Highest-Paying Careers

The highest-paying jobs often require additional training, education, specialization and mentoring from experts.

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Prosthodontists

Diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, design, and fit prostheses that maintain oral function, health, and appearance for patients with clinical conditions associated with teeth, oral and maxillofacial tissues, or the jaw.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Psychiatrists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental disorders.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Orthodontists

Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies. Design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth. Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general care to women. May perform both medical and gynecological surgery functions.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Anesthesiologists

Administer anesthetics and analgesics for pain management prior to, during, or after surgery.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects. May diagnose problems of the oral and maxillofacial regions. May perform surgery to improve function or appearance.

  • Average Salary:$208,000
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Family Medicine Physicians

Diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care to individuals and families across the lifespan. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

  • Average Salary:$205,590
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

General Internal Medicine Physicians

Diagnose and provide nonsurgical treatment for a wide range of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults and adolescents, and are based primarily in an outpatient care setting.

  • Average Salary:$201,590
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Chief Executives

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

  • Average Salary:$184,460
  • Most Common Education:Master's Degree

Chief Sustainability Officers

Communicate and coordinate with management, shareholders, customers, and employees to address sustainability issues. Enact or oversee a corporate sustainability strategy.

  • Average Salary:$184,460
  • Most Common Education:Bachelor's degree