Divorce Rates by Profession

Surprisingly, not much good data is available connecting divorce rates and occupation. A 2010 study is the only one I found that does a relatively thorough job of it. The huge table below (listing divorce rates by profession) is the data provided by that study.

The reason I became curious about this is that I read in American Sniper that Navy SEAL’s divorce rate is 90-95%. Whether that’s true or not, it made me wonder what the rate is for other occupations. It seems intuitive to me that a person’s job may be one of the best predictors of a marriage’s success or failure. The balance between work and family seems to be a common day-to-day struggle of the middle class average Joe.

There are a lot of factors wrapped up in what occupation a person has. The job defines the amount of hours you work, the mental toll it takes, and also the personality you develop from succeeding or failing at that job. And conversely, the job you choose is certainly a reflection of your personality.

The table below identifies that the highest divorce rates are for dancers, bartenders, and massage therapists, all around 40%. Perhaps the extroverted nature of these job reflects a personality that is unwilling to commit or quickly gets tired of the same old thing. The occupations with the lowest divorce rates (of less than 10%) mostly seem to be engineers. I was very surprised to read this, because of the intellectual and mental toll that a lot of these jobs take. The engineers I know become extremely passionate about their work, which I assumed can take away from the marriage. But perhaps it doesn’t. There’s hope for us nerds after all.

OccupationDivorce Rate
Dancers and choreographers43.05
Massage therapists38.22
Gaming cage workers34.66
Extruding and forming machine setters, operators, and tenders, synthetic and glass fibers 32.74
Gaming services workers31.34
Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders 29.78
Telephone operators29.3
Textile winding, twisting, and drawing out machine setters, operators, and tenders 29.02
Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides 28.95
Personal and home care aides28.76
Entertainers and performers, sports and related workers, all other 28.49
Baggage porters, bellhops, and concierges 28.43
Residential advisors27.78
Communications equipment operators, all other 27.73
Cleaning, washing, and metal pickling equipment operators and tenders 27.27
First-line supervisors/managers of gaming workers27.21
Waiters and waitresses27.12
Maids and housekeeping cleaners26.38
Brokerage clerks26.37
Parking enforcement workers26.25
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks 25.94
Sailors and marine oilers25.88
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 25.58
Postal service mail sorters, processors, and processing machine operators 25.38
Helpers–extraction workers25.34
Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses25.32
Food preparation and serving related workers, all other 25.24
Paralegals and legal assistants25.16
Furnace, kiln, oven, drier, and kettle operators and tenders 24.99
Cementing and gluing machine operators and tenders24.96
Other transportation workers24.83
Helpers, construction trades 24.43
Financial examiners24.39
Refuse and recyclable material collectors24.36
Hunters and trappers24.3
Transportation attendants24.29
Combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food 24.24
Therapists, all other 24.2
Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers 24.02
Switchboard operators, including answering service 23.92
Paving, surfacing, and tamping equipment operators 23.72
Security guards and gaming surveillance officers23.67
Sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood 23.63
Fish and game wardens23.53
Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders 23.53
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment23.49
Office machine operators, except computer 23.44
Nonfarm animal caretakers23.36
Opticians, dispensing 23.32
Food cooking machine operators and tenders23.3
Eligibility interviewers, government programs 23.2
Bookbinders and bindery workers23.18
Social workers23.16
Cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 23.07
Commercial divers22.98
Textile knitting and weaving machine setters, operators, and tenders 22.98
Interviewers, except eligibility and loan 22.93
Packaging and filling machine operators and tenders22.91
Milling and planning machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 22.9
Pressers, textile, garment, and related materials 22.88
Conveyor operators and tenders22.77
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics22.75
Forest and conservation workers22.69
Photographic process workers and processing machine operators22.69
Machine feeders and offbearers22.68
Advertising sales agents22.6
Motion picture projectionists22.58
Pile-driver operators22.57
Counter and rental clerks22.52
Animal trainers22.5
Laundry and dry-cleaning workers22.42
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 22.41
Bill and account collectors22.36
Painters, construction and maintenance 22.32
Data entry keyers22.32
Painting workers22.31
Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes 22.3
Meeting and convention planners22.24
Electrical, electronics, and electromechanical assemblers 22.23
Molders and molding machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 22.19
Property, real estate, and community association managers 22.12
Miscellaneous community and social service specialists22.12
Cutting workers22.11
Lay-out workers, metal and plastic 22.07
