What makes going to work at least kind of worth it? Money.
But what if you’re not even getting paid enough for all the stress you’re under?
At least be happy you’re not in one of these jobs. And if you are in one of these jobs, we’d suggest a career change sooner rather than later.
The ten most underpaid and overstressed jobs in Alabama are:
Follow along to see how we figured out that these guys and gals need a massage, pay raise, or both.
Well, thinking of which data to get did not take us very long. We need:
Getting the pay data for jobs in didn’t make us break a sweat; the BLS has a gorgeous file for 2014 waiting to be analyzed.
We had a bit of a tougher time getting level of stress data since no government organization specifically measures it. However, O*Net Online has a database that contains “Work Context” for different job classifications. We combined the following into an index for stress:
We then ranked every job by each of the two criteria (Pay and Stress) from 1 to 617 (the number of jobs with data in each category) and took an average of the two. The job with the lowest score ranked as the most stressed and least paid.
You can see the full chart of data at the bottom of the article. But for now, let’s take a look at how each of these jobs landed in the top ten.
Average Salary: $23,240
Stress Index: 23.26
Not necessiarily what I was expecting to see when I first saw it here, but I double checked and Tire Repairers and Changers did in fact earn this position as the most stressed and underpaid job in Alabama.
How you might ask? By being in the bottom 10% of pay and the bottom 10% for stress level. That’s not a winning a combination.
Tire Repairers and Changers fared particularly poorly when it came to importance of being exact or accurate.
Average Salary: $25,840
Stress Index: 24.23
Psychiatric Technicians take the second spot on our ranking of stressed and underpaid jobs in Alabama.
A salary in the bottom 20% of jobs in Alabama does pay for the amount of stress the job puts on you — it ranks as the second most stressful job of any in our top ten.
Why so stressful? You have to deal with a ton of unpleasant and angry people, the highest rating for any job in our top ten.
It has to be hard to go into work everyday knowing what’s on the other side of the door.
Average Salary: $26,680
Stress Index: 24.21
Pest control workers sealed up the number three spot on our rankings.
This job also has a salary in the bottom 20% of all jobs in Alabama, however the stress comes from a different place — exposure to hazardous materials and time pressure.
Beware the fumes.
Average Salary: $26,760
Stress Index: 24.1
Phlebotomists (besides being an extremely fun word to say) ranks as the fourth most underpaid and stressful job in Alabama.
They rank as having slightly higher pay than Pest Control Workers and slightly less stress. Their stress comes from the consequence of error and the importance of being accurate.
Give that they are taking blood out of another human, it seems like there’d be a lot of downside with basically no upside.
At least their work week ranks as the lowest of any job in the top ten.
Average Salary: $27,640
Stress Index: 23.9
There’s a pretty solid jump from Phlebotomists to Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers in terms of our scoring system — the seven point difference between spot four and five is greater than the difference between spot five and ten.
Not to say Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers have it easy. Their pay still ranks in the bottom 20% (just barely) and they are still plenty stressed. This time stress comes from the length of the work week and time pressure.
People need their cars fixed every day, all day.
Average Salary: $25,320
Stress Index: 23.12
Coming in sixth for being underpaid and overstressed are Medical Equipment Preparers.
As the government descriptions says, the job requires:
Accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
That will happen when you need to prepare medical equipment for surgeons and doctors before operations. If you forget the scalpel, bad things happen.
And for the pay, it’s not totally worth it.
Average Salary: $29,670
Stress Index: 25.73
The most stressful job of any in our top ten, and number three most stressful overall, is Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
However, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics get paid for their efforts –they receive the best compensation of any job in our top ten.
It’s just that the high level of stress from consequences of error and being accurate outweighs the relatively higher pay.
Average Salary: $22,260
Stress Index: 22.26
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants place eighth on our list of the lowest paying, high stress jobs in Alabama.
With job descriptions and requirements very similar to Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants, their job is made slightly more pleasant since it takes place around water.
At least, I’m guessing that’s what they’d tell you as they’re exposed to hazardous conditions at the second highest clip in our top ten.
Average Salary: $26,120
Stress Index: 23.18
Furniture Finishers come in a tie for the ninth most underpaid and overstressed job in Alabama.
This job pays less than any other in the top ten, but that also means that it has the least amount of stress of any job in the top ten.
The one stress on the job? Continuous exposure to the chemicals used in furniture finishing.
Average Salary: $27,250
Stress Index: 23.46
At lastly on our list we have Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders.
They are relatively well compensated among the ten jobs on our list, but do experience a fair amount of stress around consequences of being wrong as accuracy is important.
There you have it, the jobs that need to go in on Monday and demand a raise or a month long vacation.
We found it interesting that the gap in the overall score jumps dramatically from the 10th spot to the 11th spot — 18.5 points. That’s basically the difference between the job at rank 1 and 10.
I guess Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers called for a serious amount of back up to stay out of the top ten.