The 13 Highest-Paying Jobs for People Who Want to Work Less Than 40 Hours a Week

These positions can help alleviate the feeling of being 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 distilled by the Minnesota Population Center's 2013 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

According to this data, the average working American logs about 39 hours a week, and the median earned income — a sum of wage, salary, and business income — across all occupations is $32,000.

13. Postal service clerks


Average hours typically worked a week: 39.32
Median earned income: $51,000
What they do: Perform any combination of tasks in a post office like receive letters and parcels; sell postage and revenue stamps, postal cards, and stamped envelopes; fill out and sell money orders; place mail in pigeon holes of mail racks or in bags; and examine mail for correct postage.

11. Registered nurses


Average hours typically worked a week: 37.59
Median earned income: $56,000
What they do: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing-care plans, and maintain medical records

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