Jobs that pay well

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Wondering which kinds of jobs pay the most?

Check out this list of highest-paying careers* in the United States, for every level of education from high school to advanced degrees. Click on any career name to see a full profile of information about that occupation. You can also create lists of the highest-pay occupations in your own state at CareerOneStop’s Highest-Paying Careers.

High school diploma or equivalent

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators  Average salary: $104,000

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers Average salary: $96,400

Some college (usually a post-secondary “non-degree” award)

Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance  Average salary: $106,900

Electrical and Electronics Repairers   Average salary: $85,300  

Associate’s degree

Air Traffic Controllers   Average salary: $130,400

Radiation Therapists  Average salary:  $86,900

Bachelor’s degree

Chief Executives  Average salary: $186,000

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers Average salary: $161,000

Master’s degree or higher

Anesthesiologists  Average salary: $208,000+

Psychiatrists  Average salary: $208,000+

*All salary data here come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) May 2020 (latest available) survey.

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