A Closer Look at the Dirtiest Jobs Around

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Everyone at one stage in their life has looked at a specific task and thought, “nope”, or “You couldn’t pay me to do that”. For some people, this task is just a normal day at work which sees many taking home a healthy salary. The following list examines what we might consider to be the dirtiest jobs in our society and how much those workers actually get paid.


Bin Man

Technically referred to as a ‘Waste Disposal Engineer’, most daily tasks involve swinging bags of rubbish into the back of hefty crushing machines as they collect all discarded bags of refuse in their designated area. What can sometimes be found inside these bags? Forgetting your gloves one day could see you picking up used nappies, pet feces, rotting fruit or slimy insects feeding on decaying foods - with your bare hands. £24,000 to £26,000 is what’s commonly awarded to the British waste disposal engineers; a tidy salary to cash in, considering the environment and duties they are subjected to daily.


Specialising in the human body’s digestion system, these medical practitioners spend most of their day looking through your body’s (processed and ready for passing) excrement. Things you eat and swallow can sometimes cause problems we normally would prefer not to speak about; such as gas, abnormal stools or a pain in the rear - the gastroenterologist will take a look up your back end for a considerable $250,000 to $400,000 per year.

Portable Toilet Cleaner

Cleaning human feces from portable toilets is arguably a mixture of both jobs described above. Armed only with a vacuum and high pressure hose they take to sucking up people’s overflowing urine and feces. Picking up used toilet roll which may be misplaced, the role itself often sees the cleaners attending to anything from 10-60 toilets a day, leaving plenty of opportunities for splash back in the face or mouth. Nevertheless, some cleaners accept the responsibilities of the job and take home a generous $50,000.


This process delays the decomposition of a passed away bodies, whilst also acting to cosmetically restore damages, before the funeral takes place. The cause of death can determine the embalming process necessary which also sanitises the person in order to prevent the spreading of noticeable after death symptoms and infections. Metal wire is used to secure a closed mouth, glue is used to keep the eyes closed and draining the blood and gasses when preparing the body are just some of the daily duties for an embalmer. Before an open coffin funeral other duties include; manicuring, shaving and applying make-up to a body which see’s the embalmers/morticians earn an average salary of $41,000 depending on experience.

Crime Scene Cleaner

When police chase and catch criminals, murderous crimes are committed, and suicides occur, they all leave forensic evidence used for studies in order to determine what exactly happened. Once the samples have been collected, there is often still a bloody mess with signs of what went on including parts of the anatomy; cleaning these scenes can sometimes take up to a few days. Hazardous environments are common in this sector which leaves the cleaning crew subjected to infectious chemicals, disease and body fluids. The nature of the job sees crime scene cleaners take home $75,000! The actual job requirements do not specify for a degree, however, in some cases this can bring the salary into 6 figures.

The list of dirty jobs helps identify the realistic duties involved in an normal day at work for these careers, a note to self, when we stereotype concepts in general we sometimes judge the subject quickly in a perception previously saved. Although with these jobs, when we actually open up the topic of what these careers physically include and find tasks which I’m sure most people couldn’t actually do for 5 minutes, let alone everyday!

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