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5 Stressful But High-Paying Jobs

Posted By Miranda Marquit On 10/17/2012 @ 12:15 pm In Career | 1 Comment

Are you looking for a job with high pay? There are jobs out there that pay well [3], but they might come with a lot of stress. Indeed, some of the jobs that pay more than six figures on average come with a great deal of stress.

For some people, high stress just isn’t worth the money but if you’re willing to deal with it, you could pursue a career in a field that others avoid:

1. PR Executive

Many people think of the public relations field as one that is kind of cushy. However, working as a PR executive is considered one of the more stressful jobs out there. Not only do you have to be “on” all the time to help maintain a positive image for your client, but you also have to spend a great deal of time dealing with those who might be a bit hostile toward you or your company.

There are deadlines to meet, and it is also a very competitive field. You have to fight for your job position, and you could lose it quite quickly. And you are always waiting for the next disaster. The Bureaus of Labor Statistics puts the salary of a PR executive at $91,810.

2. Airline Pilot

The average income of an airline pilot is $103,210 a year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, it’s possible for airline pilots to make even more than that. However, these pilots are subject to a number of pressures and stressful situations.

An airline pilot works odd hours, and often experiences jet lag. Not only that, but that there are other stressors that can affect pilots, including worries about passenger safety, as well as stresses that come with delays and other problems.

3. Air Traffic Controller

You don’t need a degree [4] in order to earn six-figures as an air traffic controller, but the stress can be high. You can earn $108,040 as an air traffic controller, but the job is widely known as a stressful one. The hours are brutal, and you’re stuck in an uncomfortable position, knowing that one mistake could mean the deaths of hundreds of people.

4. Senior Executive in a Corporation

While we like to complain that some CEOs are overpaid [5], there are senior executives in many companies that just aren’t paid that much by comparison. Making an average salary of $165,830 a year (plus bonuses and perks in all probability) doesn’t exactly compare with a CEO making millions of dollars a year.

A senior executive’s job can be stressful, though. They are responsible for a lot of the decisions that are made, and when something goes wrong, they could easily be the subject of blame. They have to work long hours — sometimes irregularly — and the competition is fierce.

5. General in the Military

While being a “regular” soldier is plenty stressful, it’s not a high-paying job. However, if you work your way up the ranks, and earn your stars to be a general, you can earn much more. At the highest pay grade, as a 20-year veteran, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it’s possible to make $15,401 each month — more than $180,000 a year. Other officers in the military can make good salaries as well, depending on years of service and rank. However, there are a number of stressors that come with this job (as you can imagine).

Not only are generals and other officers responsible for the lives of those serving under them, but they can also be at risk for serious injury. And there is the stress related to the fact that you might have to place yourself in a life-threatening situation. Lastly, if that’s not all, there’s the public relations nightmare that awaits you and every decision you make. It can be overwhelming.

Do you have a high stress job? Does it pay well? Would you take a high stress job that paid very well?

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