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2010-01-10 10:00:44 AM  
Here are the worst jobs of 2010,

These really do not seem that bad, and most of them pay ok to great.

Also let me save everyone the trouble of having to click through that crap slide show.

25. Stationary engineers, aka boiler operators, start at $31,000 and top out at $75,000

24. Machine tool operators start at $22,000 and top out at $50,000

23. Drill press operators start at $21,000 and top out at $48,000

22. Roofers start at $22,000 and top out at $59,000

21. Police officers start at $30,000 and top out at $80,000

20. Choreographers start at $18,000 and top out at $67,000

19. Machinists start at $22,000 and top out at $55,000

18. Seamen start at $21,000 and top out at $52,000

17. Newspaper reporters start at $20,000 and top out at $77,000

16. "Stevedores" or longshoremen start at $22,000 and top out at $62,000

15. Emergency medical technicians start at $19,000 and top out at $49,000

14. Sheet metal workers start at $24,000 and top out at $74,000

13. Firefighters start at $22,000 and top out at $72,000

12. Photojournalists start at $16,000 and top out at $60,000

11. Butchers start at $18,000 and top out at $45,000

10. Mail carriers start at $37,000 and top out at $52,000

9. Meter readers start at $20,000 and top out at $54,000

8. Construction workers (laborers) start at $18,000 and top out at $54,000

7. Taxi drivers start at $16,000 and top out at $34,000

6. Garbage collectors start at $18,000and top out at $51,000

5. Welders start at $23,000 and top out at $51,000

4. Dairy farmers start at $21,000 and top out at $45,000

3. Ironworkers start at $22,000 and top out at $49,000

2. Lumberjacks, or loggers as they prefer to be called, start at $22,000 and top out at $47,000

1. Roustabouts, which can either be temporary circus workers or oil riggers, start at $21,000 and top out at $49,000
 
2010-01-10 10:16:30 AM  
Where do they get their figures for starting pay? I'm looking into becoming a firefighter, and the minimum starting pay in any of the surrounding cities here is $38k.

Also, what's so bad about some of these jobs? Lots of them sound great.
 
2010-01-10 10:18:08 AM  
Raharu: 6. Garbage collectors start at $18,000and top out at $51,000

Really? They can actually make 51K? heh that was my dream job when I was a kid for some reason.
 
2010-01-10 10:19:20 AM  
Raharu: 5. Welders start at $23,000 and top out at $51,000

Oh and where I work, we have a welder or two making more than that. Welders out of tech school start at $10/hour but a few of the older guys we have who are EXCELLENT at what they do are paid handsomely.
 
2010-01-10 10:23:29 AM  
Those are perfectly respectable jobs that pay decently. Except roofing, only no-count potheads and alcoholics roof.

What's sucky about them? Beyond occasionally being hard work?
 
2010-01-10 10:24:16 AM  
Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2010-01-10 10:30:08 AM  
Police in Massachusetts can make $200,000 per year. Sometimes the boss will make you show up for at least a minute to earn your four hours of overtime. Those days can be tough. And you may have to pay as much as three figures to a diploma mill to get the education benefit.
 
2010-01-10 10:30:12 AM  
CPT Ethanolic: Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?

Because Seamen.
 
2010-01-10 10:34:49 AM  
Also, it should be pointed out that military pay may range from $21,000 and top out at around $52,000 (although that's a low number), but that doesn't include housing. I make around $44k/year in base pay, but I get an additional $28k/year for housing allowance - and that is tax free income. Taken together, it's not a bad paying job.
 
2010-01-10 10:46:22 AM  
For some reason "intern at a failing news site tasked with making up silly lists" didnt make the list
 
2010-01-10 10:48:14 AM  
I want to be a Seaman butcher.
 
2010-01-10 10:48:57 AM  
Where's prison guard? Or President?
 
2010-01-10 10:55:17 AM  
nekom: Really? They can actually make 51K? heh that was my dream job when I was a kid for some reason.

Me too. I think it was the idea that you could ride around town hanging on to the outside of a truck. Every single other vehicle makes people ride on the inside. Riding on the outside was mindblowing to a young me

CPT Ethanolic: Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?

I assume they're referring to the Merchant Marine, not the Navy.
 
2010-01-10 10:56:03 AM  
Raharu: 13. Firefighters start at $22,000 and top out at $72,000

If I could do it all over again, I'd go pro. 24 on 48 off...Every day you work is Friday. Muni benefits (which are pretty good in most large cities in Texas) and damn near every firefighter I know has a side interest, usually some type of contracting business.
 
2010-01-10 10:58:36 AM  
I guess I shouldn't have gotten that bachelors degree in Roustabouting.
 
