The 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.

As a result, more Americans are feeling overworked.

To 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: