Think there’s no such thing as a high-paying, lower-stress job? Think again. It turns out there are plenty.
To find jobs with that perfect combination of high pay and less stress, we combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs and looked at salary data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Average annual salaries are pulled from May 2018 data.
O*NET rates the “ stress tolerance” for each job on a scale from zero to 100, where a lower rating signals less stress. (Note: We are not saying these jobs are “stress-free” — they just tend to rate lower than other professions.)
To rate each job, O*NET looks at how frequently workers must accept criticism and deal effectively with high stress at work.
Here are 43 jobs that pay more than $60,000 a year, on average, and earned a stress tolerance rating of 65 or lower, in order from highest to lowest stress score.
Vivian Giang and Jacquelyn Smith contributed to an earlier version of this article.