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Highest-Paying Careers
These are the occupations with the highest median wages reported for 2018. You can view this list for any state by changing the location shown to the left.
We found 809 occupations in United States.
Rank Occupation 2018 Median wages Typical Education
Hourly Annual
1
Anesthesiologists
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
2
Obstetricians and Gynecologists
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
3
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
4
Orthodontists
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
5
Psychiatrists
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
6
Surgeons
$100.00+
$208,000+
Doctoral or professional degree
7
Family and General Practitioners
$96.68
$201,100
Doctoral or professional degree
8
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
$96.58
$200,900
Doctoral or professional degree
9
Internists, General
$93.51
$194,500
Doctoral or professional degree
10
Chief Executives
$91.15
$189,600
Bachelor's degree
11
Prosthodontists
$84.88
$176,600
Doctoral or professional degree
12
Pediatricians, General
$82.00
$170,600
Doctoral or professional degree
13
Nurse Anesthetists
$80.75
$168,000
Master's degree
14
Dentists, General
$73.00
$151,800
Doctoral or professional degree
15
Dentists, All Other Specialists
$70.66
$147,000
Doctoral or professional degree
16
Computer and Information Systems Managers
$68.53
$142,500
Bachelor's degree
17
Architectural and Engineering Managers
$67.67
$140,800
Bachelor's degree
18
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
N/A
$140,300
Bachelor's degree
19
Petroleum Engineers
$65.95
$137,200
Bachelor's degree
20
Marketing Managers
$64.56
$134,300
Bachelor's degree
21
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$64.39
$133,900
Doctoral or professional degree
22
Podiatrists
$62.28
$129,500
Doctoral or professional degree
23
Financial Managers
$61.53
$128,000
Bachelor's degree
24
Pharmacists
$60.64
$126,100
Doctoral or professional degree
25
Air Traffic Controllers
$59.87
$124,500
Associate's degree
26
Sales Managers
$59.72
$124,200
Bachelor's degree
27
Natural Sciences Managers
$59.55
$123,900
Bachelor's degree
28
Compensation and Benefits Managers
$58.18
$121,000
Bachelor's degree
29
Physicists
$58.15
$121,000
Doctoral or professional degree
30
Lawyers
$58.13
$120,900
Doctoral or professional degree
31
Purchasing Managers
$57.18
$118,900
Bachelor's degree
32
Computer and Information Research Scientists
$56.91
$118,400
Master's degree
33
Political Scientists
$56.52
$117,600
Master's degree
34
Advertising and Promotions Managers
$56.31
$117,100
Bachelor's degree
35
Aerospace Engineers
$55.39
$115,200
Bachelor's degree
36
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$55.19
$114,800
Bachelor's degree
37
Computer Hardware Engineers
$55.10
$114,600
Bachelor's degree
38
Human Resources Managers
$54.47
$113,300
Bachelor's degree
39
Optometrists
$53.75
$111,800
Doctoral or professional degree
40
Training and Development Managers
$53.53
$111,300
Bachelor's degree
41
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
N/A
$111,100
Doctoral or professional degree
42
Software Developers, Systems Software
$52.89
$110,000
Bachelor's degree
43
Computer Network Architects
$52.41
$109,000
Bachelor's degree
44
Physician Assistants
$52.22
$108,600
Master's degree
45
Nuclear Engineers
$51.73
$107,600
Bachelor's degree
46
Managers, All Other
$51.67
$107,500
Bachelor's degree
47
Physical Scientists, All Other
$51.55
$107,200
Bachelor's degree
48
Nurse Practitioners
$51.46
$107,000
Master's degree
49
Astronomers
$50.81
$105,700
Doctoral or professional degree
50
Chemical Engineers
$50.44
$104,900
Bachelor's degree