Want To Be Married? These Jobs Have the Highest Marriage Rate

By Kathy Morris - Dec. 10, 2019

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Ever wondered how much job choice impacts relationships? After all, your job impacts so much of your life. Could it impact whether you even get married at all?

We were curious, so we dove into the data to see if there was any connection. We found strong correlation between job and marriage.

More specifically, workers in some jobs are significantly more likely to be married than others. You can scroll to the bottom to see the full list of jobs- from most likely to be married to the least. But first, let’s check out the top 10 jobs that say “I do.”

Jobs With The Highest Marriage Rates

  1. Clergy
  2. Directors, Religious Activities And Education
  3. First Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention
  4. Dentists
  5. Architectural And Engineering Managers
  6. First Line Enlisted Military Supervisors
  7. Podiatrists
  8. Chiropractors
  9. Nurse Practitioners And Nurse Midwives
  10. Radiation Therapists

These 10 jobs may not cause a long lasting marriage, but they certainly go hand in hand with one. There are some definite trends in the top 10. 5 are in healthcare, 2 are religious professions, and 2 are high-powered, dangerous jobs. We break down how we determined the results below. Your job not in the top 10? Check out the full list at the bottom to see if your job is prone to married bliss or super single.

How We Determined Which Jobs Have High Marriage Rates

We used the 2018 ACS 1-year PUMS data to find marriage rate by job industry. We tallied the data for 479 fields. The lower the ranking, the higher the percent of workers married. We then focused our data on people aged 30-45, prime marrying age.

1. Clergy


Marriage Rate: 85%
Clergy have the highest rate of marriage of any profession. Whatever they’re doing, they should keep doing it because a marriage rate of 85% is more than good.

2. Directors, Religious Activities And Education

educational director

Marriage Rate: 82%
The close cousin of clergy, directors of religious activities and education enjoy the second highest marriage rate at 82%

3. First Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention


Marriage Rate: 81%
Firefighters put their lives on the line for public safety. It’s nice to know that most of them (hopefully) go home to a loving partner, after the daily stress of the job.

4. Dentists


Marriage Rate: 80%
In addition to a high marriage rate, dentists enjoy a higher than average salary and a great work life balance for a doctor.

5. Architectural And Engineering Managers



Marriage Rate: 79%
A common job of romantic comedies, architects (and the less features engineers) have a marriage rate of 79%. Maybe those movies are better researched than we give them credit for.

6. First Line Enlisted Military Supervisors


Marriage Rate: 78%
Similar to firefighters, enlisted military supervisors put their lives in peril to get their mission accomplished. Their marriage rate of 78% is above average. Interestingly, younger military supervisors have one of the highest divorce rates.

7. Podiatrists


Source:Pixabay Use BlijeVoeten Pedicure

Marriage Rate: 78%
Podiatrists like feet. And marriage. 78% of podiatrists are married.

8. Chiropractors


Source:Pixabay User whitesession

Marriage Rate: 78%
Maybe chiropractors are good at adjusting to marriage difficulties, because 78% of them are married.

9. Nurse Practitioners And Nurse Midwives

nurse practitioner

Marriage Rate: 77%
Another medical related job! 77% of nurse practitioners and midwives are married.

10. Radiation Therapists

radiation therapist

Marriage Rate: 77%
At 77%, radiation therapists may be bottom of the top 10, but the results aren’t anything to sneeze at.

Summary On The Best Jobs For Marriage

While we cannot guarantee all of these couples are happily married, they are still married. While your job itself will not cause marriage, we did uncover a strong association between the two. However, none of that should downplay the impact your job can have on many facets of your life. Of course, it is entirely possible to be a forever alone clergyman (sorry, 15%). The same way it possible to a happily married dancer, even though most dancers are not married.

Check out the full list to see the marriage rate for your job:

