4. Embalmer – up to $62,000 per year
All cultures have their unique rituals of dealing with the dead. Those that work with the dead are doing an incredibly selfless job as they are caring for a person who can never repay them. They must show respect and care for an individual who is in the process of decomposing, their body producing foul smells and changing shape.
In the US, there is a tradition of embalming deceased loved ones, as family and friends like to view the body before burial, to pay their last respects. Inadvertently, this leaves Embalmers exposed to dangerous diseases that the person may have died from, and must use toxic chemicals in the cleaning up process. They have to wash the body and massage out stiffness before draining the gasses and blood in order to replace them with embalming fluid, that also acts as a disinfectant.
They have to cosmetically fix the body using special make up to bring color back to the faces and hands, and also sew or glue the eyes and mouth shut. The body then has to be dressed for viewing. On top of this, the embalmer must remain composed, and bring compassion to the family of the deceased. The average funeral embalmer salary can be up to $62,000 per year.
5. Crime Scene Cleaner – up to US $80,000
A sad fact widely known, is that crime is a regular and dark reality in all human societies – and since the dawn of time murders, suicides and other violent accidents that take people’s lives, are just a regular part of life on earth.
After the forensic team and the detectives have done their part, the crime scene cleaner arrives. Their job is to return the scene to looking like it did before the crime was committed. Dealing with bio-hazards means that they need to wear a Hazmat suit, respirators and chemical spill boots. There is a terrible risk of infection, but also hazardous chemicals are required to be used for the cleanup.
They need to bag up any human remains left by the coroner. Additionally, they mop up blood, and dispose of any furniture and carpets that are splattered with human waste. This truly ghastly work can also take a toll on the mental health of many crime scene cleaners. Understandably, therefore, it is important that the average crime scene cleaner salary is at a handsome amount. This gruesome job can earn you up to $80,000 per year for this very important job.
6. Gastroenterologist – up to US $750,000 per year
This job is a medically trained specialty. It involves diagnosing and treating diseases found in the digestive system. Essentially, these are the areas of the body that food travels through – from the esophagus and everything in between, all the way down to the colon.
They deal with the nastiest and smelliest conditions people can get. For example, irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis, colon cancer, colon polyps and peptic ulcers. The average earnings to recompense for this mucky work is around $342,000 per year. However, the salary of a gastroenterologist can be anywhere up to $750,000.
Not bad for investing around 10 years in medical school and choosing a specialty that deals with human waste!