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50 of the Highest Paying Jobs with Descriptions

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Let’s get to it! Here are 50 of the highest paying jobs that you can find in the United States (actors and athletes not included):

1. Anesthesiologists

The highest-paying job on the list, an anesthesiologist ensures that anyone undergoing surgery has a painless procedure and oversees the process of anesthesia during surgery.

The average annual salary for an anesthesiologist in May 2017 was $265,990.

2. Surgeons

Performing surgery requires a careful attention to detail.

Surgeons also have to be able to work long hours, and in doing so, they’ll earn an average salary of $251,890.

3. Oral Surgeons

Classified separately from other surgeons, those in the oral area perform complicated dental procedures. Oral surgeons took home an average annual salary of $242,720.

4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

These doctors focus on female wellness, and a huge part of their career also involves pregnancy care and the delivery of babies.

Obstetricians and gynecologists earned average salaries of $235,240.

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5. Orthodontists

If you’ve ever had braces, you’re already familiar with orthodontists, whose job is to straighten and correct teeth and jaws with special equipment worn inside the mouth.

Orthodontists averaged a salary of $229,380.

6. Psychiatrists

Therapists who are able to prescribe medicine for treatment options, psychiatrists use counseling and clinical diagnosis to help their patients’ mental health issues.

Psychiatrists earned an average salary of $216,090.

7. Family and General Practitioners

General practice doctors deal with everyday checkups, urgent care, and can refer their patients to specialists. Family and general practitioners had salaries averaging $208,560.

8. Internists

Internists are physicians who provide treatment of internal organs without going into surgery.​

They can also diagnose and treat any diseases of organs that appear under their care. Internists earned an average of $198,370.

9. Prosthodontists

A prosthodontist is someone you’ll see if you end up needing a tooth replaced or find that your jaws need correction to some kind of ailment.

The average salary for a prosthodontist was reported as $196,960.

10. Chief Executives

The big bosses of the corporate world, chief executives are the final decision makers at the top of their companies.

They’re in charge of company direction, and command a salary to go with that kind of responsibility, earning an average of $196,050.

11. Pediatricians

Doctors who treat children need a special kind of bedside manner to comfort and heal younger patients.

Along with the satisfaction of helping younger patients feel better, a pediatrician career comes with an average salary of $187,540.

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12. Dentists

A dentist works in all aspects of oral health, providing cleanings, routine checkups, and referrals to orthodontists and oral surgeons when necessary.

The average salary of a dentist was $174,110.

13. Nurse Anesthetists

A dentist works in all aspects of oral health, providing cleanings, routine checkups, and referrals to orthodontists and oral surgeons when necessary.

The average salary of a dentist was $174,110.

14. Airline Pilots

Sit back, relax, and let your pilot get you to your destination. Some pilots also deal in industrial flights, taking packages across the country.

Airline pilots typically made a salary of $161,280.

15. Petroleum Engineers

Engineers of petroleum work in oil and gas extraction, and also figure out how to design new tools for their industry. For petroleum engineers, an expected salary is around $154,870.

16. Computer and Information Systems Managers

Managers of computer and information systems are the directors of systems analysis and computer programming.

This tech position carries an average annual salary of $149,730.

17. Podiatrists

Podiatrists’ specialty area is the human foot.

They will diagnose and treat any disorder or disease for adults who have issues with their feet, and in the process, earn an average salary of $148,470.

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18. Architectural and Engineering Managers

Managers in architecture and engineering will direct any employees underneath them in their field and might also plan the schedule of research and development in their department. Expect an average salary of $146,290 as an architectural or engineering manager.

19. Marketing Managers

Marketing managers steer the direction of a company’s marketing strategy and can make decisions involving the hiring of the entire department. For marketing managers, an average salary of $145,620.

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20. Financial 

Managers

For financial managers, the job involves planning operations in banking, securities, or the investments of clients. Financial managers took home an average salary of $143,550.

21. Lawyers

On either side of the courtroom, lawyers are in charge of representing their clients, or a municipality, in civil and criminal cases brought before a judge. Lawyers earned average salaries of $141,890.

22. Sales Managers

On either side of the courtroom, lawyers are in charge of representing their clients, or a municipality, in civil and criminal cases brought before a judge. Lawyers earned average salaries of $141,890.

23. Natural Sciences Managers

Managers in the natural sciences will direct research and development or departments in the fields of statistics, life science, or mathematics. An average salary for a natural science manager adds up to $133,670.

