September 15, 2015

Low Stress and High Paying Jobs? They Really Do Exist!

When people think about high paying jobs, they immediately associate them with stress. Well that’s no longer the case. There are plenty of cool jobs that are low stress and high paying. Yes, you read that correctly – low stress and high paying jobs.

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We recently stumbled upon an article from Business Insider titled 24 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Don’t Like Stress. It piqued our interest for obvious reasons – a low stress and high paying job is the ultimate combination. It’s every job seeker’s dream.

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According to Business Insider, Dr. Laurence Shatkin compared the average salaries and stress levels of 767 occupations from the Department of Labor to create this super list of low stress and high paying jobs. The list includes 24 jobs that make at least $70,000 per year on average and have a stress tolerance of 70 or lower. Stress tolerance is rated 0 to 100, where a lower number equals less stress. The stress tolerance information is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Information Network.

Below are the results, including the stress tolerance and average salary of each job. The list starts with the least stressed job:

  1. Material Scientists
    • Stress Tolerance: 53.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $94,350
  2. Mathematicians
    • Stress Tolerance: 57.2
    • Average Annual Salary: $104,350
  3. Geographers
    • Stress Tolerance: 58.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $75,610
  4. Economists
    • Stress Tolerance: 58.7
    • Average Annual Salary: $105,290
  5. Statisticians
    • Stress Tolerance: 59.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $84,010
  6. Agricultural Engineers
    • Stress Tolerance: 60.8
    • Average Annual Salary: $75,440
  7. Political Scientists
    • Stress Tolerance: 60.8
    • Average Annual Salary: $104,00
  8. Materials Engineers
    • Stress Tolerance: 61.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $91,150
  9. Biomedical Engineers
    • Stress Tolerance: 61.3
    • Average Annual Salary: $91,760
  10. Physicists
    • Stress Tolerance: 61.3
    • Average Annual Salary: $117,300
  11. Economics Teachers (Postsecondary)
    • Stress Tolerance: 61.8
    • Average Annual Salary: $102,120
  12. Astronomers
    • Stress Tolerance: 62.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $107,140
  13. Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
    • Stress Tolerance: 62.5
    • Average Annual Salary: $105,390
  14. Law Teachers (Postsecondary)
    • Stress Tolerance: 62.7
    • Average Annual Salary: $126,270
  15. Operations Research Analysts
    • Stress Tolerance: 63.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $82,940
  16. Actuaries
    • Stress Tolerance: 63.7
    • Average Annual Salary: $110,090
  17. Computer and Information Systems Managers
    • Stress Tolerance: 64.2
    • Average Annual Salary: $136,280
  18. Applications Software Developers
    • Stress Tolerance: 65.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $99,530
  19. Hydrologists
    • Stress Tolerance: 65.5
    • Average Annual Salary: $81,930
  20. Orthodontists
    • Stress Tolerance: 67.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $201,030
  21. Computer Hardware Engineers
    • Stress Tolerance: 67.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $110,650
  22. Art Directors
    • Stress Tolerance: 69.0
    • Average Annual Salary: $97,850
  23. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
    • Stress Tolerance: 69.6
    • Average Annual Salary: $99,160
  24. Optometrists
    • Stress Tolerance: 70.3
    • Average Annual Salary: $113,010

Do you see a low stress and high paying job that appeals to you? We encourage you to visit Business Insider to learn more about each of these jobs including a job description and educational requirements.

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If you’re seeking the ultimate job combo, then find one of these cool jobs. You can start your job search on the JobMonkey JobCenter right now!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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