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    Highest-paying jobs in healthcare

    Anybody who has taken a course in marketing, psychology or sociology is likely familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. First detailed by psychologist Andrew Maslow in his 1943 work “A Theory of Human Motivation,” the hierarchy breaks down the complex network of human thoughts into a categorical triage, placing self-development at the top and security and physical health at the bottom. In setting up this pyramid, Maslow framed self-recognition and creative development as ultimate goals, while also prioritizing personal safety and strong physical health.

    As such, it has never been more important to recognize the healthcare professionals who work tirelessly to keep the population healthy. A recent estimate from the Wall Street Journal suggests that the United States will soon spend close to 20% of its GDP on healthcare-related costs. While it’s encouraging to know that the country is investing in those responsible for maintaining the nation’s well-being, not all healthcare professionals receive equal compensation.

    Using May 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Stacker listed the highest-paying jobs in the American healthcare system. The positions are ranked according to mean annual wage and are only included at the level of greatest granularity, meaning that broader occupations with more specific breakdowns are excluded from the ranking.

    Read on for a more detailed understanding of the compensation spectrum in the healthcare industry.

    ALSO: 100 lowest paying jobs in America 

  • #76. Home Health Aides
    2/ Myfuture.com // Flickr

    #76. Home Health Aides

    Mean annual wage: $24,280
    Mean hourly wage: $11.67
    Employment: 820,960

    Description: Provide routine individualized healthcare such as changing bandages, dressing wounds and applying topical medications to the elderly, convalescents or persons with disabilities at the patient's home or in a care facility. Monitor or report changes in health status. May also provide personal care such as bathing, dressing and grooming of patient.

  • #75. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
    3/ Austin Community College // Flickr

    #75. Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

    Mean annual wage: $27,570
    Mean hourly wage: $13.26
    Employment: 84,400

    Description: Feed, water and examine pets and other non-farm animals for signs of illness, disease or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians or scientists.

  • #74. Physical Therapist Aides
    4/ GCC Workforce & Community Education // Flickr

    #74. Physical Therapist Aides

    Mean annual wage: $27,910
    Mean hourly wage: $13.42
    Employment: 49,290

    Description: Under close supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing the patient and the treatment area.

  • #73. Nursing Assistants
    5/ 457 Canberra Hospital // Wikimedia Commons

    #73. Nursing Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $28,540
    Mean hourly wage: $13.72
    Employment: 1,453,670

    Description: Provide basic patient care under direction of nursing staff. Perform duties such as feed, bathe, dress, groom or move patients, or change linens. May transfer or transport patients. Includes nursing care attendants, nursing aides and nursing attendants.

  • #72. Orderlies
    6/ Tori Barratt Crane // Flickr

    #72. Orderlies

    Mean annual wage: $28,990
    Mean hourly wage: $13.94
    Employment: 52,630

    Description: Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.

  • #71. Pharmacy Aides
    7/ kafka4prez // Flickr

    #71. Pharmacy Aides

    Mean annual wage: $29,030
    Mean hourly wage: $13.96
    Employment: 35,960

    Description: Record drugs delivered to the pharmacy, store incoming merchandise and inform the supervisor of stock needs. May operate cash register and accept prescriptions for filling.

  • #70. Psychiatric Aides
    8/ Lance Cpl. Walter D. Marino II // USMC

    #70. Psychiatric Aides

    Mean annual wage: $29,330
    Mean hourly wage: $14.10
    Employment: 65,770

    Description: Assist mentally impaired or emotionally disturbed patients, working under direction of nursing and medical staff. May assist with daily living activities, lead patients in educational and recreational activities or accompany patients to and from examinations and treatments. May restrain violent patients. Includes psychiatric orderlies.

  • #69. Dietetic Technicians
    9/ Steve Johnson // Flickr

    #69. Dietetic Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $29,610
    Mean hourly wage: $14.24
    Employment: 33,370

    Description: Assist in the provision of food service and nutritional programs, under the supervision of a dietitian. May plan and produce meals based on established guidelines, teach principles of food and nutrition or counsel individuals.

