50 Highest Paying Careers and Occupations

Explore the top 50 highest paying careers and occupations. Includes median hourly wage and annual salary figure.

While viewing the data, you shouldn't judge a career's advantages only by the salary. There are other factors to take into account when investigating a career's compensation, including bonus pay, vacation time, health insurance benefits, pensions or retirement packages, and opportunities for advancement.

Equally important is not judging a career's disadvantages purely by the salary or whether or not the career is one of the 50 highest paying. Education cost, on-call responsibilities, competition for job openings, health risks, and job stress are a few potential downsides to dwell on.
# Occupation Hourly Wage Annual Wage
1 Anesthesiologists $80.00+   $166,400+  
2 Internists, General $80.00+   $166,400+  
3 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $80.00+   $166,400+  
4 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $80.00+   $166,400+  
5 Orthodontists $80.00+   $166,400+  
6 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $80.00+   $166,400+  
7 Surgeons $80.00+   $166,400+  
8 Chief Executives $77.27     $160,700    
9 Family and General Practitioners $77.18     $160,500    
10 Psychiatrists $77.04     $160,200    
11 Dentists, All Other Specialists $73.70     $153,300    
12 Pediatricians, General $73.19     $152,200    
13 Dentists, General $68.31     $142,100    
14 Engineering Managers $56.25     $117,000    
15 Podiatrists $55.89     $116,300    
16 Natural Sciences Managers $55.08     $114,600    
17 Computer and Information Systems Managers $54.67     $113,700    
18 Lawyers $54.44     $113,200    
19 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $54.24     $112,800    
20 Prosthodontists $53.42     $111,100    
21 Marketing Managers $52.90     $110,000    
22 Air Traffic Controllers $52.81     $109,800    
23 Pharmacists $52.49     $109,200    
24 Petroleum Engineers $52.36     $108,900    
25 Physicists $51.15     $106,400    
26 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers N/A     $106,200    
27 Astronomers $50.35     $104,700    
28 Political Scientists $50.04     $104,100    
29 Computer and Information Scientists, Research $48.83     $101,600    
30 Financial Managers $48.65     $101,200    
31 Law Teachers, Postsecondary N/A     $99,000    
32 Computer Hardware Engineers $47.51     $98,800    
33 Nuclear Engineers $46.59     $96,900    
34 Sales Managers $46.53     $96,800    
35 Human Resources Managers, All Other $46.42     $96,600    
36 Optometrists $46.22     $96,100    
37 Aerospace Engineers $45.57     $94,800    
38 Physical Scientists, All Other $45.17     $94,000    
39 Mathematicians $44.99     $93,600    
40 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software $44.94     $93,500    
41 General and Operations Managers $44.55     $92,700    
42 Managers, All Other $44.52     $92,600    
43 Purchasing Managers $43.96     $91,400    
44 Public Relations Managers $43.12     $89,700    
45 Engineers, All Other $43.06     $89,600    
46 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $42.94     $89,300    
47 Chemical Engineers $42.44     $88,300    
48 Training and Development Managers $42.35     $88,100    
49 Compensation and Benefits Managers $42.33     $88,000    
50 Computer Software Engineers, Applications $42.06     $87,500    


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