High Pay Low-Stress Jobs

For individuals interested in finding a low-stress job, they'll be happy to know that there are a number of low-stress jobs across various industries that are also high pay. Continue reading to get details about the salary and job growth for these jobs.

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Career Options for High-Paying Low-Stress Jobs

Many individuals are interested in finding high-paying jobs, meaning jobs with a salary significantly higher than $37,040, the 2016 median salary across all occupations. Unfortunately, many of the highest paying jobs come with high stakes and high stress, making that large paycheck a little less sweet. However, there are a number of high-paying jobs that also are not considered to be very stressful. We will look at five different high-paying low-stress jobs below.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Orthodontist $208,000 18%
Materials Scientist $99,430 3%
Actuary $100,610 18%
Geoscientist $89,780 (for all geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers) 10% (for all geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers)
Optometrist $106,140 27%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for High-Paying Low-Stress Jobs


An orthodontist is a type of dental professional who works with patients in need of having their teeth straightened. They apply metal braces and other types of corrective appliances as part of an individualized treatment program depending on each patient's mouth and teeth. Almost one quarter of orthodontists are self-employed, and many own their own businesses, allowing them to set their own hours, and they generally work by appointments rather than emergencies. Orthodontists made a median salary of $208,000 in 2016, much higher than the median salary for all occupations; it's also a low stress occupation. To become an orthodontist, you must attend dental school after your bachelor's degree and specialize in orthodontics.

Materials Scientist

Materials scientists develop new products and materials by studying different chemical structures and properties in order to create the most effective and safe products, thus a low stress job. These scientists may specialize in a particularly material, like polymers or ceramics. Materials scientists spend most of their time conducting research and experiments in a low-stress laboratory environment with a team of other research scientists. These professionals made a median wage of $99,430 in 2016. A bachelor's degree is needed to become a materials scientist, though many have master's or Ph.Ds.


As an actuary, you help businesses and companies make different types of decisions based off possible risks. To do this, you will work with company statistics and financial data to figure out the extent to which events like accidents, death, or disasters are likely to occur. Actuaries work in different fields like health insurance, enterprise risk, and property insurance. This job is done from a low-stress office setting and come with a median salary of $100,610 in 2016. The education for actuaries is a bachelor's degree in a field like mathematics or statistics.


Geoscientists are experts in the study of the Earth's composition and the various processes that take place on Earth. Depending on the field they work in, geoscientists have different duties though many of them conduct field studies, take samples, and test these samples in laboratories. They may be involved in research projects and present and publish their research. While geoscientists may work irregular hours, and conduct their work from offices, labs, and the field, this job still remains a low-stress option. Geoscientists made a median salary of $89,780 in 2016. To become a geoscientist, you will need a bachelor's degree in a field like chemistry, physics, or biology.


As an optometrist, you will work with patients who are experiencing problems with their eyes. You will perform different types of tests to analyze their vision and then prescribe them eyeglasses or contact lenses as necessary. You also could perform small surgeries on the eyes and provide patients with aftercare if needed. Over 15% of optometrists were self-employed in 2014, and they all worked either in doctor's offices, eyeglasses stores, or stand-alone optometry offices, which are relatively stress-free operations. To become an optometrist, you will need to complete a 4-year Doctor of Optometry degree program after earning a bachelor's degree. These professionals made a median salary of $106,140 in 2016.

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