Brewmaster / Winemaker: $120,000
While salaries for brewmasters can be as low as $25,000 at small startups, working your way up to the big league producers can seriously up your paygrade: Brewmasters at large breweries like Coors can earn $100,000. In the vino industry, on the other hand, smaller boutique outfits pay better. Managers at high end, niche wineries make the most—especially in Napa Valley, where a head winemaker earns around $120,000.
Liquor Company Executive: Seven Figures
CEOs and CFOs of major spirits brands likely don’t have much contact with their own products day-to-day, but what they give up in hands-on contact, they make up for in cold hard cash—which means they can afford whatever expensive booze they want on their seven-figure salaries.
Celebrity Brand Rep: Also Seven Figures
Celebrity reps bring in immense (usually undisclosed) sums by endorsing major liquor brands. David Beckham’s post-football career work on Haig Club helped buoy his total earnings for 2014 to $75 million (up from his previous record $51 million in 2012 before the partnership), while Diddy similarly makes most of his $60 million annual income by championing Ciroc.
Absolut Nose: $1 Billion
OK, Per Hermansson, also known as the “Billion Dollar Nose,” doesn’t actually earn 10 figures creating spirits like Malibu and Kahlúa. But he does have a pretty sweet gig—or, at least, he did, until he decided to retire after 20 years on the job, leading Absolut to put out the best job offer of all time for a new master sensory designer and strategist.