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So you get invited to a holiday party at someone's house. Perhaps it's a friend of a friend or a person with whom you've lost contact since college.

You arrive at their unassuming apartment only to step inside and are astounded by the ostentatious decor that may not match your aesthetic but is extremely lavish.
Or maybe you drive to their house in an uppity part of town and you pull up into their driveway to discover the stunning English Tudor-style mansion in which they reside.

Or you find yourself in a tiny studio apartment with only the basic necessities that furnish your friend's pad.

At one point, you just can't help but wonder about people's financial situation.
Dispensing with social graces, Redditor BigPlunk was curious and wanted to know:
"What is your job and how much do you get paid?"

Working with machinery.

Steel Industry

"I work in a steel mill that heats steel bars to a certain hardness. I get paid 18$ an hour and so far we haven’t had anyone die for a year (that’s a record)"

– cashbabyflow

Going Nuclear

"Nuclear plant electrician 50 an hour, 130-150k a year depending on Ot/bonus. Moving into an operations role in the plant soon."

– Lehmanaders

Anything But Operating A Forklift

"I do whatever needs to be done around the warehouse that doesn't require a forklift. $19/hour."

– Ronyx2021

Job With A View

"Officer on a container ship work about 6 months out of the year and make about 120k. For the most part my job is looking out a window at some waves."

– kevinkap414

These workers are in various jobs where they interact with people instead of only staring at computer screens.

Restaurant Biz

"I’m a line cook / manager for a busy restaurant, and I get paid $19 an hour +tip share + profit share from two recipes of mine on the menu."

– [deleted]


"I make sliding wardrobe doors."

"Measure and cut all aluminium and wood panelling and assemble, some are mirrored."

"$26 per hour nzd."

– Mashy6012

Cleaning House

"Master of the custodial arts. $17.50/h."

– nurdboy42

An Educator

"Teacher in Zimbabwe - $150USD Per Month."

– DaddyMyaMilan

Managing An Eatery

"Restaurant Manager for a well known 'Breasturant'…$75k base salary and $20-$25k in annual bonuses."

– Tseago116

Two Lines Of Income

"Project Manager in the wireless telecommunications industry and I make $95k a year. I live in the Northern California area."

"I also am a part time horse photographer (because I love it) and I make an additional $20-25k at that."

– darkbay

Where All The Action Is

"EMT/Security for a tribal casino, graveyard shift, $18/hr. I've seen things you wouldn't believe."

– smoglagorian

Hitting The Books

"Here, this’ll surprise some folks: I’m a librarian (hence the user name), and I earn right around $100K with full benefits."

"But I’m in the Bay Area, and that’s with a Master’s Degree + 15 years of experience. So it’s not all that impressive in context."

– GingerLibrarian76

Not everyone is qualified for these type of jobs.

"Private jet captain. Varies with overtime, but this year will be around $360k."

– CL350S

Working With Special Needs Students

"Paraprofessional at an elementary school in a classroom with students who have autism. I get paid $19.70 an hour plus a $70 monthly stipend for helping the kids with toilet duties."

– kittypac

Emergency Pilot

"Air Ambulance Pilot (helicopter). $80k a year."

– FodderOfCannons

A Questionable Education Investment

"I do research with brain cells, HIV, cocaine, and fentanyl. $29,500/year aka ~$14/hr. Yes I'm sad that this is what a Master's degree got me."

– chicken--jesus

Getting Wet

"Underwater Welder. 296k annually."

– Psychotic_Precision

I have a friend who recently earned his masters degree and just recently purchased a home in L.A.

When I asked him how he has benefited from higher education to be able to afford owning a home, he told me his degree never really came in handy.

So how is he living beyond comfortably at the moment? Since he's a kink entertainer, I think only fans have been supporting him over and over.

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