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Most Stressful Jobs and What They Pay
No job is stress free all the time. Whether it’s tight deadlines, angry bosses or high expectations, we’ve all felt anxiety at work. But which industry workers feel the pressure all the time?

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Online salary and career database PayScale conducted a survey earlier this year of employees in different sectors to gauge their stress levels. Jobs considered "high stress" were rated as "extremely stressful" or "fairly stressful" by at least 60% of survey respondents. Check out which employees might find more grey hairs and experience more sleepless nights than the rest of us. 

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Financial Aid Counselor

Lack of pay and what seems like always-rising tuition prices that make it more of a challenge to find ways for students and families to pay for college, make this career the most stressful on the list.

Median Annual Salary: $38,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 75%

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Account Manager, Sales

Keeping your job as an account manager in sales often means meeting a quota regularly, which can be a challenge, particularly in this economy.

Median Annual Salary: $61,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 73%

Restaurant

Restaurant Assistant Manager

While running a thriving restaurant can be rewarding, the long and hectic days of dealing with employees, vendors and customers for not much pay can take a toll.

Median Annual Salary: $33,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 72%

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Registered Nurse

Nursing is an in-demand job, but the long hours of providing medical and emotional support for patients and their families can be quite stressful.

Median Annual Salary: $58,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 70%

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Prison

Probation Officer

Probation officers face a stressful work environment dealing with convicted criminals on probation; not to mention a heavy workload, extensive travel and sometime having to carry a weapon for protection.

Median Annual Salary: $40,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 70%

Business Planning Meeting at a Table

Management Consultant

Management consultants face tremendous pressure by the companies that hire them to improve profits, restructure staff and business flow to increase efficiency and identify any money-draining problems and offer solutions.

Median Annual Salary: $97,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 62%

School

Elementary School Teacher

Teachers make a big difference in children’s lives, but dealing with a roomful of children can be quite stressful.

Median Annual Salary: $41,000
People in this job reporting high stress: 62%

Most Stressful Jobs and What They Pay

No job is stress free all the time. Whether it’s tight deadlines, angry bosses or high expectations, we’ve all felt anxiety at work. But which industry workers feel the pressure all the time?

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