Which jobs feel the most meaningful? Do those rewarding professions pay well, or do they require a sacrifice in salary?

To find out, PayScale asked over two million workers whether their work makes the world a better place. The researchers then looked at how "job meaning" compares with salary for workers in 24 job categories and 500 unique job titles.

Overall, relatively few jobs have both very high pay and very high job meaning, the report found, with most of those being in the medical field.

Surgeons have the highest on median salary of the job titles examined ($304,000) and have the second-highest job meaning (96% say their work makes the world a better place, tied with post-secondary English language and literature teachers and directors of religious activities and education).

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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