These Are The 10 Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Jobs, Rankings - 3 years ago
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We all have that one guy in the office. The guy that doesn’t do any work, gets paid more than you, and, at the same time, manages to make you do your work for him.

I hate that guy… with a passion.

Now imagine a whole profession of those guys and gals. People with jobs where they get to kick back and make the big bucks without a care in the world.

Well, it’s time they got what’s coming to them—a rude wake-up call from the rest of us.

Without further ado, here are the 10 most overpaid jobs in Wisconsin:

  1. Models
  2. Athletes and Sports Competitors
  3. Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers
  4. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products
  5. Tapers
  6. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders
  7. Massage Therapists
  8. Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
  9. Brickmasons and Blockmasons
  10. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Read on to see how we determined which jobs work on (relatively) easy street.

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How we determined the most overpaid jobs in Wisconsin

There’s a lot that goes into what you need to do a job. Off the top of my head, I can think of:

  • Years of education
  • Years of experience
  • Decision making ability
  • Leadership

So, how can we determine if a job is overpaid if it’s based on so many soft skills Well, as an economist, I simply assumed (almost) everything away until I am left with one metric to rule them all—pay vs. stress level, accounting for years of education.

If you’re not stressed out about your decisions, then they probably don’t matter all that much. If it didn’t take any work to get to your level of pay, then you had it (relatively) easy.

To calculate stress level, we took the following criteria from the Work Context Database and created an index from 0 to 1 with 1 being the most stressful:

  • Consequence of Error
  • Deal With Physically Aggressive People
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People
  • Duration of Typical Work Week
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
  • Time Pressure

We used the Education, Training, and Experience database to create a required education index.

Finally, we looked for the pay outliers, according to BLS Pay Data, for any given level of stress and required education.

Here’s a look at how the top jobs slacked their way onto this list.

1. Models

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Income: $57,870
Education Rank: 6
Stress Rank: 2

I’m not going to lie… seeing models as the number one most overpaid job in Wisconsin surprised the heck out of me. Not so much because of the job (I can see a lot of people agreeing that models are overpaid), but by the very fact that any models live in Wisconsin.

It turns out that 80 models live in Wisconsin per the most recent BLS data. And Wisconsin is only one of 17 states with any models!

I guess you should consider moving to Wisconsin if you’re into the whole modeling thing.

2. Athletes and Sports Competitors

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Income: $90,580
Education Rank: 3
Stress Rank: 60

Athletes have a different kind of pressure than most of us face—the media.

But even the meanest of interviews can’t compare to the decisions made by surgeons, or even hoist operators, on a daily business.

I will say that we didn’t really capture the amount of work that goes into being a professional athlete; we only controlled for education, not years of training.

3. Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: Forbes.com

Income: $25,660
Education Rank: 20
Stress Rank: 1

There’s a difference between having to work long, hard hours and having a stressful job. Writing about 10,000 words a week takes me a while, but it’s not stressful.

Same thing applies to the types of jobs listed here as the third most overpaid. It may be tiring work, but it’s not exactly taxing.

4. Graders and Sorters, Agricultural Products

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: http://resources2.news.com.au/

Income: $26,860
Education Rank: 15
Stress Rank: 6

I needed to pull out the old data dictionary to find out what exactly this job title refers to (Wasn’t the last time I had to do that). From the horse’s mouth, the description is:

  • Grade and sort products according to factors such as color, species, length, width, appearance, feel, smell, and quality to ensure correct processing and usage.
  • Discard inferior or defective products or foreign matter, and place acceptable products in containers for further processing.
  • Weigh products or estimate their weight, visually or by feel.

  • Place products in containers according to grade and mark grades on containers.
  • Record grade or identification numbers on tags or on shipping, receiving, or sales sheets.

Reminds me of a smelly version of the I Love Lucy sketch.

5. Tapers

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: waypointlivingspaces.com

Income: $48,250
Education Rank: 43
Stress Rank: 29

I think of tapers as the background crew guys from Property Brothers on HGTV; they work primarily on sealing up joints and edges.

However, doing this doesn’t take a lot of years spent in school or stressful decision making. You don’t even really have to deal with angry customers, or customers at all.

It’s more hard work, just not the kind with any stress associated with it.

6. Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: english.al-akhbar.com

Income: $29,860
Education Rank: 67
Stress Rank: 8

Doing this research, you realize how many jobs are out there. The government classifies about 900 or so, but that doesn’t do the nuance of all the job titles out there justice.

Take this one for example: Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders. That’s not something I’d ever heard of before, but it makes sense as a job that someone has to do—it’s a shoe maker.

7. Massage Therapists

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: MartialArtsNomad.com

Income: $35,160
Education Rank: 276
Stress Rank: 3

So that’s why Phoebe spends so much time in Central Perk!

It also provides a cultural reference point for why this type of job could end up on the list for most overpaid. If Phoebe can do it, who couldn’t

8. Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Income: $37,560
Education Rank: 99
Stress Rank: 18

Well, this job title is awful specific.

I would have guessed that floor layers could handle carpet, wood, and hard titles considering that’s pretty much all the floor materials I could think of.

But it turns out there are other materials, like vinyl, and prepping that needs to be done before these other materials can be laid.

These guys do that job and, since they don’t have to pick out the colors, it’s not terribly stressful.

9. Brickmasons and Blockmasons

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: 21stcenturybuilder.org

Income: $54,030
Education Rank: 48
Stress Rank: 93

This job is one of the more dangerous on our list, but not dangerous enough given the level of pay associated with it.

Based on the description, there’s actually a fair amount of technology that goes into the job. And that may decrease the amount of time spent out in the field, which lowers overall stress.

Or they just know their house won’t be blown down.

10. Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop

Most Overpaid Jobs In Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Income: $18,880
Education Rank: 5
Stress Rank: 14

Well, this is kind of awkward given the whole push for a $15/hr wage thing going on around the country.

But, according to our analysis, baristas and counter attendants are already overpaid. The job doesn’t require any advanced education and there aren’t really any major (immediate) hazards.

Although, I can imagine that getting an order wrong could make someone pretty angry. And you might have something internet famous happen to you.

I guess I should have been a model

Actually, with a face like this, I’m probably doing the world a favor by sitting behind a monitor and NOT modeling.

But, if you have the look to do it, modeling seems like a pretty sweet gig… even if you’re terribly overpaid to do it.

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