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America's Most Stressful Jobs 2012

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4. Military General

Average annual income: $196,300

Military generals are the highest paid of all 10 most stressful jobs — more so than even senior corporate executives. While you might think that since they’re off the front lines they would move off the list of the most stressful jobs, but not so fast — they have a lot of stress because, like corporate executives, people’s lives are in their hands. Only we’re not talking layoffs. Generals choose to put people on the front lines of war, some of whom may be injured or killed.

“When they decide to move a group of people, they’re putting their lives in danger,” Lee said. “They’re making life and death decisions. That’s pretty stressful.”

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