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25 of the Highest-Paying Jobs in America—and How to Get Them

By | Deanna deBara |

When you’re deciding what career to pursue, there are plenty of factors to consider. You want to choose a job that feels well-suited to your skill set and needs, your experience, your interests, and your personality.

But you might also want a job that will compensate you well—and that’s OK. So the question is, if you’re looking for a high-paying job, what are the best roles to consider?

Let’s take a look at 25 of the very highest-paying jobs in America, according to 2020 salary information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (the most recent year for which data is available). For each role, you’ll also find the BLS’s projections for growth between 2019 and 2029 and links to search for current job openings on The Muse.

1. Physicians

Physicians (also known as doctors) are responsible for providing medical care to their patients. Depending on their area of specialty, physicians may see a wide range of patients (for example, pediatricians treat children) and provide a variety of services (like anesthesiologists, who deliver anesthesia and monitor patients before, during, and after surgery, or podiatrists, who manage foot-related care).

All physicians need to go to medical school following their undergraduate studies (podiatrists, however, go to specific podiatry schools). Then they need to complete a residency—or postgraduate training for new doctors during which they are supervised by more senior doctors in a particular specialty—before they can become a practicing doctor. Physicians are among the highest-paid individuals in the U.S.—and while most physicians are paid extremely well, some specialties make more money than others.

Some of the most highly compensated physicians include the roles below. (You can click on each job title to search for open roles on The Muse!)

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