The 28 highest-paying jobs for workaholics

Some jobs with long hours pay more than others.

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Some jobs with long hours pay more than others.
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  • While the average employed American adult works a little over 39 hours a week, people in some professions tend to work more hours in a week.
  • Some of these jobs pay more than others.
  • Using US Census data, Business Insider found the highest-paying jobs for people who report typically working more than 45 hours a week.

If you work far more than the next guy and get more excited about your job than about family or any other activity, you may be a workaholic.

If this sounds like you, it might be worth your precious few moments of personal time to find a job that will make up for all those extra hours you put in.

To find jobs with the biggest payoff for workaholics, we analyzed US Census data for about 478 occupations from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2016 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Based on that survey data, the average employed American adult works a little over 39 hours a week and has a total earned income – a combination of salary, business, and any other form of money earned in a year – of about $50,589.

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 at least 45 hours a week and earning at least $60,000 a year, on average. We’ve also included brief descriptions of the careers based on the Department of Labor’s O*NET job database:


28. Crane and tower operators

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Thomson Reuters

Crane and tower operators run equipment to move materials, machines, and products.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.5

Average earned income: $60,108


27. First-line enlisted military supervisors

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US Army photo by Spc. Dustin D. Biven

They are enlisted servicemembers in a supervisory role.

Average hours typically worked a week: 53.9

Average earned income: $62,109


26. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

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Joerg Koch / Stringer / Getty Images

They supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $63,472


25. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

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Rogers O’Brien Construction

They directly supervise and coordinate the activities of construction and extraction workers.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $64,695


24. Mining machine operators

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Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images

Mining machine operators run equipment for mining coal and other minerals.

Average hours typically worked a week: 49.8

Average earned income: $65,495


23. Millwrights

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Thomson Reuters

Millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.6

Average earned income: $66,217


22. Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, and roustabouts, oil, gas, and mining

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REUTERS/Lee Celano

They operate and maintain equipment for mining and oil and gas extraction.

Average hours typically worked a week: 58.1

Average earned income: $66,955


21. Military officer special and tactical operations leaders

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US Air Force photo/Senior Airman John Linzmeier

They plan and coordinate military operations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 52.7

Average earned income: $68,571


20. Firefighters

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Justin Sullivan/Getty

Firefighters control and extinguish fires, and respond to emergency situations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 53.8

Average earned income: $69,172


19. Railroad conductors and yardmasters

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JTB Photo / Getty

Railroad conductors and yardmasters coordinate the activity of train crews and workers at railroad yards.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.7

Average earned income: $69,602


18. Geological and petroleum technicians

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REUTERS/Donna Carson

They assist engineers and scientists in using equipment to locate mineral or petroleum reserves.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.7

Average earned income: $78,882


17. Construction managers

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Thomson Reuters

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities around building construction and maintenance.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.8

Average earned income: $78,886


16. Locomotive engineers and operators

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Thomson Reuters

Locomotive engineers and operators drive locomotives that power trains carrying people or goods.

Average hours typically worked a week: 49.6

Average earned income: $78,937


15. Ship and boat captains and operators

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George Thande/Reuters

Ship and boat captains and operators command and operate aquatic vessels.

Average hours typically worked a week: 55.7

Average earned income: $80,257


14. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers

They operate power plants and coordinate the distribution of electricity.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.5

Average earned income: $84,827


13. Industrial production managers

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Courtesy of Canyon

Industrial production managers plan and direct the work activities and resources for manufacturing products.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.0

Average earned income: $84,880


12. General and operations managers

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Shutterstock

They plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of organizations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.4

Average earned income: $88,388


11. Marine engineers and naval architects

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Wikimedia Commons

Ship engineers and naval architects design and develop marine vessels and related systems.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $89,961


10. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

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Reuters/Robert Frank

They directly supervise and coordinate workers engaged in fire fighting or fire prevention.

Average hours typically worked a week: 52.6

Average earned income: $95,624


9. Marketing and sales managers

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Chris Hondros/Getty Images

They plan, direct, and coordinate marketing and sales policies and programs.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.1

Average earned income: $100,299


8. Veterinarians

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Leon Neal/Getty Images

Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases or injuries of animals.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.0

Average earned income: $105,840


7. Sales engineers

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UC Davis College of Engineering/flickr

They sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.2

Average earned income: $127,086


6. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

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Portia Crowe/Business Insider

They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $139,281


5. Architectural and engineering managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.0

Average earned income: $147,001


4. Petroleum, mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

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U.S. Geological Survey

They conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land, oil or gas extraction sites, or mining development sites.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.9

Average earned income: $152,058


3. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers

They apply the law to legal proceedings.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.2

Average earned income: $155,158


2. Chief executives and legislators

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images

CEOs determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.3

Average earned income: $169,750

Note: The US Census Bureau aggregated the data for both chief executives and legislators.


1. Physicians and surgeons

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Francis J DeAsis/Shutterstock

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.

Average hours typically worked a week: 51.1

Average earned income: $230,508