2010-01-10 10:58:46 AM  
VictoryCabal: Me too. I think it was the idea that you could ride around town hanging on to the outside of a truck. Every single other vehicle makes people ride on the inside. Riding on the outside was mindblowing to a young me

Yep that was it for me too. Hanging on to the outside of a truck, periodically stopping to throw some sacks in the back, and I thought that hydraulic crusher they have was pretty sly too. But alas, I went into computers instead, figuring that it would be more lucrative, and I think I made the right call.
 
2010-01-10 11:04:15 AM  
sweetmelissa31: I guess I shouldn't have gotten that bachelors degree in Roustabouting.

yeah but don't discount your extensive studies in seamen. that has the potential to make you more wealthy and popular than roustabouting ever could.
 
2010-01-10 11:08:59 AM  
thomps: sweetmelissa31: I guess I shouldn't have gotten that bachelors degree in Roustabouting.

yeah but don't discount your extensive studies in seamen. that has the potential to make you more wealthy and popular than roustabouting ever could.


and i completely misread that. thought you said you should have gotten that bachelors in roustabouting. too early and hungover for proper seamen jokes i guess.

/it sounds like a word for ejaculate
 
2010-01-10 11:30:16 AM  
Kind of sad to see "Jane Mansfield's Lobster Bum Retriever" fall from the top ten.

- Derek and Clive
 
2010-01-10 11:40:51 AM  
CPT Ethanolic: Also, it should be pointed out that military pay may range from $21,000 and top out at around $52,000 (although that's a low number), but that doesn't include housing. I make around $44k/year in base pay, but I get an additional $28k/year for housing allowance - and that is tax free income. Taken together, it's not a bad paying job.

Also, $52K? Top pay for an E8 with 20 is almost 60,000, and it's even better for Warrants and RLOs.
 
2010-01-10 11:45:00 AM  
Where's assistant crack whore?
 
2010-01-10 11:45:03 AM  
I call shenanigans on those wages.
 
2010-01-10 11:46:30 AM  
WTF is with their income methodology?

"Growth Potential

An Actuary that is starting at a salary of $49,000 could eventually earn $161,000, hence increasing annual income by $112,000, which is 229% higher than the beginning income. Income Growth Potential, therefore, is 229%. Adding this (229) to the mid-level income, which is $85,000, nets a score of 85,229. In the tables a dollar-sign was added showing the score as "$85,229." As you can see, the way this score is expressed very closely resembles an average dollar-denominated income found in an income survey. Therefore, the dollar-sign precedes the score as an accommodation to someone who wishes to get at-a-glance estimates of average incomes."

Zuh?
 
2010-01-10 11:47:17 AM  
A lot of their salary figures seem to be wrong, especially where jobs top out.
 
2010-01-10 11:47:57 AM  
Crackwhore fell out of the Top 25?....
 
2010-01-10 11:48:02 AM  
nekom: Raharu: 5. Welders start at $23,000 and top out at $51,000

Oh and where I work, we have a welder or two making more than that. Welders out of tech school start at $10/hour but a few of the older guys we have who are EXCELLENT at what they do are paid handsomely.


... from what I understood, there is no maximum on what a welder can make because there are so many specialized setups and fields and environment (some quite dangerous) some of them are bound to make greater than 6 figures in a year- for example, underwater welders start out at probably more than $60,000
 
2010-01-10 11:49:38 AM  
www.chicagonow.com

WTF? Is that a cop in the middle too? (Shhh, he's undercover)
 
2010-01-10 11:50:28 AM  
You have to realize that with most of the jobs on that list, people who have them don't do it for the money, but because having those jobs makes them happy. Obviously there are some exceptions, such as taxi drivers or garbage collectors. (Although, I remember one of my father's friends loved being a garbage man because he would find all sorts of stuff. And one of the responsibilities of my summer job is being a garbage collector, and it is a helluva nice workout.)

My point is, if you're a farking Lumberjack, you're obviously not doing it for the money. You're doing it because you love cutting down trees, the great outdoors, and being a big burly man.
 
2010-01-10 11:50:51 AM  
/disappointed that Underwater Basket Weaver didn't make list.
 
2010-01-10 11:51:11 AM  
Sorry, but I see a lot of honest jobs in there. Nothing wrong with most of those jobs at all.
 
2010-01-10 11:52:04 AM  
remus: Sorry, but I see a lot of honest jobs in there. Nothing wrong with most of those jobs at all.

When the media reports on an honest job they don't want to make themselves look bad.
 
