We often assume that with a 'healthy' salary comes added pressure, longer hours and an inability to maintain a comfortable work-life balance.

But is this true of all professions? 

Well according to Business Insider and data gathered from the Bureau of Labour Statistics and Occupational Information Network (O*NET), there are plenty of low-stress professions that pay big salaries.

[Stress tolerance levels are rated on a scale of 1-100, with higher ratings equalling higher stress.]

And here are just a few of them:

computer hardware engineers.

  • Stress tolerance: 67.0
  • Average annual salary: £69,352
  • What they do: Design, develop and test computers for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's degree from an accredited program

marine engineers and naval architects.

  • Stress tolerance: 67.0
  • Average annual salary: £60,961
  • What they do: Marine Engineers work on the mechanical systems in boats, aircraft carries and tankers, whilst Naval Architects work on the design of these structures, including the form and stability of hulls.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's degree (practical experience is also highly valued)


  • Stress tolerance: 62.0
  • Average annual salary: £71,595
  • What they do: Observe, research, and interpret astronomical phenomena to increase knowledge and resolve practical problems.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's degree (most astronomers possess a master's and Ph.D.)


  • Stress tolerance: 57.3
  • Average annual salary: £66,970
  • What they do: Conduct research and solve problems in essential mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree if working in government, and a doctorate if working for private companies

law teachers.

  • Stress tolerance: 62.8
  • Average annual salary: £79,291
  • What they do: Teach courses in law.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's and law degrees

computer and information systems managers.

  • Stress tolerance: 64.3
  • Average annual salary: £85,972
  • What they do: Help organisations determine IT goals and implement the appropriate computer systems required to achieve those goals.
  • Education requirements: Bachelor's degree

Any job has the potential to be stressful, and typically, high paid jobs do come with increased expectations. But stress doesn't have to be a bad thing and it can often 'force' you to push yourself and become better at what you do.

Are you happy and /or stressed in your job? Do you earn a good salary and enjoy the added pressures this brings?

And what’s more important to you; an interesting job or a well-paid one?