Health diagnosing and treating practitioners, all other 22.04
Miscellaneous assemblers and fabricators22.03
Miscellaneous health technologists and technicians22
Ambulance drivers and attendants, except emergency medical technicians 21.96
Agricultural inspectors21.94
First-line supervisors/managers of personal service workers21.93
Industrial truck and tractor operators21.92
Loan interviewers and clerks21.81
Unemployed, with no work experience since 1995 21.81
First-line supervisors/managers of food preparation and serving workers21.8
Miscellaneous legal support workers21.71
Fishers and related fishing workers21.66
Mail clerks and mail machine operators, except postal service 21.66
Packers and packagers, hand 21.65
Proofreaders and copy markers21.61
Bailiffs, correctional officers, and jailers 21.54
Stock clerks and order fillers21.53
Woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing 21.51
Correspondence clerks21.49
Miscellaneous construction and related workers21.46
Customer service representatives21.44
Structural iron and steel workers21.43
Food servers, nonrestaurant 21.38
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs21.3
Metal furnace and kiln operators and tenders21.28
Metalworkers and plastic workers, all other 21.28
Supervisors, protective service workers, all other 21.25
Manufactured building and mobile home installers21.22
Miscellaneous vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers 21.2
Agricultural and food science technicians21.18
Service station attendants21.09
Statistical assistants21.09
Miscellaneous entertainment attendants and related workers21.04
Construction laborers20.98
Respiratory therapists20.97
Food preparation workers20.93
Court, municipal, and license clerks 20.92
File Clerks20.91
Helpers–production workers20.86
Cargo and freight agents20.82
Carpet, floor, and tile installers and finishers 20.81
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers 20.8
Job printers20.74
Furniture finishers20.73
Billing and posting clerks and machine operators20.71
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 20.63
Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers 20.63
Technical writers20.59
Hairdressers, hairstylists, and cosmetologists 20.58
Procurement clerks20.56
Postal service clerks20.56
Medical assistants and other healthcare support occupations20.56
Hazardous materials removal workers20.52
Order clerks20.5
Janitors and building cleaners20.49
Hosts and hostesses, restaurant, lounge, and coffee shop 20.49
Forging machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 20.47
Model makers and patternmakers, wood 20.45
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks20.45
Receptionists and information clerks20.45
Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks 20.44
Computer operators20.42
Word processors and typists20.41
Production workers, all other 20.39
Social and community service managers20.36
Credit authorizers, checkers, and clerks 20.35
Cement masons, concrete finishers, and terrazzo workers 20.34
Medical, dental, and ophthalmic laboratory technicians 20.31
Human resources assistants, except payroll and timekeeping 20.29
Payroll and timekeeping clerks20.19
Counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop 20.19
Other business operations specialists20.18
Bridge and lock tenders20.13
Chefs and head cooks20.1
Medical records and health information technicians20.06
Sheet metal workers19.99
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons 19.91
Telecommunications line installers and repairers19.85
Office and administrative support workers, all other 19.85
Earth drillers, except oil and gas 19.78
Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers, all other 19.77
Transportation inspectors19.76
Security and fire alarm systems installers19.76
Miscellaneous personal appearance workers19.67
Miscellaneous social scientists and related workers19.65
Meter readers, utilities 19.64
Surveying and mapping technicians19.62
Crushing, grinding, polishing, mixing, and blending workers 19.62
First-line supervisors/managers of correctional officers19.58
First-line supervisors/managers of housekeeping and janitorial workers19.58
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers 19.57
Fence erectors19.57
Structural metal fabricators and fitters19.49
Motor vehicle operators, all other 19.36
Printing machine operators19.26
Grounds maintenance workers19.24
Weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping 19.23
Personal care and service workers, all other 19.22
Electronic home entertainment equipment installers and repairers19.2
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents 19.19
Insurance claims and policy processing clerks19.18
Maintenance and repair workers, general 19.17
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers19.14
Grinding, lapping, polishing, and buffing machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal 19.13
Human resources, training, and labor relations specialists 19.1
Medical and health services managers19.06
Butchers and other meat, poultry, and fish processing workers 19.04
Animal control workers19.02
Secretaries and administrative assistants18.99
Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators18.97
Semiconductor processors18.96
Computer support specialists18.93
First-line supervisors/managers of office and administrative support workers18.93
Archivists, curators, and museum technicians 18.92
Office clerks, general 18.9
Crane and tower operators18.89
Diagnostic related technologists and technicians18.87
Etchers and engravers18.85
Production, planning, and expediting clerks 18.85
Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators 18.85
Parts salespersons18.77
Reinforcing iron and rebar workers18.74
Shoe machine operators and tenders18.73
Health diagnosing and treating practitioner support technicians18.71
Military enlisted tactical operations and air/weapons specialists and crew members18.68
Prepress technicians and workers18.66
Automotive body and related repairers18.64
Electrical and electronics repairers, industrial and utility 18.62
Budget analysts18.59
Small engine mechanics18.55
Food service managers18.51
Insurance underwriters18.5
Sewing machine operators18.5
Paper goods machine setters, operators, and tenders 18.48
Bus drivers18.44
Radiation therapists18.41
New accounts clerks18.33
Locksmiths and safe repairers18.29
Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers 18.29
Broadcast and sound engineering technicians and radio operators18.27
Woodworkers, all other 18.21
Plasterers and stucco masons18.21
Computer control programmers and operators18.17
Crossing guards18.17
Logging workers18.15
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters 18.05
Chemical technicians18.05
Molders, shapers, and casters, except metal and plastic 18.04
Sales and related workers, all other 18
Material moving workers, all other 17.99
Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, and farm products 17.98
Plating and coating machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 17.94
Loan counselors and officers17.93
Information and record clerks, all other 17.89
Animal breeders17.88
Registered nurses17.83
Dental assistants17.83
Coin, vending, and amusement machine servicers and repairers 17.75
Postal service mail carriers17.71
Models, demonstrators, and product promoters 17.71
Couriers and messengers17.69
Producers and directors17.68
Supervisors, transportation and material moving workers 17.67
Railroad conductors and yardmasters17.66
Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians17.66
Sales representatives, services, all other 17.65
Operations research analysts17.6
News analysts, reporters and correspondents 17.54
Urban and regional planners17.51
Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks 17.48
Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists17.47
Miscellaneous media and communication workers17.47
Automotive service technicians and mechanics17.42
Radio and telecommunications equipment installers and repairers17.41
Private detectives and investigators17.41
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters17.4
Compliance officers, except agriculture, construction, health and safety, and transportation 17.38
Model makers and patternmakers, metal and plastic 17.37
Extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 17.35
Ushers, lobby attendants, and ticket takers 17.3
Biological technicians17.28
Pest control workers17.23
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers 17.22
Cooling and freezing equipment operators and tenders17.22
Financial specialists, all other 17.21
Other life, physical, and social science technicians 17.19
Real estate brokers and sales agents17.17
Water and liquid waste treatment plant and system operators17.15
Highway maintenance workers17.14
Artists and related workers17.13
Musicians, singers, and related workers 17.11
Helpers–installation, maintenance, and repair workers 17.08
Gaming managers17.06
Stationary engineers and boiler operators16.99
Retail salespersons16.99
Engineering technicians, except drafters 16.97
Rail-track laying and maintenance equipment operators16.95
Dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers16.94
Roustabouts, oil and gas 16.9
Dietitians and nutritionists16.89
Child care workers16.83
Other installation, maintenance, and repair workers 16.8
Heavy vehicle and mobile equipment service technicians and mechanics16.75
Human resources managers16.69
Rolling machine setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 16.68
Tool grinders, filers, and sharpeners 16.67
Tire builders16.61
Wholesale and retail buyers, except farm products 16.58
Tailors, dressmakers, and sewers 16.58
Recreation and fitness workers16.57
Special education teachers16.55
First-line supervisors/managers of retail sales workers16.52
Lodging managers16.48
Lathe and turning machine tool setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 16.46
Physician assistants16.45
Occupational therapist assistants and aides16.43
Food batchmakers16.43
Aircraft mechanics and service technicians16.37
Average US Divorce Percentage16.35
Administrative services managers16.31
Derrick, rotary drill, and service unit operators, oil, gas, and mining 16.17
Tour and travel guides16.13
Travel agents16.09
Industrial and refractory machinery mechanics16.04
Library assistants, clerical 16.03
Parking lot attendants16.02
Physical therapist assistants and aides15.97
Writers and authors15.92
First-line supervisors/managers of production and operating workers15.9
Mining machine operators15.89
Precision instrument and equipment repairers15.86
Tax prepares15.81
Locomotive engineers and operators15.77
Public relations specialists15.68
Miscellaneous plant and system operators15.67
Computer scientists and systems analysts15.64
Other education, training, and library workers 15.6
Occupational therapists15.59
Ship and boat captains and operators15.55
Desktop publishers15.53
Tool and die makers15.52
Other teachers and instructors15.49
Network and computer systems administrators15.34
First-line supervisors/managers of construction trades and extraction workers15.31
Miscellaneous mathematical science occupations15.3
Railroad brake, signal, and switch operators 15.29