  • #68. Pharmacy Technicians
    10/ The University of Findlay // Flickr

    #68. Pharmacy Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $33,060
    Mean hourly wage: $15.90
    Employment: 417,720

    Description: Prepare medications under the direction of a pharmacist. May measure, mix, count out, label and record amounts and dosages of medications according to prescription orders.

  • #67. Medical Assistants
    11/ Lower Columbia College (LCC) // Flickr

    #67. Medical Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $33,580
    Mean hourly wage: $16.15
    Employment: 646,320

    Description: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by physician.

  • #66. Occupational Therapy Aides
    12/ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade // Wikimedia Commons

    #66. Occupational Therapy Aides

    Mean annual wage: $33,780
    Mean hourly wage: $16.24
    Employment: 7,740

    Description: Under close supervision of an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant, perform only delegated, selected or routine tasks in specific situations. These duties include preparing patient and treatment room.

  • #65. Phlebotomists
    13/ Neeta Lind // Flickr

    #65. Phlebotomists

    Mean annual wage: $34,710
    Mean hourly wage: $16.69
    Employment: 122,550

    Description: Draw blood for tests, transfusions, donations or research. May explain the procedure to patients and assist in the recovery of patients with adverse reactions.

  • #64. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
    14/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #64. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $34,710
    Mean hourly wage: $16.69
    Employment: 103,430

    Description: Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

  • #63. Psychiatric Technicians
    15/ Kimberly Gaither // U.S. Air Force photo

    #63. Psychiatric Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $36,070
    Mean hourly wage: $17.34
    Employment: 66,930

    Description: Care for individuals with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities, following the instructions of physicians or other health practitioners. Monitor patients' physical and emotional well-being and report to medical staff. May participate in rehabilitation and treatment programs, help with personal hygiene and administer oral or injectable medications.

  • #62. Medical Transcriptionists
    16/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #62. Medical Transcriptionists

    Mean annual wage: $36,400
    Mean hourly wage: $17.50
    Employment: 55,880

    Description: Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

  • #61. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
    17/ Paul Long // Flickr

    #61. Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

    Mean annual wage: $36,700
    Mean hourly wage: $17.64
    Employment: 251,860

    Description: Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

  • #60. Medical Equipment Preparers
    18/ Community Eye Health // Flickr

    #60. Medical Equipment Preparers

    Mean annual wage: $37,060
    Mean hourly wage: $17.82
    Employment: 53,920

    Description: Prepare, sterilize, install or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

  • #59. Ophthalmic Medical Technicians
    19/ Jagrap // Flickr

    #59. Ophthalmic Medical Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $37,500
    Mean hourly wage: $18.03
    Employment: 48,060

    Description: Assist ophthalmologists by performing ophthalmic clinical functions. May administer eye exams, administer eye medications and instruct the patient in care and use of corrective lenses.

  • #58. Healthcare Support Workers, All Other
    20/ Evan Bench // Flickr

    #58. Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $38,600
    Mean hourly wage: $18.56
    Employment: 92,030

    Description: All healthcare support workers not listed separately.

  • #57. Dental Assistants
    21/ Asian Development Bank // Flickr

    #57. Dental Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $38,690
    Mean hourly wage: $18.60
    Employment: 337,160

    Description: Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment and keep records.

  • #56. Opticians, Dispensing
    22/ National Eye Institute // Flickr

    #56. Opticians, Dispensing

    Mean annual wage: $39,070
    Mean hourly wage: $18.79
    Employment: 75,450

    Description: Design, measure, fit and adapt lenses and frames for client according to written optical prescription or specification. Assist client with inserting, removing and caring for contact lenses. Assist client with selecting frames. Measure customer for size of eyeglasses and coordinate frames with facial and eye measurements and optical prescription. Prepare work order for optical laboratory containing instructions for grinding and mounting lenses in frames. Verify exactness of finished lens spectacles. Adjust frame and lens position to fit client. May shape or reshape frames. Includes contact lens opticians.

