Stressful jobs that pay badly

For veterinary assistants, drug counselors and sous chefs, a day on the job involves a whole lot of stress ... and not a lot of pay. Here are 15 of the most overworked and underpaid professions, according to PayScale.

Apartment manager

Stressful-job-2-apartmentmanager-couturier
  • Median pay: $47,700
  • % who say their job is stressful: 88%

Apartment managers are in charge of making sure that a building runs smoothly, meets all safety codes and stays profitable.

That means setting rents to maximize the building's bottom dollar, marketing and filling empty apartments as quickly as possible and keeping existing tenants happy.

"There's a high level of customer service that's expected when you're running a multimillion-dollar business," says Heather Couturier, an apartment manager with Bell Partners, a developer in Tampa, Fla.

Related: How to ask your future boss for more money

While the job has stressful aspects, Couturier says she likes it because no two work days are ever the same.

Some days, apartment managers might find themselves troubleshooting a mechanical issue within the building. They must also stay abreast of all the legal rules around screening tenants and collecting rent.

And if something breaks on the property, they're the ones who hire repair people to fix it. But they also need to be able to jump in when necessary.

"Sometimes you just have to pick up a wrench and tighten the water hose of a dryer," Couturier says.

  @CNNMoney - Last updated January 03 2018 02:11 PM ET

Partner Offers

Find Homes For Sale

LendingTree