15 Meaningful Jobs That Pay Really Well

veterinarianJoe Raedle / Getty ImagesVeterinarians typically find their work to be meaningful - and high-paying.

It seems like there are only two options when it comes to choosing a career: We can either pursue a meaningful job and make next to nothing, or we can pull in a pretty penny working insanely long hours in an uninspiring, high-pressure career.

But we've got some good news for you: It turns out there's a third option.

According to a new report from Payscale, there are plenty of jobs out there that offer both a fat paycheck and satisfying work.

Payscale, the creator of the world's largest database of individual compensation profiles, containing more than 40 million today, recently asked 374,000 workers: "Does your job make the world a better place?"

After analyzing job meaning for 453 jobs from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), Payscale then examined median pay, job satisfaction, job stress, and typical education level for each occupation, and compiled its second annual list of the Most and Least Meaningful Jobs in America.

Katie Bardaro, Payscale's lead economist, says workers in these meaningful jobs are "typically driven by an interest to better society and by philanthropic initiatives, rather than purely money or subject matter interest."

We sifted through Payscale's list and found the 15 most meaningful jobs with an average annual pay of $70,000 or more.

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No. 15: Nuclear Medicine Technologists

No. 15: Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Median pay: $70,400

81% of employees say this job is meaningful.

78% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

60% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 14: Physician Assistants

No. 14: Physician Assistants

Median pay: $88,200

83% of employees say this job is meaningful.

80% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

73% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 13: Managers of Police and Detectives

No. 13: Managers of Police and Detectives

Median pay: $70,600

84% of employees say this job is meaningful.

81% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

86% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 12: Medical and Health Services Managers

No. 12: Medical and Health Services Managers

Median pay: $70,500

85% of employees say this job is meaningful.

82% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

82% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 11: Pediatricians

No. 11: Pediatricians

Median pay: $147,700

85% of employees say this job is meaningful.

80% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

63% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 10: Family and General Practitioners

No. 10: Family and General Practitioners

Median pay: $164,300

86% of employees say this job is meaningful.

76% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

70% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 9: Dentists

No. 9: Dentists

Median pay: $130,000

86% of employees say this job is meaningful.

84% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

64% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 8: Optometrists

No. 8: Optometrists

Median pay: $101,400

86% of employees say this job is meaningful.

77% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

52% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 7: Veterinarians

No. 7: Veterinarians

Median pay: $70,800

88% of employees say this job is meaningful.

74% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

73% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 6: Podiatrists

No. 6: Podiatrists

Median pay: $111,400

89% of employees say this job is meaningful.

78% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

74% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 5: Psychiatrists

No. 5: Psychiatrists

Median pay: $192,800

89% of employees say this job is meaningful.

74% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

71% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 4: Physical Therapists

No. 4: Physical Therapists

Median pay: $72,800

90% of employees say this job is meaningful.

82% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

56% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 3: Anesthesiologists

No. 3: Anesthesiologists

Median pay: $291,300

91% of employees say this job is meaningful.

78% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

79% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 2: Elementary/Secondary Education Administrators

No. 2: Elementary/Secondary Education Administrators

Median pay: $75,900

93% of employees say this job is meaningful.

87% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

85% of employees say this job is stressful.

No. 1: Surgeons

No. 1: Surgeons

Median pay: $299,600

94% of employees say this job is meaningful.

82% of employees say this job is highly satisfying.

79% of employees say this job is stressful.

Now find out which high-paying jobs don't require a college education:

Now find out which high-paying jobs don't require a college education:

The 10 Highest-Paying Jobs That Don’t Require A Bachelor's Degree

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