Highest-Paying Military Careers

These top-paying jobs in the Military require specialized training in addition to service commitments.

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Military Oral Pathologists

Oral pathologists examine, diagnose, research, and manage diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial regions. Through research and examinations, these specialists are able to help diagnose and treat the conditions and diseases affecting our service members and their families. Oral pathologists are critical members of the military dental community.

  • Average Salary:$154,878
  • Most Common Education: Not available

Military Orthodontists

Using the latest equipment and techniques, orthodontists examine, diagnose, treat, or prescribe treatment of the growing and mature dentofacial structures, to include movement of teeth. They often use braces and aligners to set service members’ and their family members’ teeth.

  • Average Salary:$152,750
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Allergists and Immunologists

Physicians and surgeons who specialize in allergy and immunology focus on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases caused by allergic reactions. They examine patients and prescribe specific tests to identify the allergens causing a certain reaction. Military allergists and immunologists interpret test results and prescribe specific treatments.

  • Average Salary:$149,676
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Prosthodontists

Prosthodontists specialize in treating and handling dental and facial problems that involve restoring missing tooth and jaw structures. They are highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD), and more.  

  • Average Salary:$147,622
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Inspector General

Inspectors General are responsible for directing and managing all Inspector General (IG) programs. They oversee all inspection functions and analyze related methods and procedures to promote effectiveness of IG programs. They direct, train, and evaluate personnel and provide policy guidance concerning IG inspection programs. They perform inspections and provide reports and recommendations.

  • Average Salary:$140,825
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Pathologists

Military pathologists primarily work in military laboratories. These specialists conduct tests on tissue, cells, and bodily fluids to diagnose disease. They direct other medical officers and technicians in performing such anatomical pathological examinations as biopsies and necropsies involving preparation of tissue for microscopic analysis. They conduct laboratory tests and examinations of blood, organs, and body tissues to determine etiology, nature, and development of diseases and disease processes.  

  • Average Salary:$140,124
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Nuclear Medicine Physicians

Nuclear medicine physicians plan, conduct, interpret, and direct nuclear medical examinations and therapy, including systemic administration of ionizing radiation, patient care, and activities concerned with the medical aspects of nuclear energy and bionucleonics. They train and supervise technicians in the use and care of equipment and radioactive materials, and in the protection against radiation hazards.

  • Average Salary:$139,429
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Radiologists

Radiologists order and interpret the results of imaging tests such as x-ray, nuclear radiology, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), and other diagnostic imaging procedures. They may also perform diagnostic radiological and fluoroscopic procedures, including special vascular studies. While many radiologists are primarily involved in diagnosing disease, some provide radiation to treat diseases, including cancer as well as nonmalignant conditions.  

  • Average Salary:$136,329
  • Most Common Education: Post-doctoral training

Military Business Operations Planning Analysts

Business operations planning analysts apply business expertise to improve military operations. Using analytical tools and techniques, these analysts make recommendations to leadership about management techniques that can help reduce waste and inefficiency. They study current operations and organizations, identify and analyze problems, and develop alternative solutions.

  • Average Salary:$136,124
  • Most Common Education: Bachelor's degree

Military Business Operations and Management Analysts

Business operations and management analysts apply business expertise to improve military operations. Using analytical tools and techniques, these analysts make recommendations to leadership about management techniques that can help reduce waste and inefficiency. They study current operations and organizations, identify and analyze problems, and develop alternative solutions to present to leadership.

  • Average Salary:$135,539
  • Most Common Education: Master's Degree