9 jobs with top work-life balance

  • The 40-hour work week might seem like a fantasy to many Americans, who are either putting in late nights and weekends or working two or more jobs to make ends meet.

    But there are some jobs that earn top points for balancing the demands of work and life, according to a new survey from employment site Glassdoor, which based its tabulation on reviews from workers. Glassdoor said the current average work-life balance reported for all jobs is a rating of 3.2 points out of a maximum rating of 5. Work-life balance has been declining since 2009, when the average rating was 3.5.

    Many of the jobs that score well for work-life balance are in demanding tech roles, but long hours don't necessarily jibe with low happiness. Workplace policies that help create an engaging job environment can help overcome long hours, according to a 2014 Gallup survey, which found that about half of all American salaried employees work more than 50 hours a week. And what "work-life" balance means to an employee depends on what that person values, which could range from flexible hours to free gym passes.

    "Work-life balance can mean a lot of different things to different people, and we saw that on this list," said Allison Berry, a career trends analyst at Glassdoor. "For some people, it can mean 40 hours a week, a 9-to-5 schedule or not checking email at night. For others it can mean a flexible schedule, or it can mean a generous vacation policy."

    Many of the jobs also pay salaries that are far above the typical American household income of $56,516. Tech jobs dominate the top of the list, perhaps because companies are offering more perks and benefits, such as unlimited vacation time, to lure in-demand talent.

    Read on to learn more.