"Exotic dancer" may be the politically correct term for it, but whether it’s "stripper," "dancer," "or entertainer," you can make $180,000 a year. Granted, it depends greatly on the club, the customers, and the location. Most exotic dancers average about $40,000 -$70,000 a year.
With an average yearly salary of $40,000, reading the future can be pretty lucrative. It can be done over the phone or in dusky shops full of curiosities. And that’s not counting the big guys like Sylvia Brown, with TV shows and published books. Who knows whether it’s real? In times of economic turmoil, psychics know they’ll come out on top.
Porta Potty Cleaner
It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it, right? The guys who go around cleaning out portable toilets make about $50,000 a year. But who wants to say they’re in charge of carting gallons of feces at the end of the day?
Speaking of dealing with the dead and dirty jobs, getting bodies ready for burial can bring in a tidy sum of $50,000 a year. But embalming is far from tidy. You have to consider car wrecks, serial killers, hunting accidents, and the myriad other disgusting ways people have died. Not to mention being stuck in a creepy building filled with dead bodies that you have to pump the fluids out of and make decent for burial.
Although several countries and companies have banned cosmetic testing on animals, not everyone has. And with PETA and other organizations trying to make a difference, it’s far from the most accepted position. Anyone with a pet would look at an animal tester twice, $46,000 a year aside.
While it's not a very popular career in the United States, chicken sexers can make over $60,000 a year in the right place. Whether that’s worth flipping baby chicks upside down and inspecting their cockadoodle or not remains to be seen.
This might be the ultimate difficult job, social acceptance aside. And for a doctor to only make $50,000 is pretty pitiful. Especially considering the security that has to be in place and the throngs of protestors that spend their days waving signs out front. The real question is: how much do those guys make?
Dog Food Taster
Just to be clear, this job is for a person, not a dog. These people make $30,000 to more than $100,000 a year to take a bite of dog food and decide if it’s going to be palatable for a dog. Granted, most of them spit it back out (hopefully). They’re also in charge of determining if the appropriate nutritional content is present. If they can do that by taste, it’s no wonder they make so much.
Read: Assassin. Now, it must be admitted that the government isn’t very forthcoming about the yearly salary the people they may or may not employ to take out high-risk targets. But it is undoubtedly true that there are people out there who make upwards of $60,000 - per kill, not per year. Not very useful if they get caught, though.
Professional Poker Player
Apparently, there’s quite a lot of controversy about how much professional poker players make. The thing with gamblers is that they could make hundreds of dollars in a day, but addiction doesn’t lend itself to setting money aside for the future, which makes it extremely difficult to garner a standard wage figure.
Some retired players make an additional $20,000-$30,000 a year, just playing part-time. Some online players have profiles that show more than $2,000,000 in winnings - although whether that’s all the money they’ve won, not counting what they’ve lost is unclear. Because more than 25% of poker players lose money, and only 10% actually make a decent amount, which most sources claim about $60,000 a year.
There’s also quite a variety of jobs you might not want to take on full-time, but that can provide some serious salary boosts. Sperm donors can make up to $1,000 a month just for, um, supplying banks. Egg donors, while considerably more intensive, can make somewhere in the vacinity of $5,000-$15,000, depending on the company, the number of eggs donated, and how pretty, smart, and otherwise good their genes are.
If letting your genetic print spread around isn’t your style, a snake milker can sell a gram of venom for $1,000 (which will go mostly toward hospital bills if you aren’t really good with snakes). Undercover bridesmaids stand in at weddings for $300-$2,000 per wedding, and you can rent a mourner for $70 per two-hour stint of mourning if there just aren’t enough sad people at someone’s funeral. Perhaps the creepiest one though, is professional cuddlers, hireable at around $80 an hour, for when you just really need a snuggle and don’t mind that you have no idea who it is that’s feeling you up.