Most and Least Meaningful Jobs Methodology
We provide data on jobs across several combinations of median pay and job meaning (Highest Pay and Highest Job Meaning, Lowest Pay and Lowest Job Meaning, Highest Pay and Lowest Job Meaning, and finally Lowest Pay and Highest Job Meaning).
Each combination includes a list of 25 jobs, their U.S. national median pay, and the percentage of workers with that job title reporting high job meaning.
Also included is the gender breakdown percentage in the U.S. for each job title.Definitions:
Typical Pay (US):
The typical pay is the U.S. national median (50th Percentile) annual Total Cash Compensation. Half of the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less. Range in pay within a job can vary widely depending upon years of experience, scope of responsibility, location of work, etc. For example, pay can be higher than the stated median pay if the worker has more responsibility, chooses a higher paying field, or works in a city like New York. Some jobs, such as Gas Station Attendant, may be primarily part-time but reported as though the worker is paid full-time (40 hours a week).
The U.S. national median pay for all workers considered is $60,400. Total Cash Compensation (TCC):
TCC combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, and other forms of cash earnings as applicable. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).% Reporting High Job Meaning:
The percentage of respondents who chose the two highest "high job meaning" options: Yes or Very Much So in the PayScale employee survey in response to the question “Does Your Job Make the World a Better Place?”
The overall percentage of high job meaning across all jobs included in this report is 58 percent.% Reporting High Job Satisfaction:
The percentage of respondents per job title who chose the two most extreme "high job satisfaction" options: Extremely Satisfied or Fairly Satisfied in the PayScale employee survey in response to the question “How Satisfied Are You in Your Job?”
The overall percentage of high job satisfaction across all jobs included in this report is 72 percent.% Female:
The percentage of female workers that report having this job title.% Male:
The percentage of male workers that report having this job title.Ranking:
The estimated ranking for each job title when taking both pay and job meaning into account.