Being a high school dropout does not signal the end for everyone, especially Noel Molina, who dropped out in the 10th grade and went into a high-paying job — being a garbage worker.
CNN Money reports Molina made $112,000 last year and began working with the New York City waste management company Crown Container with a starting salary of $80,000. His co-worker Tony Sankar made $100,000 last year as a helper who rides on the back of the truck.
But not everyone makes big bucks in the waste management industry, CNN Money reports. The annual salary of a garbage truck driver in the United States is $40,000, which is higher than the average annual pay for high school graduates at $30,000.