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The Highest Paid Unskilled Jobs

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An unskilled job is one that can be done with little or no training or specific skills. These jobs often require a great deal of manual labor and the ability to use basic tools. Some of the highest paying unskilled jobs can provide a good living if you're willing to spend your days working hard.

Construction Worker

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Construction work is one of the highest paid unskilled jobs. The work can be gruelling, but the pay often makes up for it. With one to four years experience, the average construction worker earns between $34,000 and $66,000 a year as of 2010. This is without overtime, which is often available in this field and can raise yearly salaries substantially. Construction workers with 20 or more years experience can earn $95,000 a year.

Sanitation Worker

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Driving a garbage truck and picking up trash may not seem all that appealing to some, but the job can bring in almost as much as construction workers do. With less than a year in the business, a sanitation worker earns between $19,000 and $35,000 a year as of 2010. With between one and four years in the business, pay can reach as high as $65,000. A sanitation worker who has 20 years experience can earn about $87,000 per year.

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Factory Worker

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Types of factory workers vary. Production or assembly line workers only earn about $18,000 a year and warehouse workers earn about $19,000 a year, but the average hard labor factory worker earns about $45,000 per year as of 2011. Production managers can earn $65,000 a year.

House Painters

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Painting houses is considered an unskilled labor position. House painters earn between $30,000 and $45,000 a year, with the salary rising to around $50,000 working for a union.

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