Top 20 Highest Paying Careers

There are so many different factors to consider when choosing a career. Most Millennials and Gen Z want to do something that is meaningful and helps others, provides flexibility, and allows them to pursue personal interests outside of work. Compensation potential should not be ruled out when initially selecting a career field, but should be considered as one of many factors. Another key is picking a field that has many available jobs – read Top 20 Fastest Growing Careers here.

It’s not surprising that many of the top paying careers are in the medical field. They also have some of the largest investments in tuition and time to get to that top tier of pay. In addition to the medical field, there are some others that may be surprising and worth considering for students looking for a future career field.

Occupation2015 Median Pay
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Internists, General

Obstetricians and Gynecologists




Family and General Practitioners

Chief Executives>$175k
Dentists, Specialists


Nurse Anesthetists>$157k
Dentists, General>$152k
Architectural and Engineering Managers>$132k
Computer and Information Systems Managers>$131k
Petroleum Engineers>$129k
Marketing Managers>$128k
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates>$126k
Air Traffic Controllers>$122k

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