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The Highest Paying Careers in US 2015 - 2020

Updated on October 6, 2015

Jobs that Pay


1. Anesthesiologist

Anesthesiologists are medical professionals which administer anesthesia during medical or surgical procedures. Whether the economy is in a down ward spiral or is upwardly mobile, medical professionals always find themselves with a job, because health and care is not directly affected by the value of company stocks or real estate investments. Anesthesiologists can make somewhere between $166,400 and $219,770 per annum.

2. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Obstetricians and gynecologists are medical professionals who primarily focus ondiagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases regarding female antimony, especially those affecting the reproductive system and the process of childbirth. These medical professionals can easily make anywhere between $166,400 and $204,470 annually, as stable birth rate provides stable income source.


1. Orthodontist

Orthodontist can make anywhere between $166,400 and$206,190 annually, these are some of the benefits after acquiring a tough medical degree. Their duty and work is to examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity. They design and fabricate appliances to realign teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function and to improve appearance of their patients.


During tough times people can go without luxuries like vacations and expensive cars, but can never go without the necessity of a healthy self. Surgeons treatdiseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive methods, such as manual manipulation or by using instruments and appliances.Simply put, surgeons operate on patients with a scalpel and this job can make them anywhere between $166,400 and $219,770yearly. They requireextensive skill, knowledge, and experience for this job.


Psychiatrist diagnoses, treats, and helps prevent disorders of the mind, this profession is caring for the emotional well-being of a person .This profession is up and coming and more and more people revert to this unorthodox treatment of stress, tension, depression, anxiety and other psychological disorders. They can earn between $160,200 and $163,660 yearly.

Business and Market:

1.Chief executives

Chief executives are people who are solely responsible for overseeing operations of businesses. They are the highest ranking individuals, in terms job title and specifications, within a company, corporation, organization or agency. They handle the process of decision making within companies, and frequently report to a board of directors of their respect companies. They can easily earn $166,400 on average yearly.

2. Sales manager

Sales manager have a very important job when it comes to positioning a product or a service. Theycoordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. This job can earn them$111,570 on average, yearly.

3.Human resource managers

Human resource managers plan, direct, and coordinate human resource management activities of an organization.They deal with issues such asemployee compensation, recruitment and personnel policies. That is why they can earn $105,510 on average per annum.

4.Real estate broker

Real estate brokers primarily focus onreal estate office and work for commercial real estate firm, they oversee real estate transactions. Their other responsibilities include selling real estate or renting properties and arranging loans. On average they can earn $78,360, yearly.

5. Business Operations Specialists

Business operations specialists coordinate the operations of companies, organizations, and institutions within the public and private sector. They oversee day to day activities of an organization and closely monitor the use of materials and human resources while strategizing company policies. Generally these professionals earn a (base) pay of $64,990 yearly.

Science and Engineering:

1. Political scientist

Political scientists study theorigin, development, and operation of political systems. They research a wide range of subjects and analyze the structure and operation of governments. They also can conduct public opinion surveys, analyze election results, or analyze public document.They make$101,050 on average yearly.

2.Nuclear engineers

Nuclear engineers make $100,350 on average on yearly bases. Their job is to conduct research on nuclear engineering problems and to apply the principles and theory of nuclear science to different problems which are concerned with release, control, and utilization of nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal.

3. Computer software engineers

Computer software engineers research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for various disciplines like medical, industrial and military. They can earn up to $96,620 yearly.

4.Aerospace engineers

Aerospace engineers work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft. Also they research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture. This helps them earn $96,270 on a yearly basis.


Architects plan and design structures, examples include private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property. This is one of the oldest and most reliable professions that people turn towards to earn their livelihood. $78,880 per annum is the cost of the hard work.

High paying jobs in finance

1. Personal financial advisers

The name of the profession describes the job very well. Personal financial advisors assist in short and long term money management on behalf of a many of clients. They direct people in terms of debt management, investments, pension or retirement planning, insurance coverage and financial objectives. Knowledge of tax, as well as investment, markets is vital. Salary wise they can make p to $92,970 as a base yearly.

2. Sales agent- Financial services

Sales agents in financial services sell these services, such as loan, tax, and securities counseling to customers of financial institutions and business establishments. On a yearly basis they can up to $91,390.

3. Accountants

Accountants analyze financial information and prepare financial reports/statements to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.They can earn up to$67,430 per annum.

4. Auditors

Auditors are slightly different from accountants, they examine and analyze accounting records to determine financial status of establishment and prepare financial reports concerning operating procedures.They can earn$68,000 on average, yearly.

