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Prestigious Jobs That Don’t Pay Quite What You’d Expect

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Most people probably aspired at one time or another to have a fancy job. No one grows up hoping to have some obscure title that makes very little sense and pays even less. However, as Business Insider has discovered, even some of the sexiest jobs don’t pay as much as you would think.

For example, the average pay for a biomedical engineer is $93,960. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but when you factor in how much schooling you have to go through in order to even enter the field, it seems a little less fair. I actually know a couple of biomedical engineers and they’re literally the smartest people I’ve ever met. It’s strange that they make less than some of my more moronic friends who drank their way through law school.

Optometrist
Average pay: $111,640

Biomedical Engineer
Average pay: $93,960

Chemist
Average pay: $77,740

Budget Analyst
Average pay: $72,560

Credit Analyst
Average pay: $72,590

Architect
Average pay: $71,790

Psychologist
Average pay: $74,310

Accountant
Average pay: $72,500

Math Professor
Average pay: $74,210

Zoologist
Average pay: $62,610

Some jobs on the list fall into the same category — over-educated and underpaid, like chemists, architects, and psychiatrists. Others are simply very specific jobs that require a certain skill set, like legislators and embalmers (insert dead bodies joke here). It may be hard to drum up the will to feel sympathy for people making upwards of $80k, but the list is interesting nonetheless.

[via Business Insider]

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Randall J. Knox

Randall J. Knox (known colloquially to his friends as "Knox") left his native Texas a few years ago, and moved to Los Angeles in his '03 Buick Regal named LeRoi to write movies with his jackass college buddies. His favorite things in life include bourbon that's above his pay grade, mix CDs, and Kevin Costner films. He isn't sure what "dad jeans" are exactly, but he knows he wants a pair.

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