Medical Jobs Dominate List of America's Highest Paying Jobs

October 15, 2015


Those working the highest paying jobs in America don't don power suits on a daily basis. Instead, they sport scrubs. In fact 16 of the jobs that made the list - including every one of the top nine - are in the medical field. What's more, opportunity in each one of them is expected to grow by at least 14 percent in the coming years, according to the most recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey.

Here's how various medical jobs fared on the latest list, which reflects May 2014 salary and employment data gathered from more than one million businesses, along with their list ranks, pay and projected growth between 2012 and 2022:

Anesthesiologists
Rank 1 of 30
Mean annual pay $246,320
Projected growth 18%

Surgeons
Rank 2 of 30
Mean annual pay $240,440
Projected growth 18%

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Rank 3 of 30
Mean annual pay $219,600
Projected growth 16%

Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Rank 4 of 30
Mean annual pay $214,750
Projected growth 18%

Orthodontists
Rank 5 of 30
Mean annual pay $201,030
Projected growth 16%

General Internists
Rank 6 of 30
Mean annual pay $190,530
Projected growth 18%

Physicians and Surgeons (all other)
Rank 7 of 30
Mean annual pay $189,760
Projected growth 18%

Family and General Practitioners
Rank 8 of 30
Mean annual pay $186,320
Projected growth 18%

Psychiatrists
Rank 9 of 30
Mean annual pay $182,700
Projected growth 18%

Pediatricians (general)
Rank 11 of 30
Mean annual pay $175,400
Projected growth 18%

Dentists (all other specialists)
Rank 12 of 30
Mean annual pay $168,580
Projected growth 16%

Dentists (general)
Rank 13 of 30
Mean annual pay $166,810
Projected growth 16%

Nurse Anesthetists
Rank 14 of 30
Mean annual pay $158,900
Projected growth 31%

Prosthodontists
Rank 16 of 30
Mean annual pay $142,830
Projected growth 16%

Podiatrists
Rank 18 of 30
Mean annual pay $137,480
Projected growth 23%

Pharmacists
Rank 29 of 30
Mean annual pay $118,470
Projected growth 14%

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