A Salary Guide To 23 Of The Most Random Jobs In America

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The Bureau of labour Statistics is the ultimate resource for those curious about jobs in America.  We could probably spend the rest of our lives mining the website for fascinating data, which goes back more than a century.We recently took a tiny slice of this data to see where some of the more random professions in America are concentrated, and how much one could expect to earn from them.

The idea was to figure out in which cities you’d find an inordinately dense amount of podiatrists, for example; and in which cities podiatrists earn the most.

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(All data from May 2011)

Embalmer

Leading city:
Pensacola, Fla.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
6.31x national average

Best paying city:
Twin Cities, Minn.

Best paying city mean annual wage:
$85,150

U.S. mean annual wage:
$45,060

Source: BLS

Movie Projectionist

Leading city:
Corpus Christi, Texas

Profession's concentration in leading city:
3.27x national average

Best paying city:
Los Angeles

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$27,950

U.S. mean annual wage:
$22,200

Source: BLS

Explosives Expert

Leading city:
Birmingham, Ala.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
5.52 x national average

Best paying area:
Chicago

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$81,190

U.S. mean annual wage:
$47,040

Source: BLS

Bailiff

Leading city:
Poughkeepsie, NY

Profession's concentration in leading city:
3.70 x national average

Best paying area:
Long Island, NY

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$63,140

U.S. mean annual wage:
$41,160

Source: BLS

Telemarketer

Leading city:
Cedar Rapids

Profession's concentration in leading city:
6.44x national average

Best paying city:
Green Bay

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$48,510

U.S. mean annual wage:
$25,920

Source: BLS

Boilermaker

Leading city:
Gary, IN

Profession's concentration in leading city:
18.40 x national average

Best paying area:
Los Angeles

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$84,920

U.S. mean annual wage:
$56,650

Source: BLS

Fitness Trainer

Leading city:
Winston Salem, N.C.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
2.93x national average

Best paying city:
New York

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$64,970

U.S. mean annual wage:
$36,150

Source: BLS

Bike repairer

Leading city:
Bellingham, Wa.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
16.73x national average

Best paying city:
Dallas

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$34,480

U.S. mean annual wage:
$24,460

Source: BLS

Pest Control Workers

Leading city:
Punta Gorda, Fla.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
2.89x national average

Best paying city:
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$48,860/yr

U.S. mean annual wage:
$32,550/yr

Source: BLS

OBGYNs

Leading city:
Westbury, Conn.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
4.07x national average

Best paying city info not available.

Source: BLS

Podiatrists

Leading city:
Akron, Ohio

Profession's concentration in leading city:
4.26x national average

Best paying city:
Denver

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$214,690

U.S. mean annual wage:
$133,870

Source: BLS

Parking enforcers

Leading city:
Iowa City, Iowa

Profession's concentration in leading city:
6.84x national average

Best-paying city:
Oakland

Best-paying city's mean annual pay rate: $54,720

U.S. mean annual pay rate: $36,090

Source: BLS

Septic tank servicer

Leading county:
Bristol, Mass.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
2.13x national average

Best-paying city:
Portland, Ore.

Best-paying city's mean annual pay rate:
$54,730

U.S. mean annual pay rate:
$35,630

Source: BLS

Photographers

Leading county:
Idaho Falls, Idaho

Profession's concentration in leading city:
12.24x national average

Best-paying city:
Las Vegas

Best-paying city's mean annual pay rate:
$100,370

U.S. mean annual pay rate:
$49,430

Source: BLS

Couriers and messengers

Leading city:
Punta Gorda, Fla. (again!)

Profession's concentration in leading city:
4.93 x national average

Best paying area:
Long Island, NY

Best paying city's mean annual wage: $37,190

U.S. mean annual wage: $26,600

Source: BLS

Etchers and engravers

Leading city:
Rapid City, SD

Profession's concentration in leading city:
14.52 x national average

Best paying city:
Richmond, Va.

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$45,170

U.S. mean annual wage:
$30,120

Source: BLS

Marriage counselors

Leading city:
Trenton, NJ

Profession's concentration in leading city:
8.08 x national average

Best paying city:
Lancaster, Penn.

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$70,880

U.S. mean annual wage:
$48,710

Source: BLS

Massage Therapist

Leading city:
Napa, CA

Profession's concentration in leading city:
9.51 x national average

Best paying city:
Anchorage, AK

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$86,320

U.S. mean annual wage:
$39,920

Source: BLS

Crossing Guard

Leading city: Grand Junction, Colo.

Profession's concentration in leading city: 5.60 x national average

Best paying area: Bellingham, Wa.

Best paying city's mean annual wage: $49,500

U.S. mean annual wage: $25,880

Source: BLS

Dish Washer

Leading city: Napa, Ca.

Profession's concentration in leading city: 2.78 x national average

Best paying area: Las Vegas

Best paying city's mean annual wage: $25,280

U.S. mean annual wage: $18,840

Source: BLS

Coin-Operated Machine Technician

Leading city:
Biloxi, Miss.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
7.56 x national average

Best paying area:
Atlantic City

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$50,520

U.S. mean annual wage:
$32,400

Source: BLS

Funeral Attendant

Leading city:
Wheeling, W.Va/Ohio

Profession's concentration in leading city:
6.01 x national average

Best paying city:
Framingham, Mass.

Best paying city mean annual wage:
$49,190

U.S. mean annual wage:
$24,600

Source: BLS

Choreographer

Leading city:
Casper, Wyo.

Profession's concentration in leading city:
23.95 x national average

Best paying city:
New Brunswick, NJ

Best paying city's mean annual wage:
$79,330

U.S. mean annual wage:
$44,160

Source: BLS

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