5 Signs Your Job Is Not Worth the Money—and How to Find One That Is

Sometimes, the amount on that paycheck just doesn't make up for the difficulties you're having at work.

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.

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.

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 to promote you or pay you so much, such as if, 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.

Your workload has increased, but the 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?

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 were 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.

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 as 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.

Tips for Switching Careers

Does this list hit home? If so, it's time to take steps towards a career that is better for your health and your wallet. Here are a few tips on transitioning to a better work situation.

Identify your passions.

The first thing to do when deciding to transition into a new career is to identify your passions. What do you enjoy doing? What excites you? What are your core values? This will help you form a list of things you're looking to find in a job.

According to an analysis by Clockify, the average American spends 1,757 hours a year at work. Why not spend that time in a way that's worthwhile?

Transfer your passions into career ideas.

Once you've articulated your passions and core values, start researching compatible careers which will allow you to thrive.

For instance, if you're an animal lover, consider a career as a vet tech, a pet sitter, or decide to go to vet school. Or, if you love to write, look 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 doing something you love.

Update your resume.

It can be daunting to leap into a new career. But once you've found a new path, you're ready for the next step: updating your resume. Remember: Highlight any transferrable skills and experience that you will likely use at your next job.

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

If you don't have the exact experience the employer is looking for, consider updating your skills and/or coursework to make your application stand out. There are plenty of options available to you, both in-person and online. And depending on your career choice, many courses are affordable or even free. "Grow with Google" is just one of many fantastic resources.

Tap into your network.

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 goals. Contact friends, family, and previous coworkers who may be able to put you in touch with new opportunities.

Sometimes we stay at a job 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.

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