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Jobs with the lowest divorce rates

This article lists—from highest to lowest—50 U.S. jobs with the lowest divorce rates including percentage of jobholders who are divorced or separated and median salary for each job. Data comes from the 2001-2017 American Community Survey via IPUMS USA and the 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


By Michele Zipkin, Stacker

Maintaining a happy marriage takes a lot of work, from managing work-life balance to navigating financial woes and everything in between. Studies have shown that people with stable, higher-paying jobs tend to experience lower divorce rates than those who don’t earn as much money. Less than one-third of married people in the middle and upper classes filed for divorce, while more than one-third of those in the working class had sought divorces. The IFS also sourced information from a Bloomberg report indicating 70% of people who consider themselves upper class enjoy lasting marriages compared with just 53% of those who describe themselves as lower class.

It stands to reason that married couples who are less likely to encounter financial hardships will have a better chance of staying together. If both people in a marriage have high-paying jobs, they can use their combined wealth in mutually beneficial ways. Pharmacists, lawyers, and architects—fields that offer high average annual salaries and significant job stability—will have more money to provide for a family and pay their bills, can enjoy luxuries such as vacations, and generally lead fulfilling lives.

Stacker has compiled a list of 50 U.S. jobs with the lowest divorce rates using data from the 2001-2017 American Community Survey via IPUMS-USA—the U.S. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series—and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


#50. Computer programmers


Divorced rate: 10.63% (2.49% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.18% (41.02% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $82,240 (155.87% higher than the national average)


#49. Agricultural and food scientists


Divorced rate: 10.62% (2.59% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.94% (53.05% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $39,910 (24.17% higher than the national average)


#48. Environmental engineers


Divorced rate: 10.52% (3.46% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.24% (38.21% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $86,800 (170.06% higher than the national average)


#47. First-line supervisors/managers/contractors of farming, fishing, and forestry workers


Divorced rate: 10.49% (3.77% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 2.41% (20.48% higher than the national average)
Median salary: $46,570 (44.89% higher than the national average)


#46. Environmental scientists and geoscientists


Divorced rate: 10.43% (4.35% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.05% (47.32% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $69,400 (115.92% higher than the national average)


#45. First-line enlisted military supervisors


Divorced rate: 10.38% (4.80% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 2.48% (24.08% higher than the national average)
Median salary: N/A


#44. Atmospheric and space scientists


Divorced rate: 10.31% (5.40% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.29% (35.55% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $92,070 (186.46% higher than the national average)


#43. Military enlisted tactical operations and air/weapons specialists and crew members


Divorced rate: 10.24% (6.02% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 3.46% (72.96% higher than the national average)
Median salary: N/A


#42. Chemists and materials scientists


Divorced rate: 10.16% (6.80% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.21% (39.56% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $76,280 (137.33% higher than the national average)


#41. Audiologists


Divorced rate: 10.06% (7.72% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.03% (48.42% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $75,920 (136.21% higher than the national average)


#40. Lawyers, and judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers


Divorced rate: 10.00% (8.28% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.19% (40.66% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $116,210 (261.56% higher than the national average)


#39. Model makers and patternmakers, metal and plastic


Divorced rate: 9.94% (8.84% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.96% (51.92% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $53,670 (66.98% higher than the national average)


#38. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Divorced rate: 9.88% (9.39% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.07% (46.44% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $137,330 (327.27% higher than the national average)


#37. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers


Divorced rate: 9.81% (9.99% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.91% (54.50% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $76,170 (136.99% higher than the national average)


#36. Military, rank not specified


Divorced rate: 9.75% (10.58% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 2.75% (37.55% higher than the national average)
Median salary: N/A


#35. Computer and information research scientists


Divorced rate: 9.68% (11.17% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.29% (35.73% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $114,520 (256.31% higher than the national average)


#34. Materials engineers


Divorced rate: 9.62% (11.73% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.00% (50.08% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $94,610 (194.36% higher than the national average)


#33. Architects, except naval


Divorced rate: 9.60% (11.92% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.14% (42.99% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $78,470 (144.14% higher than the national average)


#32. Physical therapists


Divorced rate: 9.44% (13.38% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.21% (39.61% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $86,850 (170.22% higher than the national average)


#31. Veterinarians


Divorced rate: 9.40% (13.74% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.97% (51.35% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $90,420 (181.32% higher than the national average)