  • #55. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
    23/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine // Flickr

    #55. Medical Records and Health Information Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $42,820
    Mean hourly wage: $20.59
    Employment: 204,220

    Description: Compile, process and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements of the heath care system. Process, maintain, compile and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry's numerical coding system.

  • #54. Massage Therapists
    24/ Compassion Connect // Flickr

    #54. Massage Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $44,950
    Mean hourly wage: $21.61
    Employment: 103,300

    Description: Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

  • #53. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
    25/ U.S. Department of Agriculture // Flickr

    #53. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

    Mean annual wage: $45,710
    Mean hourly wage: $21.98
    Employment: 702,700

    Description: Care for ill, injured or convalescing patients or persons with disabilities in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, private homes, group homes and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.

  • #52. Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
    26/ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade // Wikimedia Commons

    #52. Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $46,690
    Mean hourly wage: $22.45
    Employment: 124,390

    Description: All health technologists and technicians not listed separately.

  • #51. Surgical Technologists
    27/ Zdenko Zivkovic // Flickr

    #51. Surgical Technologists

    Mean annual wage: $48,060
    Mean hourly wage: $23.11
    Employment: 106,470

    Description: Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies and instruments.

  • #50. Athletic Trainers
    28/ Carine06 // Wikimedia Commons

    #50. Athletic Trainers

    Mean annual wage: $48,630
    Mean hourly wage: N/A
    Employment: 25,010

    Description: Evaluate and advise individuals to assist recovery from or avoid athletic-related injuries or illnesses, or maintain peak physical fitness. May provide first aid or emergency care.

  • #49. Respiratory Therapists
    29/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #49. Respiratory Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $49,670
    Mean hourly wage: $23.88
    Employment: 128,250

    Description: Assess, treat and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records and select, assemble, check and operate equipment.

  • #48. Respiratory Therapy Technicians
    30/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #48. Respiratory Therapy Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $50,900
    Mean hourly wage: $24.47
    Employment: 9,600

    Description: Provide respiratory care under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.

  • #47. Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
    31/ jemimus // Flickr

    #47. Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $53,930
    Mean hourly wage: $25.93
    Employment: 17,490

    Description: Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic risks to workers.

  • #46. Therapists, All Other
    32/ Brian Woychuk // Flickr

    #46. Therapists, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $54,730
    Mean hourly wage: $26.31
    Employment: 12,020

    Description: All therapists not listed separately.

  • #45. Hearing Aid Specialists
    33/ Kipp Baker // Flickr

    #45. Hearing Aid Specialists

    Mean annual wage: $57,030
    Mean hourly wage: $27.42
    Employment: 7,380

    Description: Select and fit hearing aids for customers. Administer and interpret tests of hearing. Assess hearing instrument efficacy. Take ear impressions and prepare, design and modify ear molds.

  • #44. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
    34/ Andy G // Flickr

    #44. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $57,250
    Mean hourly wage: $27.52
    Employment: 56,130

    Description: Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

  • #43. Physical Therapist Assistants
    35/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #43. Physical Therapist Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $57,620
    Mean hourly wage: $27.70
    Employment: 90,170

    Description: Assist physical therapists in providing physical therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in the development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, document the progress of treatment and modify specific treatments in accordance with patient status and within the scope of treatment plans established by a physical therapist. Generally requires formal training.

  • #42. Veterinarians
    36/ Florida Fish and Wildlife // Flickr

    #42. Veterinarians

    Mean annual wage: $58,290
    Mean hourly wage: $28.02
    Employment: 69,370

    Description: Diagnose, treat or research diseases and injuries of animals. Includes veterinarians who conduct research and development, inspect livestock or care for pets and companion animals.

