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    100 highest paying jobs in America

    The economic landscape of the United States is rapidly changing, with a handful of key industries both growing and declining quickly of late. With the development of newer and more advanced technologies every day, the job climate is shifting and so are the pay demands and prerequisite skills. With employment trends in recent years supporting a strong correlation between advanced education and a higher salary, it makes sense that some of America’s most lucrative positions are only available to those who attained the highest degrees.

    In 1973, 16% of jobs required a Bachelor’s degree or higher, and 72% of jobs required a high school diploma or less. Compare that to 2020, when it’s projected that 35% of jobs will require a Bachelor’s degree or higher and a comparable 36% of positions will be attainable with a high school diploma or less. This begs the question of which well-paying jobs are at the forefront of this shift.

    Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker ranked the 100 highest-paying jobs in America. The jobs are ranked according to average annual wage, and the BLS notes that hourly wages are not included for some positions since some occupations do not generally work year-round, full time.

    Read on to see if your job is among America’s most lucrative.

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  • #100. Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
    2/ Daniel Brosam // U.S. Air Force

    #100. Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

    Average annual wage: $92,190
    Average hourly wage: $44.32
    Total workers in 2017: 26,130

  • #99. Computer Systems Analysts
    3/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #99. Computer Systems Analysts

    Average annual wage: $92,740
    Average hourly wage: $44.59
    Total workers in 2017: 581,960

  • #98. Biomedical Engineers
    4/ Reeta Asmai // UC Davis

    #98. Biomedical Engineers

    Average annual wage: $92,970
    Average hourly wage: $44.70
    Total workers in 2017: 20,100

  • #97. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    5/ Lucy Knowles // UC Davis

    #97. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $93,010
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 49,910

  • #96. Funeral Service Managers
    6/ Joshua L. DeMotts // U.S. Air Force

    #96. Funeral Service Managers

    Average annual wage: $93,090
    Average hourly wage: $44.76
    Total workers in 2017: 8,350

  • #95. Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    7/ University of Michigan SEAS // Flickr

    #95. Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $93,200
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 2,000

  • #94. Psychologists, All Other
    8/ Pixabay

    #94. Psychologists, All Other

    Average annual wage: $93,440
    Average hourly wage: $44.92
    Total workers in 2017: 12,880

  • #93. Management Analysts
    9/ WOCinTech Chat // Flickr

    #93. Management Analysts

    Average annual wage: $93,440
    Average hourly wage: $44.92
    Total workers in 2017: 659,200

  • #92. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary
    10/ Nataliya Shestakova // Wikicommons

    #92. Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $93,500
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 5,770

  • #91. Atmospheric and Space Scientists
    11/ U.S. Department of State // Wikicommons

    #91. Atmospheric and Space Scientists

    Average annual wage: $93,710
    Average hourly wage: $45.05
    Total workers in 2017: 8,940

  • #90. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
    12/ IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

    #90. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

    Average annual wage: $94,350
    Average hourly wage: $45.36
    Total workers in 2017: 6,010

  • #89. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
    13/ National Eye Institute // Flickr

    #89. Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists

    Average annual wage: $96,070
    Average hourly wage: $46.19
    Total workers in 2017: 111,690

  • #88. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
    14/ Office of Naval Research // Flickr

    #88. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

    Average annual wage: $96,910
    Average hourly wage: $46.59
    Total workers in 2017: 10,960

  • #87. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
    15/ Skeeze // Pixabay

    #87. Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents

    Average annual wage: $97,440
    Average hourly wage: $46.85
    Total workers in 2017: 389,610

  • #86. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School
    16/ David Bibo // Wikicommons

    #86. Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

    Average annual wage: $97,440
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 250,280

  • #85. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
    17/ National Transportation Safety Board // flickr

    #85. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

    Average annual wage: $98,280
    Average hourly wage: $47.25
    Total workers in 2017: 14,480

  • #84. Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary
    18/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #84. Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $98,560
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 10,730

  • #83. Materials Engineers
    19/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #83. Materials Engineers

    Average annual wage: $98,610
    Average hourly wage: $47.41
    Total workers in 2017: 27,200

  • #82. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary
    20/ Miller Center // Wikicommons

