Dirty Jobs – Good Income

The following jobs were listed by Yahoo as jobs that pay well, although you have to be willing to get your (gloved) hands dirty:

* Veterinarian — Median annual salary*: $73,621
* Oil Drill Worker — Median annual salary: $55,806
* Waste Management Engineer — Median annual salary: $67,249
* Trauma Surgeon — Median annual salary: $273,160
* Coroner — Median annual salary: $52,072
* Certified Nurse Midwife — Median annual salary: $81,015
* Podiatrist — Median annual salary: $118,665
* Gastroenterologist — Median annual salary: $239,622

The caveat for all these salaries is that you do not get paid the stated amounts right away. The median annual salaries are for people with 10-19 years of work experience in their respective field.

This brings me to believe that there are plenty of cleaner jobs that will pay you most of those salaries and then some by the end of 2 decades. Obviously if you like feet or stomachs this isn’t likely to persuade you to try another career instead.

A few additional points I had noticed:

– It was surprising to see that veterinarians do not make more. Perhaps this is so since the data is based on averages of professionals throughout the country, including rural areas.

– Most of the jobs are in the medical field. Of course part of the job also entails long hours, emotional roller coaster, and messiness.

– If after 19 years, oil drill workers and coroners make in the mid 50K, sounds like they deserve a significant raise.

– By the way, since Joe the Plumber (or his boss) was making more than 100K a year, sounds like a logical addition to the list.

How to Show You Deserve a Raise

Here are 4 ways to get a larger income from your current job:

1) Overperform – Nowadays it’s a good idea to stand out of the crowd of employees and minimize the risk of layoffs by working exceptionally. For instance, if the performance goal for you is to grow sales by 5%, try achieving a higher goal.

2) Timing -  Although there is an economic downturn, if from your knowledge of your workplace, it is conceivable that you could get a raise, then ask for it.

3) Avoid asking coworkers for their opinions – Try not to be tempted to ask coworkers how much to ask for, since they may not have your interest primary in their mind. In addition, asking them can start a flood of requests for raises.

4) Request more work prior to asking for a raise – When asking for a raise you cannot simply hope that the boss will only look at your past performance without expecting more in the future. Therefore, when asking for a raise, it’s important to mention that you wish to help further to sustain and grow the company.

You can find out from your boss what they expect of you and make a list so that when you are ready to ask for the raise you can bring the list with you as proof of delivering on expectations. Inform the boss and document on a regular basis how you are doing so you will always stay in their mind as a hard worker and a contributor.

Also, make sure you are not underpaid for your job. Check out websites such as Glassdoor.com, Salary.com or Payscale.com to find out what other people in your profession are making.

Also keep a great attitude when you work as well as when you ask for a raise since a positive outlook can make the difference in getting a bigger paycheck.

Get Paid What You’re Worth

There are several websites that disclose employee salaries from various industries. This transparency is quite surprising, but in the age where more people are upset about unfair executive compensation, why not reveal salaries, so we know if it even vaguely matches the work being done? Here is a list of some popular salary websites:

* Glassdoor.com – employees share salaries and review employers.

* Salary.com – offers a wide range of employment information, and includes an analysis of salaries for various positions.

* Payscale.com – offers free or premium salary reports. It also offers a variety of tools (such as cost-of-living calculator) and other resources.

* SalaryScout.com, includes an interesting world map of salaries.

My favorite is Payscale since it offers a solid balance of information while being easy to navigate.

For a good general overview of jobs in the US, check out the occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The website provides information on the education and training required for many careers, job descriptions, their earnings, and future prospects.

Finding out what salaries are offered to our colleagues is useful if we’re underpaid, resulting in us being informed and empowered when asking for a raise. Hiding salary information does seem like an outdated concept, likely to be advocated by employers, not so much by employees.

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