HR manager ranks in top 3 jobs in U.S.

Average HR manager salary is US$99,100
||Last Updated: 04/17/2012

Human resources manager placed third on a list of the best jobs in the United States.

Software engineer took the number one spot for the second year in a row. Actuary, human resources manager, dental hygienist and financial planner rounded out the top five jobs, according to’s 2012 Jobs Rated Report. The report assessed 200 jobs based on environment, stress, income, employment outlook and physical demands.

"The top-rated jobs have few physical demands, minimal stress, a good working environment and a strong hiring outlook," said Tony Lee, publisher of the report.

Lumberjacks, who work on the hottest and coldest days in a highly dangerous occupation with a low salary and a history of high unemployment, were rated as having the worst job in the nation, found the report. Dairy farmer, enlisted military personnel, oil rig worker and newspaper reporter rounded out the top five worst jobs.

"Many jobs in the media are characterized by high stress, short deadlines, long hours and a poor hiring outlook," said Lee. “Lumberjacks and dairy farmers, two of the worst jobs in the nation, work in physically demanding, precarious, low-paying professions with a weak hiring outlook."

Best jobs and average income (in U.S. dollars)

1. Software engineer $88,142

2. Actuary $88,202

3. Human resources manager $99,102

4. Dental hygienist $68,109

5. Financial planner $104,161

6. Audiologist $67,137

7. Occupational therapist $72,110

8. Online advertising manager $87,255

9. Computer systems analyst $78,148

10. Mathematician $99,191

Worst jobs and average income

1. Lumberjack $32,114

2. Dairy farmer $33,119

3. Enlisted military personnel $36,261

4. Oil rig worker $32,132

5. Newspaper reporter $35,275

6. Waiter $18,088

7. Meter reader $35,171

8. Dishwasher $18,044

9. Butcher $29,156

10. Broadcaster $27,324

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