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How to Find the Highest Paying Jobs

Updated on February 25, 2014

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Highest Paying Jobs in America

A website connected with national education services as well as Employment and Training (E & T) and our government sponsored Career One Stops network throughout the US is AceNet or This site also lists the highest paying jobs in the country, figured by hourly wage equivalent, but at salaries of over $146,000 per year. All of the following jobs listed are at the top of this collection of well paying positions.

The following jobs would all pay over $70 per hour, if figured on an 40-hour-work-week hourly basis:

  1. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers. Note: Numbers of openings for these positions decreased significantly over the 18 months ending July 2009.
  2. Physicians - Anesthesiologists. Note: Physician job listings have increased overall from 2008 - 2012. Also note that while earning potential is high for physicians, their Malpractice Insurance premiums have increased significantly in recent years and pose a major expense.
  3. Chief Executives - e.g., CEO, CFO
  4. Physicians - Family & General Practitioners
  5. Physicians - General Internists
  6. Physicians - Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  7. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  8. Orthodontists
  9. All "other" Physicians and Surgeons
  10. Prosthodontists - Dentistry
  11. Psychiatrists - Note: job listings for this position increased 46% from January 2008 through July 2009 and have steadily increased since January 2005 through to early 2012.
  12. Physicians - Surgeons

Notice that most of this list is involved in Healthcare. for the entire list of the Top 50 Highest Paying Jobs, click the embedded link. A similar Top 20 list posted by MSNBC includes only jobs around $120,000/year and lower.


Top-Paying Jobs listed across the Internet for America:

  • Anesthesiologists - NYC, Seattle, San Antonio and Houston TX, Charlotte NC, Portland OR, Miami FL.
  • Chief Executives- Washington DC, NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, San Francisco, Arlington VA, Atlanta, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Diego CA, Fort Worth.
  • Orthodontists- Savannah GA, Atlantic County and Montclair NJ, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Santa Clara CA, Chicago, Fort Smith, AR, Atlanta.
  • Psychiatrists: NYC, Baltimore, Boston, Washington DC, Denver CO, Jacksonville FL, Atlanta, Rochester NY, Jacksonville NC.
  • Airline Pilots - Washington DC, Atlanta, Olathe KS, Silver Spring MD, Dallas TX, Englewood CO. Salaries and benefits of some commercial have decreased somewhat since 2008.

High Pay in America & The UK

In America, one way to find high paying jobs is to use the Internet Job Search engines, and similar sites, and search by salary range.

In the UK, it is useful to read the recent "2009 Salary Survey" and search for the high paying job titles on SimplyHired UK. You can do this by accessing the embedded link.

Examples below are from some American-focused Internet Job Search & TrendingĀ Engines. Not all can be searched according to salary and nationwide job listings. In addition, many jobs are not advertised or listed on Internet sites at all, but this is a starting point.

Texas Health Resources Jobs

Current jobs through the year 2020

During Autumn 2009, over 2.6 million jobs were advertised by a total among all online sources and 630,000 of these jobs advertised a starting salary of $80,000 or more per year.

By 2013, over 7,000,000 job openings were listed for America.

About 375,000 of the 2009 positions advertised a starting salary of $100K and beyond. Overall, Healthcare Jobs that include the specific listings here have been projected by the US Department of Labor to be expected to increase in numbers through the year 2016 or 2020, at least.

Most of these high paying jobs are in the Healthcare Industry and require significant education and training beyond high school and some, beyond any 4-year colleges.

These job titles included the following in the greatest numbers:

  1. Physician - Family Practice
  2. Physician - Internal Medicine
  3. Outside Sales Representative
  4. Physician - Family Practice without OB
  5. Physician - Hospitalist
  6. Staff Pharmacist
  7. Pharmacist
  8. Occupational Therapist
  9. Physical Therapist
  10. Independent Sales Representative
  11. Physician - Internal Medicine
  12. Project Manager - IT
  13. Physician - Pediatrics
  14. Physician - Neurology

These high paying jobs were advertised most often in the following metro areas:

  1. New York City NY
  2. Washington DC - less than half as many as those available in NYC
  3. Chicago IL
  4. San Francisco
  5. Atlanta GA
  6. Boston MA
  7. Houston TX
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Dallas TX
  10. Arlington VA
  11. San Jose CA

Example: Yahoo HotJobs/Monster

For comparison, this site is another on which job seekers can search by salary. For the same date as for above, Yahoo Hotjobs/Monster listed over 7,700 positions that advertising salaries of $80,000 per year or higher salaries.

