Everyone knows that it's challenging to make money. You either have to work a 9 to 5 job or take up some menial jobs around. However, some people have lucked out on some high-paying jobs that require them to do close to nothing. We've put together a list, and we bet you'd be shocked at these lazy jobs with high paychecks.
It Pays to Cuddle With Dogs
This lady must have done something good in her past life - imagine getting paid for doing something as sweet as cuddling with dogs. No experience or resume was needed, just someone interested in attending to dogs who needed attention and love.
Interestingly, this job came with its perks, such as free WIFI and Netflix as well as a comfy bed. Even better, she was paid $30 per hour, an amount some office workers can't boast about. If only we could get paid for cuddling our dogs at home, then we'd be billionaires by now.
Eyes on the Monitor
How would it feel to get paid $150 per hour to do practically nothing? That's a rare blessing we'd love to partake in. This guy's neighbor has only one job - make sure that every machine is working perfectly in a power station. Sounds stressful, right?
Actually, it's one of the simplest things to do. This is because the power station already has an alarm to alert everyone if there's an issue. When the alarm goes off, he can step in and handle the situation. Since this rarely happens, this worker has a lot of time to do whatever he likes. Must be nice.
The Bellboy Who Does Nothing
If we had one wish, it would be to get paid a huge amount of money for doing little to nothing. Suffice it to say that this man is living his dream life because, for someone who earns almost $70k a year, he does practically nothing.
Our star boy works at a heliport, and all he has to do is get the passenger's luggage into the helicopter and wait for them to return. While waiting, he can do whatever he wants because he's free. As he revealed, his favorite pastime is to stay with his phone and surf the internet until his attention is required again.
Get Paid for a Massage
While several people pay to get a massage, it works the other way for this person. They worked at a massage school, and their job was to lie down all day and receive massages. This had to be done so that students could have someone to practice on.
Besides getting a free massage throughout the day, this person also got paid $34 per hour. This was a way better deal than the $14 they received at their former job. We don't need a soothsayer to know that many people would quit their jobs in a heartbeat to work in this massage school.
A Special Kind of Tourist
There are many responsibilities that come with being a tour guide. You have to be social and be updated about many important facts to be able to respond to tourists' inquiries. While this might be a lot of work for some people, it's not a big deal.
This man is one of those tourist guides who thoroughly enjoy their job. The Hawaii tourist guide gets paid four times more than the regular person, which is a good enough incentive to get his job done. Then, it's also nice that he gets to interact with visitors while enjoying a boat ride in one of his favorite locations around the world.
When Being in Prison Is Actually Fun
In many movies and TV shows, we see prison guards having very difficult jobs, and they can sometimes be in danger. After all, they work to protect the lives of some of the most dangerous people in the country who have committed serious crimes, and their job is to maintain order.
But not all prisons are the same, as this prison guard explains. He worked at a federal prison camp, where the inmates come to have fun. The prisoners usually do most of the work, to the point that the guards sometimes sleep during work hours. But that’s not all. He also says that he made about 100K per year, which is quite impressive.
Having Fun and Getting Paid
Having fun and getting paid sounds like a dream to most of us, but some people seem to hit the jackpot with a stress-free job that they actually enjoy. As someone explains, they got a job when they were in college, and it involved watching old shows as the computer converted them into digital files. This included old radio, TV, and even cartoon shows.
Since almost all the work is done by the computer after pressing a single button, they definitely enjoyed this job so much. Imagine watching your favorite cartoon years later to get the jokes that you were too young to notice when you were a kid.
When Delegation Becomes a Blessing
Being a manager is a nightmare when you feel like you need to be on top of everything. But one IT manager at a university managed to find the right mixture of a high-paying job, a cooperative team, and pretty much nothing to do other than focus on his peace of mind.
This manager probably spent some time making sure that all the techs understood what needed to do. Once a system was established, he didn’t have to do much. The techs interact with the users and set the workloads for themselves. The manager probably just monitors everything and occasionally stamps timecards, but he doesn’t have to get involved with anything else.
Just Flip a Sign
Everything in Australia seems to work differently, including jobs. Down under, you can get an easy job where you make about 3K per week for simply holding a Stop/Slow sign and flipping it when necessary.
This person is called a lollipop lady, maybe because the sign looks a lot like a lollipop. Other than paying attention to the traffic, a lollipop lady doesn’t have to do much. We’re sure that this isn’t always a fun job, as it’s quite boring to stand doing nothing. It can also be dangerous. Yet, if you’re looking for an easy way to make some money, this will work for you.
