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Highest Paying Jobs Advertised in America

Updated on March 27, 2019
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How to Find the High Paying Jobs

Some of the most highly paid job titles in America may not be advertised at all.

They may be within the hidden job market (advertised only in-house by companies), or available only to Executive Recruiters with which a potential job candidate might need to register and pay for the privilege of such information.

Considering Internet-advertised jobs of all pay scales, two job search engines collect all of the jobs everywhere they appear on the Internet, making these vacant positions and their requirements publicly accessible. These two are and Use them both to find the most jobs advertised at any one time, because some companies are picked up by one and not the other search engine.

Analysts' Results for High Paying Jobs


The 10 highest paid American positions of 2018 are:

  1. Physician: Average annual salary over $195,000
  2. Pharmacy Manager
  3. Pharmacist
  4. Enterprise Architect (IT)
  5. Corporate Counsel (Attorney)
  6. Software Development Manager (IT)
  7. Physician Assistant
  8. Software Engineering Manager (IT)
  9. Nurse Practitioner: Many of these professionals can serve as a Physician Assistant
  10. Software Architect (IT) maintains a list of the following Top 5 Highest Salary Jobs:

1) Chief Executive Officers

  • Avg Annual Salary $240,903
  • Avg hours of work = 45 hours per week.
  • Average hourly earnings: $103 or more per hour

2) Physicians and Surgeons

  • $139,849
  • 2,100 hours per year worked on average at $66+/hour

3) Dentists

  • $133,777
  • 2,032 hours per year at $65.82/hour

4) Attorneys

  • $126,530
  • 2,179 hours per year at $58+/hour

5) Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers

  • $120,505
  • 1,264 hours per year = Avg of only 24 hours per week (By law and regulation, these workers are limited to a lower number of work days than other full-time employees in other occupations, because of the recovery time between workdays and mental concentration required by the human body in these jobs)
  • $95+/hour

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Top 10 Highest Paid Jobs, lowest to highest salary, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015 - 2017:

  1. Psychiatrists - $166,000+ annual salary
  2. CEO - $167,000+
  3. Family/General Practitioners - $168,000+
  4. Physicians and Surgeons - $178,000+
  5. Physicians: Internists - $183,900+
  6. OB-GYN - $208,000+
  7. Orthodontists - $206,000+
  8. Oral Surgeons - $210,000+
  9. Anesthesiologists: $211,000+
  10. Surgeons: $219,000+

We can see from this list that all of the 10 job titles are directly involved in the Healthcare Industry, although CEOs can be physicians as they lead healthcare organizations. It is reasonable to assume, then, that a proportion of the CEOs in this list are also physicians.

The US Bureau of Statistics therefore shows that the position of physician is generally the most highly paid in the USA, although some non-doctor CEOs receive larger compensation packages, especially in bonuses. The last phenomenon has been a point of contention between the Federal Government and Corporate America, especially during the Great Recession from 2008 - 2010.

A High-Paid Professional
A High-Paid Professional | Source

Highest Salaries Advertised

Highest Paid Physician Jobs on Through 2020

Over one thousand American physicians will be paid over $250,000 annually, advertised by the following top firms:

  1. Fidelis Partners
  2. The Curare Group, Inc.
  3. Delta Physician Placement
  4. VISTA Staffing Solutions
  5. Cejka Search
  6. Nationwide Professional Resources, Inc.
  7. Delta Physician Placement - Permanent Physician
  8. Rad Dox iFind
  9. Columbia Healthcare
  10. BSM Business Solutions Management, Inc.

According to GlassDoor, the highest paid doctors are needed in Houston, Texas; New York City; Las Vegas; Memphis Tennessee; and Tampa, Florida.

