The Unhappiest White Collar Worker Is...

... a 42-year-old single woman earning less than $100K: survey

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 12, 2011 6:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Who's the unhappiest white collar worker in the land? Apparently it's a woman, 42, unmarried, earning less than $100,000, and in a professional position like doctor or lawyer—or so says a new survey, Jezebel reports. The happiest? Male, 39, married, earning $150,000-$200,000, in senior management, with one young kid and a part-time mom at home. Now the question is why.

The survey suggests a few reasons. Could be it's because men take breaks from work more easily for personal reasons, like eating, working out, and sex. This implies that women struggle to balance life with work, and are likely to endure headaches, stress, and other physical problems. Or maybe our sample single woman wishes she had a family and, unburdened by family demands, puts in too many work hours. "Women seem less likely than men to recognize that they need time to themselves," writes Anna North on Jezebel, "and they're suffering for it."

A 42-year-old, single professional woman earning less than $100,000 a year is the unhappiest white collar worker, a new survey says.
A 42-year-old, single professional woman earning less than $100,000 a year is the unhappiest white collar worker, a new survey says.   (Shutterstock)
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