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Forklift operators typically spend days transporting goods around construction sites, mines, ports, or warehouse and factory floors. Overtime and overnight shifts for forklift operators are common because many manufacturers ship goods around the clock.
Forklift operators willing to work night jobs could pad their paychecks significantly. The lowest-paid 10 percent of these workers made less than $22,980 a year as of May 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average salary for forklift operators who work overnight jobs is $25,458.37 — and $24,680.71 for those who work a traditional schedule.
Caregivers help clients take care of themselves and assist with everyday tasks. They might work as home health aides or in institutional settings like nursing homes, where evening jobs and weekend jobs are common. Part-time employment as a caregiver is also a possibility, but keep in mind that part-time jobs with benefits are hard to find.
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Pay for personal care aides varies significantly. The lowest-compensated 10 percent of caregivers earned $17,310 annually and the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $29,760 as of May 2016, according to the BLS. Night work could boost an entry-level caregiver’s salary: The graveyard shift annual earning average is $19,444.18.
Machinists might work in machine shops, tool rooms or factories setting up and operating computer- and mechanically controlled machine tools to produce instruments, tools and precision metal parts. Many machinists work full-time jobs during regular business hours, but overtime, weekend and evening work is also common.
Signing up for the late shift could be a good way to land an apprenticeship or job in this potentially lucrative profession. The lowest-paid 10 percent of machinists earned less than $25,900 and the highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $62,590 a year as of May 2016, according to the BLS. Compare that with the typical salary — $36,188.69 — an employer pays a machinist to work the night shift.