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10 Best Paid Jobs in America 2015

/ October 7, 2014

Famous Irish writer and poet Oscar Wilde once said, “When I was young, I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old, I know that it is.” People all over the world work to earn money.

While some jobs pay well, many don’t. Here is a brief overview of the 10 best paid jobs in America according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Survey.


With an average annual pay of $232,830, anesthesiologists are right at the top. They are responsible for the safety and well-being of patients before, during and after surgery. An anesthesiologist is trained in anesthesia and preoperative medicine. In the US, an anesthesiologist is a physician who would have completed an accredited residency program in anesthesiology.


Surgeons in the US earn $230,540 per annum. A surgeon is one who specializes in surgery. Surgery is an invasive treatment in medicine that involves cutting up of a body for a specific reason like removal of diseased tissue. In the US, surgeons train for longer than other specialists. They qualify only after nine years of rigorous training.

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average annual salary of obstetricians and gynecologists is $216,760. Obstetrician is any physician who would have successfully completed specialized education and training in management of pregnancy, labor and pueperium. Gynecologist is a physician who would have specialized in treating medical conditions of the female reproductive organs.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are paid $216,440 every year. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon is someone who specializes on oral and maxillofacial surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a surgical procedure to treat many medical conditions, injuries and defects in the neck, head, jaws, face and the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial region.

General Internists

The average annual pay of a general internist in the US is $191,520. Internists are doctors of internal medicine. Internal medicine is a medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment of adults.


With an average annual salary of $186,320, orthodontists are 6th in the list. An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening crooked teeth.

Physicians and surgeons (all other)

Their average yearly salary is $184,820. Physician is anyone who is qualified to practice medicine

Family and General Practitioners

The average annual salary of family and general practitioners is $180,850. General practitioners treat acute and chronic illnesses. They provide preventive care and health education to patients.


Psychiatrists are paid an annual salary of $177,520. A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mind related medical conditions.

Chief Executives

The average annual pay of chief executives in the US is $176,840. A chief executive officer (CEO) is the most senior corporate officer in a for-profit or non-profit organization. The CEO is in charge of managing the organization. CEOs usually report to the board of directors.

It is good to see that people who are earning more are those who help their fellow human beings stay healthy.