2010-01-10 11:52:05 AM  
Their process (new window)
 
2010-01-10 11:52:21 AM  
HELP WANTED: Tailgunner on a garbage truck. $300 a week, and all you can eat.
 
2010-01-10 11:52:42 AM  
Most of these jobs are manual labor jobs.

No surprise they made the list, if the list was compiled by someone who hates such work.
 
2010-01-10 11:53:14 AM  
My sister is a Stationary engineer at a power plant and made 110k and didn't take that much overtime she lets younger guys have the overtime since she is getting ready to retire. They can make from 130-150 k @ 35$ an hour this article is bullshiat
 
2010-01-10 11:53:15 AM  
21. Police officers start at $30,000 and top out at $80,000

Yeah, but you get to taze people with impunity so there's that going for them.

Rotten jobs though some of the listed may be, a lot of those are unionised and the benefits and pensions are pretty damn good. I might be paid well for what I do, but there sure as hell isn't a pension of nearly full salary waiting for me at the end of the rainbow.

To all of you who thought the guys going into trade school way back when were morons, think again.
 
2010-01-10 11:56:04 AM  
CPT Ethanolic: Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?

Cuz the Navy sucks much more than the other services.

/ex-squid.
 
2010-01-10 11:56:38 AM  
Came for "Assistant Crack Whore"

Leaving with an STD
 
2010-01-10 11:57:14 AM  
Hardy-r-r: I call shenanigans on those wages.

I imagine there's a lot of regional variation for wages in the U.S. Where I live in Oregon (ie. the Appalachia of the West Coast ), they are bound to be on the low side...
 
2010-01-10 11:58:39 AM  
cakeman: My sister is a Stationary engineer at a power plant and made 110k and didn't take that much overtime she lets younger guys have the overtime since she is getting ready to retire. They can make from 130-150 k @ 35$ an hour this article is bullshiat

With overtime. Base pay for $35/hr is $70K a year for the 2000 hours you would work (assuming 40 hour week, 2 weeks of paid time off). To make an additional $70K, you'd need to work ANOTHER 1333 hours, which means putting in 67 hours a week.

Cops can easily crack 100K with insane overtime too. But it's not part of their base compensation, which is what the article was looking at.
 
2010-01-10 11:59:10 AM  
Sulfus:
My point is, if you're a farking Lumberjack, you're obviously not doing it for the money. You're doing it because you love cutting down trees, the great outdoors, and being a big burly man.


There could be other reasons to be a lumberjack (new window)
 
2010-01-10 12:01:08 PM  
my sisters husband works for a international well drilling Co. he makes over 100K as a construction mechanic so between the two of them they probably take home close to 220k not too shabby for a shiatty construction trade here in Long Island NY
 
2010-01-10 12:01:54 PM  
CPT Ethanolic: Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure they meant civilian merchant seamen and not US Navy seamen.
 
2010-01-10 12:02:27 PM  
they forgot musician....starts at $0 and tops out at $3.50 and free bar pretzels or about $150/yr
 
2010-01-10 12:02:33 PM  
I know people in many of these jobs. Roofer and cop are two I would not do. Some of the others are still a good living, if you can get a job.
 
2010-01-10 12:02:45 PM  
Forbidden Doughnut: Hardy-r-r: I call shenanigans on those wages.

I imagine there's a lot of regional variation for wages in the U.S. Where I live in Oregon (ie. the Appalachia of the West Coast ), they are bound to be on the low side...


Appalachia? Beaverton,Oregon? I lived in Reedsport, OR for six years, that's Appalachia of the west.

/I wished I lived in Beaverton or PDX
//Oregon State flag is a blue tarp!!
///Hope my biker neighbor still has his log hauling job...
////Miss Hwy 101!
 
2010-01-10 12:03:09 PM  
no porn fluffer?
 
2010-01-10 12:03:17 PM  
I made something like $6.50/hr sorting soiled hospital laundry on second shift when I got out of college in 1994. Lousy pay, terrible hours, the fun of sticking your hands in laundry that's a) heavy, b) tangled together (it has to be separated and sorted as it comes down the conveyor belt), and c) often covered in blood and feces. And, of course, there's the ever-present danger of some jackhole tossing a scalpel or used syringe in with it; but hey, free tetanus shots and tests for HIV, hepatitis, and the like if you get cut or stuck!

Oh well, at least it got my student loans paid until I got a real job.
 
2010-01-10 12:03:49 PM  
CPT Ethanolic: Why did the single out the Navy when all military branches pay the same?


cause seamen is always fun to say
 
2010-01-10 12:04:06 PM  
You forgot that a musician gets all the poon they can eat, too.. hahaha.

Garbage collectors out here get paid pretty well, they start at over $60K.
 
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