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These Are The 25 Highest Paying Jobs In America

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5. Dentists
> Median annual earnings: $108,108
> Total number of workers: 58,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +2.6%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: N/A

Dentists are in one of the five most lucrative fields in America. The typical dentist earns over $108,000 per year, well more than double the median annual income for all American workers of over $51,000.

Dentists tend to be much older than the typical worker, with a median age of 48.4 years old — nearly six years older than the typical U.S. worker. Dentistry is a much less common profession than nearly every other field on this list, with just 58,000 such workers as of 2020.

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4. Lawyers
> Median annual earnings: $109,044
> Total number of workers: 821,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +4.0%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 98.0%

Lawyers, who provide a wide range of legal services and representations, are some of the highest paid workers in America. Most lawyers earn over $109,000 per year. The field of law is one of the largest career fields in America. With 821,000 lawyers, it is the 12th largest field in the U.S.

Like most other jobs on this list, people generally need years of higher education to become attorneys. Of all the lawyers practicing in the U.S., 98% have at least a bachelor’s degree, and nearly 89% have a professional degree like a law degree.

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3. Pharmacists
> Median annual earnings: $115,544
> Total number of workers: 241,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: -3.3%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 97.2%

Pharmacists dispense prescriptions and answer any questions patients might have about their medication. It is one of just three careers in America in which the typical worker earns over $115,000 — more than double the $51,168 median annual earnings for all jobs.

Unlike most other careers on this list, the number of pharmacists is projected to decline over the next decade — by 3.3%. This contraction is expected as many people opt to use delivery services to get their prescriptions. Also, pharmacy technicians are increasingly taking over responsibilities of pharmacists, like collecting patient information and preparing medications.

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2. Chief executives
> Median annual earnings: $124,904
> Total number of workers: 1,157,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: -10.0%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 71.6%

Chief executives, who provide the overall direction and set the agenda for their companies and organizations, are the second-highest paid workers in America, with a median annual earnings of $124,904.

While the BLS projects a 3.7% growth for all jobs, the number of chief executives is projected to decline by 10% by 2029, compared to 2019. The decline is projected in part because larger, more established companies are now taking up a larger share of the total economic activity in the U.S., which will likely reduce the number of total companies and chief executives needed to run them.

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1. Architectural and engineering managers
> Median annual earnings: $125,476
> Total number of workers: 155,000
> Projected employment change 2019-2029: +2.6%
> Workers with a bachelor’s degree: 83.4%

The highest paying job in America is architectural and engineering manager. These workers oversee building and engineering projects and research. Most workers in this occupation earn over $125,000 per year, nearly 2.5 times higher than the median annual earnings for all U.S. jobs.

Many architectural and engineering managers only reach this position after years of working as engineers and architects so they tend to be much older than those in other careers. The median age of someone in this career field is 49.1 years — nearly seven years higher than the median age of all workers, and the 12h highest median age of any job in America.