I know a lot of people who work hard all, every day and don’t make a whole lot of money.
On the other hand, I know some OTHER people who don’t do much at their jobs and they make a lot of money. Crazy money!
But maybe we’re the stupid ones because we don’t know about them…
What jobs are out there that are pretty easy but pay surprisingly well?
Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.
1. Project Manager.
“Project Manager for US Based Fortune 200 Company, permanent work from home, make six figures, and I do maybe 4 hours of actual work each week.
I have my home office set up where I have 2 gaming monitors connected to my gaming laptop sitting on my desk directly in front of me. Then I have my work laptop sitting to one side that’s got the volume turned up so I hear if I get an email or message.
When I do, I handle that, then go back to my personal laptop. Most days I’m either playing video games, watching movies, browsing reddit, studying for new certifications, or doing stuff around the house like laundry, dishes, cleaning rooms, food prep, etc.
People on my team constantly say things like “Man, this workload is insane.” I’ve got the same and even more than some. It’s so boring. But, they’re paying me to d**k around most days.”
2. That’s good.
“If you can land it but very difficult architectural 3d modeler and render guy. Usually firms hire out the work or they have interns do it .
Some firms never have this set up so I become that guy , make around 90k in LA.
Usually I model buildings in 3D , texture , then render. It’s fun and no one bugs you.
I have everything sort of automated except for the building part . I give them around a week so I can get the renders out.”
3. All day long.
“Driving the massive dump trucks that serve mines.
Starting salary is about $70k and all you do is drive back and forth all day.”
4. The friendly skies.
“International Pilot! I make $200k a year as a wide body first officer.
None of the decisions fall to me, I fly one leg to Europe (I get a couple hour nap on each leg), I get 24-48 hours in a cool city, then I fly 1 leg home (couple hour nap again on the way home).
When I’m home there is nothing I could conceivably do for work so I just get to enjoy my many many days off. Don’t get me wrong the training was intense, but man, my job now is stupid easy.”
“Fractionation Operator. Only HS degree. I have made over 6 figures the last 3 years.
I have subscriptions to every streaming service bc basically all I do at work is watch series and movies. Especially on midnights. Sometimes we get busy but for the most part its super boring and just chilling out.
We have a turnaround next week that will last 2 weeks and we will have to do actual work, which will suck. But other than that its just browsing the internet and watching Netflix.”
6. I’ll be on my phone.
“I work at a heliport where I just get a couple passengers bags, put them on the heli and then go and sit on my phone for however many hours until the heli get back.
Rinse and repeat. Roughly $70k”
7. Time well spent.
“Made $55 an hour supporting an American system… during grave-yard hours.
I was, literally, the only person in one of 3 huge buildings. All dark except for my lowly office.
For the first few nights, security would come around to see why the light were on all night…
I received no calls nor emails, ever, at any time. This lasted for 4-5 months. I slept most of the time, and, of course, got myself banned from sub-Reddits.”
8. Sounds amazing.
I’m a water tour guide in Hawaii. I make 4 times what the average person my age makes. Half the time I’m chillin in the water or on the boat, the other half I’m a lifeguard, information dude, and boat flight attendant lol
Thank you tourists!!”
9. A good gig.
“A forklift driver.
Usually gets as much money as a person in middle management.”
10. Holy s**t!
“If you can create the right software as a service business, it’s basically free money.
I licensed out a software I wrote to 2 large franchises and basically get paid $15K a month to stay home and ensure it’s running 24/7”
11. Call centers.
“Currently working from home in a call center.
2 years of experience across different departments, and now I only handle special cases. Currently in the runnings for a proper leadership position.
I’m a combination of excited and terrified because my current position allows for hours on end of being paid to do almost nothing and I’m afraid I’ll get in over my head with real work when I’m helping to manage a whole team.
That said, still excited though.”
12. Not bad at all.
“When I was backpacking I signed up to a temp agency in Sydney who would hire “well presented” front my of house staff for corporate firms who liked to have a pretty, young, well-dressed thing manning the reception desk whilst their clients came.
