These High-Paying Jobs Are Definitely Not for Everyone

While these high-paying jobs definitely aren't typical, those who have them claim they're worth the bucks.

from Reader's Digest Magazine | June 2013
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Oil-Rig Dive Technician

You won’t stay dry, but you will make lots of dough building rigs and laying pipes on the ocean floor. A diver can make $1,500 a week and up to $90,000 a year.

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Airplane Repo

If you’re willing to get shot at—and potentially thrown into a foreign prison—then this job’s for you. Aircraft repossessors can earn commissions equal to 6 to 10 percent of the resale price of a plane, which means seizing an aircraft worth millions of dollars can bring in about $900,000.

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Bounty Hunter

Although this particular line of work may get you killed, the pay ranges from 10 to 45 percent of your quarry’s bail deposit. So is it worth the risk? Well, a suspect who skips out on $100,000 bail could net a bounty hunter $10,000 to $45,000 upon his or her return.

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Pearl Diver

It's dangerous out there in the deep-blue sea—especially when the job description calls for you to slowly skim the ocean floor off the coast of Australia as sharks glide by. That being said, diving for pearls is lucrative—rates reach $1,200 per day.

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Submarine Cook

First, move to Australia. Submerged chefs Down Under receive a base pay of at least $50,000 with an additional $140,000 in annual bonuses and allowances—all because the job is “critical to the navy.”

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White Hat Hacker

Instead of illegally gaining access to and tampering with computer information, these do-good cybergeeks help companies or governments find security holes in their computer systems. A top certified ethical hacker can earn $125,000 a year; an applicant typically has a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology.

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Voice-Over Work

Showcase your pipes in a quirky cartoon or comical radio commercial and, after five minutes, you could earn $325. Even lesser-known voice-over artists can pull in $50,000 to $80,000 per year.

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