11 Weird Jobs That Pay Crazy Well: What Would You Do For Money?

You asked and we found them. 11 weird jobs that pay crazy well. Real roles, real money. How bad do you want it? 

Seems you can’t get enough of weird, wacky and odd jobs at Mum Central. After the Topless Barber Shop Salon and the Naked Cleaners going nuts we realised just what you guys are looking for…well, more creepy, cool and almost unbelievable employment opportunities.

11 of the weirdest jobs that actually pay amazing well? We got them! Here’s the round up of some of the oddest gigs about – and how much you could make doing them!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Professional Snuggler”]

Not to be confused with sex work or anything untoward being a professional snuggler is actually a real thing. Apparently there’s no other reason to employ a professional snuggler other than that it ‘feels good’. Sure does. And it pays $60 an hour or $425 over night.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Python Hunter”]

If you’re over 18, can get to Florida, don’t mind damp conditions and aren’t afraid of ginormous snakes being a Burmese Python Hunter could be for you. You’ll spend your days tramping around in the everglades (basically huge mud pits) stalking huge snakes. Sounds more horror movie to us but anyway. Python Hunting pays $8.10 an hour with bonus’ in place $50 for a snake under four foot, $75 for a snake over four foot and $100 for a snake guarding a nest.

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[mc_block_title custom_title=”Paper Towel Sniffer”]

Who’d be a Python Hunter when you could be a Paper Towel Sniffer? Not us! This surprisingly easy gig is exactly what you’re imagining. You smell paper towels! The reason behind the roll is to ensure that no towels leave the factory with any undesirable odours. A keen sense of smell is required but this role actually pays $52,000 per year.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Sex Toy Tester”]

If you aren’t prudish, know your way around a set of AAA batteries and want to get a buzz out of your work, being a Sex Toy Tester could be for you. These roles actually exist in Australia. We can’t see an Aussie salary reference but in the US pay begins around $39,000.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Pet Food Taster”]

If you’re gagging we don’t blame you. We are tasting a little vom’ ourselves. What you’re imagining is exactly what this is. Before Fluffy or Fido try that ‘all new recipe’ a real human has made sure it’s fit for your hairy fur child. Pet Food Tasting pays around $48,000 per year.

Professional Pet Food taster
Simon Allison is a professional pet food taster – and loves it! Image via

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Gross Stunt Tester”]

All the gross stuff that we delight in watching people have to eat on The Amazing Race or touch in I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here has actually been pre-tested before we see it happen. So, if you don’t mind being blindfolded and dropped into a coffin full of rats or eating the world’s hottest ghost chillies, check this opportunity out with a salary expected at $800 a day. You need your own insurance though, tricky!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Water Slide Tester”]

The pay on testing waterslides definitely won’t pay a Sydney mortgage at only $15,000 for a 6 month contract but it will see your travel the world and never short of adrenaline. Potential risks of course are high but what price on fun guys? What’s a minor facial reconstruction amongst friends?

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Crime Scene Cleaner”]

Not for the faint-hearted or those prone to nightmares this is literally extremely cleaning. Once the tragedy of death or extreme crime has subsided, and the police complete their investigations, someone has to enter that location and make it seem like it never happened. You’d see some really scary, gross and horrifying stuff but if you can stomach the idea it pays about $55 an hour. This American Cleaner cited his worse job included removing 15,000 maggots…ugh!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Professional Bed Tester”]

If you love to sleep this role could be for you! Bonus there’s no squeamish element at all! You’re expertise is simply required to establish the comfort and support of the beds. If you’re even luckier the same roles exist in hotels where you check the overall room including offering feedback on lighting, pillows and lay out. Sign us up, this could just be any tired mum’s dream job… right? Great work if you can get it with research showing salary range from $22,000 – $53,000.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Fortune Cookie Writer”]

All those meaningful (debatable!) messages you get after your honey prawns and fried rice are actually written by a professional. Yep, being the person who writes the little note in your fortune cookie is a real job. The most famed fortune cookie author Donald Lau resigned just this year because of writer’s block – who would have thought it right? Got something profound to share with the world “A New Path Awaits You if Your Dare Explore It“. Salary is $40,000 plus.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”Professional Bridesmaid / Bridesmaid for Hire”]

If you’ve got no friends, have logistical challenges or need a professional support person to get through your wedding day, a bridesmaid for hire is the answer. This role means donning the dress, taking the stress and dancing with pervy old uncles as required but it pays up to $2000 a day. Heck, we all love ruffles and taffeta for that kind of money right?



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Mother-of-two. Tea lover. Lego Ninja. Expert in carpet Play Dough extraction. Victoria Louis is a 30-something writer based in Sydney, NSW. A former marketing manager who loves to laugh there’s no topic she won’t explore. Victoria is full of opinion, big on kindness and believes the day is always better with a dash of lipstick.

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