#1 Sewer Inspector
Sewers may be the last thing you’ll think of if you’re looking for a job. They are gross and are a favorite hangout for cockroaches, rats, bugs, and other icky rodents, not to mention this is where human excrement and other bacteria wash through. But sewer inspectors have to spend a good chunk of their workdays in these dirty sewers, while decked in specially designed suits. It might be worth it though, because they earn more than $55,000 per year.
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#2 Port A Potty Cleaner
The thought of cleaning up after a public bathroom is hard enough that you might not be able to imagine just how dirty it is to clean a port a potty. Port a potty cleaners have to endure this work using high powered pressure washers and large vacuums to thoroughly clean these portable toilets. The worst thing that could happen to you is when you have a blocked hose that suddenly sprays human waste everywhere. But the smell and the overall gross factor of this job is compensated for by its $50,000 salary.
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#3 Urine Farmer
Did you know you can harvest urine? Apparently, urine farms put a deer in what they call as a collection room with grates on the floor and where urine is collected in vats. The urine farmer has to collect, bottle, and store the deer’s urine in the fridge and sell it. Urine is popular among hunters who need to lure their prey with its scent. But don’t underestimate the earning power of these farmers as they bring home around $80,000 a year.
With the installation of modern conveniences in almost every home in the country comes the booming profession of plumbers. They come to the rescue when there are clogged toilets, leaky faucets, and cold water. They might start earning around $60,000 a year, but this may increase if you decide to open your own plumbing business. This is a necessary compensation for being on call round-the-clock, dealing with dangerous chemicals, and getting dirty.
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#5 Landfill Gas Operator
When you complain about having to throw trash because it’s gross, imagine how landfill gas operators feel about their job. They are always exposed to harmful bacteria, rodents, bugs, and other creatures that love garbage so much. Landfill gas operators get rid of the methane gas emitted by the garbage, funneling the gas through the pipes. Their job is smelly and risky, given how they are surrounded by gas that could blow up anytime. The upside is that they earn an average of $95,000 per year.
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#6 Crab Fisherman
Crab fishermen have to weather the stormy seas and manage not to balk from lifting 800 pounds of crabs at work. They have to bear being stinky, gross, and fatigued for two to three months and earn over $60,000 within this period. This makes crab fishing one of the most lucrative jobs in the world, despite it being dangerous and gross at the same time.
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Embalmers make a living out of preparing the bodies of dead people for their funeral. They have to drain the blood, pump the body with embalming fluid, reconstruct it to conceal the damage, and apply makeup as a finishing touch. They are exposed to the risk of contracting infectious disease at work as well. However, their demanding job pays them $55,000 annually.
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#8 Oil Rig Worker
Being on the rig, you have to fight off home sickness, getting oily and dirty, and spending overtimes if needed. Aside from that, they have to deal with the risk of being in the middle of the ocean and dealing with easily flammable materials. Fortunately, they earn an average of $100,000 a year for their hard work.
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#9 Coal Miner
Coal miners have to bear the risk of being buried alive if the mine collapses and ensure breathing in coal dust all day long. They come in clean and come out covered in grime. Despite modern technology making their working conditions relatively safer, coal mining is still ranked as the second most dangerous job by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the dirt and the risk that they take on every day at work, coal miners take home up to $100,000 annually.
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#10 Crime Scene Cleaner
Fan of CSI and similar shows? If you don’t qualify as an investigator, the closest you can get to the scene is to work as a crime scene cleaner. These cleaners remove the blood, bacteria, and hazardous waste contaminating the area. They often use harmful chemicals in tough scenes to fully clean them up, so this job is not for the faint of heart. However, they do rake in the big bucks, which is more than $80,000 annually.