Job titles at a salary of $100,000+ annually:

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Physicians in Internal Medicine
  3. Hospitalist Physicians
  4. Asset Protection Specialists
  5. Store Protection Specialists
  6. Trucking Owner-Operators
  7. Physicians In Emergency Medicine
  8. Specialists In Neurology
  9. Investigations and Forensics
  10. Psychiatrists
  11. Urologists

Highest Salaries Predicted by the US Department of Labor through 2020

  • Highest paid jobs listed are out of a total of nine million Internet listings.
  • Number of Jobs at $100,000 or higher = 800,000+
  • Seven out of the Top 10 jobs are physicians.

Highest Salaries:

  1. Family Practice Physicians without OB/GYN services
  2. Sales Account Executives
  3. Family Practice Physician with OB/GYN services
  4. Internal Medicine Physicians
  5. Emergency Medicine Physicians
  6. Hospitalist Physician
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Psychiatrists
  9. Sr. Network Systems Engineers
  10. Sr. Software Engineers and Software Architects

Snapshot: Highest Paid Listings 2016 - 2019 listed a total daily average of

  • 6,500,000+ jobs through Second Quarter 2016
  • 4,000,000 jobs by Fourth Quarter 2016
  • Only 3,500,000 by the end of First Quarter 2019

All of the highest paid jobs are in 1) Healthcare and 2) Information Technology

Top 10 Highest Paid Job Titles:

  1. Physician - Internal Medicine
  2. Physician - Family Practice
  3. Physician - Family Practice-Without OB
  4. Physician Hospitalist
  5. Occupational Therapists in a Skilled Nursing Facility
  6. Physician - Neurology
  7. Physiican - Psychiatry
  8. Physician - Pediatrics
  9. Physician - Emergency Medicine
  10. Physician - Urology

Additional High Paid Jobs Listed:

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Speech Language Pathologists
  3. Managers - Business Intelligence / Data Warehousing Health Plans
  4. Managers - Oracle
  5. Managers and Senior Managers - SAP
  6. Enterprise Data Management - Manager
  7. PeopleSoft HR Time & Labor Senior Consultant
  8. Systems Integration Health Plans Senior Manager
  9. Managers and Consultants - SI

Increase in Family Practice Physician Demand

Steep increase is evident in upswing of curve to the right. Jobs increased by another 9% from 2013 - 2014.
Steep increase is evident in upswing of curve to the right. Jobs increased by another 9% from 2013 - 2014. | Source

Explanation for Graph

  • The demand for physicians increased by 375% from July 2005 through January 2009, a period of 3.5 years; then declined somewhat during 2009.
  • From November 2008 through July 2010, job listings decreased slightly, but still increased by 25% over that November '08 starting point.
  • The number of job listings for physicians held steady during the 7 months from November 2009 to June 2010.

Who Needs the Highest Paid Workers?

  1. Various Recruiters and Head Hunters
  2. Hospital Jobs Online
  3. CompHealth
  4. StaffPointe Medical Search
  5. Enterprise Medical Service
  6. Dandy Project LLC
  8. Critical Connection
  9. CyberCoders Healthcare and Cybercoders
  10. Deloitte - IT, Business, Finance
  11. Kforce Professional Staffing, Inc.
  12. Trustaff - Healthcare
  13. Merritt Hawkins - Healthcare
  14. - Travel Nursing and other Travel Healthcare Professionals
  15. ELITE Healthcare Group

High paid IT managers are most needed in NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Arlington and McLean VA, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Cleveland OH.

Proactive Plans for High Salary

Other ways to earn large amounts of money include

  1. Beginning and operating a successful business of one's own
  2. Becoming a successful commission sales person or investor
  3. Becoming an author who regularly sells a large number of books
  4. Becoming a actor- or model-celebrity
  5. Becoming a highly paid professional athlete

Most of these high paying activities are self-starting careers or require the use of representative agents, or both.

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The coat of arms of the wealthy Rothschilds, granted in 1822 by the Habsburg College of Heralds. | Source

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The First Individual Trillionaire Predicted

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This film story is a historical fiction of a company called Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), a US hedge fund in the 1990s. The co-writer is Canadian Robert Bodrog.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2010 Patty Inglish MS


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