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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 Managers

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# 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.

Computer Systems Managers

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#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.

Management Analyts

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#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.

Actuaries

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#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.

Marketing Managers

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#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.

Lawyers

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#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.

Locomotive Engineers

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#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 Directors

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#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.

Tax Collectors

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#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.

Ad Execs

Photo Credit: CJ Sveningsson/Flickr

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