The 10 Most and Least Stressful Jobs in America

Job stress is something every employee can relate to, but not all jobs are equal when it comes to the mental and physical toll it takes.

According to a survey of CareerCast’s Most and Least Stressful Occupations, military personnel, firefighter and airline pilot surprisingly ranked as the most stressful occupations. It assessed 11 stress factors including the need to travel, the growth potential of the industry and dangerous situations – such as risking your life.

Soldiers on the front lines, running through burning buildings and piloting a plane full of passengers and crew, if anything goes wrong, it can have tragic consequences.

The survey found that eight out of 10 Americans are reporting high job stress. The most common stress factor cited by people was meeting deadlines.

While stress may prompt some employees to seek jobs elsewhere, all occupations can be stressful, and some people may find that they thrive better in high-pressure jobs.

“While no job is stress-free, choosing a profession based on stress levels is purely a personal choice,” CareerCast online content editor Kyle Kensing said in a statement.

The least stressful occupations, according to those working in those occupations, include diagnostic medical sonographers, compliance officers and hairstylists.

10 most stressful jobs and their average salary:

  1. Enlisted military personnel of three or four years: $26,802
  2. Firefighter: $49,080
  3. Airline Pilot: $111,930
  4. Police Officer: $62,960
  5. Broadcaster: $62,960
  6. Event Coordinator: $48,290
  7. News reporter: $39,370
  8. Public Relations Executive: $111,280
  9. Senior Corporate Executive: $104,700
  10. Taxi Driver: $24,880

10 least stressful jobs and their average salary:

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer: $71,410
  2. Compliance Officer: $67,870
  3. Hair Stylist $25,850
  4. Audiologist: $75,920
  5. University Professor: $76,000
  6. Medical Records Technician: $67,870
  7. Jeweler: $37,960
  8. Operations Research Analyst: $81,390
  9. Pharmacy Technician: $31,750
  10. Massage Therapist: $39,990

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