There are plenty of uncomfortable conversations to be had in life. Just think about politics or religion — these topics evoke such strong emotions, people are bound to find themselves in heated arguments. But there are also matters that some folks avoid speaking about, and money is certainly at the top of the list.
From salaries and personal savings to spending habits, our finances carry a certain stigma which makes it hard to talk about. Yet, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t. A few days ago, user Necessary-Bun raised a question on Ask Reddit and invited fellow members to open up about professions they think are way overpaid.
The thread quickly went viral and received a deluge of comments where people called out some relatively cushy jobs with paychecks that just don’t make sense. Bored Panda has collected some of the best answers from this post, so keep scrolling and let us know if you agree with them in the comments!
#1Data scientist in big tech boyooooo (especially product/analytics side instead of ML-focused)
Not nearly as technically demanding as software engineering and not as taxing on time as product management, but paid in the same ballpark.
Plenty of other roles/careers bring a relevant skill set so it's doable to break-in
Easy 200-300k+ for 30 hrs/week
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#2Selling online sleep training courses. Write up an e-document on “how to get baby to sleep,”-sell said document for 10-20$- pray on sleep-deprived desperate parents, rack in the cash.
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#3I started working in a liquor store and tbh I think sommeliers are waaaay overpaid. At least in the states, where most people just drink boxed wine. Lol.
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#4So I lifeguard in an upper-class neighborhood. I charge 50$/hr and usually stay around 3 hr. All the kids can swim, and if they can’t they are with their parents. It’s awesome
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#5Marketing people. My wife makes almost $200,000 and is just a director. She hires people out of college at $70,000. I went into the wrong business.
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#6Preachers. No one dedicated to God should own a jet, mansion, or expensive car.
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#7Real estate agents, 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.
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#8IT consultants. I’m about to get 100k USD a year, and that’s 37.5h work weeks and about 30 days of vacation per year.
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#9I 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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#10Socialites. 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?
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#11Consultants. There are consultants for everything.
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#12Right now, travel nurses. I’m a travel nurse and I ain’t complaining at all, but we’re definitely overpaid. I’m taking home about $4000 a week at the moment for 36 hours. I do not do $4000 worth of work in those 36 hours. We’re overpaid because hospital greed finally bit them in the a** and I’m here for it baby. Underpay all your staff, everyone’s gonna quit and you’ll have to pay travelers insane rates. Treat people better or just live with this as a reality. I’ll take these rates as long as they’re there.
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#13I have never seen a hardworking competent HR department, but they get paid the same or more like folks who do 10x the work.
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#14Since we’re talking athletes, I’d say the sports teams owners are way overcompensated. Just as one example, owners often blackmail cities into paying for new stadiums with tax dollars rather than making those renovations themselves.
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#15As 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.
That being said you have to be driven to do it and have a mind for it or at least the stubbornness to push through the learning curve. I would not say the work is hard but I won't say it's for everyone and there are other ways to make money. This is just the one I found for myself. I do think it's a mistake to try to get a job in tech if you hate it because you will probably burn out long before you ever start making money.
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#16HR gets Paid pretty well for what they actually do.
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Some get $70k to do a “part-time” job on the board with a work commitment of maybe 1 meeting per quarter. And many board members are on multiple boards because boards want people who are on other boards. These people then vote to raise their own and c-suite salaries. Source: worked at an executive search firm in admin on the board recruitment team. It’s disgusting the money/job incest that goes around.
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#18Any sort of celebrity work, especially in the movie biz. Why is $4 million considered low?????
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#20Lottery commissioner makes 500k a yr. Overpaid is understating.
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#21I was recently a juror in a civil case where someone was trying to get money out of someone else from an accident. In my state, you have to have sustained a "permanent injury" in order to be awarded anything so both sides hired medical experts to provide testimony about the injury.
(Edit: I've gotten some comments about this part. This is after the "fault" case which is completely different. We were instructed that fault had already been determined and was not in the scope of the case. This was only about the "permanent injury" part of the case. Nothing criminal or at fault was a factor here. All of the initial medical bills and whatnot had been settled. This was about ongoing permanent damage.)
As part of the video testimony, they ask the doctors various questions like how many times they've done surgeries for injuries like this in order to prove they are experts, where they were trained, etc etc. All is well and fine.
THEN they ask them how much they are being paid for the testimony. BOTH doctors said $1000 an hour with a minimum of 5 hours. BOTH doctors said they record these kinds of testimonies several times a month. BOTH doctors said they only practice or do surgeries 50% of their time because they spend the rest making these videos.
