Do You Make More Than a Stripper?

make more than a stripper

make more than a stripperCatchy title, huh?! 😉 No, we’re not talking about stripping today here on?Wise Dollar?as we’re a family-friendly site,?but while everyone is busy recovering from the holiday weekend, I thought I’d lighten it up a little today and share this interesting little infographic I found over at I’ve always been intrigued by how people end up on the career paths that they do.

I’ve written about that before over at Frugal Rules as I think it’s interesting to hear readers’ back stories to see what they’ve done in the past. Going with the same theme, it is always interesting to see how or why some professions pay the salaries they do. For example, my youngest brother just finished his first full year as a high school teacher in May. He was relatively happy with the salary he got, especially in relation to where he lives. But, when you look at what he makes on a per hour basis it’s a bit on the ridiculous side.

The politics of salaries aside I found this infographic interesting as it compares what people earn in various?professions. Admittedly, some of the comparisons are a bit over the top like a teacher vs. a stripper or Creative Director vs. a Submarine Cook but I think it’s interesting to see the comparison. I don’t know what numbers exactly they’re using to claim such salaries, though I did read that strippers in North Dakota have made as much as $2,000 per night,?as of a couple of years ago. That said, I think it goes without saying that it doesn’t really matter what your salary is, it’s how you manage it that counts. Making more money is better, of course, but I’d much rather be a teacher who is seriously saving money and investing it for a rainy day?as opposed to a hot dog vendor who lives the YOLO lifestyle without a second thought about his future.

Surprisingly these people make more money than you!

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What salary surprised you most out of the ones shown? What was your first job? Do you make more than a stripper? 😉

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  1. MomCents says:

    That was a fun infograph. Had no idea submarine cooks made so much!

  2. I used to make more than a stripper and then I stupidly took a pay cut when we moved for my hubby’s career. That will never happen again especially now that I have this stripper benchmark to go by! Might even use it in negotiations 😉

    The hot dog vendor blew me away. I’m in the wrong field!!!

  3. I want that TV watching job!!! Haha! Strippers may make a lot, but they have high expenses too. Skanky clothes for starters, plus drugs and alcohol to make the whole thing tolerable. I am also surprised that a submarine cook makes so much cash!

  4. Michelle says:

    Haha definitely a catchy title!

    This is a very interesting infographic. It’s crazy how much some professions make compared to others.

  5. Ha! We just watched The Rookie last night and were reminded that Jimmy Morris made $600 a month while in the minor leagues – ouch!!! Some of those salaries are ridiculous!! A lifeguard making $98k a year? And I had no idea that submarine cooks made so much cash, but good for them! The stripper thing really bugs me because I’ve seen several articles on single moms who are “forced” to strip so they can support their kids. We raise four of ’em on less than that.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I’ve read the same thing as well Laurie and it’s sad that it turns out that way at times. In relation to The Rookie, we’ve seen that as well. It’s crazy how they make so little in the minor leagues and then their salary sky rockets once they’re established in the big leagues.

  6. Kim says:

    Maybe David Hasselhoff was onto something with the whole Baywatch thing. I should have ditched college to become an egg donor, although, I bet you have to be pretty well educated, athletic, tall, etc. before you get top dollar.

  7. This is an awesome infographic and I have been waiting for that header that you teased about getting funny google searches about. I can’t wait to see what your search results look like after this. And I always hate when people say that strippers are exploited. Most of them make REALLY good money and the only people that are getting exploited are the men who waste their money in strip clubs.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I know, I can’t wait to see the search terms for this one. I agree, most are making good money and it’s about as useful as setting your money aflame.

  8. I think the submarine cook surprised me but I’m pretty sure firefighters make quite a bit more in Canada than these figures which are I presume US figures. To be honest, it doesn’t surprise me though.

  9. I think the stripper income is a bit light. Moist of it is tips, and much of those are tax fee I would guess. I know I have heard of many making over $200K per year, in a decent club. It’s just an art, not different than going to see the NY Ballet.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I would imagine that it is light for many, especially those in larger cities. However, I’d have to seriously debate you as to it being no different than art. 🙂

  10. Where to teachers make that much money? Is that in private school? Great infographic John!

  11. Eric says:

    That one is very fun! The best part was comparing what I make to all of those other jobs. Makes me feel pretty good about my income, but I could consider a pay cut to watch TV all day!

  12. The title got my attention: )
    It’s sad to think of how many women go into sex work simply because it’s a sure way to make good money.
    Do male strippers make as much? My guess is that they don’t.

  13. weenie says:

    Very interesting infograph! The submarine cook is the biggest eye-opener but it’s not really a job that many would want to do, ie prolonged periods in claustrophobic conditions.

    With the stripper, some choose that career because it pays well. However, in the UK, there are many strippers who are students trying to fund their university fees, or girls who have come over from Eastern Europe who are promised jobs which do not involve stripping off for money.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I agree, I don’t know that I’d want to do it even though it pays fairly well.

      I’m sure there is some of that going on here in the States as well.

  14. Interesting infographic, thanks for sharing. As for strippers, I don’t know whether they have base pay or not, but I’d say that most of their income come from tips. It’s basically a people-facing profession, and just like being a waiter/waitress the better you are with people, the more money you can earn.

    • John Schmoll says:

      I don’t know how the pay works out, but I believe you’re right in that it’s likely to be largely based off of tips. It definitely is a people facing profession! 😉

  15. If I start stripping at work, do you think they will double my salary?

  16. Very interesting to see this comparison across different professions! People can get paid that much for watching TV? Wow. 🙂

  17. Such a very catchy title John! Well, it’s not easy to be an egg donor, so I think her salary is worth it.

  18. Just about everyone on this chart makes more than I do. If only I got into stripping… 😉

  19. Interesting stuff. You are right that it doesn’t matter how much you make, it’s all about how you manage it. My parents never went to college and raised 3 kids working blue collar type jobs. They were smart with their money and were able to retire at 65 and have a nice sized nest egg.

    On the other hand, when I worked for a high net worth advisor, many of our clients were doctors. Outside of a nice sized 401k plan, they basically had nothing. Well, they did have a million dollar house but they tended to have no equity in it.

    • John Schmoll says:

      Very cool Jon! It just goes to show you that it comes down to what you do with what you have and not how much you make that matters in the long run.

      I’ve seen the exact same thing back in my investing days. It just makes no sense, but I guess someone has to try and keep up with the Joneses. 😉

  20. Michelle says:

    I have been a teacher, and never even saw that salary in the future, unless you were teaching in the city or northern suburbs. The visual was great. I wish I made that much as a teacher, I would still be doing it 🙂

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