Average annual income: $53,540
You don’t need to have watched many episodes of a crime show to know that being a police officer is stressful. There’s a reason why "Law and Order" has been on the air for 20 years and there are 571 varieties of "CSI." There’s a lot of drama.
Law enforcement officers are constantly dealing with situations out of their control — they arrive at harrowing scenes every day where they need to figure out what’s going on, and they’re up against criminals who are often armed and ready to shoot. Police officers have to save the good guys, while fending off the bad guys — and not get shot or injured in the process. They also have to make split-second decisions that involve life or death — one accidental shooting of an innocent man and their careers are on the line and on the front page of every local newspaper.
"It couldn’t be much more stressful," Lee said. "That’s why they have shorter careers and bigger pensions."