Special Report

Jobs With the Highest Divorce Rates

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5. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
> Divorce rate: 50.1%
> Total employment: 29,060
> Median annual salary: $40,680
> Majority gender representation: Male, 76.9%

People employed in this field set up and operate presses and forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal. The main industries that employ these workers are iron and steel mills, steel product manufacturing from purchased steel, and plastic product makers. Most of these jobs are in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. This is another field under pressure due to technological changes and foreign competition. That factor, and the nature of this physically demanding work, may put severe strains on family life.

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4. Gaming services workers
> Divorce rate: 50.3%
> Total employment: 118,170
> Median annual salary: $19,670
> Majority gender representation: Male, 52.2%

Being surrounded by a plethora of slot machines and other games with prizes may sound exhilarating, but when you have to supervise the vicinity at all hours of the day the fun may be stripped. Gaming services workers are often expected to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, which are all prime times to hit the casinos. Working irregular hours can limit free time spent with your spouse, which can hinder a marriage.

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3. Flight attendants
> Divorce rate: 50.5%
> Total employment: 113,390
> Median annual salary: $48,500
> Majority gender representation: Female, 76.3%

Flight attendants perhaps spend the most time away from their loved ones, having to take overnight flights on a regular basis. Travelling several nights a week leaves minimal time at home. When flight attendants do have free time, it likely differs from the time their spouse has off.

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2. Bartenders
> Divorce rate: 52.7%
> Total employment: 603,320
> Median annual salary: $20,800
> Majority gender representation: Female, 56.2%

As of May 2016, the median hourly wage of bartenders was $10, or $20,800 a year. The jobs with the lowest divorce rates tend to have higher salaries. Of course, this median annual salary excludes the tips, so the job can be more lucrative. Moreover, bartenders often work late evenings, weekends, and holidays, limiting the time they can see their spouse, especially one who works a 9-to-5 gig.

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1. Gaming managers
> Divorce rate: 52.9%
> Total employment: 4,280
> Median annual salary: $69,180
> Majority gender representation: Male, 75.0%

Easily the highest-paying job on the list, gaming managers work very long hours to manage workers in casinos. Their work environment puts them around alcohol, gambling, and a party atmosphere, all of which can put strains on a relationship. Another stressful factor is the industry is oversaturated in some parts of the country, and is retrenching in others, such as Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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