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3. Senior Corporate Executive

Stress score: 47.41
Average annual salary: $167,280
Hours per day: 11

Corporate executives are highly paid, and for a good reason: they have held one of the most stressful jobs in America for the past two years. Not only does the job require extensive knowledge of business but also involves understanding trends, technological developments, and implications of their decisions.

“Corporate executives are at the behests of their shareholders and corporate boards,” says Tony Lee. “They have to keep their company profitable, which is a complex task. In an upturn, they have higher expectations, and they can’t simply cut costs and ride out the recession. They’re being held to a higher standard now that the economy is on the rebound — and much of the time, they are not in control of their own destiny.”

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