Most of us think we are underpaid for what we do. Indeed, many of us look at what we have to deal with, and sigh that it may not be worth it. I am lucky, in that I think that I am, for the most part, fairly compensated. I make living as a freelance writer working from home. It’s hard to complain about a job that provides me the essentials of life (and some wants) from the comfort of my home and (for the most part) on my own schedule.
But there are some people out there who are truly underpaid. Len Penzo offers a look at 10 jobs that he thinks don’t get enough compensation and credit:
- Military soldier/sailor
- Trauma scene clean-up worker
- Septic tank servicer
- Little League board member
- Youth sports ump and/or ref
Of course, there are other jobs, like teacher, that many consider underpaid. But perhaps not to the same degree as these other jobs. It’s interesting to me what we value as a society. Ordinary soldiers and sailors put their lives on the line, on the front line, for us every day, but make less than $20,000 a year. But we accept that professional athletes make millions. It’s interesting what it says about our society when we are willing to pay crooked CEOs millions in severance packages, but teachers make barely enough to live on.
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