Get the Big Bucks For Doing So Little
Being jobless can be quite boring, so some people are lucky enough to have a job where they don’t do much and still get paid for their efforts. A project manager at a Fortune 200 company explains that his current position is a remote one, where he works from home. He set up his home office, but he also has two gaming monitors for fun.
Keeping his work laptop next to him, he replies to every email and message and sometimes even holds meetings. But most of the time, he ends up working as little as four hours per week while having plenty of time to play games, watch TV, or do work around the house.
Better Than Teaching Jobs
Making money is indeed vital in the society we live in. Yet, should that be our sole concern when choosing a suitable job? This Redditor advises becoming a trash truck driver. That's because it is a straightforward profession that pays well, and one just needs to be physically fit.
Did you know that trash truck motorists reap a salary more than many teachers? Yes, it may not seem fair, but we should bear in mind how crucial this duty is as well. As an educator, one is expected to influence their pupils. However, a truck driver has no such obligations.
Are You Even Working?
Big companies often don't recruit a lot of people unless there is a considerable opening. For this reason, some needless personnel also end up getting hired. While some workers are burdened with multiple tasks, others get paid for doing almost nothing during working hours.
A similar circumstance was faced by this individual who was recruited by managers of the famous tech giant, Microsoft. During the major course of his employment, the person did nothing much at the workplace. Later, when a new boss took charge, this guy's job position and performance were questioned. Soon after, he was terminated from work.
The Job of Our Dreams
Are you sleepy and losing your focus on work due to this? Don't worry, we have something for you! Some people earn by simply serving as professional sleepers. In addition, they are also entitled to a decent salary.
To test several soporific products, certain firms seek the help of professional sleepers before launching them in the market. Beds, pillows, mattresses, and even medical supplies are examples of this. They are ready to pay you for sleeping in their lab because the items are meant to get people a sound sleep, and so they need accurate feedback.
A Perfect Weekend Gig
There's no doubt that a notary's job is not the highest-paying profession, but this differs by location. If you are hired for back-to-back sessions over the weekend, you may earn a decent amount of money because in certain areas you can earn as much as $200 per visit. Also, the job isn't too arduous.
Being a publicly appointed official, a notary's sole duty is to verify the legality of house papers. If you do it at people's homes, you're likely to attract a lot more clients. This person claims that by working only an extra Saturday a month, he can easily pay his rent.
Utilize Your Field All Season
The job of a field worker is undeniably tough and stressful. It can prove to be more challenging than many others due to inevitable factors of nature. For this reason, agribusiness is also deemed a loss-prone profession. Yet, just by owning the field, they work in, this couple can easily raise some extra funds.
At the summer's end, an annual carnival is organized in the community after crops get harvested. So, this pair decided to charge visitors $12 per day for parking cars on their property and $45 per night to camp there. Indeed, an excellent way to earn throughout the year.
Being a Cop in a 'Clean' Area
Imagine a world without cops because there are no laws or people have mastered the art of co-existing so harmoniously that there is no need for laws or law enforcers. Now get out of that trance because if such a thing is ever going to happen, it'll take us, folks, some years, if not decades or centuries.
Nevertheless, the crime rate isn't always equal in magnitude across different places. So this cop, for instance, got a job where there wasn't a lot of crime and would make a hundred grand yearly with minimal effort. Aren't you already tempted to be a cop there too?
Get Into the School Board
When asked about a job they thought was easy paying, this person could only think of the board members at his public school who made over 5k euros a month. "What?!" Yeah, you heard that right. Fortunately, this person couldn't get it either.
All the board members did was act busy while they attended countable meetings, made a few icky rules, then sat and waited for the easy pay at the end of every month. So if you are thinking of a side hustle that will make you some good money and you can pull the strings, this $5,600 is it, friend. You're welcome!
Dump Truck Drivers Are the Luckiest
You've probably never thought huge truck drivers have a fun job. All they seem to do is control heavy truck machines like dump trucks, and you wouldn't want to do that for a living. Do they make enough even, you wonder? They do! Does 70k for sitting and driving back and forth all day sound like 'small struggle money?'
Do you know what other thing they enjoy? They get to clear their heads while on the job, unlike most people whose work involves a lot of thinking. The only thinking dump truck drivers do is when they want to do some reflection. Otherwise, theirs is a "mindless job" kind of job.
