The 20 Best High-Paying Jobs In America For 2017

These jobs pay more than $100,000 a year and offer other perks like low stress levels and great work-life balance. ChaNaWiT/Shutterstock

 

7. Psychiatrist

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Average annual salary: $193,680

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 15%

Unlike podiatrists and surgeons, who deal with physical afflictions, psychiatrists tend to patients' mental health. They diagnose and treat complex conditions like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety. Psychiatrists use a combination of methods to treat these disorders and write prescriptions when necessary.

 

6. Physician

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Average annual salary: $196,520

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 9%

The term "physician" encompasses everything from primary-care doctors to gynecologists to cardiologists to dermatologists — and every niche in between. Income varies based on each doctor's experience and specialty, but the highest-paid physicians work in Florence, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Medford, Oregon.

 

5. Orthodontist

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Average annual salary: $221,390

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Orthodontists are tasked with constructing beautiful smiles by fixing irregular bites and realigning crooked teeth. This is most often done through braces, but they also use retainers and other appliances to create an optimized plan for each patient.

 

4. Obstetrician and gynecologist

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Average annual salary: $222,400

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Obstetricians and gynecologists help maintain women's reproductive health, though the positions differ. Gynecologists screen for HPV and other STDs, help manage contraceptives, and assist patients with issues like abnormal bleeding. Those who are also obstetricians, often referred to as OB-GYNs, deliver babies and monitor mothers-to-be throughout pregnancy.

 

3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon

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Average annual salary: $233,900

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 18%

Unlike a regular dentist, oral and maxillofacial surgeons go through an additional four years of surgical training to be able to perform surgical procedures pertaining to the face, mouth, and jaw, such as fixing a cleft lip or administering a face-lift. These doctors are also able to administer anesthesia and diagnose cancer.

 

2. Surgeon

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Average annual salary: $247,520

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 20%

Surgeons undertake a heavy job: opening up people's bodies to correct injuries, diseases, or deformities. Surgeons are rigorously trained for the serious nature of the job, however. After completing a bachelor's degree and four years of medical school, they must enter a surgical residency program, which takes a minimum of five years to finish.

 

1. Anesthesiologist

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Average annual salary: $258,100

Projected growth (2014 to 2024): 21%

It's no surprise that anesthesiologists rake in the highest salaries in the country. They're responsible for administering the drugs that allow surgeons to complete painful, invasive procedures without discomforting patients. The highest-paid anesthesiologists are found in Detroit, Michigan, Wichita, Kansas, and Worcester, Massachusetts.

 

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