The 30 highest-paying jobs in America

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The best-paying job of all: anesthesiologist.

On average, anesthesiologists in the US earn an average annual salary of $246,320.

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, these medical doctors are responsible for the safety and well being of patients before, during, and after surgery. In the US, they’re required to complete a four-year undergraduate college degree, four years of medical school, and a four-year anesthesiology residency program. Most anesthesiologists become board certified, and many complete an additional fellowship year of specialty training.

A 2014 physician compensation report by Medscape found that nearly 80% of anesthesiologists spend 40 hours or more per week with patients.

Here are the 30 highest-paying jobs in the US:

30. Physicists
Mean annual pay: $117,300

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 16,790.

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 10%
29. Pharmacists
Mean annual pay: $118,470

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 290,780

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 14%
28. Compensation and Benefits Managers
Mean annual pay: $118,670

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 16,380

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 3%
27. Air Traffic Controllers
Mean annual pay: $118,780

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 22,860

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 1%
26. Sales Managers
Mean annual pay: $126,040

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 358,920

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 8%
25. Law Professors
Mean annual pay: $126,270

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 15,990

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 19%
24. Financial Managers
Mean annual pay: $130,230

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 518,030

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 9%

23. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
Mean annual pay: $131,760

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 75,760

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): -1%
22. Lawyers
Mean annual pay: $133,470

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 603,310

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 10%

21. Computer and Information Systems Managers
Mean annual pay: $136,280

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 330,360

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 15%
20. Natural Sciences Managers
Mean annual pay: $136,450

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 53,290

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 6%

19. Marketing Managers
Mean annual pay: $137,400

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 184,490

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 12%
18. Podiatrists
Mean annual pay: $137,480

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 8,910

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 23%

17. Architectural and Engineering Managers
Mean annual pay: $138,720

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 179,320

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 7%
16. Prosthodontists
Mean annual pay: $142,830

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 630

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 16%

According to the BLS, these professionals construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth to correct natural and acquired deformation of the mouth and jaws; to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking; and to improve appearance.

15. Petroleum Engineers
Mean annual pay: $147,520

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 33,740

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 26%
14. Nurse Anesthetists
Mean annual pay: $158,900

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 36,590

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 31%

13. Dentists (general)
Mean annual pay: $166,810

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 97,990

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 16%
12. Dentists (all other specialists)
Mean annual pay: $168,580

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 5,450

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 16%

11. Pediatricians (general)
Mean annual pay: $175,400

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 31,010

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%
10. Chief Executives
Mean annual pay*: $180,700

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 248,760

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 11%

* The top-earning CEOs in the US earn tens of millions of dollars. Satya Nadella of Microsoft, for instance, raked in $84.3 million in 2014.

9. Psychiatrists
Mean annual pay: $182,700

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 25,080

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%
8. Family and General Practitioners
Mean annual pay: $186,320

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 124,810

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%

7. Physicians and Surgeons (all other)
Mean annual pay: $189,760

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 311,320

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%
6. General Internists
Mean annual pay: $190,530

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 48,390

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%

5. Orthodontists
Mean annual pay: $201,030

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 6,190

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 16%
4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Mean annual pay: $214,750

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 21,740

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Mean annual pay: $219,600

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 5,120

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 16%
2. Surgeons
Mean annual pay: $240,440

Number of people who hold this job in the US: 41,070

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%

1. Anesthesiologists

Mean annual pay: $246,320

Number of people who hold this job in the US30,060

Projected growth (2012 – 2022): 18%

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