People Are Revealing How Much Money They Make, And Now We’re Rethinking Our Career Paths

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Vote up the most interesting posts about salaries.

Have you ever wondered how much you would get paid if you had a completely different job? Redditor u/BigPlunk asked, "What is your job and how much do you get paid?" and the internet had some interesting responses.

  • 1
    198 VOTES

    Working On A Container Ship

    From Redditor u/kevinkap414:

    Officer on a container ship work about 6 months out of the year and make about 120k. For the most part my job is looking out a window at some waves.

    From Redditor u/Corenti:

    Do you enjoy what you do? If I could go back I think this is what I’d want. But I would imagine work-life balance is awful/having a family if applicable

    From Redditor u/kevinkap414:

    I do enjoy it, just being on the water is relaxing. It's better as a young single guy not really having any expenses and then being off with no commitments for a few months at a time. I don't plan on doing it forever as having a family would be difficult. Just doing it for enough years to experience things and set myself up early with no debts and maybe a house.

    From Redditor u/MainSteamStopValve:

    Neither did I but 20+ years later I'm still doing it. It's hard to transition to a shoreside job unless you're an engineer or go back to school for a different degree. If you plan on leaving the industry do it while you're young because it gets a lot more complicated when you have a house or other monitary commitments.


    198 votes
  • 2
    384 VOTES

    Package Sorter

    From Redditor u/Negative_Monarch:

    Ups package sorter at a warehouse, 22$ an hour plus time and a half pay for anything over 5-hour shift in a single day (so for example one shift is 5 hours if I work two shifts in a row the second one would be 33$ an hour).

    Unlimited overtime too so if I really really wanted to I could triple shift every day for an entire week (that would be like 15 hours straight everyday working though) and get a months worth of money in a single check.

    From Redditor u/adrienneray:

    You make more than I do as a teacher for 13 years with a masters degree.

    384 votes
  • 3
    298 VOTES

    Yard Truck Driver For Retail Store

    From Redditor u/Dankmemer4U:

    Drive yard truck for Walmart. Make 10k a month or 120k a year.

    From Redditor u/ExhumedIM:

    I watched a video about trucking where the guy said that Walmart was one of the greatest companies to work for as a trucker. Is that so?

    From Redditor u/Dankmemer4U:

    Very true. Many OTR [Over The Road] drivers make over 6 figures and still go home every night. I don’t go off property. I stay in the yard and just move trailers all day. Base pay is $30 an hour for me, but I also work 30 hrs extra OT a week at $43.55. On top of that we get $500 bouns every 2 weeks. I’m unsure of benefits of OTR drivers, but they do make crazy money. On the other hand they are also held to a higher standard than most other OTR drivers out there. They run a very healthy but tight ship. Trucks are maintained great and always have new tech logistics wise. I’m not a “truck driver” I just move the trailers in a 2021 auto car xspotter.

    298 votes
  • 4
    205 VOTES

    Travel Nurse

    From Redditor u/Nuclear-Polaris:

    Agency (travel) nurse $81.50/hr, $130/hr OT

    From Redditor u/AzirathMetrionZintos:

    We generally work 36-48 hours per week in 13 week contracts. But really we get to decide. There are options for more hours per week. You can extend and stay at a hospital where you are already at for twice as long. Or you can pick up contracts that are only 6-8 weeks long. Lots of options.


    205 votes
  • 5
    304 VOTES

    Dumpster Diver

    From Redditor u/fin425:

    NYC roll-off dumpster driver under a Teamster union contract. $40 an hour in January + medical and pension paid 100% by my employer. There’s guaranteed overtime too, so gross around $130k + the other perks. We also get a 100k severance payout the day we retire. I have a bachelor's in business but fell in love with being outside all day. I also sell scrap metal if I can collect it, and I have a thriving eBay business from other things I find in the dumpsters. Made another 20-25k doing that on the side.

    From Redditor u/kuhataparunks:

    I’m obsessed with dumpster diving, what’s the nicest merch you’ve found?

    From Redditor u/fin425:

    I’ve been selling high-end electronics like crazy. Found a 1600 watt power supply I flipped for $1300. Currently selling a batch of Bluetooth chip readers that I’ve made $7k, so far and I’m negotiating the rest for $6k right now. I also have a poster signed by deceased pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that I have hanging on my wall. I had it authenticated and reframed. It’s worth about $5k, but I’m not selling it.


    304 votes
  • 6
    174 VOTES

    Air Ambulance Pilot

    From Redditor u/FodderOfCannons:

    Air Ambulance Pilot (helicopter). $80k a year.

    From Redditor u/MrDude_1:

    Dude, You're being underpaid.

    From Redditor u/CryOfTheWind:

    We know. I fly initial attack wildfire crews/water bucket and fly in the arctic during the winter for the same amount of money.

    Jobs cool and fun at least.

    174 votes