Special Report

Jobs With the Highest Divorce Rates

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30. Crane and tower operators
> Divorce rate: 45.2%
> Total employment: 45,020
> Median annual salary: $52,170
> Majority gender representation: Male, 98.4%

Crane and tower operators may have the lowest divorce rate on this list, but they still have an above 45% divorce rate. This could be, in part, due to the travelling aspect of the job. Crane operators have to be ready to relocate on any given assignment, meaning they can live away from home for significant periods of time.

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29. Bill and account collectors
> Divorce rate: 45.3%
> Total employment: 298,960
> Median annual salary: $35,350
> Majority gender representation: Female, 67.1%

Bill and account collectors certainly don’t have the happiest job in the world. It’s a collector’s duty to inform people of their overdue bills and then try to negotiate a payment plan to resolve the issue. Having to confront people about their debts can be both frustrating and uncomfortable. Additionally, collectors usually have goals they must meet based on calls per hour and success rates, which can be stressful depending on who their clients are in a given day.

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28. Phlebotomists
> Divorce rate: 45.4%
> Total employment: 120,970
> Median annual salary: $32,710
> Majority gender representation: Female, 87.1%

In case you have never heard of a phlebotomist, this profession involves drawing blood for donation, specific tests, research, and transfusions. Reassuring nervous patients reluctant to receive a needle is stressful aspect of the job. Phlebotomists may be expected to work nights, weekends, and holidays, placing stress on relationships.

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27. Security guards and gaming surveillance officers
> Divorce rate: 45.5%
> Total employment: 1,113,580
> Median annual salary: $25,840
> Majority gender representation: Male, 78.0%

Jobs that pay higher salaries tend to have lower divorce rates than jobs that pay lower salaries. Security guards and gaming surveillance officers make well below the annual median salary for all jobs of $37,040. Not to mention security is required 24/7, so guards and surveillance officers can be called in to work during day or night. It’s not surprising that working irregular hours for little reward can add stress and interfere with home life and relationships.

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26. First-line supervisors of protective service workers, all other
> Divorce rate: 45.6%
> Total employment: 72,880
> Median annual salary: $47,820
> Majority gender representation: Male, 77.3%

This category includes workers employed in investigation and security services, rail transportation, the gambling industry, and spectator sports. Workers in these jobs can potentially come into conflict with someone with criminal intent, or in the case of spectator sports, confronting people exhibiting bad behavior. These are also jobs that require irregular hours or involve travel.

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