5 Low-Stress, High-Pay Jobs (And How to Get Them)

August 30, 2017

Some low-stress, high-pay jobs are art directors, software engineers and civil engineers. All pay at least $70,000 a year.

Call it the best of both worlds.

Yes, most of us would love a high-paying job. But, at that the same time, most of us don’t want the stress that often comes with a high-paying job.

Well, we wanted to find the jobs that offered both low stress and high pay. So, we looked at O*NET, a US Department of Labor database that uses survey data to determine how stressful jobs are. A job's stress level is displayed via a “stress tolerance” score, where anything 71 or below is considered relatively low.

Then we matched those jobs with LinkedIn salary data to find positions that are both low stress and pay at least $70,000 annually – which we coupled with LinkedIn Learning courses that teach the skills needed to get them.

One caveat, it’s not to say these jobs are easy. They just tend to be lower stress, relative to other jobs.

1. Civil Engineer

2. Art Director

3. Software Engineer

4. Systems Administrator

5. Statistician

Of course, just because some people find these jobs low stress, doesn't mean you will. Instead, you'd be much better off finding what you are passionate about, and pursuing that – even if it does come with a bit more stress.

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