  • #41. Occupational Therapy Assistants
    37/ Presence Health // Flickr

    #41. Occupational Therapy Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $59,470
    Mean hourly wage: $28.59
    Employment: 41,650

    Description: Assist occupational therapists in providing occupational therapy treatments and procedures. May, in accordance with State laws, assist in development of treatment plans, carry out routine functions, direct activity programs and document the progress of treatments. Generally requires formal training.

  • #40. Dietitians and Nutritionists
    38/ UGA CAES/Extension // Flickr

    #40. Dietitians and Nutritionists

    Mean annual wage: $60,150
    Mean hourly wage: $28.92
    Employment: 62,980

    Description: Plan and conduct food service or nutritional programs to assist in the promotion of health and control of disease. May supervise activities of a department providing quantity food services, counsel individuals or conduct nutritional research.

  • #39. Radiologic Technologists
    39/ HSU CHE CHANG // Flickr

    #39. Radiologic Technologists

    Mean annual wage: $60,320
    Mean hourly wage: $29.00
    Employment: 201,200

    Description: Take x-rays and CAT scans or administer nonradioactive materials into patient's blood stream for diagnostic purposes. Includes technologists who specialize in other scanning modalities.

  • #38. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other
    40/ Bruno Alexandre // Flickr

    #38. Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $60,600
    Mean hourly wage: $29.13
    Employment: 34,700

    Description: All healthcare practitioners and technical workers not listed separately.

  • #37. Speech-Language Pathologists
    41/ Lynne Featherstone // Flickr

    #37. Speech-Language Pathologists

    Mean annual wage: $61,810
    Mean hourly wage: $29.72
    Employment: 142,360

    Description: Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

  • #36. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
    42/ Nuclear Regulatory Commission // Flickr

    #36. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists

    Mean annual wage: $70,490
    Mean hourly wage: $33.89
    Employment: 37,490

    Description: Operate Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanners. Monitor patient safety and comfort and view images of area being scanned to ensure quality of pictures. May administer gadolinium contrast dosage intravenously. May interview patient, explain MRI procedures and position patient on examining table. May enter into the computer data such as patient history, anatomical area to be scanned, orientation specified and position of entry.

  • #35. Orthotists and Prosthetists
    43/ University of Salford Press Office // Flickr

    #35. Orthotists and Prosthetists

    Mean annual wage: $70,970
    Mean hourly wage: $34.12
    Employment: 7,840

    Description: Design, measure, fit and adapt orthopedic braces, appliances or prostheses such as limbs or facial parts for patients with disabling conditions.

  • #34. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
    44/ N A I T // Flickr

    #34. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers

    Mean annual wage: $73,200
    Mean hourly wage: $35.19
    Employment: 68,750

    Description: Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.

  • #33. Nurse Anesthetists
    45/ ResoluteSupportMedia // Flickr

    #33. Nurse Anesthetists

    Mean annual wage: $73,550
    Mean hourly wage: $35.36
    Employment: 42,620

    Description: Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

  • #32. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
    46/ Public Domain // WIkicommons

    #32. Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

    Mean annual wage: $73,600
    Mean hourly wage: $35.38
    Employment: 81,330

    Description: Review, evaluate and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.

  • #31. Dental Hygienists
    47/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #31. Dental Hygienists

    Mean annual wage: $74,680
    Mean hourly wage: $35.91
    Employment: 211,600

    Description: Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x-rays or apply fluoride or sealants.

  • #30. Nuclear Medicine Technologists
    48/ IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

    #30. Nuclear Medicine Technologists

    Mean annual wage: $77,660
    Mean hourly wage: $37.33
    Employment: 18,930

    Description: Prepare, administer and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic and tracer studies using a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.

  • #29. Genetic Counselors
    49/ Mayo Clinic // Flickr

    #29. Genetic Counselors

    Mean annual wage: $78,130
    Mean hourly wage: $37.56
    Employment: 2,660

    Description: Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise individuals and families to support informed decisionmaking and coping methods for those at risk. May help conduct research related to genetic conditions or genetic counseling.

