What Are Some High-Paying Careers in the United States?


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Anesthesiologists, surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, obstetrician and gynecologists, and orthodontists are among the highest paid professions in the United States. More generally speaking, careers in the medical field draw the highest salaries; business executives and engineers are also paid very well. Nine out of the top 10 and 15 out of the top 20 highest-paying careers are in the medical field.

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According to Forbes.com and BusinessInsider.com, anesthesiologists having the highest mean annual pay in the United States as of 2015 at $246,320. Surgeons earn the next highest annual salary at $240,440. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists and orthodontists receive mean annual pays of $219,600, $214,750 and $201,030, respectively.

The highest salaries outside of the medical field are earned by chief executive officers, who earn mean annual pay of $180,700, and petroleum engineers who make a mean of $147,520 per year. However, in contrast to the medical field, there is significant stratification amongst CEOs. While some make less than $100,000 annually, the CEOs of major corporations like Microsoft earn tens of millions of dollars each year.

Of the 30 careers highlighted by Forbes.com and BusinessInsider.com, nurse anesthetists are expected to see their mean annual pay rise the most by 2022. Economists predict that their salaries will increase by approximately 31 percent in that time frame. Nurse anesthetists currently make a mean of $158,900 per year, which makes it the career with the 14th highest earnings.

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