Feb 20, 2019 - 04:49 PM
There is no shortage of listicles online claiming to have the definitive ranking of highest paying jobs. What they all seem to agree on is the one job category that consistently includes the highest paying job: physicians. That’s the case going into 2019, with anesthesiologists topping the list of highest paying jobs, earning a median annual salary of $265,990.
But there is a lot more to the story. Health and medical care is by far the job category with the most highest paying jobs. That includes several kinds of physicians most of us are likely to visit on a regular basis, such as general/family practitioners, internists, psychiatrists and pediatricians. It also includes dentists, orthodontists, optometrists, pharmacists, nursing specialists and physician assistants, along with behind the scenes jobs such as pharmacy manager and medical/health services manager.
Outside of health and medical care, many of the highest paying jobs are management jobs in private industry, especially in revenue-producing and revenue-enabling business functions, along with chief executives and their corporate counsel. Computing systems, IT, and engineering managers are also among the highest paying jobs, as are managerial level jobs in software development.
Some of the other highest paying jobs include petroleum engineers, airline pilots, air traffic controllers, attorneys, judges, and magistrates.