Job Marriage Rate
Clergy 86%
Directors, Religious Activities And Education 83%
First_Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention 82%
Dentists 80%
Architectural And Engineering Managers 79%
First Line Enlisted Military Supervisors 78%
Podiatrists 78%
Chiropractors 78%
Nurse Practitioners, And Nurse Midwives 77%
Radiation Therapists 77%
Physical Therapists 77%
Religious Workers, All Other 77%
Military Officer Special And Tactical Operations Leaders 77%
Nurse Anesthetists 76%
Biomedical And Agricultural Engineers 76%
Speech Language Pathologists 76%
First_Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives 76%
Marine Engineers And Naval Architects 75%
Audiologists 75%
Dental Hygienists 74%
Software Developers, Applications And Systems Software 74%
Military, Rank Not Specified ** 74%
Occupational Therapists 74%
Chief Executives And Legislators 74%
Sales Engineers 73%
Optometrists 73%
Conservation Scientists And Foresters 73%
Chemical Engineers 73%
Physicians And Surgeons 73%
Elementary And Middle School Teachers 73%
Aircraft Pilots And Flight Engineers 73%
Aerospace Engineers 73%
Petroleum, Mining And Geological Engineers, Including 73%
Electrical And Electronics Engineers 73%
Agricultural And Food Scientists 72%
Mechanical Engineers 72%
Computer And Information Systems Managers 72%
Physician Assistants 72%
Pharmacists 72%
Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers 72%
Firefighters 71%
Personal Financial Advisors 71%
Miscellaneous Engineers, Including Nuclear Engineers 71%
Ship And Boat Captains And Operators 71%
Detectives And Criminal Investigators 71%
Actuaries 71%
Civil Engineers 71%
Secondary School Teachers 70%
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, And Dispatchers 70%
Industrial Engineers, Including Health And Safety 70%
Psychologists 70%
Compensation And Benefits Managers 70%
Astronomers And Physicists 70%
Pumping Station Operators 69%
Architects, Except Naval 69%
Appraisers And Assessors Of Real Estate 69%
Computer Hardware Engineers 69%
Occupational Therapy Assistants And Aides 69%
Rail 69%
Education Administrators 69%
Military Enlisted Tactical Operations And Air Weapons 69%
Elevator Installers And Repairers 69%
Natural Sciences Managers 69%
First 69%
Police Officers 69%
Veterinarians 69%
Industrial Production Managers 68%
Construction Managers 68%
Computer Programmers 68%
Electrical Power 68%
Lawyers, And Judges, Magistrates, And Other Judicial 68%
Brokerage Clerks 68%
Other Education, Training, And Library Workers 68%
Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, And 68%
Locomotive Engineers And Operators 68%
Financial Managers 68%
Registered Nurses 68%
Environmental Scientists And Geoscientists 67%
Water And Wastewater Treatment Plant And System 67%
Computer Network Architects 67%
Stationary Engineers And Boiler Operators 66%
First 66%
Tool And Die Makers 66%
Physical Therapist Assistants And Aides 66%
Mining Machine Operators 66%
Materials Engineers 66%
New Accounts Clerks 66%
Accountants And Auditors 66%
Physical Scientists, All Other 66%
Financial Analysts 66%
Miscellaneous Managers, Including Funeral Service 66%
Dietitians And Nutritionists 66%
Biological Scientists 66%
Computer Systems Analysts 66%
Heavy Vehicle And Mobile Equipment Service Technicians 66%
Earth Drillers, Except Oil And Gas 66%
Respiratory Therapists 66%
First 66%
First 65%
Information Security Analysts 65%
Computer And Information Research Scientists 65%
Database Administrators 65%
Cost Estimators 65%
Avionics Technicians 65%
Administrative Services Managers 65%
Marketing And Sales Managers 65%
Diagnostic Related Technologists And Technicians 65%
Tire Builders 65%
Budget Analysts 65%
Management Analysts 65%
Medical Scientists, And Life Scientists, All Other 65%
Miscellaneous Plant And System Operators 65%
Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, And Systems 65%
Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales 65%
Public Relations And Fundraising Managers 65%
Human Resources Managers 65%
Surveyors, Cartographers, And Photogrammetrists 65%
Medical And Health Services Managers 65%
Insurance Underwriters 65%
Special Education Teachers 65%
Chemists And Materials Scientists 65%
Environmental Engineers 65%
Atmospheric And Space Scientists 65%
Miscellaneous Mathematical Science Occupations, 64%
Aircraft Mechanics And Service Technicians 64%
Training And Development Managers 64%
General And Operations Managers 64%
Real Estate Brokers And Sales Agents 64%
Urban And Regional Planners 64%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing 64%
Purchasing Managers 64%
Postsecondary Teachers 64%
Miscellaneous Media And Communication Workers 64%
