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.
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.
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.
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.
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.