  • #28. Exercise Physiologists
    50/ CAFNR // Flickr

    #28. Exercise Physiologists

    Mean annual wage: $79,770
    Mean hourly wage: $38.35
    Employment: 6,300

    Description: Assess, plan or implement fitness programs that include exercise or physical activities such as those designed to improve cardiorespiratory function, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance or flexibility.

  • #27. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other
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    #27. Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $80,040
    Mean hourly wage: $38.48
    Employment: 35,970

    Description: All health diagnosing and treating practitioners not listed separately.

  • #26. Chiropractors
    52/ Jos @ FPS-Groningen // Flickr

    #26. Chiropractors

    Mean annual wage: $83,350
    Mean hourly wage: $40.07
    Employment: 33,630

    Description: Assess, treat and care for patients by manipulation of spine and musculoskeletal system. May provide spinal adjustment or address sacral or pelvic misalignment.

  • #25. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
    53/ wistechcolleges // Flickr

    #25. Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

    Mean annual wage: $84,210
    Mean hourly wage: $40.49
    Employment: 322,380

    Description: Perform routine or complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

  • #24. Physical Therapists
    54/ Roger Mommaerts // Flickr

    #24. Physical Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $84,640
    Mean hourly wage: $40.69
    Employment: 225,420

    Description: Assess, plan, organize and participate in rehabilitative programs that improve mobility, relieve pain, increase strength and improve or correct disabling conditions resulting from disease or injury.

  • #23. Recreational Therapists
    55/ Ann // Flickr

    #23. Recreational Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $85,190
    Mean hourly wage: $40.96
    Employment: 18,490

    Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate medically-approved recreation programs for patients in hospitals, nursing homes or other institutions. Activities include sports, trips, dramatics, social activities and arts and crafts. May assess a patient condition and recommend appropriate recreational activity.

  • #22. Radiation Therapists
    56/ IAEA Imagebank // Flickr

    #22. Radiation Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $88,080
    Mean hourly wage: $42.34
    Employment: 17,250

    Description: Provide radiation therapy to patients as prescribed by a radiologist according to established practices and standards. Duties may include reviewing prescription and diagnosis; acting as liaison with physician and supportive care personnel; preparing equipment, such as immobilization, treatment and protection devices and maintaining records, reports and files. May assist in dosimetry procedures and tumor localization.

  • #21. Registered Nurses
    57/ Lower Columbia College (LCC) // Flickr

    #21. Registered Nurses

    Mean annual wage: $101,530
    Mean hourly wage: $48.81
    Employment: 2,906,840

    Description: Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.

  • #20. Nurse Practitioners
    58/ devinf // Flickr

    #20. Nurse Practitioners

    Mean annual wage: $103,640
    Mean hourly wage: $49.83
    Employment: 166,280

    Description: Diagnose and treat acute, episodic or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x- rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

  • #19. Podiatrists
    59/ Mina Guli // Flickr

    #19. Podiatrists

    Mean annual wage: $104,760
    Mean hourly wage: $50.37
    Employment: 9,670

    Description: Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.

  • #18. Audiologists
    60/ Susan Prater // Flickr

    #18. Audiologists

    Mean annual wage: $107,480
    Mean hourly wage: $51.68
    Employment: 12,020

    Description: Assess and treat persons with hearing and related disorders. May fit hearing aids and provide auditory training. May perform research related to hearing problems.

  • #17. Optometrists
    61/ Government of Prince Edward Island // Flickr

    #17. Optometrists

    Mean annual wage: $119,100
    Mean hourly wage: $57.26
    Employment: 37,240

    Description: Diagnose, manage and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses and provide treatment. May prescribe therapeutic drugs to treat specific eye conditions.

  • #16. Pharmacists
    62/ Michelle Ress // Flickr

    #16. Pharmacists

    Mean annual wage: $121,710
    Mean hourly wage: $58.52
    Employment: 309,330

    Description: Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions and side effects of medications.

