Earning 6-figures a year is possible, and the people in this article prove it. In the financialindependence subreddit, someone asked “What do you do that earns six figures?” the responses were pretty interesting.
While $100K may seem like a lot, it does not get you as far as it used to. But these jobs all offer opportunities to earn significantly more depending on experience, location, and overtime hours.
Dunkin Donuts Tractor Trailer Driver
We already know long-haul truck drivers can earn over $100,000 annually. But I had no idea Dunkin Donuts came in that high. The worker noted, “I drive a tractor-trailer for Dunkin Donuts. Maybe the most sleeper job of all. I can see it on peoples faces when I tell them what I do.”
Another person commented on that thread and noted he was also “making bank” as a truck driver for a regional food distributor.
A corporate pilot will usually work for a company and fly management where they need to go. Many responses included concerns about being away from home too much.
The pilot responded with, “I fly mostly day trips out and back same day. Only overnight a couple nights a month. But that’s the exception. Typical pilot job you are away from home more.”
IBEW Journeyman Lineman
This is not a job for everyone, and these guys deserve every penny they make. Helping us keep our lights on and computers running is no easy feat. Lineman are out there when most of us are hunkered down at home through hurricanes and snowstorms.
One person chimed in and shared his salary on the thread. “Exactly I’m IBEW, I made 100k as an apprentice in my 5th year. I topped out about 3 years ago now and haven’t made under $100k. We make $104k on straight 40s plus the benefits are great.”
Surprised? Me too! I know people love their dogs, but clearly, people really love their dogs. One person noted they were doing a daycare out of their home and was grossing over $100K.
Another redditor added, “Omg, i use to work as a teller and this guy owned a doggy daycare business out in WA. Was charging 50$ a dog with space for 50 dogs and he told me he was fully booked for the next 3 months. Plus he charged more to the shuttle the dogs to and fro – sometimes the employees driving the vans would get tips. Which is 75k a month in revenue. If I had the money to buy some land I would totally be doing thing.”
Swimming Pool Designer & Builder
One of the more fun and creative opportunities. There is no shortage of people wanting to add a pool to their home. Redesigns can also be a part of the job. While some pool companies might want a degree, this redditor noted he got his job from a family member who worked for the company.
“I transitioned from being a teacher without any prior sales experience, so they definitely took a chance on me because of the referral. It’s a very unique job that can be stressful at times, but the ceiling is quite high with high performers earning $200k+ after enough time to build up a referral base.”
From Atlantic City to Las Vegas, there is no shortage of opportunities for casino dealers. The higher-end casinos can see dealers making upwards of $100K with salaries and tips. What hours they work also affect earnings, with the overnight hours often being the highest.
This guy actually stated, “HS Diploma – No degree *” when he stated he was a construction manager. This just drives home the fact there are opportunities to earn a lot of money with no degree.
He added the following when some asked about how he got this job, “When I interviewed for this position 2-1/2 years ago, all they seemed to care about was my customer service experience prior to my construction experience. I would say 80% of my job is customer service and the other 20% is building.”
One worker noted he moved to North Dakota to do oilfield work. This resulted in earnings of six figures in his early 20s.
When others responded with the location and level of difficulty of the work, they responded “I can take as much time off as I like. Many of the jobs out here are on a rotating schedule. You can make 100k out here working 2 weeks on 2 weeks off and have enough money to travel anywhere you like. I’ve been all over the country and out of the country several times.”
This Redditor noted they work as a merchant marine. Their job is to keep the lights on and the engines turning. He added, “I work four weeks on then have four weeks off at home. I am paid $750 per day that I am onboard, which comes out to about $135k/yr. I am a member of Master Mates and Pilots, a mariner’s Union.”
He did make it clear education is not needed, but a certificate program in Maritime is helpful.
One burnout musician found he was really good at building guitars. He created a website and now earns over $100K a year building custom guitars for other musicians. Becoming a luthier is a great way to immerse yourself in the music community while making a living.
These guys, as one Redditor put it, “turn big rocks into small rocks”. There are mines all over the world, and it is not easy work. But the pay can be really good with a few years of experience.
One Redditor offered the following information, “I worked at an underground stop mine in Nevada US when i was 19 i started off making about 7k a month and by the time I left there a couple years later i was making 12k a month. I know a lot of tramp miners that make a ton of money in Alaska as well”
Court reporters will usually need some kind of certification and testing, but they can earn some pretty good wages. You can work as a freelancer, for a court, or for an agency. One bonus of this job is that it is typically a Mon-Fri with 9-5 hours job. If you work for the government, benefits will also be good.
One Redditor who is a new court reporter added, “I’m also a court reporter. I’m a newbie (1.5 years in) and I’m close to being able to break six figures this year.”
This person noted that an elevator mechanic, especially in the union, should easily earn over 6-figures. While it is hard work, there is a lot of opportunity in the industry.
They added, “Currently modernizing (15) elevators across five buildings with two companies. Cutting the roof of the elevator machine room at one and lifting and lowering controllers and hoist machines about 14 stories up. Should be a fun week :)”, when someone asked what a day looks like in his work.
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