The 28 highest-paying jobs for workaholics

  • While the average employed American adult works a little over 39 hours a week, people in some professions tend to work more hours in a week.
  • Some of these jobs pay more than others.
  • Using US Census data, Business Insider found the highest-paying jobs for people who report typically working more than 45 hours a week.

If you work far more than the next guy and get more excited about your job than about family or any other activity, you may be a workaholic.

If this sounds like you, it might be worth your precious few moments of personal time to find a job that will make up for all those extra hours you put in.

To find jobs with the biggest payoff for workaholics, we analyzed US Census data for about 478 occupations from the Minnesota Population Center's 2016 American Community Survey Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Based on that survey data, the average employed American adult works a little over 39 hours a week and has a total earned income — a combination of salary, business, and any other form of money earned in a year — of about $50,589.

While some may work more or less than the average depending on their employer or where they are in their career, people with the following professions report typically working an average of at least 45 hours a week and earning at least $60,000 a year, on average. We've also included brief descriptions of the careers based on the Department of Labor's O*NET job database:

28 PHOTOS
The highest-paying jobs for workaholics
See Gallery
The highest-paying jobs for workaholics

28. Crane and tower operators

Crane and tower operators run equipment to move materials, machines, and products.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.5

Average earned income: $60,108 

Photo credit: Getty


 

27. First-line enlisted military supervisors

They are enlisted servicemembers in a supervisory role.

Average hours typically worked a week: 53.9

Average earned income: $62,109 

Photo credit: AOL

26. First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers

They supervise and coordinate the activities of mechanics, installers, and repairers.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $63,472 

Photo credit: Getty

25. First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers

They directly supervise and coordinate the activities of construction and extraction workers.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $64,695 

Photo credit: Getty

24. Mining machine operators

Mining machine operators run equipment for mining coal and other minerals.

Average hours typically worked a week: 49.8

Average earned income: $65,495 

Photo credit: Getty

23. Millwrights

Millwrights install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.6

Average earned income: $66,217 

Photo credit: AOL 

22. Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, and roustabouts, oil, gas, and mining

They operate and maintain equipment for mining and oil and gas extraction.

Average hours typically worked a week: 58.1

Average earned income: $66,955 

Photo credit: Getty

21. Military officer special and tactical operations leaders

They plan and coordinate military operations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 52.7

Average earned income: $68,571 

Photo credit: AOL 

20. Firefighters

Firefighters control and extinguish fires, and respond to emergency situations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 53.8

Average earned income: $69,172 

Photo credit: AOL

19. Railroad conductors and yardmasters

Railroad conductors and yardmasters coordinate the activity of train crews and workers at railroad yards.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.7

Average earned income: $69,602 

Photo credit: AOL 

18. Geological and petroleum technicians

They assist engineers and scientists in using equipment to locate mineral or petroleum reserves.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.7

Average earned income: $78,882

Photo credit: AOL

17. Construction managers

Construction managers plan, direct, and coordinate activities around building construction and maintenance.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.8

Average earned income: $78,886 

Photo credit: AOL

16. Locomotive engineers and operators

Locomotive engineers and operators drive locomotives that power trains carrying people or goods.

Average hours typically worked a week: 49.6

Average earned income: $78,937 

Photo credit: Getty

15. Ship and boat captains and operators

Ship and boat captains and operators command and operate aquatic vessels.

Average hours typically worked a week: 55.7

Average earned income: $80,257 

Photo credit: AOL 

14. Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers

They operate power plants and coordinate the distribution of electricity.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.5

Average earned income: $84,827 

Photo credit: Getty

13. Industrial production managers

Industrial production managers plan and direct the work activities and resources for manufacturing products.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.0

Average earned income: $84,880 

Photo credit: Getty

12. General and operations managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate the operations of organizations.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.4

Average earned income: $88,388 

Photo credit: Getty

11. Marine engineers and naval architects

Ship engineers and naval architects design and develop marine vessels and related systems.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $89,961 

Photo credit: Getty

10. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

They directly supervise and coordinate workers engaged in fire fighting or fire prevention.

Average hours typically worked a week: 52.6

Average earned income: $95,624 

Photo credit: Getty

9. Marketing and sales managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate marketing and sales policies and programs.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.1

Average earned income: $100,299 

Photo credit: Getty

8. Veterinarians

Veterinarians diagnose, treat, or research diseases or injuries of animals.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.0

Average earned income: $105,840 

Photo credit: Getty

7. Sales engineers

They sell complex scientific and technological products or services to businesses.

Average hours typically worked a week: 46.2

Average earned income: $127,086 

Photo credit: Getty

6. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

They sell securities to individuals, advise companies in search of investors, and conduct trades.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.3

Average earned income: $139,281 

Photo credit: Getty

5. Architectural and engineering managers

They plan, direct, and coordinate activities in architectural and engineering companies.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.0

Average earned income: $147,001 

Photo credit: Getty

4. Petroleum, mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

They conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land, oil or gas extraction sites, or mining development sites.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.9

Average earned income: $152,058 

Photo credit: Getty

3. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers

They apply the law to legal proceedings.

Average hours typically worked a week: 45.2

Average earned income: $155,158 

Photo credit: AOL

2. Chief executives and legislators

CEOs determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body.

Average hours typically worked a week: 47.3

Average earned income: $169,750

Note: The US Census Bureau aggregated the data for both chief executives and legislators. 

Photo credit: AOL 

1. Physicians and surgeons

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.

Average hours typically worked a week: 51.1

Average earned income: $230,508 

Photo credit: Getty

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

More from Business Insider: 
10 US cities job seekers are flocking to right now — and 5 cities they're abandoning to get there 
17 things you should do if you're bored at work 

Amazon, Wegmans, Tesla, and Chick-fil-A top the list of most-liked companies — employees explain why they have such a cult following

SEE ALSO: The most disproportionately popular job in the 40 biggest US cities

DON'T MISS: The 47 jobs that are most damaging to your health

Read Full Story