Control And Valve Installers And Repairers 64%
Market Research Analysts And Marketing Specialists 64%
Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Transportation 64%
Emergency Management Directors 64%
Compliance Officers 64%
Medical Transcriptionists 64%
Railroad Conductors And Yardmasters 63%
Network And Computer Systems Administrators 63%
Operations Research Analysts 63%
Credit Analysts 63%
Credit Counselors And Loan Officers 63%
Derrick, Rotary Drill, And Service Unit Operators, And 63%
Other Healthcare Practitioners And Technical 63%
First 63%
Financial Clerks, All Other 63%
Fundraisers 63%
Preschool And Kindergarten Teachers 63%
Photographers 63%
Technical Writers 62%
Maintenance Workers, Machinery 62%
Fire Inspectors 62%
First 62%
Financial Specialists, All Other 62%
Computer Occupations, All Other 62%
Millwrights 62%
Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers 62%
Air Traffic Controllers And Airfield Operations 62%
Pest Control Workers 62%
Probation Officers And Correctional Treatment 62%
Drafters 62%
Miscellaneous Personal Appearance Workers 62%
Public Relations Specialists 62%
Construction And Building Inspectors 62%
Human Resources Workers 61%
Recreational Therapists 61%
Business Operations Specialists, All Other 61%
Buyers And Purchasing Agents, Farm Products 61%
Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, And Farm 61%
Other Teachers And Instructors 61%
Logisticians 61%
Door 61%
Electric Motor, Power Tool, And Related Repairers 61%
Precision Instrument And Equipment Repairers 61%
Boilermakers 60%
Industrial And Refractory Machinery Mechanics 60%
Compensation, Benefits, And Job Analysis Specialists 60%
Writers And Authors 60%
Insurance Sales Agents 60%
Upholsterers 60%
Travel Agents 60%
Chemical Technicians 60%
Dental Assistants 60%
Teacher Assistants 60%
Librarians 60%
Bus And Truck Mechanics And Diesel Engine Specialists 60%
Other Therapists, Including Exercise Physiologists 60%
First 60%
Web Developers 60%
First 60%
Surveying And Mapping Technicians 60%
Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, And Related Workers 60%
Crane And Tower Operators 60%
Forest And Conservation Workers 59%
Morticians, Undertakers, And Funeral Directors 59%
Training And Development Specialists 59%
Sales And Related Workers, All Other 59%
Private Detectives And Investigators 59%
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 59%
Tellers 59%
Economists 59%
Construction Equipment Operators, Except Paving, 59%
Bookkeeping, Accounting, And Auditing Clerks 59%
Radio And Telecommunications Equipment Installers And 59%
Secretaries And Administrative Assistants 59%
Jewelers And Precious Stone And Metal Workers 59%
Bailiffs, Correctional Officers, And Jailers 59%
Dredge, Excavating, And Loading Machine Operators 59%
Procurement Clerks 59%
Social And Community Service Managers 59%
Tailors, Dressmakers, And Sewers 59%
Payroll And Timekeeping Clerks 58%
Miscellaneous Law Enforcement Workers 58%
Electricians 58%
Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, And Steamfitters 58%
Animal Control Workers 58%
Designers 58%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters 58%
Geological And Petroleum Technicians, And Nuclear 58%
Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers 58%
Miscellaneous Extraction Workers, Including Roof Bolters 58%
Advertising And Promotions Managers 58%
Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll And 58%
Counselors 58%
Supervisors Of Transportation And Material Moving 58%
Home Appliance Repairers 58%
Biological Technicians 57%
Meeting, Convention, And Event Planners 57%
Chemical Processing Machine Setters, Operators, And 57%
Financial Examiners 57%
Telecommunications Line Installers And Repairers 57%
Production, Planning, And Expediting Clerks 57%
Childcare Workers 57%
Archivists, Curators, And Museum Technicians 57%
Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, And 57%
Communications Equipment Operators, All Other 57%
Highway Maintenance Workers 57%
Maintenance And Repair Workers, General 57%
Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners, All Other 57%
Heating, Air Conditioning, And Refrigeration Mechanics 57%
Loan Interviewers And Clerks 56%
Postal Service Mail Carriers 56%
Credit Authorizers, Checkers, And Clerks 56%
Recreation And Fitness Workers 56%
Gaming Managers 56%
Word Processors And Typists 56%
Agricultural And Food Science Technicians 56%
Court, Municipal, And License Clerks 56%
News Analysts, Reporters And Correspondents 56%
Animal Trainers 56%
Emergency Medical Technicians And Paramedics 56%
First 56%
Statistical Assistants 56%
First 56%
Property, Real Estate, And Community Association 56%
