The Most Stressful Jobs in America

See how your job stacks up against the 10 most — and least — stressful jobs in the United States, and what they pay.

How many times have you uttered “I’m so stressed” at work this week?

Stress in the workplace is nothing new, regardless of which career path you choose.

But there are some jobs that clearly create more stress than others. For example, working as a police officer is more stressful than working as a librarian.

Do you think you have one of the most stressful jobs in the United States? Let’s find out. According to job search site CareerCast, these are the 10 most stressful jobs in America, and what they pay:

  1. Firefighter: median salary $45,600
  2. Enlisted military personnel: $28,840
  3. Military general: $196,300
  4. Airline pilot: $98,410
  5. Police officer: $56,980
  6. Actor: $46,070
  7. Broadcaster: $60,070
  8. Event coordinator: $45,810
  9. Photojournalist: $42,530
  10. Newspaper reporter: $37,090

I’ve worked as a broadcaster and a newspaper reporter. And I can confirm that the deadlines, long hours and travel required for my specific reporting gigs did add up to a lot of stress.

CareerCast says these are the 10 least stressful jobs in America:

  1. Hair stylist: $22,770
  2. Audiologist: $69,720
  3. Tenured university professor: $95,000
  4. Medical records technician: $34,160
  5. Jeweler: $35,350
  6. Medical laboratory technician: $47,820
  7. Seamstress/Tailor: $25,590
  8. Dietitian: $55,240
  9. Librarian: $55,370
  10. Forklift operator: $31,150

Stress can take a toll on your emotional and physical health and your relationships. Check out “5 Simple and Frugal Ways to Calm Your Stress.”

What kind of stress do you deal with on the job? Share your comments below or on our Facebook page.

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