100 High-Paying Careers To Consider (With Average Salaries)

By Jamie Birt

Updated May 26, 2022 | Published February 4, 2020

Updated May 26, 2022

Published February 4, 2020

Jamie Birt is a career coach with 5+ years of experience helping job seekers navigate the job search through one-to-one coaching, webinars and events. She’s motivated by the mission to help people find fulfillment and belonging in their careers.

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If you are evaluating different careers to determine which profession is best for you, there are probably a number of key factors that contribute to your decision, including educational requirements and your personal interests. Earning potential is likely also a consideration as you consider which career to pursue. Finding the right job requires both time and research.

In this article, we share the top 100 highest-paying jobs, listed in order from the lowest to the highest average salary.

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Top 100 high-paying jobs

Here is a look at the top 100 high-paying jobs:

1. Cardiologist

National average salary: $351,827 per year

2. Anesthesiologist

National average salary: $326,296 per year

3. Orthodontist

National average salary: $264,850 per year

4. Psychiatrist

National average salary: $224,577 per year

5. Surgeon

National average salary: $216,248 per year

6. Periodontist

National average salary: $214,896 per year

7. Physician

National average salary: $202,387 per year

8. Dentist

National average salary: $196,417 per year

9. Internal medicine physician

National average salary: $194,938 per year

10. Obstetrician

National average salary: $191,931 per year

11. Nurse anesthetist

National average salary: $185,856 per year

12. Pediatrician

National average salary: $180,202 per year

13. General practitioner

National average salary: $170,283 per year

14. Enterprise architecture manager

National average salary: $168,762 per year

15. Quantitative analyst

National average salary: $153,539 per year

16. Vice president

National average salary: $151,358 per year

17. Director of information security

National average salary: $149,204 per year

18. Enterprise architect

National average salary: $142,355 per year

19. Software architect

National average salary: $139,127 per year

20. Software engineering manager

National average salary: $138,933 per year

21. Senior clinical pharmacist

National average salary: $136,971 per year

22. Data warehouse architect

National average salary: $134,999 per year

23. Site reliability engineer

National average salary: $134,840 per year

24. Chief marketing officer

National average salary: $133,440 per year

25. Cloud engineer

National average salary: $123,688 per year

26. Chief information officer

National average salary: $123,155 per year

27. Data scientist

National average salary: $121,673 per year

28. Optometrist

National average salary: $118,486 per year

29. Solutions engineer

National average salary: $114,155 per year

30. Chief executive officer

National average salary: $112,591 per year

31. Pharmacy manager

National average salary: $112,546 per year

32. Corporate controller

National average salary: $112,203 per year

33. Podiatrist

National average salary: $112,181 per year

34. Full stack developer

National average salary: $111,846 per year

35. Associate general counsel

National Average Salary: $110,733 per year

36. Financial planning and analysis manager

National average salary: $110,418 per year

37. Nurse practitioner

National average salary: $110,164 per year

38. Corporate counsel

National average salary: $109,691 per year

39. Analytics manager

National Average Salary: $108,565 per year

40. Actuary

National average salary: $108,313 per year

41. Software engineer

National average salary: $106,119 per year

42. Physician assistant

National average salary: $105,594 per year

43. Plant manager

National average salary: $104,902 per year

44. System engineer

National average salary: $104,213 per year

45. Midwife

National average salary: $103,311 per year

46. Java developer

National average salary: $103,292 per year

47. Financial reporting manager

National average salary: $102,178 per year

48. Mathematician

National average salary: $100,351 per year

49. Economist

National average salary: $98,716 per year

50. Aeronautical engineer

National average salary: $98,396 per year

51. Veterinarian

National average salary: $95,762 per year

52. Senior scientist

National average salary: $95,203 per year

53. Director of operations

National average salary: $95,007 per year

54. Database administrator

National average salary: $92,298 per year

55. Nuclear engineer

National average salary: $91,119 per year

56. User experience designer

National average salary: $89,915 per year

57. IT manager

National average salary: $89,577 per year

58. Attorney

National average salary: $89,487 per year

59. Political affairs officer

National average salary: $89,085 per year

60. Environmental health and safety officer

National average salary: $88,684 per year

61. Construction superintendent

National average salary: $87,285 per year

62. Psychologist

National average salary: $86,181 per year

63. Application developer

National average salary: $86,120 per year

64. Systems administrator

National average salary: $86,059 per year

65. Engineer

National average salary:: $85,621 per year

66. Statistician

National average salary: $84,336 per year

67. Judge

National average salary: $83,715 per year

68. Director of marketing

National average salary: $83,656 per year

69. Mechanical engineer

National average salary: $83,230 per year

70. Information security analyst

National average salary: $83,001 per year

71. Research scientist

National average salary: $82,927 per year

72. Clinical director

National average salary: $82,422 per year

73. Senior MRI technologist

National average salary: $82,111 per year

74. Associate professor

National average salary: $81,957 per year

75. Senior physical therapist

National average salary:: $81,715 per year

76. Civil engineer

National average salary: $81,425 per year

77. Loan officer

National average salary: $81,223 per year

78. Project manager

National average salary: $81,214 per year

79. Senior radiation therapist

National average salary: $80,891 per year

80. Occupational therapist

National average salary: $80,424 per year

81. Marine engineer

National average salary: $79,531 per year

82. Systems analyst

National average salary: $78,974 per year

83. Management analyst

National average salary: $78,300 per year

84. Construction manager

National average salary: $77,190 per year

85. Biomedical engineer

National average salary: $75,564 per year

86. Sales manager

National average salary: $75,263 per year

87. Director of public relations

National average salary: $74,798 per year

88. Industrial engineer

National average salary: $73,905 per year

89. Environmental manager

National average salary: $73,829 per year

90. Speech pathologist

National average salary: $73,248 per year

91. Cost estimator

National average salary:: $72,751 per year

92. Purchasing manager

National average salary: $72,633 per year

93. Certified public accountant

National average salary: $72,414 per year

94. Registered nurse case manager

National average salary: $69,055 per year

95. Broker

National Average Salary: $68,341 per year

96. Laboratory manager

National average salary: $66,687 per year

97. School psychologist

National average salary: $66,643 per year

98. Market researcher

National average salary: $65,349 per year

99. Chiropractor

National average salary: $65,201 per year

100. Marketing manager

National average salary: $64,259 per year

For more information, use a salary calculator to find out exactly how much you could get paid in one of these positions.

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