Top 11 Highest-Paying Jobs in America in 2018
To the rest of the world, America is the land of promise. The American Dream is palpable for anyone who was raised on American TV shows, books and celebrities. America is not the perfect role model, but it represents an ideal we all reach for and want to achieve. America is where we want to be when we grow up.
The main reason for this is the strength of the economy and the job market in America, making it the land of possibilities. There are incredible opportunities in this big country that anyone would like to take advantage of. However, the real America is not exactly how we picture it. America has ups and downs, like any other country on this globe, and it has a range of social classes that have very different lifestyles.
Yes, you can earn a great income in America, but only in certain jobs. Most of these will surprise you, as you wouldn’t think they would make the cut on the list of the highest-paying jobs in America in 2018.
If you love America, or maybe wonder what qualifications you would need to earn a good living in this beautiful country, these are the highest paying jobs in America in 2018:
Did you ever think anesthesiologists would make the cut? In general, jobs in the medical system in America can get you a very good income, but this job is top of them all. In order to become a qualified anesthesiologist in America, you need to study for four years in medical school and have four years of experience in the field. Possibly, there is a need for more study and work until you become a well-respected anesthesiologist. In 2018, a person working in this field could make $265,990 a year. There are around 30,000 anesthesiologists in America.
Another job from the field of medicine that is among the highest paying in America is that of a surgeon. We all know that surgeons earn a good wage, but who would have thought they could make $251,890 per year? There are almost 40,000 surgeons in America. Anyone interested in medical school can see that all that studying is really worth it.
3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
A special type of surgeon that made it to the top of the highest paying jobs in America in 2018 is oral and maxillofacial surgeons. You should not confuse this type of surgeon with the dentist as they are two different jobs with two different salaries. Oral surgeons only perform certain procedures, such as extraction of wisdom teeth or other work around the jaw. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also perform aesthetic procedures. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon earns $242,740 in 2018.
The women’s doctor is one rich doctor, according to our list. Gynecologists make $235,240 in 2018, which is a really impressive sum making it one of the highest paying jobs in America. Generally, being a doctor is a very important job that will remain relevant, no matter what technological inventions appear.
Number 5 on our list is the orthodontist job that earns $229,380 in 2018. Orthodontists work closely with dentists and specialize in braces and corrective measures for teeth. In the United States, there are about 5,080 orthodontists now working.
Psychiatrists have a very important job, both for patients and for the medical system and their significance is one of the reasons that they earned around $219,090 a year in 2018. The legend is that the most psychiatrists are based in New York, but statistics tell us that is not true, most of the people working in this job are based in Vermont and Rhode Island.
7. Family and General Practitioners
Family and general practitioners refer to the doctors who diagnose and treat diseases that occur in the general population. These doctors earn a little over 200k every year, $208,560 to be specific.
8. Chief Executives
This is the first job in our list that is not related to the medical field, which means that chief executives are the highest paid people outside the dental or medical profession. In 2018, chief executives earn around $196,960 a year.
You may be surprised to know that of the five states that have the highest CEO salaries, South Dakota takes first place, while District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Texas and New Jersey follow.
9. Airline Pilots and Flight Engineers
Another high paid job on our list is that of an airline pilot as well as the flight engineer. The annual income for these jobs is reported to be $161,280. To become a pilot, you need to have a bachelors degree and should do special courses for pilots. In addition, you need to have many hours of flying experience with different types of planes.
10. Petroleum Engineers
Petroleum engineers develop methods to extract oil and gas from below the Earth’s surface. Specialists in human resources expect that the number of jobs in this field will increase by 15% as we approach 2026. Petroleum engineers earn $154,780 a year on average. On the downside, the salaries and growth in this industry are dependent upon the price and demand for oil and gas.
11. Computer & Information System Managers
Surprisingly, people working in the IT industry come in last place in this list of the highest paying jobs in America. Computer system managers earned almost 150k a year in 2018 and have responsibilities to plan, coordinate and direct activities in system analysis, data processing, information systems, computer programming, and other fields. There are many different types of jobs in the IT sector that pay well, but being a system manager director is the best paid in America.
In conclusion, there are many possibilities to earn a good salary in America, but it seems that working in the medical system will bring the best chances to increase your income and offer you a larger wage at the end of the month.
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