Highest-Paying Careers

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

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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

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

Surgeons

Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

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

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.

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

Psychiatrists

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

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

Anesthesiologists

Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

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

Family and General Practitioners

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

  • Average Salary:$201,100
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Dermatologists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases or other conditions of the skin.

  • Average Salary:$200,890
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Allergists and Immunologists

Diagnose, treat, and help prevent allergic diseases and disease processes affecting the immune system.

  • Average Salary:$200,890
  • Most Common Education:Post-doctoral training

Physicians and Surgeons

All physicians and surgeons not listed separately.

  • Average Salary:$200,890
  • Most Common Education:Not available