There are a few careers that will earn you the big bucks in Australia.
According to Virgin Money, surgeons will bank an average of $393,467 in a year, with anaesthetists hot on their trail with average annual salaries of $359,056.
Psychiatrists will earn around $211,024 per year, while judicial and legal professionals will bring home $198,590 and mining engineers, $166,557.
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But there are some other, unusual jobs that will see you cashing in around $100,000 per year too, which is more than financial analysts, physiotherapists and teachers.
Take a look at some of these unusual and high-paying gigs:
Air traffic controller: $190,000
Air traffic controllers are responsible for managing the safety and efficiency of aircrafts across the nation, and don’t need a degree to do it.
The average salary is $105,000, but Payscale reports some air traffic controllers earn up to $190,000 per year.
Traffic controllers: $180,000
Often affectionately referred to as “lollipop ladies” here in Australia, traffic controllers have been known to bank in around $42.25 per hour, which means they turn over an impressive $130,000 per year.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Standing in the heat for long hours, and turning a stick that reads “slow” or “stop” every few minutes, can earn you over $130,000.
In fact, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) NSW state secretary Brian Parker told Yahoo News some traffic controllers earn over $180,000, putting them amongst other high-flyers like lawyers and engineers.
While it seems like any downsides would be worth the money, it’s worth noting that News Corp reported some female traffic controllers were subjected to 10-hour shifts and quite a bit of hostility from male drivers while they’re on the clock.
Rail signal technician: $170,000
Fly-in-fly-out work is known to pay the big bucks, so this one may come as no surprise.
A rail signal technician, which literally involves installing, maintaining and commissioning rail signalling equipment, currently pays around $77.63 per hour, and you’re expected to work up to 84 hours per week.
This will see you banking in $6,521 per week, and working two weeks on two weeks off, up to $170,000 per year.
Funeral service manager: $153,340
This one’s a little grim, and probably not for everyone, but it can see you earning up to $153,340 per year.
Working this gig could see you managing all aspects of funerals, memorial services, wakes, cremations, and burials, so you’ll have a lot on your plate, but you’re rewarded for it.
Fire alarm technician: $105,000
Jumping on the technician train, being a fire alarm technician can earn you up to $50 per hour, which equates to about $105,000 per year.
It’ll involve carrying out repairs and maintenance on fire panels, and you have to have previous fire services experience and a NSW electrical licence.
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