    #82. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $98,620
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 16,200

  • #81. Engineers, All Other
    21/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #81. Engineers, All Other

    Average annual wage: $99,310
    Average hourly wage: $47.74
    Total workers in 2017: 131,500

  • #80. Financial Analysts
    22/ Pixabay

    #80. Financial Analysts

    Average annual wage: $99,430
    Average hourly wage: $47.80
    Total workers in 2017: 294,110

  • #79. Electrical Engineers
    23/ Tristan D. Viglianco // U.S. Airforce

    #79. Electrical Engineers

    Average annual wage: $99,580
    Average hourly wage: $47.87
    Total workers in 2017: 183,370

  • #78. Information Security Analysts
    24/ EU2017EE // Flickr

    #78. Information Security Analysts

    Average annual wage: $99,690
    Average hourly wage: $47.93
    Total workers in 2017: 105,250

  • #77. Business Teachers, Postsecondary
    25/ Evgenia Eliseeva // Wikicommons

    #77. Business Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $100,270
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 84,340

  • #76. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
    26/ Kelly Ogden // Wikicommons

    #76. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

    Average annual wage: $100,740
    Average hourly wage: $48.43
    Total workers in 2017: 118,680

  • #75. Construction Managers
    27/ USACE NY // Flickr

    #75. Construction Managers

    Average annual wage: $101,000
    Average hourly wage: $48.56
    Total workers in 2017: 263,480

  • #74. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary
    28/ Monmouth College // Wikicommons

    #74. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $101,190
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 13,710

  • #73. Veterinarians
    29/ Austin Community College // flickr

    #73. Veterinarians

    Average annual wage: $101,530
    Average hourly wage: $48.81
    Total workers in 2017: 69,370

  • #72. Materials Scientists
    30/ Dominik Bejma, Marta Kowalkińska // Wikicommons

    #72. Materials Scientists

    Average annual wage: $101,910
    Average hourly wage: $48.99
    Total workers in 2017: 7,470

  • #71. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
    31/ Pivot Conference // Flickr

    #71. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

    Average annual wage: $102,530
    Average hourly wage: $49.29
    Total workers in 2017: 920

  • #70. Administrative Services Managers
    32/ USDA // Wikicommons

    #70. Administrative Services Managers

    Average annual wage: $103,380
    Average hourly wage: $49.70
    Total workers in 2017: 270,100

  • #69. Art Directors
    33/ Vancouver Film School // Wikicommons

    #69. Art Directors

    Average annual wage: $103,510
    Average hourly wage: $49.76
    Total workers in 2017: 38,110

  • #68. Nurse Midwives
    34/ Suzanne M. Day // Wikicommons

    #68. Nurse Midwives

    Average annual wage: $103,640
    Average hourly wage: $49.83
    Total workers in 2017: 6,530

  • #67. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
    35/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) // flickr

    #67. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

    Average annual wage: $103,710
    Average hourly wage: $49.86
    Total workers in 2017: 6,150

  • #66. Mathematicians
    36/ Søren Fuglede Jørgensen // Wikicommons

    #66. Mathematicians

    Average annual wage: $104,700
    Average hourly wage: $50.33
    Total workers in 2017: 2,730

  • #65. Physician Assistants
    37/ Ohiodominican // Wikicommons

    #65. Physician Assistants

    Average annual wage: $104,760
    Average hourly wage: $50.37
    Total workers in 2017: 109,220

  • #64. Biochemists and Biophysicists
    38/ CSIRO // Wikicommons

    #64. Biochemists and Biophysicists

    Average annual wage: $105,410
    Average hourly wage: $50.68
    Total workers in 2017: 27,380

  • #63. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
    39/ NPS Natural Resources // Flickr

    #63. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers

    Average annual wage: $105,830
    Average hourly wage: $50.88
    Total workers in 2017: 28,520

  • #62. Software Developers, Applications
    40/ Matthew (WMF) // Wikicommons

    #62. Software Developers, Applications

    Average annual wage: $106,710
    Average hourly wage: $51.30
    Total workers in 2017: 849,230

  • #61. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
    41/ BDUK fibre // flickr