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24. Compensation and Benefits Managers

A more specific version of a human resources manager, these professionals deal with health care packages, retirement plans and paid time off for employees. Managers of compensation and benefits earned an average salary of $133,010.

25. Postsecondary Law Teachers

Going through law school is no easy task, and you’ll meet plenty of professors in law along the way, many of whom have worked in courtrooms themselves. College professors of law earn an average annual salary of $129,840.

26. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

The job of a public relations or fundraising manager is to ensure the successful implementation of publicity campaigns and lucrative fundraising for their company or organization. Managers in these two fields took in average annual salaries of $127,690.

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27. Personal Finance Advisors

Anyone seeking advice on personal investments, retirement plans, or stock market trading will seek out a personal financial advisor. Experts in financial advising made an average salary of $124,140.

28. Advertising and Promotions Managers

Management in advertising and promoting requires a keen eye for the public interest and how to engage people on the next big trend. Advertising and promotions managers can expect to make an average salary of $123,880.

29. Human Resources Managers

An essential component of any big company, human resources managers are in charge of onboarding employees, as well as addressing any concerns that employees have in the workplace. HR managers earned average salaries of $123,510.

30. General and Operations Managers

A general manager or operations manager oversees their business, taking feedback from all departments and streamlining work processes for efficiency. GM’s and operation managers took in an average of $123,460.

31. Physicists

Scientists in physics will conduct research in the laws of physics as well as theoretical concepts that have yet to be proven. For physicists, the average annual salary is $123,080.

32. Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers

College professors in health specialties teach a number of subjects, including lab technology, therapy, public health, and veterinary medicine. Postsecondary teachers in health specialties earned an average annual salary of $122,890.

33. Purchasing Managers

Managers in purchasing are exactly what they sound like – in charge of buyers and the purchasing of goods and supplies for a company or organization. Purchasing managers took home average salaries of $121,810.

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34. Pharmacists

Pharmacists fill prescriptions for patients and give medical advice to patients while they are under treatment. For pharmacists, the average annual salary equates to $121,710.

35. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Judges and their equivalent titles issue a final ruling on civil and criminal trials after hearing both sides of a case. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates earned average annual salaries of $121,050.

36. Air Traffic Controllers

Air traffic controllers monitor aircraft as they arrive and depart from airport terminals, and work to ensure a minimum amount of traffic in the air. Air traffic controllers made an average annual salary of $120,260.

37. Computer Hardware Engineers

Engineers in computer hardware design personal computers and their hardware components, including motherboards and central processing units. For computer hardware engineers, an average annual salary comes to $119,650.

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38. Computer and Information Research Scientists

Scientists in computer and information research work to find the next big breakthrough in computers and their components. After becoming a computer and information research scientist, expect an average annual salary of $119,570.

38. Computer and Information Research Scientists

Scientists in computer and information research work to find the next big breakthrough in computers and their components. After becoming a computer and information research scientist, expect an average annual salary of $119,570.

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39. Optometrists

Doctors of optometry will diagnose and treat issues as they relate to the human eye and the rest of the optical area. They can also prescribe medicine for treatment. Optometrists earned an average annual salary of $119,100.

40. Training and Development Managers

Managers in training and development will develop and oversee programs that help employees understand the standards of a company, as well as continue their education on evolving company practices. The average annual salary for a training or development manager was $117,690.

41. Aerospace Engineers

Engineers in aerospace develop new parts and systems for aircraft and space shuttles. They might also work on missile development programs. Aerospace engineers earned average salaries of $115,300.

42. Actuaries

Actuaries will analyze data as it relates to sickness, disability, and mortality to create forecasts and potential risks of future benefit payments. Actuaries made an average salary of $114,850.

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43. Postsecondary Economics Teachers

Teachers in economics will instruct college students in classes, whether they are taking general education courses or majoring in economics themselves. These teachers earned average salaries of $114,820.

44. Economists

Economists have an understanding of market trends and consumer behavior that affect the economy and provide their insights to the public through companies and governments. Economists took home average annual salaries of $112,650.

45. Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers work with plant materials and equipment to manufacture plastics, cement, and other synthetic materials for consumer and industry use.

Chemical engineers earned an average salary of $112,430.

46. Political Scientists

Political scientists analyze the behavior of voters and their representatives and provide forecasts for future elections and how this can shape the landscape of a government.

Political scientists earned salaries of $112,030.

47. Systems Software Developers

Software developers in system software create proprietary programs designed to allow an operating system to run, paving the way for other programs to work on an electronic device.

Systems software developers earned an average salary of $111,780.

