7 Jobs Where You Can Find Love – and What They Pay

Photo (cc) by russelljsmith

Faced with the prospect of another Valentine’s Day alone? Maybe it’s time for a career change.

Work search site Careercast.com recently put out a list of seven jobs where you might meet a mate – which maybe isn’t as silly as it sounds. For one thing, as the list notes, “What other daily event is there where you go the full nine yards to look good other than for work?”

A forthcoming academic study from a Stanford University researcher [PDF] finds work isn’t the most common way to meet a partner – that’s through friends and, increasingly, online. But the study does show that couples who met through work are among the least likely to break up within a year (6.3 percent), behind only couples who met in grade school (5.2 percent) or at church (1.4 percent).

One thing that Careercast doesn’t mention, however, is what salaries come with these jobs. Not everybody considers frugality romantic, after all. (See Is Frugal Sexy? Men and Women Disagree.) So here are those seven positions, along with their median salaries from Salary.com

  1. Hotel guest services. OK, maybe you don’t need a big salary to meet a mate. Lots of people are traveling on business, many of them are single, and you’re in the perfect position to make their stay extra-nice. Median pay: $33,168.
  2. Bartender. “Bar tending will put your listening skills to the test and have you surrounded by plenty of single people trying to get your attention,” Careercast says. “At first, it will probably be because they want a drink.” But if they’re interesting after a few drinks and some conversation, there’s room for that to change. Median pay: $17,351, but that doesn’t include tips.
  3. Flight attendant. Another chance to woo business executives – who, let’s face it, are pretty much stuck with you for a few hours. And the pay’s not bad. Median salary: $55,654.
  4. Dance instructor. Close contact focused on just one person at a time? Check. Sexy activity? Check. Situation where you’re confident and the clients may be a little embarrassed and receptive to compliments and encouragement? Double check. Median pay: $34,306.
  5. Personal trainer. OK, some of these are starting to sound like porn cliches – next they’ll suggest a nurse, right? But Careercast makes good points. Not only will you see the same people week after week in a casual space, “the gym is a relaxed environment, so it’s not about getting dressed up and putting on your best face.” Median pay: $52,758.
  6. Sales specialist. This seems to be the iffiest job on the list. Unlike the others, you may not have a captive, social, or recurring audience. Your potential partners are probably just on a mission to buy something. Still, working where you’re paid to offer a winning smile and helpful service is more likely to attract attention than jobs in an office cubicle or stock room. In theory, anyway. Median pay: $34,167.
  7. Pharmaceutical representative. Combining sales with visits to a bunch of stressed-out (and well-paid) doctors sounds like it has potential. Careercast adds, “Since pharmaceutical reps are also known to bring lunch to doctor’s offices, it’s a good time to talk over tacos. Isn’t there an old adage that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach?” Median pay: $60,129.

OK, you probably aren’t going to change your career just to find love. But hopefully we’ve just widened your dating pool a bit, and you have an idea of what your new potential partner makes. Just don’t get in too big a hurry – check out 3 Things You’d Better Know Before You Live Together.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them

Here’s how to earn cash as you give new life to these unwanted items.

13 Small Gadgets Under $20 That Make Life Better

These inexpensive electronics will make your day-to-day life a little easier — and happier.

How to Buy a Refrigerator, Step by Step

Here’s how I got the perfect appliance at the perfect price.

8 Award-Winning Products That Impressed 40,000 Shoppers

The Product of the Year awards help shoppers find the best pet products, personal care items and everything in between.

8 Products to Reduce Anxiety and Stress

Current events have you feeling anxious? These Amazon products can take the edge off.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
9 Mistakes Everyone Makes When Shopping on Amazon

Are you losing money due to any of these missteps?

7 Changes Coming to Social Security and Medicare in 2021

Recently, both Social Security and Medicare made some major announcements about benefits for 2021.

Can a Divorced Widow Claim Her First Husband’s Social Security Benefits?

The rules are complicated when it comes to eligibility for survivors benefits.

Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?

Understanding survivors benefits rules is the key to getting the most from your benefit.

These Are the 10 Worst Cars for Depreciation

Two types of vehicles are especially likely to see steep plunges in value.

9 Things You’ll Never See at Costco Again

The warehouse store offers an enormous selection, but these products aren’t coming back.

10 Things I Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

From snacks to sweets to side dishes, stock your cart with these time-tested favorites on your next TJ’s run.

Longer Trips to This Type of Store May Raise Coronavirus Risk

An airborne-disease expert recommends exiting these stores within 30 minutes.

5 Ways Social Security Will Change in 2021

These adjustments will affect both workers and retirees in the new year.

8 Things You Should Buy at Restaurant Supply Stores

You don’t have to be a chef or a restaurant owner to shop here.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

There are easy high-paying majors available in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required. We’re here to help you find easy degrees that pay well.

Stop Buying These 19 Things Online

The internet has changed how we shop. But for some things, you’re still better off buying the old-fashioned way.

Cut These 11 Expenses Now If You Hope to Retire Early

Like the idea of financial independence? Part of the FIRE equation is cutting costs.

27 Things You Should Never Pay For — and How to Get Them for Free

When you know the tricks, you can save big on all kinds of useful things that others pay for.

4 Tax Credits That Will Be More Generous in 2021

If you are eligible for these tax breaks, they will slash your federal income tax bill — dollar for dollar.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Food Supply

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing emergency food supply. Is your pantry well-prepared for emergencies? Knowing what to stock up on for emergencies can be a difficult task and we’re here to help.

15 Things You Can Get for Free in December

December is here, which means it’s your last chance to take advantage of fabulous freebies in 2020.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.