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Do you like the comfort that dividend income can bring? For ideas on how to search for interesting dividend stocks, we ran a screen.

We screened the S&P 500 for stocks paying dividend yields above 1% and sustainable payout ratios below 50% for those with the most significant net insider purchases over the last six months. This indicates that company insiders such as members of the board and upper management expect their employers to outperform.

‪Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.‬

We also created a price-weighted index of the stocks mentioned below, and monitored the performance of the list relative to the S&P 500 index over the last month. To access a complete analysis of this list's recent performance, click here.

Do you think these stocks pay reliable dividends? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK): Engages in the acquisition, development, exploration and production of natural gas and oil properties in the United States. Dividend yield at 1.40%, payout ratio at 16.17%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 207,300 shares, which represents about 0.03% of the company's 630.28M share float.

2. Cintas Corporation (CTAS): Provides corporate identity uniforms and related business services in North America and Latin America, Europe and Asia. Dividend yield at 1.40%, payout ratio at 26.08%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 645,158 shares, which represents about 0.59% of the company's 109.69M share float.

3. Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Develops and markets products and services for the hospitality, food service, healthcare, and industrial markets primarily in the United States. Dividend yield at 1.29%, payout ratio at 32.16%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 6,812,657 shares, which represents about 3.24% of the company's 210.58M share float.

4. L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL): Provides command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; aircraft modernization and maintenance; and government services in the United States and internationally. Dividend yield at 2.83%, payout ratio at 19.71%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 41,044 shares, which represents about 0.04% of the company's 99.09M share float.

5. Legg Mason Inc. (LM): Operates as an asset management company worldwide. Dividend yield at 1.19%, payout ratio at 20.12%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 3,465,000 shares, which represents about 3.07% of the company's 112.88M share float.

6. Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): Mills, manufactures and distributes titanium and titanium alloys. Dividend yield at 2.00%, payout ratio at 24.63%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 61,000 shares, which represents about 0.08% of the company's 76.36M share float.

7. Whirlpool Corp. (WHR): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Dividend yield at 2.82%, payout ratio at 37.61%. Over the last six months, insiders were net buyers of 15,500 shares, which represents about 0.02% of the company's 75.54M share float.

*Insider data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 7 S&P 500 Dividend Stocks Being Snapped Up By Insiders