience—maybe it's not so bad, after all.Photo by VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm.
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