    #61. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

    Average annual wage: $106,760
    Average hourly wage: $51.33
    Total workers in 2017: 134,930

  • #60. Sales Engineers
    42/ Pixabay

    #60. Sales Engineers

    Average annual wage: $106,950
    Average hourly wage: $51.42
    Total workers in 2017: 70,820

  • #59. Physical Scientists, All Other
    43/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #59. Physical Scientists, All Other

    Average annual wage: $107,180
    Average hourly wage: $51.53
    Total workers in 2017: 17,320

  • #58. Nurse Practitioners
    44/ U.S. Department of State // flickr

    #58. Nurse Practitioners

    Average annual wage: $107,480
    Average hourly wage: $51.68
    Total workers in 2017: 166,280

  • #57. Education Administrators, Postsecondary
    45/ Brian Nguyen/UC Davis College of Engineering // Flickr

    #57. Education Administrators, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $107,670
    Average hourly wage: $51.77
    Total workers in 2017: 142,160

  • #56. Computer Network Architects
    46/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #56. Computer Network Architects

    Average annual wage: $107,870
    Average hourly wage: $51.86
    Total workers in 2017: 157,830

  • #55. Nuclear Engineers
    47/ IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

    #55. Nuclear Engineers

    Average annual wage: $108,910
    Average hourly wage: $52.36
    Total workers in 2017: 16,700

  • #54. Astronomers
    48/ Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr

    #54. Astronomers

    Average annual wage: $109,560
    Average hourly wage: $52.67
    Total workers in 2017: 2,020

  • #53. Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary
    49/ UC Davis College of Engineering // Wikicommons

    #53. Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $109,830
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 37,500

  • #52. Industrial Production Managers
    50/ US Department of Labor // Wikicommons

    #52. Industrial Production Managers

    Average annual wage: $110,580
    Average hourly wage: $53.16
    Total workers in 2017: 171,520

  • #51. Medical and Health Services Managers
    51/ Ted Eytan // Flickr

    #51. Medical and Health Services Managers

    Average annual wage: $111,680
    Average hourly wage: $53.69
    Total workers in 2017: 346,980

  • #50. Software Developers, Systems Software
    52/ daudi_mukiibi // Wikicommons

    #50. Software Developers, Systems Software

    Average annual wage: $111,780
    Average hourly wage: $53.74
    Total workers in 2017: 394,590

  • #49. Political Scientists
    53/ Chatham House // Flickr

    #49. Political Scientists

    Average annual wage: $112,030
    Average hourly wage: $53.86
    Total workers in 2017: 6,320

  • #48. Chemical Engineers
    54/ Bradley Evans // U.S. Navy

    #48. Chemical Engineers

    Average annual wage: $112,430
    Average hourly wage: $54.05
    Total workers in 2017: 33,500

  • #47. Economists
    55/ Financial Times // Flickr

    #47. Economists

    Average annual wage: $112,650
    Average hourly wage: $54.16
    Total workers in 2017: 19,550

  • #46. Managers, All Other
    56/ Pexels

    #46. Managers, All Other

    Average annual wage: $113,180
    Average hourly wage: $54.41
    Total workers in 2017: 430,120

  • #45. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
    57/ Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy // Flickr

    #45. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $114,820
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 12,770

  • #44. Actuaries
    58/ rawpixel.com // Pexels

    #44. Actuaries

    Average annual wage: $114,850
    Average hourly wage: $55.21
    Total workers in 2017: 19,210

  • #43. Aerospace Engineers
    59/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #43. Aerospace Engineers

    Average annual wage: $115,300
    Average hourly wage: $55.43
    Total workers in 2017: 65,760

  • #42. Training and Development Managers
    60/ Pixabay

    #42. Training and Development Managers

    Average annual wage: $117,690
    Average hourly wage: $56.58
    Total workers in 2017: 34,500

  • #41. Optometrists
    61/ Abner Guzman // U.S. Air Force

    #41. Optometrists

    Average annual wage: $119,100
    Average hourly wage: $57.26
    Total workers in 2017: 37,240

  • #40. Computer and Information Research Scientists
    62/ U.S. Army RDECOM // Flickr

