In addition to job enjoyment, work environment and location, the main factor for many people in both pursuing an education and choosing a career is pay. Making the right career choice can really increase your earning power.
With the job market changing so fast over the last few years, the latest data about the highest paying job openings in USA may surprise you. (Hint: let’s hope you followed your mother’s advice to become a doctor!)
Here’s the list of the highest paying jobs in USA:
10. Chief Executives
While many people assume Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) make millions of dollars, the truth is most of them earn a (comparatively) more modest salary. (That might also explain why chief executives are at the top of the list of the 10 most underpaid jobs!) Coming in at an average of 176,840 per year, maybe that MBA is worth pursuing.
The next top paying job is psychiatrist, coming in at a $177,520 per year salary. Doing the job of both a doctor and a psychologist, it makes sense psychiatrists’ earnings are so high.
8. Family and General Practitioners
The family practitioner is what most people think of when they hear the word “doctor,” and don’t worry: your family doctor is making good money. The average salary for family practitioners is $180,850 per year. Getting through medical school is a lot of work, but it’s worth it once it’s over.
7. All Other Physicians and Surgeons
If you decide to become a different type of surgeon or physician (often requiring even MORE medical school), you get a nice pay raise. Other physicians and surgeons make an average of $184,820 per year, about $4,000 more than general practitioners.
Braces are a big deal, and that means a big salary. At $186,320, an orthodontist’s salary is just as appealing as a beautiful set of teeth.
5. Internists, General
If you’re looking for another high-paying job, maybe you should look inside! Internists — doctors who specialize in internal medicine — earn nearly $200,000 per year (coming in at an average of $191,520 annually).
4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
There are few problems more delicate (and dangerous) than those requiring oral or maxillofacial surgery. It takes a lot of training and skill to be able to handle the delicate passageways in the face. Getting that training and developing that skill pays off, though: oral and maxillofacial surgeons have an average salary of $216,440 per year!
3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Giving birth is a big business, and that’s why OB-GYNs are so high on this list. Coming in as the third top paying job, obstetricians and gynecologists bring in an average of $216,760 every year.
Daily navigating the line between life and death, surgeons are the #2 highest paying job, earning on average $230,540 per year.
The highest paying job in the USA earns its high salary due to intense training needed to perform its duties properly. Anesthesiologists are responsible for making sure patients are properly sedated before surgeries. Too little, and the patient could wake up before the surgery is over. Too much, and the patient could be put in a coma (or worse). Their ability to find this delicate balance earns anesthesiologists their place at the top of this list.
Want a Better Job?
If these highest paying jobs have inspired you, it’s time for a change. Look online at job search site JobTonic.com, or consider pursuing additional training and schooling. A better salary isn’t as impossible as you think!