I often got paid $30-40 an hour to welcome clients, show them to their meeting room, pour some water and order their catering. And that’s all I did. In fancy beautiful offices overlooking Sydney harbour bridge etc. Once their regular receptionist got back from leave I’d be popped onto the next one.
I did a stint at Sydney University at one of their newly built research centres, all I did was direct people to the lifts and the right part of the building for their meeting. I made enough money doing this to backpack through the entire East Coast of Australia over 3 months.”
13. All it takes.
“Business Intelligence/ Data analyst.
Do you know how to use excel, can you write basically sql, are you able to express yourself clearly and deal with getting variations of the same 10 questions for the rest of your career?
Congrats, welcome to making 100k.”
14. Not bad.
“I worked as a massage “model” at a massage school.
My job was to lay there and be massaged for a few hours while the students did their lessons or took their exams.
It was £30 an hour which isn’t loads, but better than the £10 an hour office job I had before.”
15. Power play.
“My next door neighbour works in a power station. His job is to sit in front of a monitor and make sure everything is working well. If something goes wrong, he calls the appropriate work station and they fix the problem.
Because an alarm sounds if something is out of sync (which rarely happens) he is able to play games or read a book 99% of the time. He is on $150 per hour to basically play games and chill at work.”
16. There you go.
Not even super complicated stuff, I’m 33 and self taught.
I make in the mid 100s.”
“As a closed captioner broadcaster for the News, I work from home.
I set my own hours and earn anything from $50 to $70 per hour, depending on the assignment.
It takes a lot of money to get started, but the payoff is well worth it.”
18. The way it goes.
“My first real job was Starbucks and I busted my behind every day. Came home exhausted every day.
Now I have a white collar job making 4 times as much and I sit on Reddit at work because it’s the slow season.
19. Sounds good.
“I.T. Manager at a university.
Managers just have to rubber-stamp timecards, confirm parts orders, and make sure the techs don’t all take vacations at the same time.”
20. I’m in charge.
“Call Center management.
Not even something high up like operations or quality assurance, even being middle management can be lucrative. I’ve worked a few call center jobs, the people on the bottom absolutely get f**ked over, overworked, stressed out… but once you get to management it’s easy.
Last call center job I worked, I got promoted to management just due to how long I had been there. After the promotion, I was paid 50K per year to sit at home, listen to people do their job, fill out paperwork and have the occasional web meeting. I spent more time playing video games and working out than anything else while on the clock.
Funniest part to me is that when I gave my notice, they tried to offer me a promotion to stay because I was such a hard worker. I was super tempted to laugh and tell them how little work I actually did in a day.”
“I have some relatives that work for the (US) Federal Government that often talk about jobs where they work in areas like Accounting and Project Management that make over $100,000 and might on a busy day have as much as two hours of actual work.
My Aunt was talking about this one older women near retirement that made over $120,000 a year and her only job was running some transactions every morning, which usually took no more than 20 minutes, then she would spend the rest of the day knitting at her desk.”
22. Well, there’s that…
“Vanna White’s job on Wheel of Fortune.
She gets paid $4 million a year walking back and forth in an area of 20 feet.”
The bulk of my job is essentially helping ICU nurses get through annual basic life support.
Now that it’s all on computerised dummies, I basically just click the link for them, adjust hand position now and then and sit back.
I watched Jurassic Park today because every one is up to date.
I make $120k.”
24. Staffing and recruiting.
“Staffing and recruiting but SPECIFICALLY on the business development or sales side of things.
I don’t even make sales calls much anymore… It’s just repeat clients. They call me up and say hey we need a Quality Manager ASAP!
I say cool! What does it pay and what are the top 3 things you need to see on a resume!
I get that and then give it to recruiters who spend a week or two finding the right person and walking them through the hiring process.
I spend 15 minutes on the phone and a month later I get a fat commission check.”
25. Government work.
“I do admin work for the Government. My pay is 55K. At best I get 5 emails a day with about 2 that actually concern me.
No B.S; my phone has rang about 20 times since June 1st. On a super busy day I have about 45 mins worth of work to do.”
How about you?
Do you know about any low-effort/high-paying jobs?
If so, please share them with us in the comments. Thanks a million!