For meaningful work and high pay, become a doctor. For work that doesn’t feel meaningful, become a lawyer.
Does a preference for “meaningful” work necessitate a lifetime of modest compensation?
Low-paying service jobs—food prep, cashiers, fast-food cooks—were both poorly compensated and not meaningful.
Of course, not everyone prioritizes finding “meaningful” work, and the report adds that job satisfaction “is not necessarily tied to job meaning.”
Any given job can diverge wildly from these reported rates.