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    Jobs with the highest divorce rates

    While public perception is that half of all American marriages end in divorce, that statistic is actually much lower. The divorce rate in the U.S. peaked in 1980 at 40% and has been dropping since. Millennials are driving that decrease, while older gen-Xers and baby boomers are divorcing at rates twice that of the '90s. The reasons for divorce are complicated and vary across demographics and age. But one factor demonstrates a strong predictor for long-term marital success: occupation.  

    Jobs with relatively low pay and irregular hours, like bartending or waiting tables, can cause financial strain on a marriage. From another standpoint, those with jobs that require a lot of travel, like flight attendants or entertainers, may face marital stress because they’re forced to spend a lot of time away from home. Others with physically demanding occupations often encounter low pay, long hours, and dangerous working conditions—each of which can lead to potential complications at home.  

    Using data from the 2001–2017 American Community Survey via the U.S. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series, as well as the 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker assembled a list of 50 U.S. jobs with the highest divorce rates.

    Read on to learn about each occupation’s divorce and separation rates by percentage, and each job’s median salary.

    ALSO: Jobs with the lowest divorce rates

  • #50. Animal control workers
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    #50. Animal control workers

    Divorced rate: 20.32% (86.41% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.28% (63.86% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $35,520 (10.51% higher than the national average)

     

  • #49. Cashiers
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    #49. Cashiers

    Divorced rate: 20.37% (86.86% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.47% (173.44% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $21,030 (34.57% lower than the national average)

     

  • #48. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
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    #48. Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers

    Divorced rate: 20.38% (87.01% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.44% (121.93% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $27,040 (15.87% lower than the national average)

     

  • #47. Models, demonstrators, and product promoters
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    #47. Models, demonstrators, and product promoters

    Divorced rate: 20.46% (87.71% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.6% (30.01% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $27,060 (15.81% lower than the national average)

     

  • #46. Food cooking machine operators and tenders
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    #46. Food cooking machine operators and tenders

    Divorced rate: 20.55% (88.54% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.36% (118.14% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $28,420 (11.58% lower than the national average)

     

  • #45. Manufactured building and mobile home installers
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    #45. Manufactured building and mobile home installers

    Divorced rate: 20.56% (88.63% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.36% (118.07% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $30,960 (3.67% lower than the national average)

     

  • #44. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians
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    #44. Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians

    Divorced rate: 20.58% (88.83% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.61% (130.26% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $24,260 (24.52% lower than the national average)

     

  • #43. Maids and housekeeping cleaners
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    #43. Maids and housekeeping cleaners

    Divorced rate: 20.64% (89.38% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 7.42% (271.21% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $22,860 (28.88% lower than the national average)

     

  • #42. Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers
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    #42. Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers

    Divorced rate: 20.8% (90.79% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.08% (54.04% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $53,510 (66.49% higher than the national average)

     

  • #41. Transportation attendants
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    #41. Transportation attendants

    Divorced rate: 20.9% (91.74% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.36% (68.21% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $27,830 (13.41% lower than the national average)

     

  • #40. Gaming managers
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    #40. Gaming managers

    Divorced rate: 20.96% (92.25% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.88% (43.93% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $72,930 (126.91% higher than the national average)

     

  • #39. Residential advisors
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    #39. Residential advisors

    Divorced rate: 21.06% (93.18% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.75% (137.68% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $26,830 (16.52% lower than the national average)

     

  • #38. Nonfarm animal caretakers
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    #38. Nonfarm animal caretakers

    Divorced rate: 21.13% (93.86% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.81% (90.7% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $22,950 (28.6% lower than the national average)

     

  • #37. Automotive and watercraft service attendants
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    #37. Automotive and watercraft service attendants

    Divorced rate: 21.13% (93.86% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.4% (169.82% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $23,390 (27.23% lower than the national average)

     

  • #36. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan
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    #36. Interviewers, except eligibility and loan

    Divorced rate: 21.14% (93.96% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.15% (57.57% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $33,110 (3.01% higher than the national average)

     

  • #35. Dispatchers
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    #35. Dispatchers

    Divorced rate: 21.14% (93.96% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.27% (63.47% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $38,790 (20.69% higher than the national average)

     

  • #34. Security guards and gaming surveillance officers
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    #34. Security guards and gaming surveillance officers

    Divorced rate: 21.16% (94.09% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.34% (116.95% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $26,900 (16.31% lower than the national average)

     

  • #33. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
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    #33. Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

    Divorced rate: 21.32% (95.61% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.08% (54.19% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $34,600 (7.65% higher than the national average)

     

  • #32. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
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    #32. Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

    Divorced rate: 21.33% (95.69% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.96% (47.84% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $37,860 (17.79% higher than the national average)

     

  • #31. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators
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    #31. Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators

    Divorced rate: 21.35% (95.84% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.96% (48.13% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $57,260 (78.15% higher than the national average)

     

  • #30. Refuse and recyclable material collectors
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    #30. Refuse and recyclable material collectors

    Divorced rate: 21.38% (96.19% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.25% (162.55% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $36,160 (12.5% higher than the national average)

     

  • #29. Personal care and service workers, all other
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    #29. Personal care and service workers, all other

    Divorced rate: 21.41% (96.45% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.01% (100.71% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $25,900 (19.42% lower than the national average)