#30. Sales engineers


Divorced rate: 9.31% (14.61% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.98% (51.01% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $98,720 (207.15% higher than the national average)


#29. Religious workers, all other


Divorced rate: 9.10% (16.52% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.38% (31.15% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $29,310 (8.81% lower than the national average)


#28. Aerospace engineers


Divorced rate: 9.05% (16.94% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.01% (49.26% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $113,030 (251.67% higher than the national average)


#27. Natural science managers


Divorced rate: 9.03% (17.14% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.90% (55.09% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $118,970 (270.15% higher than the national average)


#26. Medical scientists, and life scientists, all others


Divorced rate: 8.81% (19.18% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.14% (43.18% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $82,090 (155.41% higher than the national average)


#25. Astronomers and physicists


Divorced rate: 8.75% (19.74% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.94% (52.83% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $100,590 (212.96% higher than the national average)


#24. Marine engineers and naval architects


Divorced rate: 8.69% (20.29% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.50% (24.96% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $90,970 (183.03% higher than the national average)


#23. Software developers, applications and systems software


Divorced rate: 8.64% (20.71% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.06% (46.96% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $101,790 (216.70% higher than the national average)


#22. Economists


Divorced rate: 8.55% (21.52% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.91% (54.32% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $102,490 (218.88% higher than the national average)


#21. Pharmacists


Divorced rate: 8.52% (21.79% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.09% (45.66% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $124,170 (286.33% higher than the national average)


#20. Electrical and electronics engineers


Divorced rate: 8.51% (21.93% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.13% (43.51% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $95,060 (195.76% higher than the national average)


#19. Conservation scientists and foresters


Divorced rate: 8.48% (22.16% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.78% (60.78% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $61,480 (91.28% higher than the national average)


#18. Misc. engineeers including nuclear engineers


Divorced rate: 8.47% (22.28% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.97% (51.65% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $97,250 (202.57% higher than the national average)


#17. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers


Divorced rate: 8.44% (22.54% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.97% (51.74% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $69,620 (116.61% higher than the national average)


#16. Podiatrists


Divorced rate: 8.41% (22.81% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.97% (51.46% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $127,740 (297.44% higher than the national average)


#15. Military officer special and tactical operations leaders


Divorced rate: 8.40% (22.91% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 2.06% (3.24% higher than the national average)
Median salary: N/A


#14. Mechanical engineers


Divorced rate: 8.34% (23.53% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.93% (53.69% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $85,880 (167.20% higher than the national average)


#13. Computer hardware engineers


Divorced rate: 8.33% (23.61% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.25% (37.55% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $115,120 (258.17% higher than the national average)


#12. Civil engineers


Divorced rate: 8.31% (23.77% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.04% (48.11% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $84,770 (163.74% higher than the national average)


#11. Physical scientists, all other


Divorced rate: 7.61% (30.22% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.01% (49.69% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $103,990 (223.54% higher than the national average)


#10. Dentists


Divorced rate: 7.53% (30.91% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.86% (57.14% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $151,440 (371.17% higher than the national average)


#9. Directors, religious activities and education


Divorced rate: 7.50% (31.15% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.01% (49.36% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $38,980 (21.28% higher than the national average)


#8. Architectural and engineering managers


Divorced rate: 7.40% (32.14% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.96% (52.16% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $137,720 (328.49% higher than the national average)


#7. Optometrists


Divorced rate: 7.33% (32.73% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.71% (64.52% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $110,300 (243.18% higher than the national average)


#6. Biomedical and agricultural engineers


Divorced rate: 7.31% (32.92% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 1.18% (41.04% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $88,040 (173.92% higher than the national average)


#5. Petroleum, mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers


Divorced rate: 7.14% (34.47% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.80% (59.96% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $132,280 (311.56% higher than the national average)


#4. Physicians and surgeons


Divorced rate: 7.13% (34.62% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.94% (53.07% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $168,700 (424.87% higher than the national average)


#3. Chemical engineers


Divorced rate: 6.62% (39.27% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.90% (54.78% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $102,160 (217.85% higher than the national average)


#2. Actuaries


Divorced rate: 5.71% (47.59% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.62% (68.80% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $101,560 (215.98% higher than the national average)


#1. Clergy


Divorced rate: 5.04% (53.72% lower than the national average)
Separated rate: 0.65% (67.36% lower than the national average)
Median salary: $47,100 (46.54% higher than the national average)

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