10 Surprisingly Low Paying Professions

Surprisingly Low Paying Professions

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, the underdogs of professional employment! The real heroes of the 9 to 5 world who tirelessly grind away, but, unfortunately, don’t see the fat paychecks their efforts might seem to deserve. Ah, the irony! Let’s look at these ten professions that might leave you reeling in surprise, or at the very least, snorting out your coffee with a hearty laugh!

1. Paramedics


You’ve seen them in action in TV shows, dashing around and saving lives left, right, and center. You’d think they’d be paid like superheroes, but in reality, their salaries don’t always reflect the intensity and importance of their work. 2022 average salary: $45,000.

2. Curators


Ah, the knowledgeable custodians of our cultural heritage. These are the folks who hang around dusty relics, all day, every day, and yet still manage to look dashing in the dim gallery light. They have the monumental task of making sense of the past for the future. And yet, when it comes to payday, they might be left wondering if they’ve traveled back to the Middle Ages. 2022 average salary: $56,750

3. Phlebotomists


These are the brave souls who don’t fear blood – they draw it! Staunch and steady, their role is crucial in medical diagnostics, but when it comes to paychecks, their balance might be feeling a bit faint. 2022 average salary: $40,580

4. Surgical Technologists

Surgical Technologists

These folks are literally holding human lives (and organs) in their hands, but their paychecks might not be as weighty as the responsibilities they carry. 2022 average salary: $57,500

5. Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic Science Technicians

Forensic Science Technicians, or as we like to call them, “real-life CSI agents,” have a job that’s not for the faint-hearted. They spend their days poring over evidence from crime scenes, connecting the dots to bring justice to light. If you thought their salary would match the intensity and importance of their work, think again. 2022 average salary: $69,260

6. Museum Technicians and Conservators

Museum Technicians

To the uninitiated, Museum Technicians and Conservators might sound like they spend their days dusting off old artifacts. However, they’re more like time-traveling treasure keepers. They are the guardians of historical artifacts and priceless artworks, painstakingly preserving the past for future generations. You might imagine that a job this crucial would be rolling in the big bucks, right? Well, not quite. 2022 average salary: $52,820

7. Models, Demonstrators, and Product Promoters

product model

Picture this: the lights, the glamour, the fame, the…minimum wage? Yep, you heard it right. For Models, Demonstrators, and Product Promoters, their careers may be high in glitz and glamour, but they’re often surprisingly low in greenbacks. 2022 average salary: $40,230

8. Firefighters


Now, moving onto a group of folks who can literally stand the heat. Firefighters – they’re brave, they’re strong, and they save lives daily. So naturally, you’d expect them to be paid like the heroes they are, right? Well, unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The fire isn’t the only thing these valiant men and women are getting burned by – their paychecks can often be surprisingly low as well. 2022 average salary: $56,310

9. Pharmacy Technicians

Pharmacy Technicians

From the heat of the fire to the calm of the pharmacy counter, we find our next underpaid profession. Pharmacy technicians, the unsung heroes of the healthcare world. They deal with grumpy patients, decipher cryptic doctor handwriting, and juggle a thousand different tasks. It’s a tough pill to swallow, especially considering the vital role they play in our healthcare system. It’s high time we refilled their salary prescription to reflect their true value. But until then, let’s just give them a round of applause – preferably without any rattling pill bottles. 2022 average salary: $40,260

10. Psychiatric Technicians 

Psychiatric Technicians

Next up in our hall of surprisingly low-paying jobs, we have the Psychiatric Technicians. These brave souls face challenging situations daily, providing care for individuals with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. 2022 average salary: $40,760

While this jovial overview may seem a bit disheartening to those looking to make a career in one of these professions, it’s important to remember that the true value of a profession isn’t solely its paycheck. The satisfaction of contributing to society, the thrill of discovery, the joy of creativity – these are all equally, if not more, valuable. And who knows, with some good old bargaining skills and the right opportunity, the tables might just turn. So keep your chins up and your spirits high!

All data cited in this article is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Written by Editorial Team

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