15 high-paying jobs where you can work less than 40 hours a week

  • Not every job that pays well requires workaholic hours.
  • Using Census data compiled by the Minnesota Population Center, we found 15 jobs that pay above-average earnings where the average worker spends less than 40 hours per week at work.
  • Pharmacists, college professors, and actors all made the list.
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Not every job that pays well requires workaholic hours. We found 15 high-paying occupations where the average worker spends less than 40 hours per week at work.

Using Census data from the Minnesota Population Center’s 2017 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, we found the average number of hours usually worked in a week and average annual earnings for people employed in each of the 478 occupations tracked in the data.

Here are the 15 occupations with the least average hours worked, among occupations with average annual earnings above the overall average of $US51,736:


15. Chiropractors work an average of 38.2 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US81,955.


14. Physical therapists work an average of 38.1 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US71,276.

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13. Respiratory therapists work an average of 38.1 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US59,637.


12. Editors work an average of 38.0 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US55,948.


11. Sociologists and other social scientists work an average of 37.9 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US61,392.


10. Pharmacists work an average of 37.8 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US100,883.


9. Registered nurses work an average of 37.8 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US63,432.


8. Tax preparers work an average of 37.6 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US53,517.


7. College professors work an average of 37.2 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US60,339.


6. Speech language pathologists work an average of 37.1 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US59,790.

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5. Psychologists work an average of 36.8 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US73,247.

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4. Occupational therapists work an average of 36.0 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US60,505.

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3. Writers and authors work an average of 35.8 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US55,562.

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2. Dental hygienists work an average of 32.0 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US52,645.

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1. Actors work an average of 31.4 hours per week and have average annual earnings of $US52,378.

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