Most Meaningful Jobs – And What They Pay

Most Meaningful Jobs

Job TitlePercent MeaningfulMedian Pay
 Clergy 98% $46,600
 English Language and Literature Teachers (Postsecondary) 96% $43,600
 Directors, Religious Activities and Education 96% $37,600
 Surgeons 96% $304,000
 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary Schools 95% $76,700
 Radiation Therapists 93% $70,200
 Chiropractors 92% $60,100
 Psychiatrists 92% $197,000
 Anesthesiologists 91% $273,000
 Rehabilitation Counselors 91% $39,100
 Occupational Therapists 91% $64,400
 Kindergarten Teachers 91% $39,000
 Epidemiologists 91% $69,000

Source: PayScale

Least Meaningful Jobs

Job TitlePercent MeaningfulMedian Pay
 Parking Lot Attendants 5% $19,700
 Gaming Supervisors 20% $46,400
 Pre-Press Technician 25% $38,300
 Title Examiners, Abstractors and Searchers 25% $32,700
 Fabric and Apparel Patternmakers 25% $52,900
 Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Operators 26% $33,200
 Counter and Rental Clerks 26% $26,500
 Crushing, Grinding and Polishing Machine Operators 26% $36,000
 Purchasing Agents and Buyers, Farm Products 26% $40,600
 Fashion Designers 26% $50,700

Source: PayScale

Jobs That Make The World a Worse Place

Job TitleMakes The World WorseMedian Pay
 Fast Food Workers 25% $16,700
 Picker 21% $24,800
 Table Games Floor Supervisor 20% $50,900
 Merchandise Planning Manager 18% $94,400
 Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Strategist 18% $52,300
 Valet 18% $21,900
 Paralegal 16% $40,000
 Laundry Attendant 14% $18,600
 Garbage Truck Driver 14% $36,600
 Cash Posting Clerk 13% $31,300
 Commercial Photographer 13% $45,200
 Financial Sales Consultant 13% $32,600

Source: PayScale

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