20K Yearly for 20 Minutes Daily
We get why some people insist that life isn't always fair because while one person needs to labor all day to make a decent living, another only needs twenty minutes of their day to make over 20k a year. While some folks enjoy having a 9 to 5, those who work in the U.S Federal Government must love theirs more.
You get to do morning transactions that take little effort or have the busiest day made up of two hours of accounting or project management work, then sit pretty and knit all day at the taxpayers' expense. Who wouldn't want that?
Want to Watch Jurassic Park at Work?
Most folks dread working in the hospital or pursuing any health-related career that'll have them working in the hospital because it sounds like too much work all the time with little rest in between. Well, this particular job disqualifies that notion. You will only need to know how to get through annual basic life support on computerized dummies!
You will then be required to click the link for the dummies, sit back, and adjust their hand position now and then. So why would you not have time to watch Jurassic Park if this is all you'd be doing at your job?
A Parking Lot Is a Good Investment
If you want to make loads of money without doing anything, we recommend buying a parking lot. Well, technically, this does not fall under the category of working a job and is more on the business side, but it is a great option to increase your bank balance with little or no effort. Interestingly, with the growing number of people buying cars, there are often space constraints and a constant lookout for a parking space.
Additionally, many do not even mind shelling out a few extra bucks so that they find the perfect spot for their vehicles. So you see how owning a car park will generate a substantial income minus the hard work.
Learn to Drive a Forklift
Anyone can drive an ordinary vehicle, but it requires some skills to handle a forklift. The machine may look simple, but not all can operate this shifting equipment. Thus it is hard to find the right person to run this automobile, and people capable of using it receive handsome pay. In case you are looking for a lucrative career, we suggest becoming a forklift handler can be a great side hustle.
Since not many are skilled to use this vehicle, there isn't much competition in the field, so why not give it a shot? Besides, it seems to be fun traveling in an unusual car and making good money
Who Knew Sleeping Would Pay?
Did you know working at night pays off pretty well? Many companies give a better salary when working during the graveyard shifts. It often happens with people who are a part of an American organization but reside outside the region. This one netizen got employed with a company in the USA and made tons of money without having to do much work.
Interestingly, she got paid a decent amount of $55 an hour to sleep, eat, relax and surf the internet. Who knew night shifts could be fruitful and also fill your pockets with a good amount? It's time to browse the web for lucrative options similar to the one this user found.
Paid to Do Nothing
Outsourcing work is a common occurrence in the business world, which resulted in a rising number of call centers across the globe. To the outsider working at such companies may seem fun, but the pressure under which these individuals work is indescribable. Nonetheless, it isn't always the case for the people who work at a call center that they are overworked and underpaid.
It is because employees get promoted more than often, and once you make it to a higher position, all you have to do is monitor your subordinates like this netizen. We agree the initial years of this job are tough, but getting $50,000 for overhearing phone calls isn't a bad deal.
A Firefighter’s Pay Will Surprise You
It is not easy being a firefighter, but if the pay is as high as this netizen claims, we assume many of you would love to join this service. It is not always that a team of firemen is out there putting off a fire. So they are mostly getting paid for sitting at the fire department and awaiting an emergency call.
There are regions where this unit is on its toes most of the time and without breaks sometimes. Nonetheless, in other places, the employees of this bureau get paid for just coming to work. Apart from the high pay, this career is also highly respected for the dangerous tasks a fireman performs in his line of duty.
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Helpers in the Construction Trade
The description of the work that construction trade assistants do is complex and demanding. The majority of their work consists of assisting other workers with tasks such as loading and unloading construction materials and transporting them to different work areas.
When this is taken into consideration, the likelihood of being in a situation that could end in death is extremely high. The majority of the time, a fatal accident on the job occurs when a worker slips and falls from a significant height.
Heavy Machinery and Heavy Logs
It is starting to become clear to us that jobs are typically the ones that present the greatest risk. Workers in the logging industry definitely have one of the lowest median annual salaries, and they face a significant danger of both fatal and nonfatal injuries on the job.
Workers in this industry frequently perform their duties outside, in secluded locations that lack convenient access to urgent care facilities. In 2018, there were 75 fatalities, and 1,040 nonfatal ones were recorded. Most of the nonfatal ones were caused by dangerous equipment, such as chainsaws and wood shippers.