Billing And Posting Clerks 56%
Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installers And 56%
Automotive Body And Related Repairers 55%
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, And Cosmetologists 55%
Machinists 55%
Miscellaneous Office And Administrative Support 55%
Subway, Streetcar, And Other Rail Transportation 55%
Glaziers 55%
Clinical Laboratory Technologists And Technicians 55%
Miscellaneous Installation, Maintenance, And Repair 55%
Computer Support Specialists 55%
Lodging Managers 55%
Plasterers And Stucco Masons 55%
First 55%
Miscellaneous Social Scientists, Including Survey 55%
Miscellaneous Health Technologists And Technicians 55%
Riggers 55%
Small Engine Mechanics 55%
Electronic Equipment Installers And Repairers, Motor 55%
Transportation Inspectors 55%
First 55%
Editors 54%
Miscellaneous Legal Support Workers 54%
Advertising Sales Agents 54%
Social Workers 54%
Engine And Other Machine Assemblers 54%
Wholesale And Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products 54%
Welding, Soldering, And Brazing Workers 54%
Computer Control Programmers And Operators 54%
Driver Sales Workers And Truck Drivers 54%
Medical Records And Health Information Technicians 54%
Agricultural Inspectors 54%
Structural Iron And Steel Workers 54%
Parts Salespersons 54%
Molders, Shapers, And Casters, Except Metal And Plastic 54%
Paralegals And Legal Assistants 54%
Cabinetmakers And Bench Carpenters 54%
Medical, Dental, And Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians 54%
Information And Record Clerks, All Other 54%
Shoe And Leather Workers 54%
Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, And Tapers 54%
Tax Preparers 54%
Miscellaneous Life, Physical, And Social Science 53%
Broadcast And Sound Engineering Technicians And Radio 53%
Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 53%
Locksmiths And Safe Repairers 53%
Proofreaders And Copy Markers 53%
Sheet Metal Workers 53%
Fence Erectors 53%
Opticians, Dispensing 53%
Graders And Sorters, Agricultural Products 53%
Security And Fire Alarm Systems Installers 53%
Health Practitioner Support Technologists And 53%
Automotive Service Technicians And Mechanics 53%
Miscellaneous Agricultural Workers, Including Animal 52%
Crushing, Grinding, Polishing, Mixing, And Blending 52%
Food Batchmakers 52%
Structural Metal Fabricators And Fitters 52%
Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, And 52%
Automotive Glass Installers And Repairers 52%
Textile Bleaching And Dyeing, And Cutting Machine 52%
Artists And Related Workers 52%
Prepress Technicians And Workers 52%
Judicial Law Clerks 52%
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, And Weighers 52%
Carpenters 52%
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs 52%
Couriers And Messengers 51%
Paving, Surfacing, And Tamping Equipment Operators 51%
Meter Readers, Utilities 51%
Sailors And Marine Oilers, And Ship Engineers 51%
Tax Examiners And Collectors, And Revenue Agents 51%
Miscellaneous Woodworkers, Including Model Makers And 51%
Medical Assistants 51%
File Clerks 51%
Office Clerks, General 51%
Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, And Kettle Operators And 51%
Social And Human Service Assistants 50%
Miscellaneous Transportation Workers, Including Bridge 50%
Miscellaneous Community And Social Service Specialists, 50%
Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses 50%
Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders 50%
Gaming Cage Workers 50%
Model Makers, Patternmakers, And Molding Machine Setters, 50%
Insurance Claims And Policy Processing Clerks 50%
Computer, Automated Teller, And Office Machine Repairers 50%
Computer Operators 50%
Musicians, Singers, And Related Workers 50%
Painting Workers 50%
Insulation Workers 50%
Cement Masons, Concrete Finishers, And Terrazzo Workers 50%
Postal Service Clerks 50%
Food Service Managers 50%
Embalmers And Funeral Attendants 50%
Bakers 50%
Miscellaneous Textile, Apparel, And Furnishings 50%
Reservation And Transportation Ticket Agents And Travel 50%
Miscellaneous Metal Workers And Plastic Workers, Including 49%
Dispatchers 49%
Furniture Finishers 49%
Etchers And Engravers 49%
Sewing Machine Operators 49%
Logging Workers 49%
Carpet, Floor, And Tile Installers And Finishers 49%
Printing Press Operators 49%
Food And Tobacco Roasting, Baking, And Drying Machine 49%
Library Technicians 49%
Television, Video, And Motion Picture Camera Operators 49%
Phlebotomists 49%
Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, 49%
Cargo And Freight Agents 48%
Textile Knitting And Weaving Machine Setters, 48%
First 48%
Lifeguards And Other Recreational, And All Other 48%
