The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs In America

Doctors
If you want to make bank, go to med school. Fotos GOVBA/Flickr

CEOs are known for pulling in a pretty penny. But doctors make even more.

That’s right: On average, those sporting scrubs and stethoscopes bring home fatter paychecks than those donning suits and ties, according to the latest Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey.

The survey, which reflects May 2013 salary and employment data gathered from more than one million businesses, found that 15 of the nation’s top 25 highest-paying occupations are in the medical field.

The best-paying job of all: anesthesiologist.

On average, anesthesiologists in the US earn $US113 an hour, for a mean annual salary of $US235,070.

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), these medical doctors are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of patients before, during, and after surgery. In the US, they’re required to complete a four-year undergraduate college degree, four years of medical school, and a four-year anesthesiology residency program. Most anesthesiologists become board certified, and many complete an additional fellowship year of specialty training.

A 2014 physician compensation report by Medscape found that nearly 80% of anesthesiologists spend 40 hours or more per week with patients.

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title=”25. Sales Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US123,150

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 352,220″
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title=”24. Financial Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US126,660

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 499,320″
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title=”23. Prosthodontists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US128,310

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 290″
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permalink=”22-airline-pilots-copilots-and-flight-engineers-4″
title=”22. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US129,600

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 73,030″
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permalink=”21-lawyers-5″
title=”21. Lawyers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US131,990

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 592,670″
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permalink=”20-computer-and-information-systems-managers-6″
title=”20. Computer and Information Systems Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US132,570

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 319,080″
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permalink=”19-natural-sciences-managers-7″
title=”19. Natural Sciences Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US132,850

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 51,900″
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permalink=”18-marketing-managers-8″
title=”18. Marketing Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US133,700

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 174,010″
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permalink=”17-podiatrists-9″
title=”17. Podiatrists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US135,070

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 8,850″
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permalink=”16-architectural-and-engineering-managers-10″
title=”16. Architectural and Engineering Managers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US136,540

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 183,430″
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permalink=”15-petroleum-engineers-11″
title=”15. Petroleum Engineers”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US149,180

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 34,910″
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permalink=”14-nurse-anesthetists-12″
title=”14. Nurse Anesthetists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US157,690

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 35,430″
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permalink=”13-dentists-general-13″
title=”13. Dentists (general)”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US164,570

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 96,000″
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permalink=”12-dentists-all-other-specialists-14″
title=”12. Dentists (all other specialists)”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US170,340

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 5,160″
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permalink=”11-pediatricians-general-15″
title=”11. Pediatricians (general)”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US170,530

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 30,890″
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/547352ebeab8ea7218f32203/image.jpg”
caption=””
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permalink=”10-chief-executives-16″
title=”10. Chief Executives”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US178,400

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 248,760″
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permalink=”9-psychiatrists-17″
title=”9. Psychiatrists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US182,660

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 25,040″
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permalink=”8-family-and-general-practitioners-18″
title=”8. Family and General Practitioners”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US183,940

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 120,860″
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permalink=”7-physicians-and-surgeons-all-other-19″
title=”7. Physicians and Surgeons (all other)”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US187,200

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 307,220″
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permalink=”6-general-internists-20″
title=”6. General Internists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US188,440

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 46,410″
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permalink=”5-orthodontists-21″
title=”5. Orthodontists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US196,270

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 5,570″
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permalink=”4-obstetricians-and-gynecologists-22″
title=”4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US212,570

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 21,730″
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permalink=”3-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgeons-23″
title=”3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US218,960

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 5,280″
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permalink=”2-surgeons-24″
title=”2. Surgeons”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US233,150

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 41,030″
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permalink=”1-anesthesiologists-25″
title=”1. Anesthesiologists”
content=”Mean annual pay: $US235,070

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 30,200″
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permalink=”now-see-which-low-stress-jobs-pay-the-most-26″
title=”Now see which low-stress jobs pay the most:”
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17 High-Paying Jobs For People Who Don’t Like Stress


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