You don’t have to give up a nice salary to have a good work-life balance.
That’s what the website Glassdoor found when they ranked the top 25 jobs with the best work-life balance. Most of those jobs, including No. 1 data scientist ($114,808 a year), had salaries well above the average American’s.
Of the 25 jobs ranked, only two had salaries less than the median American earning of $28,851 per year. Well over half promised salaries over double those earnings; the median pay for work on the list was $66,000. The vast majority of jobs in the report were either tech or engineering related. Such jobs have recently become known for offering not only competitive salaries, but also generous benefits and leave time. The top five jobs were:
- Data Scientist
- SEO Manager
- Talent Acquisition Specialist
- Social Media Manager
- Substitute Teacher
Glassdoor is a jobs and recruiting site that also allows employees to rate and review the companies they work for, similar to Yelp or TripAdvisor. On the site, workers give their company a ranking of one through five on various factors, with five indicating strong satisfaction. The results Glassdoor released on work-life balance were based on these rankings.
In order to gather the results, the website gathered data from job titles with at least 75 work-life balance ratings in the past year.
The jobs also needed to include ‘work-life balance’ or related ideas as a positive aspect of the job in at least 15 percent of reviews. The jobs also needed to have an active listing on Glassdoor.
The findings challenge the idea that to get high-powered, high-paying jobs, workers need to put in longer hours, and dedicate more of their free time to work. Instead, the results indicated that getting a prestigious job may actually provide more free time, especially since jobs considered traditionally flexible, like substitute teaching, make up a very small part of the list.
While the report showed positive correlations between work-life balance and salary, it also indicated that work-life balance has decreased overall in America. According to Glassdoor, in 2009, the average work-life balance rating was 3.5. It sank to 3.4 in 2012, and is at 3.2 so far this year.