5. Loan officers

Loan officers evaluate, authorize, or recommend approval of commercial, real estate, or credit loans. They advise borrowers on financial status and methods of payments. Examples include mortgage loan officers and agents, collection analysts, loan servicing officers. Yearly they can earn $63,210 on average.

High paying jobs in Entertainment business:

1. Film directors

A director interprets a script, conducts rehearsals, and directs activities of cast and technical crew. They oversee the artistic vision of a film; they aren't usually involved in the financial side of filmmaking. Average annual salary of film directors is anywhere between $86,870 and $92,920.

2. Film producers

Producers read scripts and after choosing an idea, the producer raises money to fund the project. It is a producer's job to make sure that the project stays within budget throughout production and post-production. A good producer not only makes good films, but makes money for the investors. Their salary on average is $86,870 per annum. Big time producers can earn much more than that.


Screenwriters write plays, novels, or write for film and television. They basically write a full script, and directors and producers base their projects on their writing. Experienced and established screenwriters are even approached for work in their careers. Average salary of a film screenwriter is averaged at $95,250 yearly.

4. Film and video editors

Filmeditors select the scenes and individual shots that best tell the story according to the director's specific vision.In simple words theyedit motion picture soundtracks, film, and video.On a yearly average, they can earn up to$63,680.

High paying jobs in Educational institutions:

1. College professors

College professors teach college courses which include philosophy, psychology, religion, and theology. College professors teaching medical courses tend to earn higher than other professors. Their salary falls between $60,580 and$67,610 yearly, with top colleges paying their professors even higher than that.

2. Education administrators

Educational administrators plan, direct, or coordinate the academic activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools or colleges. This profession is greatly affected by the ranking of the educational institutions they work in. the average salary per annum accounts to $87,390, but is significantly higher in higher ranked schools or colleges.

3. College instructors- home economics

These instructors are at a junior level then college professors. They teach courses in child care, family relations, finance, nutrition, and related subjects as pertaining to home management. Their yearly salary accounts to $64,410.

4. High school teachers- Special education

Special education teachers at any level are in high demand and are paid well for transferring a primary and secondary education to students. They teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students, this includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students. Yearly average salary totals to $56,420.

5. Educational, vocational and school counselors

On average per year, these professionals can make up to $55,030. Their job is to counsel individuals and provide group educational and vocational guidance services.

Law and Literature:


With increasing rates of crimes in today’s world, lawyers can never find themselves out of a job. This profession is easily the highest paid job in the world. They not only handle criminal cases, they are also responsible for injuries and cases of fraud that fall under environmental law, family law, entertainment, real estate and large companies. The salary of a lawyer starts from $ 58,462 to $ 119,167. As experience grows so does the paycheck, they can easily make between $113,200 and $129,020 annually.

2. Editors

Editors edit books to prepare a final version that would be suitable for publication. For examplelaying out, indexing, and revising content of the written materials. They improve upon the work of the author and make creative decisions regarding the presentation of the book. Their salary is $58,440 on average, yearly.

3. Copy writers

Copy writing is a creative profession which involveswriting advertising copy for use by publication or broadcast media to promote sale of goods and services.The visual work they provide is important to attract the consumers. They earn$64,560 onaverage (yearly).


Judges administer justice in a court of law. They sentence defendants in criminal cases according to government statutes and state law; they may also issue marriage licenses and perform marriage ceremonies. On a yearly average, judges can make up to $103,990.


Plant Breeder

Breeding disease resistant, high yield seeds is becoming one of the fastest growing industry in Agriculture. Seed producers make more money then any other agriculture related business . Many billionaires have invested in seed companies world wide. Food is one of the most important commodity and breeders make sure that there is always enough for every one . Plant breeding require a big initial investment so its important to learn the skill and invest some time with a well repute business . Starting your own breeding business can take up to 2 years before any sizable profits are achieved.

Web developer

Web developer is skill set required to understand one of the most profitable industries under current market conditions. Internet has become one of the biggest business platform for entire world. it is the virtual image of everything that actually exists in global market , From giant service provider to small farm egg seller every one wants a representation on this platform. A single unique bright idea managed correctly can produce unimaginable profits.

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      7 years ago

      Detailed info ..gud job :)

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      7 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Thanks for this list.

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks everyone for stopping by.

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      Haris Amin 

      7 years ago from Mars

      nice detailed work

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      7 years ago

      My uncle is in real state and make way over 78,360 . So it a really great profession choice.

    • Sara Algoe profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Phoenix, Ariz

      Thanks bilaras

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      Edward Happer MSc 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing great info.


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