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Is work stressing you out? You aren’t alone. Check out this list of some of the most stressful jobs common to some of America's biggest cities in the interactive map below. Did your job make the list?

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Metro Area Job Title % High Job Stress Median Pay
New Orleans Medical Assistant 67% $25,800
Memphis Office Manager 66% $36,700
Cleveland Social Worker 75% $39,800
Atlanta Interior Designer 67% $40,400
Dallas Insurance Claims Adjuster 78% $47,600
Milwaukee Buyer 71% $48,500
St. Louis Registered Nurse (RN) 77% $49,900
Las Vegas Retail Store Manager 69% $51,300
New York Fashion Designer 81% $65,300
Miami Executive Chef 86% $67,400
Denver Construction Superintendent 83% $71,400
Los Angeles Paralegal Supervisor 75% $73,900
Portland Executive Director 78% $74,100
Detroit Automotive Engineer 67% $79,100
San Diego Attorney / Lawyer 73% $82,400
Boston Product Marketing Manager 74% $94,100
Minneapolis Senior Project Manager, IT 70% $106,900
Washington DC Government Affairs Director 88% $108,600
Seattle Technical Program Manager (TPM) 81% $121,300
Chicago Vice President (VP), Sales 80% $159,900

PayScale's "Stressed Across America" interactive shows median pay data and job stress rates for a common job in each of 20 metropolitan areas.


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 value of other non-cash benefits (e.g., healthcare). 

Median Pay: The median pay is the median (50th Percentile) annual total cash compensation for each job and metropolitan area combination.  Half of the people doing the job earn more than the median, while half earn less.

Range in pay within a job can be very wide 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.

% High Job Stress: The percentage of respondents that answered the question "How stressful is your job/work environment?" with either "Fairly Stressful" or "Extremely Stressful." A job is considered "High Stress" if the percentage of high job stress is above the overall US median of high job stress (64%).

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