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Rank Job Title  Typical National Median Pay % Reporting High Job Meaning % Reporting High Job Satisfaction
1 Dermatologist $212,900 100% 100%
2 Supervisory Special Agent $129,400 100% 100%
3 Senior Construction Manager $122,300 100% 100%
4 Deputy Fire Chief $75,300 100% 100%
5 Worship Coordinator $38,000 100% 100%
6 Water Plant Operator $35,600 100% 100%
7 Child Life Specialist (CCLS) $39,000 100% 95%
8 Sign Language Interpreter $42,100 100% 87%
9 Water Treatment Plant Laboratory Technician $36,300 100% 82%
10 Rehabilitation Equipment Specialist $40,200 100% 67%
11 Certified Nurse Midwife $85,200 98% 80%
12 Neurosurgeon $381,500 97% 94%
13 Adult Literacy, Remedial Education, Ged Teacher / Instructor $38,400 95% 89%
14 Obstetrician / Gynecologist (OB/GYN) $199,700 95% 78%
15 Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) $37,500 93% 87%
16 Park Ranger $34,000 92% 92%
17 Cardiothoracic Surgeon $353,900 91% 92%
18 Aircraft Test Pilot $121,900 91% 91%
19 Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) $65,300 91% 82%
20 Soldier $41,300 91% 52%
21 Mental Health Therapist $41,200 90% 66%
22 Hospital Administrator $97,200 89% 96%
23 Art Teacher $40,000 89% 77%
24 Veterinarian $73,500 89% 76%
25 Addiction Counselor $35,200 89% 70%
26 Child, Family, or School Social Worker $34,900 89% 58%
27 Anesthesiologist $283,600 88% 85%
28 Epidemiologist $63,500 88% 79%
29 Personal Trainer $37,900 88% 76%
30 Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) $41,400 88% 67%
31 Police Lieutenant $73,300 85% 83%
32 Realtor $64,100 83% 88%
33 Physical Education Teacher $39,800 83% 75%
34 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) $155,500 82% 93%
35 Owner / Operator, Restaurant $65,700 82% 88%
36 Funeral Director $41,000 80% 81%
37 Pharmacist $110,800 77% 74%
38 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic $26,000 77% 65%
39 Dental Hygienist $66,500 76% 77%
40 Journalist, Broadcast $31,000 74% 79%
41 Power Plant Operator $61,900 72% 79%
42 Senior Research Associate $70,300 70% 74%
43 Optician $33,900 70% 73%
44 Petroleum Geologist $109,400 67% 84%
45 Admissions Counselor $34,500 67% 68%
46 Director, Compensation & Benefits $122,200 64% 93%
47 Dog Kennel Worker $18,000 64% 50%
48 Arborist $39,000 63% 74%
49 Fraud Analyst $39,300 61% 70%
50 Field Service Engineer $63,200 58% 69%
51 File Clerk $24,000 47% 57%
52 Social Media Manager $42,200 45% 78%
53 Vice President (VP), Sales and Support $131,600 40% 80%
54 Used Car Manager $78,700 40% 80%
55 Senior Research Analyst $68,100 39% 67%
56 Associate Attorney $72,400 39% 61%
57 User Interface Engineer $71,900 38% 72%
58 Technical Program Manager (TPM) $119,700 38% 64%
59 Chief Fashion Designer $99,000 36% 79%
60 Corporate Counsel $109,900 36% 72%
61 Product Marketing Director $135,400 36% 70%
62 Credit / Collections Director $100,200 35% 82%
63 Senior Web Developer $79,500 35% 74%
64 Compensation Consultant $91,100 35% 65%
65 Public Relations Supervisor $65,900 35% 62%
66 Senior Marketing Analyst $72,500 34% 65%
67 Retail Sales Associate $20,100 34% 50%
68 Senior User Experience Designer $104,100 33% 86%
69 Network Architect $114,800 33% 74%
70 ScrumMaster $89,400 33% 61%
71 Barista $18,900 33% 53%
72 Dishwasher $17,400 33% 41%
73 Book Seller $18,500 31% 71%
74 Senior Counsel $176,900 31% 59%
75 Energy Trader $105,600 30% 100%
76 Telemarketer $23,100 30% 35%
77 Senior Privacy & Security Analyst $90,800 27% 53%
78 Pastry Cook $24,900 26% 67%
79 Restaurant Host/Hostess $18,300 26% 67%
80 Senior Copywriter $70,700 25% 68%
81 Global Account Manager $130,100 23% 79%
82 Merchandise Planner $65,700 21% 79%
83 Consumer Loan Processor $30,600 21% 64%
84 Grocery Stocker $19,700 21% 50%
85 Fast Food Worker $16,100 19% 40%
86 Pizza Delivery Driver $17,100 18% 25%
87 Brand Strategist $67,700 17% 72%
88 Fashion Stylist $40,200 17% 45%
89 Securities Trader $70,400 14% 64%
90 Media Buyer $42,300 14% 48%
91 Airline Reservation Agent $28,700 9% 82%
92 Associate Fashion Designer $50,700 9% 73%
93 Web Operations Coordinator $37,400 9% 55%
94 Laundry Manager $57,400 9% 50%
95 Coffee Shop Manager $27,500 9% 45%
96 Revenue Analyst $46,000 8% 73%
97 Television Newscast Director $34,500 8% 62%
98 Gaming Dealer $35,500 7% 67%
99 Graphic Artist / Animator $45,700 4% 60%
100 Gas Station Attendant $17,100 4% 44%
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