     

  • #28. Eligibility interviewers, government programs
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    #28. Eligibility interviewers, government programs

    Divorced rate: 21.47% (97% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.57% (78.25% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $44,400 (38.14% higher than the national average)

     

  • #27. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses
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    #27. Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses

    Divorced rate: 21.52% (97.42% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.1% (104.89% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $45,030 (40.1% higher than the national average)

     

  • #26. Social and human service assistants
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    #26. Social and human service assistants

    Divorced rate: 21.64% (98.54% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.77% (88.68% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $33,120 (3.05% higher than the national average)

     

  • #25. Machine tool cutting setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
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    #25. Machine tool cutting setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

    Divorced rate: 21.67% (98.8% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.31% (65.28% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $34,800 (8.27% higher than the national average)

     

  • #24. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food
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    #24. Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food

    Divorced rate: 21.97% (101.51% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 6.27% (213.25% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $20,180 (37.21% lower than the national average)

     

  • #23. Paralegals and legal assistants
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    #23. Paralegals and legal assistants

    Divorced rate: 22.01% (101.96% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.31% (15.27% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $50,410 (56.84% higher than the national average)

     

  • #22. Phlebotomists
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    #22. Phlebotomists

    Divorced rate: 22.08% (102.54% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.74% (137.16% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $33,670 (4.76% higher than the national average)

     

  • #21. Dishwashers
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    #21. Dishwashers

    Divorced rate: 22.1% (102.73% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 7.26% (263.16% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $21,500 (33.11% lower than the national average)

     

  • #20. Paperhangers
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    #20. Paperhangers

    Divorced rate: 22.22% (103.87% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.7% (85.19% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $37,030 (15.21% higher than the national average)

     

  • #19. Textile knitting and weaving machine operators
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    #19. Textile knitting and weaving machine operators

    Divorced rate: 22.34% (104.92% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.47% (123.37% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $27,960 (13.01% lower than the national average)

     

  • #18. Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other
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    #18. Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other

    Divorced rate: 22.46% (106.02% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.15% (57.73% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: data not available

     

  • #17. Bill and account collectors
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    #17. Bill and account collectors

    Divorced rate: 22.57% (107.08% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.22% (110.89% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $35,330 (9.92% higher than the national average)

     

  • #16. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders
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    #16. Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders

    Divorced rate: 22.75% (108.73% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.52% (75.97% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $33,680 (4.79% higher than the national average)

     

  • #15. Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides
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    #15. Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides

    Divorced rate: 22.82% (109.34% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 6.85% (242.35% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $25,610 (20.32% lower than the national average)

     

  • #14. Waiters and waitresses
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    #14. Waiters and waitresses

    Divorced rate: 22.84% (109.53% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 6.31% (215.39% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $20,820 (35.22% lower than the national average)

     

  • #13. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks
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    #13. Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

    Divorced rate: 23.08% (111.76% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.46% (173.24% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $22,850 (28.91% lower than the national average)

     

  • #12. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine operators
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    #12. Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine operators

    Divorced rate: 23.36% (114.3% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.88% (193.89% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $28,270 (12.04% lower than the national average)

     

  • #11. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic
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    #11. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic

    Divorced rate: 23.85% (118.84% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 2.29% (14.68% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $37,270 (15.96% higher than the national average)

     

  • #10. Telephone operators
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    #10. Telephone operators

    Divorced rate: 23.92% (119.48% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.31% (115.36% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $36,320 (13% higher than the national average)

     

  • #9. Personal care aides
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    #9. Personal care aides

    Divorced rate: 24.64% (126.09% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 6.17% (208.48% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $23,100 (28.13% lower than the national average)

     

  • #8. Switchboard operators, including answering service
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    #8. Switchboard operators, including answering service

    Divorced rate: 25.12% (130.5% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.47% (73.38% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $28,700 (10.71% lower than the national average)

     

  • #7. Gaming cage workers
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    #7. Gaming cage workers

    Divorced rate: 25.18% (130.98% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 4.59% (129.41% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $26,320 (18.11% lower than the national average)

     

  • #6. Flight attendants
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    #6. Flight attendants

    Divorced rate: 25.32% (132.28% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 1.89% (5.31% lower than the national average)
    Median salary: $50,500 (57.12% higher than the national average)

     

  • #5. Massage therapists
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    #5. Massage therapists

    Divorced rate: 25.99% (138.46% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.02% (51.13% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $39,990 (24.42% higher than the national average)

     

  • #4. Gaming services workers
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    #4. Gaming services workers

    Divorced rate: 26.99% (147.61% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 3.78% (89.2% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $27,040 (15.87% lower than the national average)

     

  • #3. Dancers and choreographers
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    #3. Dancers and choreographers

    Divorced rate: 27.98% (156.67% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 8.88% (343.82% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $48,420 (50.65% higher than the national average)

     

  • #2. Telemarketers
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    #2. Telemarketers

    Divorced rate: 29.14% (167.3% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 7.01% (250.27% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $24,460 (23.9% lower than the national average)

     

  • #1. Bartenders
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    #1. Bartenders

    Divorced rate: 30.28% (177.84% higher than the national average)
    Separated rate: 5.56% (177.92% higher than the national average)
    Median salary: $21,690 (32.52% lower than the national average)




     

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