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25 Jun, 2014

Report Analyses New HRD Question: Does your job make the world a better place?

Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) June 24, 2014 – PayScale, Inc. today announced its report “Most & Least Meaningful Jobs” (based on how workers answer the question “Does your job make the world a better place?).

The report includes data on how Job Meaning and Median Pay compare for 453 jobs from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) (http://www.onetcenter.org), as well as the following details:

  • % High Job Satisfaction
  • % High Job Stress
  • Typical Educational Level
  • Gender Breakdown
  • Job Level
  • Job Category
  • Example Job Titles

“When we look at broader job groupings, Community and Social Service workers report the highest average job meaning with an average of 84 percent saying their work is meaningful. This grouping includes narrower job groups such as Marriage and Family Therapists, Clergy, and Directors of Religious Activities and Education,” said Katie Bardaro, Lead Economist, PayScale. “The three broader job categories with the lowest average job meaning are Food Preparation and Service, Legal, and Sales, which all have an average job meaning under 45 percent.”

Some highlights from PayScale’s “Most & Least Meaningful” study include:

  • Surgeons have the best combination of median pay and job meaning with a national median pay of $299,600 and 94 percent reporting high job meaning.
  • Fast Food Cooks have the worst combination of median pay and job meaning with a national median pay of $17,300 and only 22 percent of workers reporting high job meaning.
  • Clergy report the highest overall job meaning with 97 percent saying their work makes the world a better place.

The report also features a new interactive chart that allows users to compare statistics on meaning and salary for 22 broad job categories and 453 individual job titles.

Adds Bardaro: “Meaningful work and a high salary aren’t mutually exclusive as we see in the case of surgeons, for example. Pay does not seem to influence meaning one way or the other.”

For more on the Most & Least Meaningful reports please go to: http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/most-and-least-meaningful-jobs.