High Pay Low-Stress Jobs

Aug 03, 2021

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 $41,950, the 2020 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 (2020)* Job Growth (2019-2029)*
Computer and IT Manager $151,150 (for all computer and information systems managers) 10% (for all computer and information systems managers)
Materials Scientist $99,460 3%
Actuary $111,030 18%
Geoscientist $93,580 (for all geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers) 5% (for all geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers)
Dental Hygienist $77,090 6%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career Information for High-Paying Low-Stress Jobs

Computer and IT Manager

As a computer and IT manager, you will be responsible for maintaining and coordinating all of the technology and computer-related needs of an organization or business. Some of their responsibilities include making sure equipment is up to date and functioning properly, proposing system updates and changes and making sure they are cost-effective, and overseeing the work of the other IT professionals in the office. This job can potentially be low-stress, as some computer and IT managers are able to work remotely or from home as they supervise other remote employees. The median salary for this career is $151,150 as of 2020, which is significantly higher than the median for all salaries of $41,950. To become a computer and IT manager, you will usually need a bachelor's degree in a field like computer science along with work experience.

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. 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 and are often able to split up the workload with a team of other research scientists. These professionals made a median wage of $99,460 in 2020. 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 primarily involves working with numbers and statistics, which may be a good option for individuals that find interpersonal communication stressful. The median salary as of 2020 for all actuaries is $111,030 and the necessary 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 $93,580 in 2020. To become a geoscientist, you will need a bachelor's degree in a field like chemistry, physics, or biology.

Dental Hygienist

Dental hygienists work in dental offices with dentists and orthodontists and are responsible for cleaning patients' teeth, checking for various oral diseases, and helping patients develop good dental health. They also may take x-rays of teeth, which requires knowledge of how to operate x-ray equipment, and keep records of a patient's dental health. Around half of dental hygienists work part-time and may only come into the office a few days a week. When dental hygienists are working, patients are generally scheduled by appointment only, so there are rarely stressful emergencies that they have to deal with. The median salary for all dental hygienists in 2020 was $77,090. You will need to complete an associate's degree in the field to obtain a job.

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