50 Highest Paying Careers and Occupations

Explore the top 50 highest paying careers and occupations. Includes hourly wage and annual salary figure as of 2018.

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 $127.88   $266,000  
2 Surgeons $121.10   $251,900  
3 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $116.70   $242,700  
4 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $113.10   $235,200  
5 Orthodontists $110.28   $229,400  
6 Psychiatrists $103.89   $216,100  
7 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $101.63   $211,400  
8 Family and General Practitioners $100.27   $208,600  
9 Dentists, All Other Specialists $96.15   $200,000  
10 Internists, General $95.37   $198,400  
11 Prosthodontists $94.69   $197,000  
12 Chief Executives $94.25   $196,100  
13 Pediatricians, General $90.16   $187,500  
14 Dentists, General $83.71   $174,100  
15 Nurse Anesthetists $81.47   $169,500  
16 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers N/A   $161,300  
17 Petroleum Engineers $74.41   $154,800  
18 Computer and Information Systems Managers $71.99   $149,700  
19 Podiatrists $71.38   $148,500  
20 Architectural and Engineering Managers $70.33   $146,300  
21 Marketing Managers $70.01   $145,600  
22 Financial Managers $69.01   $143,500  
23 Lawyers $68.22   $141,900  
24 Sales Managers $66.18   $137,700  
# Occupation Hourly Wage Annual Wage
25 Natural Sciences Managers $64.26   $133,700  
26 Compensation and Benefits Managers $62.50   $130,000  
27 Law Teachers, Postsecondary N/A   $129,800  
28 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $61.39   $127,700  
29 Personal Financial Advisors $59.68   $124,100  
30 Advertising and Promotions Managers $59.56   $123,900  
31 Human Resources Managers $59.38   $123,500  
32 General and Operations Managers $59.35   $123,500  
33 Physicists $59.17   $123,100  
34 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary N/A   $122,900  
35 Purchasing Managers $58.56   $121,800  
36 Pharmacists $58.52   $121,700  
37 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $58.20   $121,100  
38 Air Traffic Controllers $57.82   $120,300  
39 Computer Hardware Engineers $57.52   $119,700  
40 Computer and Information Research Scientists $57.49   $119,600  
41 Optometrists $57.26   $119,100  
42 Training and Development Managers $56.58   $117,700  
43 Aerospace Engineers $55.43   $115,300  
44 Actuaries $55.21   $114,900  
45 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary N/A   $114,800  
46 Managers, All Other $54.41   $113,200  
47 Economists $54.16   $112,700  
48 Chemical Engineers $54.05   $112,400  
49 Software Developers, Systems Software $53.74   $111,800  
50 Medical and Health Services Managers $53.69   $111,700  


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