Dirty Jobs with Really High Pay

by on July 24, 2010

A dirty job denotes working with stuff that most people feel unpleasant, but you can make a decent amount of money doing that. A study says that jobs with hands-on, manual activities make people more contented than office jobs. The people indulge in these kinds of jobs have to be willing to get their hands dirty. Here are top 10 high paying dirty jobs:

Garbage collector

(Average Income: $40, 000)

Being a garbage man is a dirty jobThere is no shortage of garbage collectors jobs, despite the dirt, danger and the smell. The average annual salary for this profession is about $43,000 and the overtime can aid shoot the pay to over $60,000 a year. Sanitation workers put in long shifts, traveling up and down roads to pick up trash. Impatient drivers occasionally hit the guys who are emptying trash cans. That’s the reason why trash collecting ranks high on lists of dangerous jobs.


(Average Income: $290, 000)

Another extremely high paying dirty jobWhatever we eat that goes away through a 25-foot passage in our digestive track and when troubles arise, there’s one doctor we can go to for help is gastroenterologist also known as a GI doctor. These doctors specialize in the process of the body’s digestion. Nobody likes to describe their digestive problem like gas, abnormal stools or a pain in the rear; GIs treat some of the most itchy and embarrassing of ailments.

Oil riggers

(Average Income: $50, 000)

Oil riggers get dirty but make good payCompanies pay a lot to discover and drill for this black gold. But this is not a glamorous job in real life; instead daily life of an oil rig is unclean and dangerous. Offshore rig life engages spending weeks at a time sleeping, eating and working 12-hour days or nights on a man-made drill rig in the middle of the ocean.

Portable Toilet Cleaner

(Average Income: $47, 000)

Cleaning portable toilets is dirty and pays goodThis job is more disgusting than both garbage collector and gastroenterologist. Most people avoid situations where they require using a portable toilet. These toilets can be worse without the folks who clean them for a living. Cleaners suck up all the waste in a portable toilet using a tank and a vacuum wand.

Crab fisherman

(Average Income: $40k – 50k)

Crab fishing can pay well but is a dirty jobFishing persistently ranks as the most deadly occupation in the U.S. This is not that kind of fishing that most people think as lazy afternoons on the lake and father-son bonding.

Sewer Inspector

(Average Income: $60, 000)

Another dirty job with decent payThese employees are represented as nuts for willingly diving into human waste, with above a high school education; they can make over $60,000 a year. Many people consider sewer inspectors noble stewards because they maintain our water and our streets clean.


(Average Income: $41, 000)

An embalmer makes good money but gets dirtyThe body quickly becomes pale and unsightly when a person dies. This is not a very pleasant experience for family and friends who say goodbyes to their departed loved ones. That’s where the embalming process starts. Embalmers and mortuary workers earn about $41,000 on average, and the compensation rises with experience.

Coal Miner

(Average Income: $64, 000)

Perhaps the dirtiest job with high pay is a coal minerCoal mining is also one of the most dangerous as well as literally dirty professions today. Coal miners earn an average annual salary of around $64,000.


(Average Income: $35k-45k)

Plumbers get dirty but make a lot of moneyThe thought of living without a plumber is unthinkable. Plumber offers us significant comfort and convenience. At entry level plumbers typically pull in between $35,000 and $40,000 a year.

Crime scene cleaner

(Average Income: $60k-75k)

Crime scene cleaners make good pay but deal in bloodThey charge by the hour. With a little experience and flexibility with work hours, they easily make about $75,000 a year. The person who is prone to get sick and emotional can’t succeed in this job.

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BC July 28, 2010 at 7:43 am

Sorry, but in LA, $40-$60,000/year is not a “really high” salary. It’s more of an “average” salary. And if that’s the max you can make in your job in LA, pick another job. Even so, with the cost of living in LA, at $60,000 you’re not exactly “living large”.


Bazlur Rahman April 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

I like this job. I want to get this type of job


cleopas moses May 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm

i wil like to work as garbage collectors job if i see any one


Ali May 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Yeah, I don’t consider $60,000 as “really high” salary. You can make lots more in other roles minus the danger and dirt. Am surprised how little some of these jobs party considering the dangers.

I mean if laziness is someones thing (as you mention in the other article), sure, or lack of other skills and interest in other areas then people might opt for such roles, but I for one prefer to do something safer and that I’m actually interested in to earn more.


kim July 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Laziness? I wouldn’t assume anyone doing these jobs is lazy or lacking other useful skills or interests. Just because you don’t want to do a job doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t live for it.


Deepak May 22, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Gastroenterologist Average Income is $290, 000, but i don’t consider it is very high if you live nr San francisco or LA not it’s not that high as it is used to be.

i really like this article very informative thanks 🙂
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