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The 10 Highest Paying Jobs In America

Wondering which are the most lucrative professions in the US, i.e., the highest paying jobs out there? Well, we have compiled a list of 2013’s highest paying jobs and some of the professions that have made the top 10 may come as a surprise.

According to data provided by the US Department of Labor, eight out of the 10 best paid jobs belong to various specialties within the medical field. For the purpose of keeping this top ten varied and interesting, we have made only one entry for all medical professions.

Without any further ado, let’s take a look at the list.

No. 10: Air Traffic Controller

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Average salary: $109,800

An air traffic controller is responsible for coordinating the movement of private and commercial airplanes, so as to avoid collisions and to improve traffic. The vast majority of air traffic controllers are employed by the Federal Aviation Administration.

No. 9: Marketing Manager

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Average salary: $110,000

Virtually any company needs a marketing manager in order to succeed. There is a high demand for this type of professionals, who are in charge with a number of tasks, such as handling public relations, developing a company’s brand, or setting up promotional campaigns.

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No. 8: Lawyers & Judges

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Average salary: $113,000

The fact that legal professionals rank as some of the best paid should not come as a surprise. With 7 years of study and the passing of one the most difficult exams, the bar examination, required in order to activate in the legal system more than justifies why these professionals earn such big salaries.

No. 7: Computer and IT Manager

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Average salary: $113,700

These types of managers are in charge with supervising a company’s IT security, information systems, software application, and so on. Most people who end up working as a computer and IT manager first start as a data analyst or programmer.

No. 6: Natural Sciences Manager

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Average salary: $114,600

Basically, a natural sciences manager operates as a supervisor for chemists, biologists, agricultural scientists, or geologists. On average, approximately 6 years of studies and training are required in order to become a natural sciences manager.

No. 5: Engineering Manager

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Average salary: $117,000

An engineering manager is the person in charge with planning and coordinating various projects, as well as with ensuring their viability from a technical and financial point of view. There are a variety of industries were an engineering manager can find a job, such as real estate, manufacturing, or the electronics field.

No. 4: Dentist

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Average salary: $145,320

For anyone interested in joining the dental field, there are a number of professions to choose from: general practitioners, oral surgeons, orthodontists, and so on. And considering that dentists are some of the best paid professionals in the US, the lengthy training required to become one is well worth it.

No. 3: Psychiatrist

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Average salary: $160,200

Psychiatrists are medical professionals specialized in the field of treating mental ailments. Considering that in order to become a psychiatrist, one is required to train for an average of 10 to 14 years, their position as the 3rd best paid job is more than justified.

No. 2: CEO

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Average salary: $160,700

A chief executive officer, or CEO for short, is the highest rank one can have within a company. A CEO is in charge with directing the company from a strategic point of view, as well as with the business’s everyday operations and activities.

No. 1: Medical Professionals

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Average salary: $166,400+

Four years of college, another four of medical school, and a residency of 3 to 7 years, do pay well in the end. Out of all medical professionals, anesthesiologists are the best paid, with an average annual salary of $232,830, which amounts to almost $112 an hour. In general, surgeons tend to have bigger salaries than general practitioners and other doctors that do not work in an operating room.

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