Jobs on this list also tend to be high pressure and come with a high degree of responsibility. Particularly for those in medicine, their work can mean the difference between life and death. Additionally, because educational requirements are generally high for these jobs and school can be expensive, the high salaries help incentivize the necessary greater investment in education.
Not only are the jobs on this list generally high skilled, but also they are in demand. Overall employment is projected to grow by 7.4% from 2016 to 2026. For more than two-thirds of the jobs on this list, employment is projected to grow faster than average.
While many occupations on this list are in engineering or management, medical professions dominate. Nearly one-third of all six-figure jobs are in medicine, including 14 of the 15 highest paying jobs.
It is important to note that the salaries listed for these occupations are averages and do not accurately reflect the income of every individual in the field. For example, in over a dozen jobs on this list, 10% of workers earn less than the average salary across all jobs. Salaries can vary within a given occupation due to a number of factors, including job tenure and region of the country.
To identify America’s six-figure jobs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2017 annual average pay data for the 809 jobs tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the detailed occupation level of aggregation. The pay figures, as well as employment totals for each occupation, are for May 2017 — the latest period for which data is available. The projected changes in employment between 2016-2026 are also from the BLS. Projected changes are calculated by adding the job growth over the 10 year period to the estimated amount of replacements needed to fill the jobs when a worker retires or permanently leaves an occupation.
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