Occupations with the Highest Median Earnings

Anesthesiologists and surgeons rank as the highest earners in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Rank Occupation
1. Anesthesiologists
2. Surgeons
3. Obstetricians and gynecologists
4. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
5. Orthodontists
6. Internists, general
7. Physicians and surgeons, all other
8. Psychiatrists
9. Family and general practitioners
10. Prosthodontists
11. Chief executives
12. Dentists, all other specialists
13. Pediatricians, general
14. Nurse anesthetists
15. Dentist, general
16. Petroleum engineers
17. Architectural and engineering managers
18. Air traffic controllers
19. Computer and information systems managers
20. Marketing managers

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012.

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