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Auditor

Few words strike terror in the hearts of taxpayers like “audit.” The image of an unsmiling figure rummaging through your 7-year-old receipts to make sure that your write-offs are legitimate is an anxiety-provoking one. However, someone has to do it, and the solitary, project-oriented nature of the job makes it ideal for the loner.

The mean annual wage for this job is $70,130, but auditors working in the District of Columbia can earn over $86,000. Those working in the New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division can earn almost $90,000.

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