Library Assistants, Clerical 48%
Print Binding And Finishing Workers 48%
Chefs And Head Cooks 48%
Correspondence Clerks And Order Clerks 48%
Taxi Drivers And Chauffeurs 48%
Retail Salespersons 48%
Painters And Paperhangers 48%
Massage Therapists 48%
Data Entry Keyers 48%
Bus Drivers 47%
Nonfarm Animal Caretakers 47%
Food Processing Workers, All Other 47%
Construction Laborers 47%
Receptionists And Information Clerks 47%
Producers And Directors 47%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Wood 47%
Miscellaneous Construction Workers, Including Solar 47%
Butchers And Other Meat, Poultry, And Fish Processing 47%
Forging Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal 47%
Miscellaneous Production Workers, Including Semiconductor 47%
Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, 46%
Roofers 46%
Packaging And Filling Machine Operators And Tenders 46%
Coin, Vending, And Amusement Machine Servicers And 46%
Customer Service Representatives 46%
Grounds Maintenance Workers 46%
Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal 46%
Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators And Tenders 46%
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other, Including 46%
Electrical, Electronics, And Electromechanical 46%
Counter And Rental Clerks 46%
Miscellaneous Vehicle And Mobile Equipment Mechanics, 46%
Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal 46%
Interviewers, Except Eligibility And Loan 46%
Shipping, Receiving, And Traffic Clerks 45%
Pressers, Textile, Garment, And Related Materials 45%
Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 45%
Miscellaneous Material Moving Workers, Including 45%
Flight Attendants 44%
Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners 44%
Miscellaneous Assemblers And Fabricators 44%
Tour And Travel Guides 44%
Machine Feeders And Offbearers 44%
Janitors And Building Cleaners 44%
Bill And Account Collectors 44%
Industrial Truck And Tractor Operators 43%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, 43%
Gaming Services Workers 43%
First_Line Supervisors Of Food Preparation And Serving 43%
Announcers 43%
Baggage Porters, Bellhops, And Concierges 43%
Models, Demonstrators, And Product Promoters 43%
Photographic Process Workers And Processing Machine 43%
Transportation Security Screeners 42%
Pharmacy Aides 42%
Laundry And Dry 42%
Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors 42%
Personal Care And Service Workers, All Other 42%
Food Cooking Machine Operators And Tenders 42%
Food Servers, Nonrestaurant 42%
Fishing And Hunting Workers 42%
Cutting Workers 42%
Nursing, Psychiatric, And Home Health Aides 42%
Packers And Packagers, Hand 42%
Metal Furnace Operators, Tenders, Pourers, And Casters 42%
Ambulance Drivers And Attendants, Except Emergency 41%
Cooks 41%
Textile Winding, Twisting, And Drawing Out Machine 41%
Helpers 41%
Barbers 41%
Helpers, Construction Trades 41%
Miscellaneous Food Preparation And Serving Related 41%
Personal Care Aides 41%
Extruding, Forming, Pressing, And Compacting Machine 40%
Extruding And Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, And 40%
Miscellaneous Entertainment Attendants And Related 40%
Cashiers 40%
Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, And Processing 40%
Food Preparation Workers 40%
Actors 40%
Crossing Guards 40%
Hosts And Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, And Coffee Shop 40%
Security Guards And Gaming Surveillance Officers 39%
Residential Advisors 39%
Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand 39%
Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 38%
Automotive And Watercraft Service Attendants 38%
Stock Clerks And Order Fillers 38%
Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 38%
Parking Lot Attendants 37%
Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment 37%
Conveyor Operators And Tenders, And Hoist And Winch 37%
Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks 37%
Telephone Operators 37%
Waiters And Waitresses 36%
Helpers 36%
Mail Clerks And Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal 36%
Unemployed And Last Worked 5 Years Ago Or Earlier Or Never 35%
Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, 35%
Telemarketers 35%
Transportation Attendants, Except Flight Attendants 34%
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, And 34%
Entertainers And Performers, Sports And Related 32%
Dancers And Choreographers 29%
Bartenders 28%
Dishwashers 26%
Motion Picture Projectionists 25%
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, And Ticket Takers 24%

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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