47 Highest-Paying Jobs in the US 2017

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Medical and dental professions are the highest-paying jobs in the country — and require extensive education and training to pursue. But experience and a bachelor’s degree are often all that’s needed for more than a dozen management positions that also made this lucrative list.

To find the 47 highest-paying jobs in America, we used the most current Occupational Employment Statistics data available from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most recent stats were released in March and use average annual incomes of more than 800 jobs as of May 2016. The information covers 23 major occupational groups, some of which were broken down further into multiple, specific jobs. Certain jobs indicate “all other” and “general” to include related positions. We also included information from the bureau on education and training requirements for each position.

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47 Highest-Paying Jobs in the U.S.

 

 

  1. Anesthesiologists

Average annual salary: $269,600

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Surgeons

Average annual salary: $252,910

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Average annual salary: $234,310

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Average annual salary: $232,870

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; dental degree; residency; and licensing

 

  1. Orthodontists

Average annual salary: $228,780

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; dental degree; residency; and licensing

 

  1. Physicians and surgeons, all other

Average annual salary: $205,560

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Internists, general

Average annual salary: $201,840

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Family and general practitioners

Average annual salary: $200,810

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Psychiatrists

Average annual salary: $200,220

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Chief executives

Average annual salary: $194,350

Education/training required: Typically a bachelor’s degree and often a master’s in business administration or in another area of expertise

 

  1. Pediatricians, general

Average annual salary: $184,240

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; medical degree; internship and residency programs; and licensing

 

  1. Dentists, general

Average annual salary: $173,860

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; dental degree; and licensing

 

  1. Dentists, all other specialities

Average annual salary: $171,900

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; dental degree; and licensing

 

  1. Prosthodontists

Average annual salary: $168,140

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; dental degree; residency; and licensing

 

  1. Nurse anesthetists

Average annual salary: $164,030

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree in advanced practice registered nursing specialty; state license; and national certification

 

  1. Airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers

Average annual salary: $152,770

Education/training required: High school or bachelor’s degree; commercial pilot’s license and often a pilot certificate; and required flight hours

 

  1. Petroleum engineers

Average annual salary: $147,030

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; sometimes a graduate degree

 

  1. Computer and information systems managers

Average annual salary: $145,740

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree in a computer information or information science-related field; and often a graduate degree

 

  1. Marketing managers

Average annual salary: $144,140

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree

 

  1. Podiatrists

Average annual salary: $144,110

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; doctor of podiatric medicine degree; residency; and license

 

  1. Architectural and engineering managers

Average annual salary: $143,870

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree in engineering or professional degree in architecture; and often a master’s degree

 

  1. Lawyers

Average annual salary: $139,880

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; juris doctor degree; and state license

 

  1. Financial managers

Average annual salary: $139,720

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; often a master’s degree; and sometimes professional certification

 

  1. Natural sciences managers

Average annual salary: $136,150

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree or Ph.D.

 

  1. Sales managers

Average annual salary: $135,090

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s

 

  1. Law teachers, postsecondary

Average annual salary: $134,530

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; law doctorate; and often field experience

 

  1. Compensation and benefits managers

Average annual salary: $126,900

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s

 

  1. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Average annual salary: $125,430

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; doctoral degree in a health specialty; and often field experience

 

  1. Public relations and fundraising managers

Average annual salary: $123,360

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree

 

  1. Personal financial advisors

Average annual salary: $123,100

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree and certification

 

  1. General and operations managers

Average annual salary: $122,090

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree

 

  1. Physicists

Average annual salary: $121,770

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and often a Ph.D. in physics

 

  1. Pharmacists

Average annual salary: $120,270

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; doctor of pharmacy degree; state licensure; as well as certification and residency programs for specialties

 

  1. Human resources managers

Average annual salary: $120,210

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree

 

  1. Computer hardware engineers

Average annual salary: $118,700

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree

 

  1. Air traffic controllers

Average annual salary: $118,200  

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree, work experience or a combination of the two totaling three years; exams; and completion of a training course at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy started before the age of 31

 

  1. Advertising and promotions managers

Average annual salary: $117,810

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree

 

  1. Purchasing managers

Average annual salary: $117,720

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes certification and a master’s degree

 

  1. Optometrists

Average annual salary: $117,580

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; doctor of optometry degree; state licensure; and sometimes board certification

 

  1. Computer and information research scientists

Average annual salary: $116,320

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and Ph.D.

 

  1. Judges, magistrate judges and magistrates

Average annual salary: $115,460

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; law degree; experience practicing law; appointment or election to the position; exam; state license; and often state-required continuing education courses while serving on the bench

 

  1. Training and development managers

Average annual salary: $115,180

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and sometimes additional certification and/or a master’s degree

 

  1. Actuaries

Average annual salary: $114,120

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree along with additional training, licensing and certification

 

  1. Economists

Average annual salary: $112,860

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and usually a master’s degree or Ph.D.

 

  1. Political scientists

Average annual salary: $112,250

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree and usually a master’s degree or Ph.D.

 

  1. Managers, all others

Average annual salary: $112,150

Education/training required: High school diploma or bachelor’s degree and sometimes a master’s degree

 

  1. Aerospace engineers

Average annual salary: $112,010

Education/training required: Bachelor’s degree; often a master’s degree; and, if working in national defense, sometimes a security clearance

 

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