The 15 highest-paying jobs for people who want to work less than 40 hours a week

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Putting in more than 40 hours a week is becoming something of the norm in the US for a number of occupations, with some workers putting in an average of more than 58 hours a week.

As a result, more Americans are feeling overworked.

To find jobs that allow you to maintain work-life balance but still get paid well, we analyzed US Census data for about 478 occupations from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2014 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Based on that survey data, the average American works close to 40 hours a week and has a total income – a combination of salary, business, and any other form of money earned in a year – of about $50,569.

While some may work more or less than the average depending on their employer or where they are in their career, people with the following professions report typically working an average of less than 40 hours a week and earning at least $60,000 a year, on average:


15. Speech-language pathologists

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They assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders.

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.7

Median earned income: $60,646


14. Registered nurses

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They assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing-care plans, and maintain medical records.

Average hours typically worked a week: 37.6

Median earned income: $61,844


13. Occupational therapists

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They provide rehabilitative treatments and procedures that help build or restore vocational, homemaking, and daily living skills.

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.4

Median earned income: $62,162


12. Writers and authors

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They prepare written material like scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.1

Median earned income: $62,480


11. Fundraisers

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They organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization.

Average hours typically worked a week: 39.3

Median earned income: $63,609


10. Postsecondary teachers

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They instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level.

Average hours typically worked a week: 37.4

Median earned income: $64,667


9. Physical therapists

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They assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength, and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

Average hours typically worked a week: 38.0

Median earned income: $70,012


8. Audiologists

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They assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders.

Average hours typically worked a week: 38.5

Median earned income: $73,528


7. Radiation therapists

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They provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards.

Average hours typically worked a week: 38.6

Median earned income: $74,297


6. Psychologists

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They diagnose or evaluate mental and emotional disorders of individuals through observations, interviews, and psychological tests and formulate and administer programs of treatment.

Average hours typically worked a week: 36.7

Median earned income: $77,369


5. Chiropractors

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They assess, treat, and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system.

Average hours typically worked a week: 39.4

Median earned income: $93,950


4. Financial examiners

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They enforce or ensure compliance with laws and regulations governing financial and securities institutions and financial and real estate transactions.

Average hours typically worked a week: 39.9

Median earned income: $98,662


2. Pharmacists

They dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use.

Average hours typically worked a week: 37.9

Median earned income: $100,437


2. Optometrists

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They diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system.

Average hours typically worked a week: 38.3

Median earned income: $122,024


1. Dentists

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They examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums.

Average hours typically worked a week: 38.4

Median earned income: $181,079