Special Report

25 Highest Paying Jobs in America

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20. Physical scientists, all other
> Median annual earnings: $86,788
> Total number of workers: 278,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028 3.4%
> Physical scientists, all other with a bachelor’s degree: 100.0%

Physical scientists in this category includes those who work as remote sensing scientists who analyze aerial or satellite data and images for a range of purposes, including resource management and urban planning. With a median annual earnings of more than $86,000, physical scientists rank in the top 20 highest-paying jobs in the nation. The profession is one of only a handful in the U.S. in which all workers have at least a bachelor’s degree.

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19. Information security analysts
> Median annual earnings: $91,416
> Total number of workers: 128,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028 31.6%
> Information security analysts with a bachelor’s degree: 67.1%

Information security analysts, who employ measures to protect computer networks, are in one of just 19 career fields in America in which most workers earn over $90,000. No job among America’s 25 highest paying is projected to grow as quickly as information security analysts in the next decade. The BLS predicts that there will be 31.6% more employed analysts in 2028 than there were in 2018. This is more than six times the projected growth of the typical job.

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18. Nurse practitioners
> Median annual earnings: $91,520
> Total number of workers: 187,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028 28.2%
> Nurse practitioners with a bachelor’s degree: 98.0%

There are just five jobs to rank among the 25 highest paying with more women than men. More than 87% of nurse practitioners are women. These health care professionals diagnose, treat, and prevent health issues. With a projected increase of over 28% in the next decade, nurse practitioners is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, likely due in large part to the aging baby boomer population and the resulting expanded need for medical care.

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17. Veterinarians
> Median annual earnings: $92,196
> Total number of workers: 72,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028 18.4%
> Veterinarians with a bachelor’s degree: 100.0%

Veterinarians is one of three occupations on this list that require a doctoral or professional degree. Veterinarians typically earn over $92,000 per year due in part to high educational requirements, as well as the high demand. The total number of veterinarians is projected to increase by 18.4% by 2028 from 2018, making it one of the fastest growing jobs in the country.

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16. Electrical and electronics engineers
> Median annual earnings: $92,612
> Total number of workers: 266,000
> Projected employment change 2018-2028 2.4%
> Electrical and electronics engineers with a bachelor’s degree: N/A

Electrical engineers design and manufacture a wide array of electronic equipment for consumer and commercial uses. More than a quarter of a million Americans work in this occupation, most of whom earn over $92,000. The electrical engineering field is not projected to grow very quickly. Its 2.4% growth rate is less than half the average projected growth for all American jobs.

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