10 High-paying Dirty Jobs


Crime Scene Cleaner

After the media and the police have moved on, crime scene cleaners come in to do the dirty work.
After the media and the police have moved on, crime scene cleaners come in to do the dirty work.
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Talk about cleaning up after someone. In the aftermath of a bloody crime or the discovery of an illegal chemical lab, the police investigators rush in to save the day and bring the perpetrators to justice. But in the hurry to clean up crime in the city, police don't have time to clean up the walls. Be it blood and guts or hazardous chemicals, not a lot of people jump at the chance to be a crime scene cleaner.

Murders and suicides can get extra bloody. Throw in fragments of bone, gore and other body pieces strewn about the place, and you've got quite a mess. This job isn't for the faint of heart -- anyone who is prone to getting queasy or emotional won't succeed in this line of work. Developing stress disorders from this work isn't uncommon. It's also pretty dangerous. Even on days they don't have to deal with anthrax-laden labs, they do have to worry about getting infectious diseases from the body fluids. This means suiting up with hazardous materials protection gear.

Depending on how bad the mess is, the cleanup could take a few hours to a few days. But you won't hear these crime scene cleaners complaining too much -- they charge by the hour. With a little experience under your belt and flexibility with your work hours, you can easily make about $75,000 a year with this job [source: Sahadi]. Although you don't need a college degree to get a crime scene cleaning job, it can help boost that salary into six figures.

There's no doubt these past 10 jobs justify the old maxim, "It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it." Maybe the next time we see a garbage collector or meet a funeral home worker, we can tip our hats to them for doing the jobs that most of us couldn't handle for one day.

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