Over 2,500 of these high paying jobs require 5 to 10 years or more of related work experience, while another 800 required 2 to 5 years of experience.However, many of the lesser experienced positions were actually "Business Opportunities" and work-at-home schemes.

Top High Paying Job Clusters

In descending order by number of jobs: Sales, Technology, Engineering, Management & Executive, Accounting & Finance, Healthcare, Banking & Mortgage, Marketing, Insurance, Administrative & Clerical.

Top Five Cities For Work

New York City
New York City | Source
Los Angeles
Los Angeles | Source
Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia | Source
Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas | Source
Chicago, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois | Source

Top 15 Locations for High Paying Jobs on HotJobs/Monster:

  1. NYC
  2. Los Angeles
  3. Atlanta
  4. Houston
  5. Chicago
  6. San Francisco
  7. Dallas
  8. Boston
  9. Washington DC
  10. San Jose CA
  11. Philadelphia
  12. San Diego
  13. Tampa FL
  14. Sacramento
  15. Seattle

Example: is another search engine on which a job seeker may designate salary range preferred. However, a job seeker can search this range only in a specific city or state and not nationwide.

On the same date used for the search engines above, listed over 100,000 open jobs at the salary level of $80K or higher per year in New York City:

Top 10 High Paying Job Clusters in NYC:

  1. Management & Executive - see video above.
  2. Finance
  3. Sales
  4. Information Technology
  5. Accounting
  6. Healthcare
  7. Marketing
  8. Engineering
  9. Business Development
  10. Professional Services

Top Companies Listing High Paying Jobs in NYC:

  1. Morgan Stanley
  2. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  3. Michael Page International
  4. Citi
  5. Robert Half Finance & Accounting
  6. Price Waterhouse Coopers
  7. Green Key Resources
  8. New York University
  9. C. Winchell Agency
  10. Cybercoders Engineering

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    • profile image

      Orthodontist Poway 

      9 years ago

      Seeking out any dental schools in your local area is a great place to start. These institutions will most likely have trained local practitioners and will be able to offer solid recommendations. Be sure to ask for the names and contacts of practicing faculty members

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      Orthodontist Poway 

      9 years ago

      When wading through the options, another resource worth looking into is friends and family. Ask around to when if someone you know has had success with a certain practice, and find out about their experience. In the case of a good review, inquire as to the costs to see whether a similar procedure is within your budget.

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      9 years ago

      Like the information given.

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      Edmonton Orthodontist 

      10 years ago

      It's true, there is good money to be had in the Orthodonty profession.

      That being said, there is initial overhead and expenses to be covered - as well as the need to constantly find new clientelle. Where a dentist often has a client for a lifetime, an orthodontist often only does the braces.

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      Dentist Jobs 

      10 years ago

      Hi Patty, another fascinating article, you always seem to provide really interesting facts, many thanks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thans, I'll look for a replacement resource!

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      10 years ago

      Patty - a link in your article seems to be dead -

      just thought you would like to know

    • harrisdy profile image


      10 years ago from Texas

      great lists you got here!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Sometimes you just wonder what the interviewer really wants or if there is even really a job available. Keep trying, jenniferhughs.

      Thanks for comments, theurgetech.

    • jenniferhughs profile image


      10 years ago

      Although Marketing is the #7 in Top 10 High Paying Job Clusters in NYC, sadly I haven't been able to land one in 9 months. Keep up the great writing!

    • theurgetech profile image


      10 years ago from Faisal Abad

      Really a great hub. Definitely I will find the one for me and my GF :)


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      Best CD Rates 

      10 years ago

      This is an informative article. I wish i could get any of these jobs, thanks for sharing the location to find these kind of jobs. I would love to try out my luck there.

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      10 years ago

      That's great info, except that I not qualified for any of them

    • halleyhoops profile image


      11 years ago from west palm beach

      hopefully educators will make this list one day

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Me too! Thanks for the comments, friends!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the information. Too bad I don't qualify for any of those. :)

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      11 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Great informative hub, on finding a goodpaying job. creativeone59

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      11 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Very informative hub on the highest paying jobs. thanks.



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