20 best paying jobs in the US

1. Oct 29, 2003

Monique

Staff Emeritus
http://editorial.careers.msn.com/articles/highestpay/ [Broken]

doctors, doctors, doctors..

1. Surgeons
$65.89/hr$137,050/yr

2. Obstetricians and gynecologists
$64.15/hr$133,430/yr

3. Anesthesiologists
$63.31/hr$131,680/yr

4. Internists, general
$61.03/hr$126,940/yr

5. Pediatricians, general
$56.03/hr$116,550/yr

6. Psychiatrists
$54.60/hr$113,570/yr

7. Family and general practitioners
$52.89/hr$110,020/yr

8. Dentists
$53.28/hr$110,820/yr

9. Chief Executives
$51.77/hr$107,670/yr

10. Airline pilots, copilots and flight engineers
(N/A)
$99,400/yr 11. Podiatrists$45.43/hr
$94,500/yr 12. Lawyers$44.19/hr
$91,920/yr 13. Optometrists$42.35/hr
$88,100/yr 14. Computer and information systems managers$40.33/hr
$83,890/yr 15. Physicists$40.26/hr
$83,750/yr 16. Air traffic controllers$40.07/hr
$83,350/yr 17. Petroleum Engineers$39.33/hr
$81,800/yr 18. Nuclear Engineers$38.56/hr
$80,200/yr 19. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates$38.24/hr
$79,540/yr 20. Marketing Managers$37.70/hr
$78,410/yr Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2017 2. Oct 29, 2003 jono Number 9 is very vauge.. I'm glad to see we made the top 20. I wonder if theres a similar list for the UK.. Jonathan 3. Oct 29, 2003 jono Worst poaid jobs in the UK, per annum: Waitress £9,048 Women kitchen porters £9,545 Women Bar staff £9,763 Shelf-fillers £10,105 Women launderers £10,195 Source: T & G Jonathan 4. Oct 29, 2003 Monique Staff Emeritus ? why do women make less money ? 5. Oct 29, 2003 Monique Staff Emeritus From Forbes: America's Worst-Paying Jobs* Code (Text): [u]Occupation Total Employment Median Annual Earnings[/u] Fast-Food Cooks 522,000$13,590
Cafeteria Workers 431,000           $13,580 Fast-Food Servers 2,206,000$13,550
Waiters           1,983,000         $13,350 Casino Dealer 88,000$13,330

*All data for calendar-year 2000. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

6. Oct 29, 2003

jono

Wow, casino dealers?

Random..

7. Oct 29, 2003

Zantra

not to rub it in even more, but I would tend to think the surgeon average is above the 200K mark.

CIS MGR - with a 4 year degree, ranked right below a lawyer with 8 years of school. But those probably aren't recent stats, I'm sure IT stats have dropped drastically.

shocker on the casino dealer. I thought they made a lot of money.

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8. Oct 29, 2003

Njorl

I bet the surgeon (and other doctors) are as low as they are because they already factored in business expenses. Doctors, and to a lesser extent, lawyers, pay malpractice insurance. The other jobs on that list do not.

What suprises me is how little they have lawyers making. I only know 4 lawyers well enough to have an idea of what they make, and all make well over 100K, only one makes less than 150k, and one makes ungodly money.

Njorl

9. Oct 29, 2003

Monique

Staff Emeritus
Apparently not all lawyers make a lot of money, since all are averages :) I don't know how they factored in starting salary and 30-year practice salaries..

100k.. I wonder which percentage goes to IRS?

I know in the Netherlands people making, say, 20k pay far less tax then people who make 80k, equaling social classes. I have a very strong inclination to think that things work the other way around in the US. People making a lot of money are fiscally in a better position.

10. Oct 29, 2003

Zantra

Doctors vary on that aspect. If they are working for a hospital, the insurance will often be taken care of for them. If they are in private practice, insurance can run up to 100K/year.

And on a side note, most people tend to forget that the average doctor carries about 150-200K in outstanding loan debt out of medical school. Personally I don't think it's out of proportion to what they do

11. Oct 29, 2003

RageSk8

I am planning on being a philosopher. I am not surprised not to see that up there... I know I am going to be poor.

12. Oct 29, 2003

Njorl

I remember a comedy sketch advertising "The AIRCo Technical Institute of Philosophy"

"Yes, you too can earn as much as some poets!"

Njorl

13. Oct 29, 2003

Monique

Staff Emeritus
are.. you.. serious.. gee :) I am paying \$3000 for a two year master, I have heard about two day courses in the US that carry the same price tag

Why doesn't US government pay for education??

14. Oct 29, 2003

RageSk8

Republicans.

15. Oct 29, 2003

Njorl

Hey! Not only did the US government pay for my last two years as an undergrad, they paid all my grad school tuition, AND paid me a salary while in grad school!

Obviously this is the height of altruism.

I'm sure my agreement to work as a physicist for the army for five years at low pay had nothing at all to do with it.

Njorl

16. Oct 29, 2003

theEVIL1

Why do YOU think this is true?

17. Oct 29, 2003

Monique

Staff Emeritus
Because of Jono's post..

18. Oct 30, 2003

Sonty

you're trying to understand british society?

19. Oct 30, 2003

Zantra

you can apply for grants/scholarships, but unless you're going to Harvard or Johns Hopkins, there's inevitably always a shortfall.

20. Oct 30, 2003

Monique

Staff Emeritus
Here (probably most of Europe) government automatically pays for 4 years of higher education, the amount you actually get depends on the economic status of your parents. The less they earn the more you get. Ofcourse the taxes we pay in the Netherlands are no doubt higher than in the US.. but guess what: the people who earn the most money have to pay a much higher percentage tax.. thus everyone is equal.

In US it seems to be the other way around: the more successfull the kid/family, the more chances it has to get financial support.