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Low-Meaning,
High-Paying Jobs
These jobs rake in the money, but they rank low on job meaning.

#9 – tie: Sales Managers

47% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $80,900

Sales can be a goldmine if you’re a natural charmer, but fewer than half of Sales Managers say their jobs make the world a better place. More than half report high job satisfaction levels though, so it’s worth the trade-off for many.

Sales Management_15 by Upsales from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Sales Management_15 by Upsales from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

# 9 – tie: Computer Systems Analysts

47% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $70,600

Monitoring computer systems may pay well, but it doesn’t strike the workers performing this duty as particularly meaningful. Only 47% say that this job makes the world a better place.

SchrodingerOffice25 by phrenologist from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

SchrodingerOffice25 by phrenologist from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#8: Management Analysts

45% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $70,700

They increase efficiency, but most Management Analysts don’t say that their jobs make a difference in society. A focus on the bottom line seems to detract from job meaning.

Cognizant Quality Engineering & Assurance Summit – Dubai by Cognizant Technology Solutions from Wikimedia under CC BY-SA 2.0

Cognizant Quality Engineering & Assurance Summit – Dubai by Cognizant Technology Solutions from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#7: Actuaries

44% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $86,900

Actuaries are paid handsomely for their ability to manipulate numbers, but calculating the likelihood of needing to file an insurance claim doesn’t make them feel like they are improving the world.

Mike Kipling by FriendsLifeImages from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Mike Kipling by FriendsLifeImages from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#6: Marketing Managers

43% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $66,500

Juggling deadlines, business needs and different teams within a company is challenging task, but not one that fosters a high sense of job meaning. Only 43% of Marketing Managers say that their work makes the world a better place.

Academic Life by Les Roches from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Academic Life by Les Roches from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#4 – tie: Lawyers

40% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $89,800

Lawyers are the highest earners on this list, but they don’t find much meaning in their work. Only 40% of the lawyers who have taken the PayScale Salary Survey say that their job actually makes the world a better place.

Freeman Kevenides Law Firm by Steven Vance from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Freeman Kevenides Law Firm by Steven Vanc from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#4 – tie: Locomotive Engineers

40% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $79,800

Running the rails may sound like a romantic throwback of a job, but these workers report an unusually low sense of job meaning. They tie with lawyers for low job meaning despite earning nearly $80,000 a year.

Mini railway3 by Dazzie D from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Mini railway3 by US Dazzie D from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

#3: Art Directors

38% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $68,400

Only 38% of Art Directors say that their job makes the world a better place – perhaps the rest have had too many good ideas rejected by executives who don’t share their creative vision.

Art Institute of Portland Graduates at ADi Animation Studio by Art Institute of Portland from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

Art Institute of Portland Graduates at ADi Animation Studio by Art Institute of Portland from flickr under CC BY 2.0

#2: Tax Examiners, Collectors and Revenue Agents

37% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $80,500

Deciding who owes what to Uncle Sam is a job that doesn’t generate a high sense of job meaning. Telling people they owe the government big money puts them at #2 on this list.

US Treasury Department official, surrounded by packages of newly printed currency, counting and wrapping dollar bills by National Archives and Records Administration

US Treasury Department official, Washington, D.C., 1907. by National Archives and Records Administration from Wikimedia

#1: Advertising and Promotions Managers

30% Find Job Meaningful
Median Pay: $71,000

Figuring out how to make brands more alluring doesn’t make for workers who are idealistic about the work they do. Only 30% say that their job is very meaningful. They also report the highest stress levels on our list.

IMG_7241 - Rauno Varblas by cj.sveningsson from flickr under CC BY-SA 2.0

IMG_7241 - Rauno Varblas by cj.sveningsson from Wikimedia under CC BY-SA 2.0

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