What are the 5 Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S.?

At one point or another, we’ve all imagined life of luxury and riches. For me, I dreamed of a high-profile job where I would wear a suit to work each day, carry a briefcase, drive a fancy car, and embark on luxurious vacations. 

Now the thought of dressing up each day and lugging around a clunky briefcase sounds horrible!

However, I’m not opposed to driving a fancy car or living a lavish lifestyle. But to afford the lifestyle of my dreams, I’m going to need a significantly larger salary. 

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So, let’s take a look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 5 highest-paying jobs in the US. If you’re heading off to college, these might just be the best careers to aim for!

Anesthesiologists

Anesthesiologists evaluate patients before, during, and after surgery. They administer anesthesia, which keeps the patient sedated and pain-free during their procedure. 

To become an anesthesiologist, you’ll need to:

  • Earn a Bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate from medical school
  • Complete an internship
  • Complete a residency program in anesthesiology
  • Pass exams to become board certified. 

Anesthesiologists are the highest paid profession in the US. On average, they make $267,020 per year.

Surgeons

Surgeons treat diseases, injuries, and deformities through operations to prevent or fix medical problems. 

Similar to anesthesiologists, surgeons need to:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate from medical school
  • Pass a licensure exam
  • Complete a surgical residency program
  • Obtain state licensure.

Surgeons make, on average, $255,110 per year. 

Obstetricians-Gynecologists

Obstetricians-Gynecologists specialize in female reproductive health and child delivery. 

In order to become an Obstetricians-Gynecologist, you’ll need to: 

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate from medical school
  • Pass a licensure exam
  • Complete an OBGYN residency program
  • Obtain state licensure. 

On average, Obstetricians-Gynecologists make $233,610 per year. 

Orthodontists

Orthodontists, not to be confused with dentists who clean your teeth, specialize in braces or other types of corrective measures for teeth. 

To become an orthodontist, you’ll need to: 

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Pass the Dental Admission Test and apply for dental school
  • Complete dental school and residency
  • Pass the National Board Dental Examination
  • Obtain state licensure. 

Orthodontists make an average of $230,830 per year. 

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists help to diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They help their patients with personal counseling, medication, and hospitalization. 

Psychiatrists need to:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree
  • Graduate from medical school
  • Pass a licensure exam
  • Complete a psychiatry residency program
  • Obtain state licensure. 

On average, psychiatrists make $220,430 per year. 

Overall, to get your foot in the door in one of the above careers, you will need to complete roughly 12-years of schooling. However, if a life of luxury is what you’re after, 12-years is a small price to pay. 

If a career in the medical field and years of schooling aren’t for you, don’t worry, you might still be able to make big money. Entrepreneurs make big bucks every day, coming up with new apps and inventions to help people in everyday life.