10 Occupations with the Highest Median Earnings

Physicians and surgeons rank as the highest earners in the United States, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rank Occupation
1. Physicians and surgeons
2. Dentists
3. Chief executives
4. Lawyers
5. Engineering managers
6. Pharmacists
7. Actuaries
8. Petroleum engineers
9. Podiatrists
10. Natural science managers
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Selected Occupations with High Fatality Rates, 2004 Labor and Employment Median Weekly Earnings of Selected Occupations, 2005