Very Dangerous Diesel Engine Job
Accidental deaths caused by heavy pieces of machinery falling on people is the leading cause of death on the job for engine specialists who diagnose, adjust, and repair buses and trucks. These professionals are accountable for ensuring that the engines of the vehicles are secure.
There is a good chance that a person will pass away if they are crushed beneath a vehicle that weighs between 10,000 and 40,000 pounds. Workers in this line of work also have one of the highest rates of injury on the list. During just the year 2018, a diesel engine specialist recorded 3,160 different injuries.
Working In Mining Is Not That Ideal
It should come as no surprise that operating mining machinery is one of the most dangerous jobs, given that there are an astounding 9 fatal injuries for every 3,280 jobs in this industry. Heavy machinery operators in the mining industry are responsible for operating equipment such as cranes and cement mixers.
When you throw in some power tools here and there, along with some air hammers and earth tampers, you've got yourself a potential killer situation. As machines are an essential part of their jobs, it should come as no surprise that accidents involving machines are the leading cause of death in this industry.
The Dangers Surrounding Construction Equipment Operators
The workplaces of engineers and people who operate machinery are not always the safest places to be. When operating heavy machinery, flying objects are the primary cause of fatal injuries and should be avoided at all costs. There is a purpose behind the presence of warning signs as well as instructions on how to operate potentially hazardous machinery.
These engineers and equipment operators make frequent use of bulldozers, pumps, derricks, and various other forms of power equipment when excavating the grade and pouring concrete. As a direct consequence of this, there were a total of 39 fatal accidents involving this machinery in the year 2018.
Worrying Stats In Construction Laborers' Profession
Construction work is consistently ranked among the most physically demanding jobs available anywhere in the world. It should not come as a surprise that there are a great number of fatal accidents due to exhaustion because working long hours shifts during hot or cold days is challenging.
If you want to achieve the American dream, it is not ideal to have a job that requires you to put in a lot of hard work, have a typical annual salary of $36,000, and work in an environment that is hazardous. Despite that, the very possibility of not coming home at the end might not be all that appealing.
Policework Is Definitely Dangerous
When we think of people who have integrity, the first people that typically come to mind are law enforcement officers and other members of the armed forces. Despite this, working as a police officer who is also responsible for the community can be an extremely stressful job.
In most cases, a job description for law enforcement will include a number of potentially hazardous components. According to the findings of some statistical studies, approximately one-half of the fatal injuries sustained by police officers on the job is the result of being struck by vehicles while attempting to issue citations. The other half takes place during the process of fighting crime.
Being Around Heavy Machinery
Working with heavy machinery and equipment, the supervisor of mechanics, installers, and repairers are responsible for ensuring that safe practices are followed in the workplace. In some cases that involve being in very close proximity to dangerous machinery, and automated production lines.
Both men and women who work in the field are frequently required to perform their jobs while perched precariously atop scaffolding or other potentially hazardous platforms. In addition to this, the level of payment does not correspond to the level of responsibility.
Getting Through Nooks And Crannies
The general maintenance workers will perform everything from plumbing, carpeting, electrical, heating, and cooling to repairs for assigned equipment. Therefore, it is understandable why workers in this profession are in a group at risk of fatal injuries.
The rate of fatal injuries in this industry is shockingly high, coming in at 12.5 per 100,000 workers in 2018. When you just look at the numbers, the job doesn't seem very appealing. This industry is indeed a hostile working environment.
Different Types of Agricultural Work
The day-to-day responsibilities of workers in the agriculture industry require them to overcome every challenge and carry out their tasks, regardless of the weather. It doesn't matter if they are tending to livestock or crops; these workers have duties that must be completed.
Their work in the fields involves the use of a lot of potentially hazardous equipment, but the vast majority of fatal accidents happen when the animals are being transported. If you've watched any western, ever – you know what happens when the herd starts running in one direction. You run!
Heavy Electricity and Power Lines
Electricity is an industry that relies heavily on the men and women who work with high voltages because they are the industry's backbone. They put themselves at an increased risk of fatal injuries so that they could successfully carry out a multitude of tasks and assist in the delivery of electrical power.
These occupations are linked to a significantly increased risk of passing away. During the year 2018, there were 19,3 deaths on the job for every 100,000 people employed. In addition to that, there were 1,490 injuries that were not fatal that occurred to these workers. The encouraging news is that this figure is lower when compared to that of 2016.
