You might have to listen to a bunch of pompous lawyers yell at each other all day, but court stenographers clean up. Although the median salary is just shy of $50,000, if you head out to, say, the San Francisco metro area, you're looking at $101,680. So yes, your honor, we'd be happy to read back the witness' rant about whippets.
CIA grads working in regular, landlocked kitchens were doubtless pissed to find out they could be making bank cooking on a goddamn submarine. Back in 2009, The Daily Telegraph reported that an experienced "senior sub-sea chef" can earn up to $200,000 in the Special Air Services (SAS) in Australia. That's more than a Navy captain or a one-star commodore, so take that, Lionel Richie.
Its tagline might be, "Have you tried turning it off and on again?", but make no mistake: IT is a lucrative industry. The median annual wage is an impressive $127,640. Move up to the 75th percentile and you're pocketing $161,520. As for the 90th percentile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics won't even list it because it's higher than $187,199, and they don't want you to murder your tech geek friends in cold blood.