50 Highest Paying Jobs

A high paying career can be yours if you plan for it. An education helps. As shown below average pay rises with education.

Average Pay For Typical Entry Level Education

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program (May 2015)

But what should you get your education in? Well, if you're looking for a payday here's the 50 highest paying jobs (based on median salary).

These are the highest paying jobs in the U.S.

  1. Chief Executives $175,110
  2. Dentists $158,310
  3. Nurse Anesthetists $157,140
  4. Architectural and Engineering Managers $132,800
  5. Computer and Information Systems Managers $131,600
  6. Petroleum Engineers $129,990
  7. Pharmacists $121,500
  8. Natural Sciences Managers $120,160
  9. Podiatrists $119,340
  10. Marketing and Sales Managers $119,280
  11. Financial Managers $117,990
  12. Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks $114,280
  13. Computer Hardware Engineers $111,730
  14. Compensation and Benefits Managers $111,430
  15. Mathematicians $111,110
  16. Astronomers and Physicists $110,980
  17. Computer and Information Research Scientists $110,620
  18. Purchasing Managers $108,120
  19. Aerospace Engineers $107,830
  20. Human Resources Managers $104,440
  21. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $104,140
  22. Optometrists $103,900
  23. Nuclear Engineers $102,950
  24. Training and Development Managers $102,640
  25. Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers $102,520
  26. Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists $99,940
  27. Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers $99,870
  28. Economists $99,180
  29. Nurse Practitioners $98,190
  30. Physician Assistants $98,180
  31. General and Operations Managers $97,730
  32. Sales Engineers $97,650
  33. Chemical Engineers $97,360
  34. Physical Scientists $97,130
  35. Actuaries $97,070
  36. Advertising and Promotions Managers $95,890
  37. Electrical and Electronics Engineers $95,230
  38. Medical and Health Services Managers $94,500
  39. Software Developers and Programmers $94,080
  40. Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $94,040
  41. Industrial Production Managers $93,940
  42. Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $93,110
  43. Nurse Midwives $92,510
  44. Engineering and Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $91,610
  45. Materials Engineers $91,310
  46. Atmospheric and Space Scientists $89,820
  47. Veterinarians $88,490
  48. Construction Managers $87,400
  49. Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $86,630
  50. Computer and Information Analysts $86,370

So how best to get a top paying job?

Get a degree.

Aim to be in health care, work with computers or become an engineer. 

Update: Bill Gate's recently sent out a series of tweets detailing his career advice for College Grads. He said that he would get into artificial intelligence, energy or biosciences now as that's where you can have a large impact. Hard to argue with one of the richest people in the world who's focused on the biggest issues facing humanity. So if you're looking for a career with an impact try following his advice.

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