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 $253k 3.5/5
Dentist $167k 3.1/5
Nurse Anesthetist $202k 3.5/5
Marketing Manager $153k 3.2/5
Lawyer $148k 2.7/5
Financial Manager $153k 3.0/5
Sales Manager $142k 2.8/5
Pharmacist $126k 2.7/5
Art Director $115k 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?

Do you thrive in situations where you can interact with and help people?

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?

Are you interested in a career in healthcare that has plenty of rewards and challenges as well as an opportunity to help people in your community?

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.

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Nurse Anesthetist

Your Match?

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.

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Marketing Manager

Your Match?

Are you a natural leader who thrives on influencing and persuading others in business?

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?

Do you thrive at influencing and persuading others?

6. Financial Manager

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

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Financial Manager

Your Match?

Do you love working with numbers?

7. Sales Manager

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

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Sales Manager

Your Match?

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?

If you’re a detail oriented person, love science and medicine, and want a challenging career where you can help others, becoming a pharmacist may be the perfect career match for you.

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.

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Art Director

Your Match?

Do you have a great eye for visual design?