15 highest-paying jobs for people who want to work less than 40 hours a week
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.
o 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
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
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
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
They prepare written material like scripts, stories, advertisements, and other material.
Average hours typically worked a week: 36.1
Median earned income: $62,480
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
9. Physical therapists
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
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