20 Jobs People Think Pay Way Too Much

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There are some topics folks tend to shy away from discussing because they can be so controversial. Conversations surrounding political views, religious beliefs, and financial discussions have divided netizens time and time again. But just because the conversations are uncomfortable, doesn’t mean they should be avoided.

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In a recent Reddit thread, people are discussing jobs with higher salary ranges than deserved.

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The discussion began after a user asked the question: “What job do you think is so overpaid?” The answers included handyman services to project managers and everything in-between. Now, keep in mind, these are opinions and not facts. And just because someone thinks a role is overpaid, doesn’t mean it actually is.

That said, here are 20 jobs that are overpaid, according to Redditors.

1. Handyman

I am a handyman that charges $50/hr with a 3hr minimum, a couple of months ago I got a call for service that consisted of changing 9 smoke detector batteries, 2 light bulbs, and re-hanging a picture. I felt bad taking the money but the guy couldn’t have been happier to have that stuff finally done. He asked for my card and is now a very good client.

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2. House/pet sitting

In college I housesat often for a little weiner dog in a pretty fancy house. Being in college, I usually napped during any free time, so the dog would sleep on my chest when I lay on the floor to sleep. His “mother” typically paid me at least $100 for maybe 4-6 hours of sitting every time.


3. TV preachers

I feel if Jesus were here today he’d be going to those super churches and flipping tables. Those places seem more like entertainment venues than churches.


4. Data scientist

Not nearly as technically demanding as software engineering and not as taxing on time as product management, but paid in the same ballpark.

Easy 200-300k+ for 30 hrs/week.

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5. Project manager

Project manager is the easiest way to make 6 figures with potential to make much more.

I work from home, 4 days a week, I don’t actually DO any of the work for which I receive most of the credit.

I’ve made over 1 million US in 3 years.

I’m a high school dropout.


6. College administration

Don’t come begging me for money for your “alumni fund” (or, even worse, for feeding and clothing poor and hungry students – yep, they send me those emails) when I can’t pay off my student loans, and the Deputy Vice Provost of Student-Media Relations is bringing home hundreds of thousands of dollars a year – and there are dozens of them at every campus.


7. Babysitting

One night I babysat three kids for about 2 hours or so. The kids went to bed when I got there, and the parents had left dinner out for me, so all I did was eat their food and watch their TV and pet their dogs.

When they got home the mom paid me $100.

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8. Hospital CEO

And actually almost all hospital upper management. There are so many layers of management that many of them barely step foot into a healthcare facility EVER, let alone EVER speak to a patient, yet all of them make 6, 7, 8 figure salaries plus mega bonuses. My hospital network CEO makes $11 million salary not including bonuses, which bothers me, but bothers me, even more, are all the board members and shit directly under him making nearly as much.


9. Celebrities

Honestly, most celeb positions. Pro athletes, singers, actors, etc…

Before you respond, I understand the literal mechanics of a capitalist market. I understand that they command those wages through their craft, by being the best in a very competitive and limited market. I get the “supply and demand” of it all.

I’m just saying, Mahomes getting like $40m per year just to throw a ball around in a game… When a top surgeon saving actual lives makes like $500k? Yeah that’s a silly overpay.


10. Influencer

Depends a little. Like you can say about a lot of YouTubers that they’re influencers because they’ve done a video where a company like adidas paid them to wear certain shoes. Like they don’t really count in my opinion. But indeed people like the Kardashians don’t deserve any payment in my opinion.

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11. Politician

I’d understand if they made things better, but they generally f–k over the working class which is the majority of the country yet give themselves huge bonuses and expenses as though they have done a brilliant job.


12. IT consultant

I’m about to get 100k usd a year, and that’s 37.5h work weeks and about 30 days of vacation per year.


13. News anchor

Talking heads on the news…

Alot of them are paid to read most of the time.

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14. Private military contractors

They get paid significantly more than actual troops and are far less accountable.


15. Paparazzi

Some get paid thousands to harass people trying to go about their everyday life.


16. Software engineer

As a Software Engineer. I would say us. I went to a Bootcamp I make between 100-200k and I didn’t even graduate college. As someone who used to work for 15 an hour pouring concrete, I will tell you they are not even close to equal my job is pretty dope.

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17. NFT creator

Or any other form of crypto scammer.


18. Real estate agent

Especially for buyers. Literally every piece of information a buyer’s agent can give you is readily available on Redfin.

Their only real responsibility is to unlock the front door and provide a checklist of things that need to be done before closing (which is exactly the same for 95% of purchases). For this, they get paid 2-3% of the purchase price, meaning it’s in their best interest for you to buy the most expensive house possible.


19. Consultant

There are consultants for everything.

I should be a consultant.

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20. Socialite

Why do we have people who have never worked a day in their life getting millions on investments they didn’t make when others need 3-4 jobs just to keep a roof over their head?