Highest Paying Jobs

These high paying jobs are expected to do extremely well this decade. Be prepared to spend years on extensive and specialized education.

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Best Highest Paying Jobs

Earning a hefty annual income is the American dream for many. To land one of these best paying jobs, however, means dedicating years of one's life to education. Often, it also means coming out of school with quite a bit of financial debt.

Four of our highest paying jobs are in the healthcare industry, and require completion of a secondary degree. For example, doctor, the highest paid career, can require more than a decade of preparation depending on the specialization, from undergraduate studies through medical school and the completion of a residency program.

Regardless of what industry these high paying jobs are in, all of them require an individual to have commitment and be able to handle high pressure situations and stressful working conditions.

Here are CareerExplorer's Highest Paying Job Picks ~

This article will be covering the following careers:

Career Avg Salary Satisfaction Your Match
Doctor $477k 3.5/5
Dentist $174k 3.1/5
Nurse Anesthetist $169k 3.5/5
Marketing Manager $88k 3.2/5
Lawyer $122k 2.7/5
Financial Manager $70k 3.0/5
Sales Manager $74k 2.8/5
Pharmacist $113k 2.7/5
Art Director $66k 3.8/5
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1. Doctor

Doctors rank among the highest paid employees in the US and the world. Salaries and demand fluctuate between different specialties.

Doctor

Doctor

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$477k
Growth
N/A
Satisfaction
3.5 / 5

A doctor is someone who maintains or restores human health through the practice of medicine.

2. Dentist

Dentists are very well compensated for the services they provide, and earn far more than most other health care workers.

Dentist

Dentist

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$174k
Growth
+19.4%
Satisfaction
3.1 / 5

A dentist is a physician whose practice is in the field of dentistry.

3. Nurse Anesthetist

Due to the high level of precision and knowledge demanded of them, nurse anesthetists operate with high levels of autonomy and earn high wages.

Nurse Anesthetist

Nurse Anesthetist

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$169k
Growth
+16.3%
Satisfaction
3.5 / 5

A nurse anesthetist (or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)), is someone who has completed graduate-level education and has been board certified in anesthesia.

4. Marketing Manager

A marketing manager can exercise their creativity while working across a spectrum of business activities - and can also pull in a hefty paycheque.

Marketing Manager

Marketing Manager

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$88k
Growth
+10.1%
Satisfaction
3.2 / 5

A marketing manager is someone who manages the marketing of a business or product.

5. Lawyer

The legal industry has taken a hit in the recent recession, yet despite this, many in the legal industry are faring quite well, in particular - lawyers.

Lawyer

Lawyer

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$122k
Growth
+8.2%
Satisfaction
2.7 / 5

A lawyer is someone who is licensed to practice law, and whose obligation it is to uphold the law while also protecting their client's rights.

6. Financial Manager

A financial manager earns higher wages than other similar business careers, such as financial analyst, management analyst, and financial advisor.

Financial Manager

Financial Manager

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$70k
Growth
+18.7%
Satisfaction
3.0 / 5

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization.

7. Sales Manager

Sales managers are well compensated for their work, earning almost double what other professional sales careers earn.

Sales Manager

Sales Manager

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$74k
Growth
+7.5%
Satisfaction
2.8 / 5

A sales manager is someone who is responsible for leading and guiding a team of sales people in an organization.

8. Pharmacist

A pharmacist has one of the highest paying salaries in the healthcare field, with only doctors and dentists earning more.

Pharmacist

Pharmacist

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$113k
Growth
+5.6%
Satisfaction
2.7 / 5

A pharmacist is someone who traditionally works in a pharmacy (chemist shop, UK) and is in charge of the dispensing of prescription medications.

9. Art Director

An art director makes an average annual wage that is higher than other creative jobs, such as an architect or a public relations specialist.

Art Director

Art Director

Your Match?
Avg Wage
$66k
Growth
+5.4%
Satisfaction
3.8 / 5

An art director is someone who is responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.