Finding a well-paid job can be difficult, especially at a time when the Australian job market has been subdued and wage rises are at the slowest pace in 17 years.
But Australians don’t necessarily need to be in a high-flying position in the finance, medical or mining sectors to earn a high salary.
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Yahoo Finance has identified eight Aussie jobs which have a surprisingly high wage.
Elevator mechanics are often on call 24 hours per day, are required to carry and lift heavy machinery and face quite significant risk on a daily basis. But they are rewarded with a surprisingly hefty annual salary of up to $133,000.
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Air traffic controller
Being responsible for the safe arrival and departure of aircrafts has its benefits – air traffic controllers can earn up to $129,000 per year.
Offshore underwater welder
An Australian underwater welder – someone who repairs, installs and inspects pipelines – can earn up to $65,000 per year, but for those who are willing to take the added the risk taking that offshore to deeper oceans can see their annual salary rocket to $180,000.
A flavourist who uses chemistry to engineer artificial and natural flavours in food and drink has a job title most people wouldn’t think exist, and a $80,000 salary to match.
Crime scene cleaner
Some crime scenes can be pretty gruesome, but those with a strong stomach and an inclination to clean can land themselves with a decent $80,000 per year.
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Abalone divers have to brave the freezing, murky waters of Australia’s Port Lincoln and Western Australia, but for those bold enough the pay is as great as the risk at up to $120,000.
Funeral workers perform special services including conducting and arranging funerals, and preparing remains for viewing, burial, and/or cremation. It’s a rather morbid job, but one that can earn a surprising $78,000.
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Personal shoppers do exactly what their name suggests: shop for people who don’t have the time or energy, with the potential to earn in excess of $100,000 in the meantime.