Physicians, attorneys, pharmacists and dentists often earn six-figure salaries. Typical six-figure jobs are those that require professional degrees or significant managerial responsibilities. As of 2015, the best-paying high-volume job in the United States was that of a physician, according to U.S News & World Report.
In 2013, the average salary for a general internist was nearly $189,000. Salaries for specialists, such as dermatologists and oncologists, are even higher. Dentists also ranked high on the list, earning an average of about $165,000. Attorneys and pharmacists averaged well over $100,000 along with those in various managerial positions, such as marketing, sales and IT.
U.S News & World Report rankings look at a broad range of common job titles, but they do not include relatively rare jobs, such as C-suite level positions at major corporations. In 2014, CEOs of the large publicly traded companies on the S&P 500 made an average of $13.8 million, states Glassdoor.com.