Special Report

The Highest Paying Jobs You Can Have in America


To identify the 20 highest paying jobs in America, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupations are ranked on the median annual pay for the occupation in 2021. 

For the nine highest paying occupations on this list, the median annual pay is greater than or equal to $208,000, the upper threshold of BLS pay reporting. Since the precise annual compensation for those occupations is not reported, they are ranked on the number of people who hold those jobs, from lowest to highest. 

Employment by occupation also came from the BLS and figures are for May 2021, with the exception of two occupational categories: surgeons, except ophthalmologists and physicians, all other; and ophthalmologists, except pediatric. For these two categories pay is as of May 2019.

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