    #40. Computer and Information Research Scientists

    Average annual wage: $119,570
    Average hourly wage: $57.49
    Total workers in 2017: 27,920

  • #39. Computer Hardware Engineers
    63/ Christopher Ruano // U.S. Air Force

    #39. Computer Hardware Engineers

    Average annual wage: $119,650
    Average hourly wage: $57.52
    Total workers in 2017: 66,770

  • #38. Air Traffic Controllers
    64/ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers // Flickr

    #38. Air Traffic Controllers

    Average annual wage: $120,260
    Average hourly wage: $57.82
    Total workers in 2017: 22,790

  • #37. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
    65/ Franz Jantzen // Wikicommons

    #37. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

    Average annual wage: $121,050
    Average hourly wage: $58.20
    Total workers in 2017: 28,440

  • #36. Pharmacists
    66/ Grace Nichols // U.S. Air Force

    #36. Pharmacists

    Average annual wage: $121,710
    Average hourly wage: $58.52
    Total workers in 2017: 309,330

  • #35. Purchasing Managers
    67/ Pixabay

    #35. Purchasing Managers

    Average annual wage: $121,810
    Average hourly wage: $58.56
    Total workers in 2017: 70,430

  • #34. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
    68/ U.S. Department of Agriculture // Wikicommons

    #34. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $122,890
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 194,610

  • #33. Physicists
    69/ Kesego Kgaswane // Wikicommons

    #33. Physicists

    Average annual wage: $123,080
    Average hourly wage: $59.17
    Total workers in 2017: 16,710

  • #32. General and Operations Managers
    70/ Pixabay

    #32. General and Operations Managers

    Average annual wage: $123,460
    Average hourly wage: $59.35
    Total workers in 2017: 2,212,200

  • #31. Human Resources Managers
    71/ Arunkumar Umapathy // Wikicommons

    #31. Human Resources Managers

    Average annual wage: $123,510
    Average hourly wage: $59.38
    Total workers in 2017: 136,310

  • #30. Advertising and Promotions Managers
    72/ Pixabay

    #30. Advertising and Promotions Managers

    Average annual wage: $123,880
    Average hourly wage: $59.56
    Total workers in 2017: 28,100

  • #29. Personal Financial Advisors
    73/ Financial Times // Wikicommons

    #29. Personal Financial Advisors

    Average annual wage: $124,140
    Average hourly wage: $59.68
    Total workers in 2017: 200,920

  • #28. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
    74/ Howard Lake// Flickr

    #28. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

    Average annual wage: $127,690
    Average hourly wage: $61.39
    Total workers in 2017: 67,300

  • #27. Law Teachers, Postsecondary
    75/ NNSA // Flickr

    #27. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual wage: $129,840
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 16,900

  • #26. Compensation and Benefits Managers
    76/ Pixabay

    #26. Compensation and Benefits Managers

    Average annual wage: $130,010
    Average hourly wage: $62.50
    Total workers in 2017: 15,520

  • #25. Natural Sciences Managers
    77/ NTNU // Flickr

    #25. Natural Sciences Managers

    Average annual wage: $133,670
    Average hourly wage: $64.26
    Total workers in 2017: 56,210

  • #24. Sales Managers
    78/ Pixabay

    #24. Sales Managers

    Average annual wage: $137,650
    Average hourly wage: $66.18
    Total workers in 2017: 371,410

  • #23. Lawyers
    79/ Rappaport Center // Wikicommons

    #23. Lawyers

    Average annual wage: $141,890
    Average hourly wage: $68.22
    Total workers in 2017: 628,370

  • #22. Financial Managers
    80/ Foreign & Commonwealth Office // Flickr

    #22. Financial Managers

    Average annual wage: $143,530
    Average hourly wage: $69.01
    Total workers in 2017: 569,380

  • #21. Marketing Managers
    81/ TopRank Online Marketing // Flickr

    #21. Marketing Managers

    Average annual wage: $145,620
    Average hourly wage: $70.01
    Total workers in 2017: 218,970

  • #20. Architectural and Engineering Managers
    82/ Pixabay

    #20. Architectural and Engineering Managers

    Average annual wage: $146,290
    Average hourly wage: $70.33
    Total workers in 2017: 179,990

