Job description: Taxidermists preserve or prepare dead animals for a range of purposes including research and medical.
Median pay: $35,900
Education level needed: High school
Forensic scientist was the job that paid the most on PayScale's list with workers reporting a median annual salary of $54,100. Forensic scientists out-earned their creepy counterparts in part because workers need at least a bachelor's degree in order to enter this field.
Morticians are also often required to have a college degree of some kind, and phlebotomists often must earn a certificate.
The remaining jobs on PayScale's list did not require education beyond high school, which is reflected in their relatively low salaries. For instance, workers can make about $30,000 a year as a butcher or gravedigger, but earning a degree may help them break into a career with a higher earning potential.
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