5 Jobs That Pay Less Than You Would Expect

There are so many jobs out there, and chances are there are some that you haven’t even heard of. Almost all of us have to work to support ourselves, and some jobs certainly pay more than others. There are many jobs that involve people working very hard to help others (such as firefighters, police officers, and teachers), and most people would agree that people in these professions don’t make enough money considering all that they do and the value of their jobs.

There are also jobs that actually pay less than people assume, even though these jobs are often prestigious or important in some way. Many people who perform jobs that help entertain or teach others get paid very little. However, we assume that they make more than they do because sometimes the people who truly succeed in their field do make a lot of money. Here are five such jobs.

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Al Bello /Allsport

1. Minor League Baseball Players

While it makes sense that Minor League baseball players would make less than Major League players, the amount that they do make seems unreal. Recently, there have been several lawsuits based on work hours and the pay that minor league players receive. According to For The Win, players usually knowingly accept low wages, and sometimes they pass up college scholarships to do so. Their dream is usually that eventually they will make it big and earn a lot of money. Minor League baseball players earn $1,100 per month maximum their first contract season, according to MiLB.com, which is pretty difficult to live on.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images

2. NFL Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders are an important part of a football game as well as basketball games. They help the crowd get excited, encourage team spirit, and sometimes even help players feel more motivated during a difficult game or an exciting moment of play. NFL cheerleaders seem like they have all the prestige of the sport, and it seems natural that they would get paid well. However, an experienced cheerleader can make $1,000-$1,500 per month, and many NFL cheerleaders make just $500 to $700 per season, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Some cheerleaders are not paid at all, or are only paid for public appearances. Suits have been filed claiming that teams violated minimum wage laws, according to Bloomberg.

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John Moore/Getty Images

3. Adjunct Professors

It pays to have a Master’s degree or a doctoral degree, right? Well, no — not always. Many adjunct instructors have to travel to several different schools just to make enough money to survive and pay basic bills. Despite their high level of education, many professors face a very competitive job market, and sometimes adjunct teaching is the only option. Instructors have to work, and taking a job as an adjunct instructor is often a right of passage that is necessary if one wants to ever become full-time.

More than one million people are now working as contingent instructors at higher education institutions, according to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Democratic Staff. Many adjuncts get paid per course, and the median pay for a standard three credit course was $2,700 in 2010, according to the Coalition on the Academic Workforce.

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Source: Thinkstock

4. News Anchors

Sure, national news anchors can make a ton of money (millions of dollars each year), but local news anchors usually do not. Despite often being in the public eye, and sometimes even being seen as a local celebrity, local news anchors don’t receive much in terms of rewards outside of local recognition. News Anchors earn an average of $54,468 per year, according to PayScale. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts made $37,090 median pay. However, much of the pay is based on experience, and those anchors just starting out can earn much less. Radio hosts also often get paid very little, and of course, experience and fan base make a difference.

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Source: Thinkstock

5. Temporary Workers

Most people don’t expect to get rich off of a temporary job. However, temp workers are becoming very common because hiring temp workers allows companies to handle big projects, or just work in general, without a long-term commitment. Although people generally think of temporary work as non-lucrative, another important issue to remember is that temporary workers don’t see the same additional advantages that full-time workers do. In addition to taking jobs that often pay very little, temporary workers usually don’t have the advantage of a potential pay raise, and they usually don’t receive benefits. This makes the pay that temporary workers receive much lower than people would normally expect.

There are many other jobs that pay less than the general public would expect. Teachers in general often don’t get paid enough, but those teaching for private schools sometimes get paid very little. Actors in general don’t make a ton of money, either, but we are fooled into thinking that they do because the most successful ones make so much money. Sometimes a job sounds important, but it just doesn’t pay that well.

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