  • #19. Podiatrists
    83/ Lance Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright // U.S. Marine Corps

    #19. Podiatrists

    Average annual wage: $148,470
    Average hourly wage: $71.38
    Total workers in 2017: 9,670

  • #18. Computer and Information Systems Managers
    84/ Almonroth // Wikicommons

    #18. Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Average annual wage: $149,730
    Average hourly wage: $71.99
    Total workers in 2017: 365,690

  • #17. Petroleum Engineers
    85/ Samuel King Jr. // U.S. Air Force

    #17. Petroleum Engineers

    Average annual wage: $154,780
    Average hourly wage: $74.41
    Total workers in 2017: 32,010

  • #16. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
    86/ Algkalv // Wikicommons

    #16. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

    Average annual wage: $161,280
    Average hourly wage: Not available
    Total workers in 2017: 84,070

  • #15. Nurse Anesthetists
    87/ Erin O'Shea // U.S. Air Force

    #15. Nurse Anesthetists

    Average annual wage: $169,450
    Average hourly wage: $81.47
    Total workers in 2017: 42,620

  • #14. Dentists, General
    88/ Abbigayle Wagner // U.S. Air Force

    #14. Dentists, General

    Average annual wage: $174,110
    Average hourly wage: $83.71
    Total workers in 2017: 110,400

  • #13. Pediatricians, General
    89/ Jon Husman // U.S. Navy

    #13. Pediatricians, General

    Average annual wage: $187,540
    Average hourly wage: $90.16
    Total workers in 2017: 28,990

  • #12. Chief Executives
    90/ Maurizio Pesce // flickr

    #12. Chief Executives

    Average annual wage: $196,050
    Average hourly wage: $94.25
    Total workers in 2017: 210,160

  • #11. Prosthodontists
    91/ Brandon Shapiro // U.S. Air Force

    #11. Prosthodontists

    Average annual wage: $196,960
    Average hourly wage: $94.69
    Total workers in 2017: 430

  • #10. Internists, General
    92/ Steve Lewis // U.S. Air Force

    #10. Internists, General

    Average annual wage: $198,370
    Average hourly wage: $95.37
    Total workers in 2017: 42,280

  • #9. Dentists, All Other Specialists
    93/ Wonderlane// flickr

    #9. Dentists, All Other Specialists

    Average annual wage: $199,980
    Average hourly wage: $96.15
    Total workers in 2017: 4,590

  • #8. Family and General Practitioners
    94/ U.S. Navy // flickr

    #8. Family and General Practitioners

    Average annual wage: $208,560
    Average hourly wage: $100.27
    Total workers in 2017: 126,440

  • #7. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
    95/ Fpaneque // Wikicommons

    #7. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    Average annual wage: $211,390
    Average hourly wage: $101.63
    Total workers in 2017: 355,460

  • #6. Psychiatrists
    96/ Royal College of Psychiatrists // Wikicommons

    #6. Psychiatrists

    Average annual wage: $216,090
    Average hourly wage: $103.89
    Total workers in 2017: 25,250

  • #5. Orthodontists
    97/ Suyash Dwivedi // Wikicommons

    #5. Orthodontists

    Average annual wage: $229,380
    Average hourly wage: $110.28
    Total workers in 2017: 5,080

  • #4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    98/ Senior Airman Josie Walck // U.S. Air Force photo

    #4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Average annual wage: $235,240
    Average hourly wage: $113.10
    Total workers in 2017: 18,880

  • #3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    99/ Megan Fried // U.S. Air Force

    #3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    Average annual wage: $242,740
    Average hourly wage: $116.70
    Total workers in 2017: 4,800

  • #2. Surgeons
    100/ Joe Boggio // U.S. Navy

    #2. Surgeons

    Average annual wage: $251,890
    Average hourly wage: $121.10
    Total workers in 2017: 38,600

  • #1. Anesthesiologists
    101/ Adam Grant // U.S. Air Force

    #1. Anesthesiologists

    Average annual wage: $265,990
    Average hourly wage: $127.88
    Total workers in 2017: 30,590

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