Many years ago I worked as an Aeradio Operator with the now defunct Australian Department of Civil Aviation. The basic pay was pretty mediocre, but the take home pay was incrediblily good. This is because they paid penalty rates for out of normal hours work, double time on Sundays, Triple time on Public Holidays, and there was always heaps of overtime.
Whilst doing this work in Papua-New Guinea, where income tax as only 10%, a man could live like a king. Yep, this would have been my best paid job.
The downside: an awful lot of hours of work, and little time to spend with the family.