Sometimes, the amount on that paycheck just doesn't make up for the difficulties you're having at work.
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Having a high-paying career may seem like a dream come true—but at what cost? Maybe you finally have savings, money to invest, debt paid off, and no longer have to live paycheck to paycheck. But has that paycheck become more "expensive" than it's worth? Do you feel satisfied with the work you do? Or do you feel drained every day?

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Of course, making a good salary has its perks, but sometimes, no matter how many digits are on that dotted line, it isn't worth the tradeoffs in terms of health, mental health, and work-life balance. So if you are at a crossroads trying to decide whether to stick it out or take a hike, here are five signs that your job may no longer be worth the money.

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1 Your health and mindset are suffering.

Most jobs are served with a side of stress. In fact, according to a study by the American Psychological Association, "our jobs are the second most common form of stress." But if your job is contributing to a major decline in your overall physical and/or mental health, that's a problem. If you notice you're having trouble concentrating, feeling anxious or depressed about work, it may well be time to find a less stressful job.

After all, stress is dangerous and can lead to long-term mental and physical effects. From headaches to gastrointestinal issues to trouble sleeping, keep an eye on your potentially job-stress-triggered symptoms. Although those dollar signs may be enough for your wallet, they may not be enough for your well-being. 

2 There is no room for advancement.

Do you have aspirations for a better position within your company? That's a great goal to have, but is it possible? Some businesses may not have the ability but to promote you or pay you so much. For instance, if you work for a family-owned business and there is no possibility for you to become a lead or a manager. 

Or perhaps you keep getting overlooked for a promotion that you are suited for. If either is the case, you need to assess your salary versus your goals and make a plan to find a job where you can level up if you desire. 

3 Your workload has increased, but pay hasn't.

It's good to be a team player and also to take initiative in hopes of learning more that can lead to advancing your career. However, work creep can be a real problem if it continues to pile on. (Work creep is when your workload increases, but your pay does not.)

If you find yourself buried in countless projects that were not part of your job before, it may be time to have a sit-down with your boss. More work should lead to more money, but again—is it worth your time and happiness? 

4 You have a toxic boss.

If you have a boss who makes Meryl Streep in The Devil wears Prada seem mild, that's a huge red flag that your job isn't worth it. Having a toxic boss can be truly detrimental; in fact, a survey by Society for Human Resource Management says that 84 percent of workers state that their unnecessary work and stress was caused by having a poor manager. 

Some signs to take note of are: if your boss sets unrealistic deadlines, gossips, blames others for his own mistakes, gaslights, or creates conflict. After all, work is hard enough without adding unnecessary drama and a toxic work environment. So if you can't transfer to another manager or department within the company, it's probably time to polish up your resume and head out.

5 You aren't being used to your full potential.

Is your work too easy? Have you acquired new technical skills, but they aren't being used or appreciated? Are your responsibilities the same they've been for years? When a promotion opens up, are you overlooked? Sounds like you're being underutilized and not used to your full potential. 

Being underutilized can cause decreased motivation, reduced confidence, and can lead to feeling bored at work. Remember: You deserve to use your unique and valuable skillset and excel in your job.

4 Tips to switch into a career that's better for your health and wallet.

Does this list hit home, and you feel your job isn't worth the money? If so, then it's time to take steps to switch to a career that is better for your health and your wallet. Here are a few tips on how to start transitioning towards a better work situation.

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Identify your passions.

The first thing you should do when deciding what career to transition into is to identify your passions. What do you enjoy doing? What are you passionate about? What are your core values? This will help you form a list of things you love so you can work on finding a career that aligns with these things. 

According to an analysis by Clockify, the average American spends 1,757 hours a year at work. So you can see how important it is that you spend that time doing something you actually enjoy.

Cross-reference your passions to career ideas.

Now that you have found your passions and core values, you can start researching potential careers that will allow you to thrive in these areas. For instance, let's say you're an animal lover. You could consider a career as a vet tech, a pet sitter, or decide to go to vet school. 

Or perhaps you love to write. You could go into copywriting, pursue a communications gig, or even try your hand at ghostwriting. The point is to find a career that you are passionate about. It is possible to make money by doing something you love. 

Update your resume.

So you've decided on a career path that gets you excited, and you're ready to take the leap. Now, it's time to update your resume. Remember to highlight whatever skills you have that can be used in your next job.

Lauren Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, advises to examine the description for the job you're pursuing very closely; see what skills and requirements stand out, so you can include those things on your resume. 

If you don't have enough experience, consider updating your skills by taking courses to make you more hirable. 

You can even take free courses to expand your skills, thanks to "Grow with Google." Depending on your career choice, you may be able to find other affordable or even free resources to improve your skills too. 

Tap into your network.

Once you're ready to move onto the next stage in your job search, be sure to tap into your network. Contact friends, family, and previous coworkers who may be able to put you in touch with new opportunities. 

You may be surprised at what doors will open for you by people you already know. Your network can be a huge support system in helping you reach your job goals.

Sometimes we stay at a job far longer than we should because the money is good. However, if it's costing you your health, happiness, and/or peace of mind, then your job is no longer worth the money—and it's time to move on.