Landscaping Industry Taking Its Toll
A career in the landscaping industry takes care of the outdoor grounds of homes, businesses, and parks. Landscape work is typically done during specific seasons. Flying objects are responsible for the majority of injuries, while accidents involving transportation are the most likely to result in fatalities. This is one of the reasons why.
Slips and falls, collisions with machinery, and muscle sprains and strains are among the most frequent causes of injury. The good news is that the total number of fatalities that occurred in the landscape in 2017 was lower than the total number that occurred in 2018.
Supervising Construction Sites
Having responsibility for co-workers puts a lot of pressure on the person in charge. That even makes the person's job even more dangerous. Working on roads is one of the typical job descriptions. Which usually leads to fatal or nonfatal injuries.
The death rate for construction supervisors in the United States is 21 per 100,000 people, which places them squarely on the list of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In terms of percentage, it might not seem severe, but working under extreme conditions is no easy feat. Especially when you're the one responsible for the job.
Heavy Steel Beams
The majority of injuries and fatalities that occur on this job are the result of slips and falls. That comes as absolutely no surprise at all. The men and women who work as steel fasteners are constantly under construction and put in dangerous situations where they face a high risk of injuries that could result in death.
Accidental deaths claim the lives of 23,6 out of every 100,000 workers in the United States each year. A silver lining is that there were 600 fewer injuries in 2018 compared to 2016 overall. So, in terms of job safety, it's safe to say that things are improving. However, it's far from ideal when you look at things from a risk assessment point of view.
Dangers of Trucking
Working as a truck driver is not an easy job by any means. The fact that workers spend the majority of their time traveling can quickly add additional stress to their lives. Because of this, it should not come as a surprise that the majority of injuries are not the result of collisions with motor vehicles.
Overexertion is the most common cause of injuries that lead to death, and in 2018, it was responsible for an astounding number of 78,500 injuries that were not fatal and 966 deaths. However, there were 26 fatalities for every 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in the trucking and driving industry.
Ranching Is Not Like The Movies
Injuries, both fatal and nonfatal, are common in the work that farmers and ranchers do on a daily basis, and 257 of the 537 accidents that occur result in fatalities. The majority of dearth-related injuries are the result of an accident that occurred while people were traveling.
The majority of injuries sustained on the job are the result of slips and falls in the workplace. The incidence of nonfatal injuries among farmers and ranchers is, on average, lower than the national average, which is a positive aspect of this industry.
Not The Safest Job Out There
When it comes to garbage collectors, mastering the art of driving a large moving truck in a congested urban environment is an essential skill in and of itself. Because of this, the majority of their fatal and nonfatal accidents are related to traffic jams.
Workers are at risk of serious injuries if a vehicle hits them accidentally. Trash collectors have earned their place atop the list of the most dangerous jobs in the United States thanks to the astounding rate of 44.3 fatal injuries reported for every 100,000 FTE workers.
According to the BLS, the booming trend for roofing jobs doesn't mind that in 2018, 106 roofers died on the job, with an additional 2,060 injured. The most common cause of injuries in this field comes from slips and falls, with an average recovery time of 20 days.
In addition to this, they are subjected to unsavory climatic conditions. It should come as no surprise that the typical amount of time needed to recover from an accident, twenty days, is significantly longer than the average for most other professions.
Working Tired Means Risking It All
Although it may seem like a job straight out of a fairy tale, professional pilots actually spend a significant portion of their working lives jetting around the globe. However, along with the splendor and excitement of traveling comes the exhaustion that comes along with constantly adjusting your work schedule.
Accidents can happen when people are overly tired due to their packed schedules. Injuries almost always result in some level of discomfort, predominantly in the form of pain. As of 2018, the death rate for professionals working in this industry was 58.9 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, representing a 2% year-over-year increase since 2016.
The Dangers Of The Sea
The average annual salary of $31,190 is shockingly low, considering the high level of risk and the hazardous nature of the work environment. The harsh environmental conditions and lengthy journeys endured by fishermen make for an "ideal movie" scenario for the occurrence of injuries and illnesses that can result in death.
Workers in this industry run the risk of losing their lives in an instant due to the combination of operating heavy machinery and attempting to move around on surfaces that are prone to slipping. The fatal injury rate of 77.4 per 100,000 FTE workers is among the highest in the United States.