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A Gallery Of The Highest Paying Careers In America
A salary is one of the most compelling factors for individuals deciding on a career path, a degree or even where to live — because some parts of the U.S. pay higher wages, on average, for the same position. Although education can determine a worker’s salary and even employment, not all high-paying jobs require advanced degrees. With data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), CNBC.com took a look at the most highly compensated occupations in the country, based upon BLS job definitions. The BLS also breaks down average salaries geographically and by industry. The jobs listed here are placed in categories according to career path. The numbers are from 2011 — the most recent figures available.
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No. 15: Pharmacist
•Average Salary: $112,160
•Current Employment: 272,320
No. 14: Air traffic controller
•Average annual salary: $114,460
•Current employment: 23,580
No. 13: Sales manager
•Average annual salary: $116,860
•Current employment: 328,230
No. 12: Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers
•Average annual salary: $118,070
•Current employment: 68,350
No. 11: Financial manager
•Average annual salary: $120,450
•Current employment: 477,690
No. 10: Industrial-organizational psychologist
•Average annual salary: $124,160
•Current employment: 1,230
No. 9: Computer and information systems manager
•Average annual salary: $125,660
•Current employment: 300,830
No. 8: Marketing manager
•Average annual salary: $126,190
•Current employment: 168,410
No. 7: Natural science manager
•Average annual salary: $128,230
•Current employment: 47,510
No. 6: Architectural and engineering managers
•Average annual salary: $129,350
•Current employment: 184,530
No. 5: Lawyer
•Average annual salary: $130,490
•Current employment: 570,950
No. 4: Petroleum engineer
•Average annual salary: $138,980
•Current employment: 30,880
No. 3: Chief executive officer
•Average annual salary: $176,550
•Current employment: 267,370
No. 2: Orthodontists and dentists
•Average annual salary: $161,750-$204,670
•Current employment: 101,400
No. 1: Doctors and surgeons
•Average annual salary: $168,650-$234,950
•Current employment: 618,000-plus
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