Public relations managers15.28
Purchasing managers15.27
Lifeguards and other protective service workers15.27
Cost estimators15.23
Electronic equipment installers and repairers, motor vehicles 15.23
Door-to-door sales workers, news and street vendors, and related workers 15.17
Transportation, storage, and distribution managers 15.15
Construction and building inspectors15.13
Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents 15.11
Computer, automated teller, and office machine repairers 15.1
Textile cutting machine setters, operators, and tenders 15.1
Education administrators15.06
Control and valve installers and repairers15.02
Police and sheriff ’s patrol officers15.01
Dredge, excavating, and loading machine operators 14.97
Accountants and auditors14.87
Engine and other machine assemblers14.85
Insurance sales agents14.83
Chemical processing machine setters, operators, and tenders 14.83
Network systems and data communications analysts14.81
Financial managers14.77
Electrical power-line installers and repairers14.76
Funeral service workers14.76
Other extraction workers14.73
Recreational therapists14.71
Database administrators14.7
First-line supervisors/managers of landscaping, and groundskeeping workers 14.69
Avionics technicians14.64
Marine engineers and naval architects14.62
General and operations managers14.6
Managers, all other 14.56
Elevator installers and repairers14.46
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers 14.43
Marketing and sales managers14.38
Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing 14.35
Computer programmers14.35
Graders and sorters, agricultural products 14.32
Management analysts14.29
Textile bleaching and dyeing machine operators and tenders14.29
Hoist and winch operators14.21
Market and survey researchers14.13
Geological and petroleum technicians14.12
Fire fighters14.08
Septic tank servicers and sewer pipe cleaners14.07
Athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers 14.05
Air traffic controllers and airfield operations specialists14.04
Home appliance repairers14.01
Dental hygienists14.01
Postsecondary teachers13.98
Pumping station operators13.98
First-line supervisors/managers of mechanics, installers, and repairers 13.92
Miscellaneous agricultural workers13.92
First-line supervisors/managers of non-retail sales workers13.88
Electrical and electronics installers and repairers, transportation equipment 13.85
Automotive glass installers and repairers13.82
Television, video, and motion picture camera operators and editors 13.69
Library technicians13.61
Computer and information systems managers13.36
Other healthcare practitioners and technical occupations13.34
Explosives workers, ordnance handling experts, and blasters 13.19
Postmasters and mail superintendents13.14
Surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists 13.1
Insulation workers13.06
Construction managers13.05
Environmental scientists and geoscientists13.05
Advertising and promotions managers13.05
Preschool and kindergarten teachers13.02
Elementary and middle school teachers12.93
Fire inspectors12.91
Personal financial advisors12.89
First-line supervisors/managers of farming, fishing, and forestry workers 12.84
Heat treating equipment setters, operators, and tenders, metal and plastic 12.82
Military, rank not specified 12.78
First-line supervisors/managers of police and detectives12.75
Secondary school teachers12.62
Materials engineers12.58
Detectives and criminal investigators12.53
Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers 12.48
Industrial engineers, including health and sanitation 12.42
Appraisers and assessors of real estate12.38
Jewelers and precious stone and metal workers12.32
Credit analysts12.26
Biological scientists12.24
Agricultural and food scientists12.23
Shoe and leather workers and repairers12.14
Industrial production managers12.13
Chemists and materials scientists12.01
Nuclear technicians11.99
Natural sciences managers11.97
Ship engineers11.95
Teacher assistants11.91
Engineers, all other 11.59
Physical therapists11.51
Speech-language pathologists11.4
Purchasing agents and buyers, farm products 11.39
Maintenance workers, machinery 11.32
Computer software engineers11.26
Subway, streetcar, and other rail transportation workers 11.2
Aerospace engineers11.11
Mining and geological engineers11.08
Aircraft pilots and flight engineers10.96
Architects, except naval 10.95
Military officer special and tactical operations leaders/managers10.92
Fabric and apparel patternmakers10.82
Funeral directors10.75
Astronomers and physicists10.71
Atmospheric and space scientists10.71
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 10.67
Roof bolters, mining 10.28
Electrical and electronic engineers10.05
Petroleum engineers9.98
Financial analysts9.95
Computer hardware engineers9.94
Farm, ranch, and other agricultural managers 9.91
Chief executives9.81
Environmental engineers9.62
First-line enlisted military supervisors/managers9.57
Signal and track switch repairers9.41
Civil engineers9.35
Religious workers, all other 9.35
Physicians and surgeons9.23
Mechanical engineers9.22
Medical scientists9.11
Physical scientists, all other 8.79
Biomedical engineers8.74
First-line supervisors/managers of fire fighting and prevention workers8.68
Engineering managers8.52
Shuttle car operators8.34
Farmers and ranchers7.63
Chemical engineers7.48
Conservation scientists and foresters7.4
Nuclear engineers7.29
Sales engineers6.61
Directors, religious activities and education 5.88
Transit and railroad police5.26
Agricultural engineers1.78
Media and communication equipment workers, all other 0