48. Medical and Health Services Managers

Managers in health services are in charge of employees in public health agencies or larger managed care organizations, such as a hospital or nursing home.

Medical and health services managers made annual salaries of $111,680.

49. Industrial Production Managers

Industrial production managers oversee the manufacture of building materials, construction equipment, or another type of order specifically put together by a client.

Industrial production managers earned a salary of $110,580.

50. Postsecondary Engineering Teachers

College and university professors for engineering instruct students on the fundamentals of engineering, and in the case of specific engineering students, can teach advanced courses.

Postsecondary engineering teachers took home average salaries of $109,830.


More of the Highest Paying Jobs

51. Astronomers

For astronomers, an average annual salary is $109,560.

52. Nuclear Engineers

Nuclear engineers made annual salaries of $108,910.

53. Computer Network Architects

Computer network architects averaged a salary of $107,870.

54. Postsecondary Education Administrators

Postsecondary education administrators made annual salaries of $107,670.

55. Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners averaged a salary of $107,480.

56. Sales Engineers

The average annual salary for a sales engineer was $106,950.

57. Electronics Engineers

Electronics engineers made an average of $106,760.

58. Software Applications Developers

Software applications developers took home an average salary of $106,710.

59. Geoscientists

Geoscientists were paid an average salary of $105,830.

60. Biochemists and Biophysicists

They brought in average salaries of $105,410.

61. Physician Assistants

For physician assistants, the average annual salary was $104,760.

62. Mathematicians

Mathematicians made average salaries of $104,700.

63. Mining and Geological Engineers

Engineers in this field averaged a salary of $103,710.

64. Nurse Midwives

Nurse midwives made average salaries of $103,640.

65. Art Directors

Art directors took home average salaries of $103,510.

66. Administrative Services Managers

Administrative services managers made average salaries of $103,380.

67. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

These psychologists brought home average earnings of $102,530.

68. Materials Scientists

Materials scientists commanded an average salary of $101,910.

69. Veterinarians

Veterinarians brought in an average annual salary of $101,530.

70. Postsecondary Physics Teachers

Average salaries for postsecondary physics teachers were $101,190.

71. Construction Managers

Carpentry or plumbing can fall into the specialty of a construction manager, who makes an average of $101,000.

72. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

A manager in this area can expect to average a salary of $100,740.

73. Postsecondary Business Teachers

Postsecondary business teachers earned an average of $100,270.​​​​​

74. Information Security Analysts

IS analysts earned an average salary of $99,690.

75. Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineers earned an average of $99,580.

76. Financial Analysts

Financial analysts brought in average salaries of $99,430.

77. Postsecondary Political Science Teachers

Political science teachers in postsecondary institutions averaged a salary of $98,620.

78. Materials Engineers

Materials engineers earned an average salary of $98,610.

79. Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine and Space Science Teachers

A teacher in this area can expect to make an average salary of $98,560.

80. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

These kinds of judges averaged salaries of $98,280.

81. Elementary and Secondary Education Administrators

Administrators in elementary and secondary education brought in average salaries of $97,440.

82. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

Sales agents earned an average of $97,440.

83. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

Engineers of marine and naval architecture earned an average salary of $96,910.

84. Medical Scientists

Medical scientists commanded an average salary of $96,070.

85. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

The average salary for a nuclear power reactor operator was $94,350.

86. Atmospheric and Space Scientists

These scientists took home average salaries of $93,710.

87. Postsecondary Anthropology and Archaeology Teachers

Teachers for this subject made an average salary of $93,500.

88. Management Analysts

Management analysts brought in average salaries of $93,440.

89. Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers

Teachers in this subject area earned average salaries of $93,200.

90. Funeral Service Managers

Funeral services managers earned an average of $93,090.

91. Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers

Postsecondary biology teachers earned an average of $93,010.

92. Biomedical Engineers

Biomedical engineers took home average salaries of $92,970.

93. Computer Systems Analysts

Analysts in this field earn an average salary of $92,740.

94. Health and Safety Engineers

Engineers in this area earn average salaries of $92,190.

95. Civil Engineers

Civil engineers earned a typical salary of $91,790.

96. Financial Examiners

Financial examiners earned an average salary of $91,780.

97. Postsecondary Agricultural Science Teachers

These teachers made average salaries of $91,690.

98. Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers

Postsecondary computer science teachers earned an average salary of $91,590.

99. First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Police and detective supervisors made an average salary of $91,590.

100. Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers brought in average salaries of $91,500.

101. Environmental Engineers

Engineers in this area made average salaries of $91,180.

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