  • #15. Occupational Therapists
    63/ Steven Depolo // Flickr

    #15. Occupational Therapists

    Mean annual wage: $148,470
    Mean hourly wage: $71.38
    Employment: 126,050

    Description: Assess, plan, organize and participate in rehabilitative programs that help build or restore vocational, homemaking and daily living skills, as well as general independence, to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

  • #14. Nurse Midwives
    64/ Sandor Weisz // Flickr

    #14. Nurse Midwives

    Mean annual wage: $169,450
    Mean hourly wage: $81.47
    Employment: 6,530

    Description: Diagnose and coordinate all aspects of the birthing process, either independently or as part of a healthcare team. May provide preventative gynecological care. Must have specialized, graduate nursing education.

  • #13. Dentists, General
    65/ .hj barraza // Flickr

    #13. Dentists, General

    Mean annual wage: $174,110
    Mean hourly wage: $83.71
    Employment: 110,400

    Description: Examine, diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and malformations of teeth and gums. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp and other dental tissues affecting oral hygiene and retention of teeth. May fit dental appliances or provide preventive care.

  • #12. Psychiatrists
    66/ U.S. Embassy Jerusalem // Flickr

    #12. Psychiatrists

    Mean annual wage: $187,540
    Mean hourly wage: $90.16
    Employment: 25,250

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

  • #11. Prosthodontists
    67/ dental ben // Flickr

    #11. Prosthodontists

    Mean annual wage: $196,960
    Mean hourly wage: $94.69
    Employment: 430

    Description: Construct oral prostheses to replace missing teeth and other oral structures to correct natural and acquired deformation of mouth and jaws, to restore and maintain oral function, such as chewing and speaking, and to improve appearance.

  • #10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
    68/ Todd Anderson // Flickr

    #10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Mean annual wage: $198,370
    Mean hourly wage: $95.37
    Employment: 18,880

    Description: 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.

  • #9. Dentists, All Other Specialists
    69/ googhie // Flickr

    #9. Dentists, All Other Specialists

    Mean annual wage: $199,980
    Mean hourly wage: $96.15
    Employment: 4,590

    Description: All dentists not listed separately.

  • #8. Family and General Practitioners
    70/ World Bank Photo Collection // Flickr

    #8. Family and General Practitioners

    Mean annual wage: $208,560
    Mean hourly wage: $100.27
    Employment: 126,440

    Description: 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.

  • #7. Physician Assistants
    71/ Marquette University // Flickr

    #7. Physician Assistants

    Mean annual wage: $211,390
    Mean hourly wage: $101.63
    Employment: 109,220

    Description: Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

  • #6. Surgeons
    72/ Dr PM Rao // Flickr

    #6. Surgeons

    Mean annual wage: $216,090
    Mean hourly wage: $103.89
    Employment: 38,600

    Description: 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.

  • #5. Orthodontists
    73/ Liz Brooks // Flickr

    #5. Orthodontists

    Mean annual wage: $229,380
    Mean hourly wage: $110.28
    Employment: 5,080

    Description: 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.

  • #4. Pediatricians, General
    74/ Lou Bueno // Flickr

    #4. Pediatricians, General

    Mean annual wage: $235,240
    Mean hourly wage: $113.10
    Employment: 28,990

    Description: Physicians who diagnose, treat and help prevent children's diseases and injuries.

  • #3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
    75/ ReSurge International // Flickr

    #3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

    Mean annual wage: $242,740
    Mean hourly wage: $116.70
    Employment: 4,800

    Description: 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.

  • #2. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
    76/ Eric Schmuttenmaer // Flickr

    #2. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    Mean annual wage: $251,890
    Mean hourly wage: $121.10
    Employment: 355,460

    Description: All physicians and surgeons not listed separately.

  • #1. Anesthesiologists
    77/ ResoluteSupportMedia // Flickr

    #1. Anesthesiologists

    Mean annual wage: $265,990
    Mean hourly wage: $127.88
    Employment: 30,590

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

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