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June 19, 2007
25 Highest Paying Jobs

Only one of the 25 highest paying occupations in the United States doesn't require a bachelor's degree or higher, according to the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Many of the 25 highest paying occupations require an M.D. after your name.

The survey found that anesthesiologists, general internists, obstetricians, oral surgeons, orthodontists, prosthodontists, psychiatrists, and surgeons are the jobs with the highest median wages. The median annual wages for all those occupations was greater than $145,600 in 2005. Thirteen of the 25 highest paying occupations are in the medical or dental fields.

Out of the 25 highest paying jobs, traffic controller is the only one that doesn't require a bachelor's degree or higher. To be a traffic controller, you need work experience or on-the-job training.

25 Highest Paying Occupations

 

Occupation

Median Wages in 2005

Hourly
Annual
   

1

Anesthesiologists

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

2

Internists, General

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

3

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

4

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

5

Orthodontists

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

6

Prosthodontists

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

7

Psychiatrists

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

8

Surgeons

$70.01+ 

$145,600+ 

9

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

$68.98   

$143,500   

10

Chief Executives

$68.48   

$142,400   

11

Family and General Practitioners

$67.50   

$140,400   

12

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

N/A   

$138,200   

13

Pediatricians, General

$65.67   

$136,600   

14

Dentists, General

$60.24   

$125,300   

15

Air Traffic Controllers

$51.73   

$107,600   

16

Astronomers

$50.32   

$104,700   

17

Engineering Managers

$48.44   

$100,800   

18

Podiatrists

$48.34   

$100,500   

19

Lawyers

$47.56   

$98,900   

20

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

$46.91   

$97,600   

21

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$46.41   

$96,500   

22

Dentists, All Other Specialists

$45.48   

$94,600   

23

Natural Sciences Managers

$44.75   

$93,100   

24

Petroleum Engineers

$44.71   

$93,000   

25

Marketing Managers

$44.56   

$92,700   

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