Of course, the doctors then proceeded to provide completely opposite opinions based on who hired them.
These guys get paid hundreds of thousands a year, maybe millions, just to say they agree with whichever side hired them so as a juror it's up to us to decide who to believe on our own with zero medical training.
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#22My old job. It was for the government to set up audio-visual equipment. I literally got paid to sit on my a** and do absolutely nothing for around $30 an hour. Maybe a good 20-30 minutes out of the day on average I would be on my feet doing something. Usually, I was just watching videos on YouTube or doing things on the computer. I could literally leave and no one knew I was gone. I would George Castanza it up and sleep under my desk. Yes, it sounds great but I was extremely undervalued as an employee and my supervisors (aside from one who was absolutely awesome) really could care less about me. Also, the other employees in the building thought that we were stupid so they always looked down on us. Sometimes I would have to sit in this dark room that had a computer but it was very depressing. I finally changed jobs a couple of years back for something more challenging and rewarding. I can finally say that I am in a position where my input is valued and I am really accomplishing something. Every day brings something new and I am pleased with my current compensation.
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#23Politicians. 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.
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#24Hospital CEO’s… 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 s**t directly under him making nearly as much. It’s hundreds of millions of wasted money paid to the people trying to screw staff out of good pay and screwing patients into paying big bills.
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#25My mother's friend (who is a very elderly lady) once paid me $200 to just spend the day with her at her house. I didn't even have to clean or do anything like that. Just sit and keep her company. I felt kinda bad honestly. Haven't seen her in a while and I wonder how she's doing sometimes.
Edit: I just wanted to add that I was still in high school at the time and was pressured into by my mother. I regret taking the money but it DID help pay for college. She was very rich so spending the 200 didn't hurt her but I still regret it and I never really reached it again because life kinda got in the way.
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#26College 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. Most instructors earn less than s**t, student housing is falling apart but God forbid some upper-level useless word salad of a title not get paid out the a**.
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#27In college, I housesat often for a little wiener 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.
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#28Realtors. South Park episode summed up how easy the job can be.
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#29Hospital administrators. They don't bring s**t to the table in terms of medical knowledge or patient care, dictate to medical professionals with years of education and experience how to do their jobs, and get paid the most to do it.
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#30Kardashians. Definitely the Kardashians.
#31One 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. I told her that was way too much. She slurred "Don't worry about it, I'm drunk." And then I noticed her fly was down.
So that was the most overpaid job ever lol.
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#32A lot of people are saying influencers but don’t realize most of them are broke and it’s just a fabricated image.
Marriage counselor here.
#34Software Sales. I did it for 20 years. You are a glorified secretary for software engineers who do all the real selling to other engineers. It’s a complete joke
#35University administrations. They're constantly making up new positions with 6 figure salaries while raising tuition.
#36Hedge fund manager
#37School administration boards. Teachers do the heavy lifting, yet a lot of these bodies routinely deduct their pay for “resources” for the school.
Why is it that these academic politicians make more money than the people teaching our future? There would be no school without teachers, but there can be a school without administration bodies
#38Honestly, 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.
And I'm a HUGE football fan, don't get me wrong. But at the end of the day, it's just a game, just entertainment. Not that serious.
#39CEO of various charities that make mid to upper 6 figure income.
#40After high school when I was job hunting, I was strolling around on indeed when I saw a job opportunity to be a dog poop scooper. You literally drove around in a company van going to big homes scooping people's dog's turds for 20 something an hour. I was in shock and almost applied immediately.
#41University football coaches. They are often the top paid education employees in their entire state, sometimes by a wide margin. And 99.9% of their students will never be paid to use the skills they teach in any capacity-- on the contrary, they're basically doing slave labor for the school. Meanwhile, professors doing actual academic work toil for years and make peanuts. Yeah, that'll probably be an unpopular opinion but IDGAF.
#42Most upper management in an office setting. I have had jobs where I have multiple bosses and only one really understands what the people that work for them actually do.
#43100% influencers. I understand the argument that they provide companies a ton of value and so that is why their pay is so high. However, the actual value they provide society, in general, is... negligible to none. I mean, you could argue they provide entertainment, but most influencers are making the majority of their money from sponsorships and brand deals, not views. Some still do rely mainly on adsense, and they're still making decent money, but not the bank that the ones who get sponsors on every video or post do.
#44Celebrities and “influencers”
#45Talking heads on the news
A lot of them are paid to read most of the time.