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Overworked and Undervalued: The Top 5 Most Underpaying Jobs

By on June 1, 2013
Most Underpaying Jobs

Everybody wants a job. Moreover, everybody wants a job that pays them well enough live on while also offering enough professional and emotional fulfillment to satisfy them. When you are plotting out your college and career paths, everyone hears about how great the STEM fields are or how much money you can make as a doctor or lawyer. What very few people contemplate, however, is that there are a whole slew of jobs that pay far, far less than they should.

U.S. News & World Report has compiled a list of significantly underpaying jobs. Here are the top five:

1. Assisted Living Coordinator. The median mid-career salary for assisted living coordinators is just $36,900. Other caregiver professions that are underpaid? Home-health workers and aides who work in hospitals, nursing homes, and senior citizen centers.

2. Daycare Director. Daycare directors can expect to be making around $32,000 by mid-career. Not great considering that they are trusted with other professionals’ children every day.

3. Dispatcher. Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers make just $39,300 on average by mid-career. Considering that they are the ones who are required to remain calm in the face of some pretty horrific circumstances, you would think that they would make more.

4. Office Nurse. Due in large part to the fact that people are striving to lower medical costs, nurses are now being asked to perform some of the same tasks as doctors. Despite the increased work load, nurses only make $42,700 per year.

5. Medical Insurance Coordinator. Medical insurance coordinators work behind the scenes to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to health insurance. Despite the fact that they no doubt get yelled at a lot, they make only $36,400.

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  • scooterdie

    OK it was 10 years ago, but I worked picking up bodies for the coronor’s office, homicides, suicides, “undiscovereds”, etc. We were paid $10 per hour, were on call 24/7 and did not have a minimum number. If we got up at 3am and responded to a homicide and it took 1.5 hours, we were paid $15.

  • TeamSanity

    You left off adjuncts and Lecturers. We teach the majority of university classes and most earn less than 20,000 a year.