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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

#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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#99. Computer Systems Analysts

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

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Reeta Asmai // UC Davis

#98. Biomedical Engineers

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

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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

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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

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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

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Pixabay

#94. Psychologists, All Other

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

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WOCinTech Chat // Flickr

#93. Management Analysts

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

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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

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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

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IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

#90. Nuclear Power Reactor Operators

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#83. Materials Engineers

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

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Miller Center // Wikicommons

#82. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#81. Engineers, All Other

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

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Pixabay

#80. Financial Analysts

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

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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

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EU2017EE // Flickr

#78. Information Security Analysts

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

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Evgenia Eliseeva // Wikicommons

#77. Business Teachers, Postsecondary

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

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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

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USACE NY // Flickr

#75. Construction Managers

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

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Monmouth College // Wikicommons

#74. Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

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

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Austin Community College // flickr

#73. Veterinarians

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

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Dominik Bejma, Marta Kowalkińska // Wikicommons

#72. Materials Scientists

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

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Pivot Conference // Flickr

#71. Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

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

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USDA // Wikicommons

#70. Administrative Services Managers

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

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Vancouver Film School // Wikicommons

#69. Art Directors

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

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Suzanne M. Day // Wikicommons

#68. Nurse Midwives

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

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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

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Søren Fuglede Jørgensen // Wikicommons

#66. Mathematicians

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

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Ohiodominican // Wikicommons

#65. Physician Assistants

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

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CSIRO // Wikicommons

#64. Biochemists and Biophysicists

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

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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

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Matthew (WMF) // Wikicommons

#62. Software Developers, Applications

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

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BDUK fibre // flickr

#61. Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

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

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Pixabay

#60. Sales Engineers

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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#59. Physical Scientists, All Other

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

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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

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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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#56. Computer Network Architects

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

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IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

#55. Nuclear Engineers

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

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Grand Canyon National Park // Flickr

#54. Astronomers

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

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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

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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

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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

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daudi_mukiibi // Wikicommons

#50. Software Developers, Systems Software

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

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Chatham House // Flickr

#49. Political Scientists

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

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Bradley Evans // U.S. Navy

#48. Chemical Engineers

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

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Financial Times // Flickr

#47. Economists

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

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Pexels

#46. Managers, All Other

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

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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

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rawpixel.com // Pexels

#44. Actuaries

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

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IBM Research // Flickr

#43. Aerospace Engineers

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

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Pixabay

#42. Training and Development Managers

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

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Abner Guzman // U.S. Air Force

#41. Optometrists

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Grace Nichols // U.S. Air Force

#36. Pharmacists

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

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Pixabay

#35. Purchasing Managers

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

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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

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Kesego Kgaswane // Wikicommons

#33. Physicists

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

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Pixabay

#32. General and Operations Managers

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

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Arunkumar Umapathy // Wikicommons

#31. Human Resources Managers

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

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Pixabay

#30. Advertising and Promotions Managers

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

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Financial Times // Wikicommons

#29. Personal Financial Advisors

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

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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

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NNSA // Flickr

#27. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

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

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Pixabay

#26. Compensation and Benefits Managers

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

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NTNU // Flickr

#25. Natural Sciences Managers

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

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Pixabay

#24. Sales Managers

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

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Rappaport Center // Wikicommons

#23. Lawyers

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

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office // Flickr

#22. Financial Managers

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

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TopRank Online Marketing // Flickr

#21. Marketing Managers

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

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Pixabay

#20. Architectural and Engineering Managers

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

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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

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Almonroth // Wikicommons

#18. Computer and Information Systems Managers

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jon Husman // U.S. Navy

#13. Pediatricians, General

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

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Maurizio Pesce // flickr

#12. Chief Executives

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

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Brandon Shapiro // U.S. Air Force

#11. Prosthodontists

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

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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

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Wonderlane// flickr

#9. Dentists, All Other Specialists

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

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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

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Fpaneque // Wikicommons

#7. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

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

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Royal College of Psychiatrists // Wikicommons

#6. Psychiatrists

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

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Suyash Dwivedi // Wikicommons

#5. Orthodontists

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

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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

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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

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Joe Boggio // U.S. Navy

#2. Surgeons

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

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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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