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100 highest paying jobs in America

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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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  • Daniel Brosam // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    3/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #99. Computer Systems Analysts

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

  • Reeta Asmai // UC Davis
    4/ Reeta Asmai // UC Davis

    #98. Biomedical Engineers

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

  • Lucy Knowles // UC Davis
    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

  • Joshua L. DeMotts // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • University of Michigan SEAS // Flickr
    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

  • Pixabay
    8/ Pixabay

    #94. Psychologists, All Other

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

  • WOCinTech Chat // Flickr
    9/ WOCinTech Chat // Flickr

    #93. Management Analysts

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

  • Nataliya Shestakova // Wikicommons
    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

  • U.S. Department of State // Wikicommons
    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

  • IAEA Imagebank // Flickr
    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

  • National Eye Institute // Flickr
    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

  • Office of Naval Research // Flickr
    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

  • Skeeze // Pixabay
    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

  • David Bibo // Wikicommons
    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

  • National Transportation Safety Board // flickr
    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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    19/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #83. Materials Engineers

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

  • Miller Center // Wikicommons
    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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    21/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #81. Engineers, All Other

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

  • Pixabay
    22/ Pixabay

    #80. Financial Analysts

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

  • Tristan D. Viglianco // U.S. Airforce
    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

  • EU2017EE // Flickr
    24/ EU2017EE // Flickr

    #78. Information Security Analysts

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

  • Evgenia Eliseeva // Wikicommons
    25/ Evgenia Eliseeva // Wikicommons

    #77. Business Teachers, Postsecondary

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

  • Kelly Ogden // Wikicommons
    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

  • USACE NY // Flickr
    27/ USACE NY // Flickr

    #75. Construction Managers

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

  • Monmouth College // Wikicommons
    28/ Monmouth College // Wikicommons

    #74. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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

  • Austin Community College // flickr
    29/ Austin Community College // flickr

    #73. Veterinarians

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

  • Dominik Bejma, Marta Kowalkińska // Wikicommons
    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

  • Pivot Conference // Flickr
    31/ Pivot Conference // Flickr

    #71. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

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

  • USDA // Wikicommons
    32/ USDA // Wikicommons

    #70. Administrative Services Managers

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

  • Vancouver Film School // Wikicommons
    33/ Vancouver Film School // Wikicommons

    #69. Art Directors

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

  • Suzanne M. Day // Wikicommons
    34/ Suzanne M. Day // Wikicommons

    #68. Nurse Midwives

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

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) // flickr
    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

  • Søren Fuglede Jørgensen // Wikicommons
    36/ Søren Fuglede Jørgensen // Wikicommons

    #66. Mathematicians

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

  • Ohiodominican // Wikicommons
    37/ Ohiodominican // Wikicommons

    #65. Physician Assistants

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

  • CSIRO // Wikicommons
    38/ CSIRO // Wikicommons

    #64. Biochemists and Biophysicists

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

  • NPS Natural Resources // Flickr
    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

  • Matthew (WMF) // Wikicommons
    40/ Matthew (WMF) // Wikicommons

    #62. Software Developers, Applications

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

  • BDUK fibre // flickr
    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

  • Pixabay
    42/ Pixabay

    #60. Sales Engineers

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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    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

  • U.S. Department of State // flickr
    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

  • Brian Nguyen/UC Davis College of Engineering // Flickr
    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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    46/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #56. Computer Network Architects

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

  • IAEA Imagebank // Flickr
    47/ IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

    #55. Nuclear Engineers

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

  • Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr
    48/ Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr

    #54. Astronomers

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

  • UC Davis College of Engineering // Wikicommons
    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

  • US Department of Labor // Wikicommons
    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

  • Ted Eytan // Flickr
    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

  • daudi_mukiibi // Wikicommons
    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

  • Chatham House // Flickr
    53/ Chatham House // Flickr

    #49. Political Scientists

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

  • Bradley Evans // U.S. Navy
    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

  • Financial Times // Flickr
    55/ Financial Times // Flickr

    #47. Economists

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

  • Pexels
    56/ Pexels

    #46. Managers, All Other

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

  • Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy // Flickr
    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

  • rawpixel.com // Pexels
    58/ rawpixel.com // Pexels

    #44. Actuaries

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

  • IBM Research // Flickr
    59/ IBM Research // Flickr

    #43. Aerospace Engineers

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

  • Pixabay
    60/ Pixabay

    #42. Training and Development Managers

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

  • Abner Guzman // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • U.S. Army RDECOM // Flickr
    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

  • Christopher Ruano // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers // Flickr
    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

  • Franz Jantzen // Wikicommons
    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

  • Grace Nichols // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Pixabay
    67/ Pixabay

    #35. Purchasing Managers

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

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture // Wikicommons
    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

  • Kesego Kgaswane // Wikicommons
    69/ Kesego Kgaswane // Wikicommons

    #33. Physicists

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

  • Pixabay
    70/ Pixabay

    #32. General and Operations Managers

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

  • Arunkumar Umapathy // Wikicommons
    71/ Arunkumar Umapathy // Wikicommons

    #31. Human Resources Managers

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

  • Pixabay
    72/ Pixabay

    #30. Advertising and Promotions Managers

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

  • Financial Times // Wikicommons
    73/ Financial Times // Wikicommons

    #29. Personal Financial Advisors

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

  • Howard Lake// Flickr
    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

  • NNSA // Flickr
    75/ NNSA // Flickr

    #27. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

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

  • Pixabay
    76/ Pixabay

    #26. Compensation and Benefits Managers

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

  • NTNU // Flickr
    77/ NTNU // Flickr

    #25. Natural Sciences Managers

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

  • Pixabay
    78/ Pixabay

    #24. Sales Managers

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

  • Rappaport Center // Wikicommons
    79/ Rappaport Center // Wikicommons

    #23. Lawyers

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

  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office // Flickr
    80/ Foreign & Commonwealth Office // Flickr

    #22. Financial Managers

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

  • TopRank Online Marketing // Flickr
    81/ TopRank Online Marketing // Flickr

    #21. Marketing Managers

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

  • Pixabay
    82/ Pixabay

    #20. Architectural and Engineering Managers

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

  • Lance Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright // U.S. Marine Corps
    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

  • Almonroth // Wikicommons
    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

  • Samuel King Jr. // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Algkalv // Wikicommons
    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

  • Erin O'Shea // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Abbigayle Wagner // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Jon Husman // U.S. Navy
    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

  • Maurizio Pesce // flickr
    90/ Maurizio Pesce // flickr

    #12. Chief Executives

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

  • Brandon Shapiro // U.S. Air Force
    91/ Brandon Shapiro // U.S. Air Force

    #11. Prosthodontists

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

  • Steve Lewis // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Wonderlane// flickr
    93/ Wonderlane// flickr

    #9. Dentists, All Other Specialists

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

  • U.S. Navy // flickr
    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

  • Fpaneque // Wikicommons
    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

  • Royal College of Psychiatrists // Wikicommons
    96/ Royal College of Psychiatrists // Wikicommons

    #6. Psychiatrists

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

  • Suyash Dwivedi // Wikicommons
    97/ Suyash Dwivedi // Wikicommons

    #5. Orthodontists

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

  • Senior Airman Josie Walck // U.S. Air Force photo
    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

  • Megan Fried // U.S. Air Force
    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

  • Joe Boggio // U.S. Navy
    100/ Joe Boggio // U.S. Navy

    #2. Surgeons

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

  • Adam Grant // U.S. Air Force
    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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