When it comes to finding a job, most of the time, salary comes into many people’s minds. There are many jobs out there that pay a lot better than you probably thought they would. You don’t have to spend years and years in medical school or law school to become a surgeon or lawyer in order to earn a decent salary, particularly if that’s not really a field you’re interested in. We’ve put together the top 5 jobs that pay more than you think they would.


As a croupier, you run the games in a casino, by throwing dice, spinning the roulette wheel or rolling cards. You will need to know the rules of the game and make sure that they are followed. Other than being generally good at mental math, and having excellent observational skills, there’s not much more you really need to get a job as a croupier. You also need to have a good memory, and you can begin to train that through memory games such as the Ladbrokes blackjack memory game. Although starting salaries can begin at around £13,500, the more experience you get the more you can earn, with an average in the UK for an experienced croupier being around £30,000.

Fortune Cookie Writer

It’s hard to imagine that there are genuinely offices of people who sit around all day writing quotes to go inside of a fortune cookie. In fact, they do exist, and you can either be a freelance writer or a contract writer where you can earn anywhere from £35 a project to around £60,000 a year depending on the company. It’s not only a great way to make money on the side, but it is a job that pays well without having to put too much effort in.

Cruise Ship Entertainer

Being a cruise ship entertainer is like having a holiday all the time, with work and rehearsals in between. But if being on stage and performing in front of people is something that you have a passion for, then it really wouldn’t feel like work at all. You can get paid up to almost £3,500 a month, and you also don’t have to pay for anything on the cruise ship such as accommodation and food. You’ll meet plenty of new people, and although it can be nearly impossible to go into this line of work after marriage and kids, there are amazing benefits to working as a cruise ship entertainer.


An illustrator tend to be in high demand by almost every industry. Designing fonts and images for campaigns now only allow you to showcase your creativity, it also pays better than you think it would. Whether you want to draw pictures for a children’s book, or design a website there’s plenty that you can do as an illustrator, particularly if you build up a strong portfolio. As long as you choose the right company, you can earn up to £45,000 a year.

Lift Mechanic

This is definitely a shock on the list, but the guy who fixes the lift in your block of flats when that breaks down, can make almost £40,000 a year! Although there are a lot of stresses in terms of injury possibilities, a logging all activities, there are huge benefits to being a lift/elevator mechanic. Usually, you can get into the field through an apprenticeship program where you can earn as you learn, and once that’s completed you’re on your way to the top.

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