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Want to be a high earner? 25 of America’s highest paying jobs

Want to be a high earner? 25 of America’s highest paying jobs

For working Americans, a job can provide a number of meaningful benefits. Dignity, identity, and a sense of purpose, to name a few. For most, however, these intangible perks are of secondary importance to the regular paycheck a full-time job provides.

While the kind of work one finds fulfilling is subjective, there is no debate about which jobs pay the most. The typical American working full-time earns $860 per week — or about $44,700 a year. In more than a dozen occupations, median earnings are well more than double that amount.

High-paying jobs are high paying for a reason. They tend to be highly specialized, often requiring years of advanced — and often expensive — education beyond high school and even college. They are also almost always high pressure and challenging positions that are growing in demand at pace with or faster than the overall job growth across all occupations.

24/7 Wall Street reviewed the latest median pay data from the U.S. Department of Labor to identify America’s 25 highest paying jobs.


25. Management analysts

Median weekly earnings: $1,499
Number of workers: 606,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 14.3% (faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 78.3%


24. Marketing and sales managers

Median weekly earnings: $1,509
Number of workers: 994,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 8.4% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 69.5%


23. Physical scientists, all other

Median weekly earnings: $1,529
Number of workers: 270,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 7.2% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 100.0%
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22. Financial analysts

Median weekly earnings: $1,530
Number of workers: 264,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 10.9% (faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 87.4%


21. Mechanical engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,534
Number of workers: 337,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 8.8% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 76.5%


20. Engineers, all other

Median weekly earnings: $1,561
Number of workers: 546,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 6.4% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 82.0%


19. Chemical engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,626
Number of workers: 78,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 7.5% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 90.5%


18. Computer network architects

Median weekly earnings: $1,636
Number of workers: 100,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 6.5% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 58.7%


17. Environmental scientists and geoscientists

Median weekly earnings: $1,639
Number of workers: 80,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 11.8% (faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 100.0%


16. Information security analysts

Median weekly earnings: $1,725
Number of workers: 94,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 28.5% (much faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 67.6%


15. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,736
Number of workers: 112,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 3.5% (slower than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 73.9%


14. Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers

Median weekly earnings: $1,742
Number of workers: 59,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 5.8% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 98.3%


13. Physician assistants

Median weekly earnings: $1,747
Number of workers: 97,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 37.3% (much faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 92.3%


12. Computer hardware engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,771
Number of workers: 73,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 5.5% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 76.1%


11. Software developers, applications and systems software

Median weekly earnings: $1,792
Number of workers: 1.4 million
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 11.1%-30.7% (much faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 84.5%


10. Electrical and electronics engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,803
Number of workers: 276,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 6.5% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 79.5%


9. Veterinarians

Median weekly earnings: $1,840
Number of workers: 60,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 18.8% (much faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 100.0%


8. Nurse practitioners

Median weekly earnings: $1,841
Number of workers: 141,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 36.1% (much faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 99.1%


7. Computer and information systems managers

Median weekly earnings: $1,843
Number of workers: 594,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 12.0% (faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 73.9%


6. Aerospace engineers

Median weekly earnings: $1,892
Number of workers: 137,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 6.1% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 86.3%


5. Lawyers

Median weekly earnings: $1,901
Number of workers: 781,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 8.2% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 98.3%


4. Physicians and surgeons

Median weekly earnings: $1,918
Number of workers: 815,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 12.8% (faster than average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 99.5%


3. Pharmacists

Median weekly earnings: $1,923
Number of workers: 254,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 5.6% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 97.6%


2. Architectural and engineering managers

Median weekly earnings: $1,999
Number of workers: 128,000
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: 5.5% (as fast as average)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 84.7%


1. Chief executives

Median weekly earnings: $2,296
Number of workers: 1.1 million
Projected job growth, 2016-2026: -3.9% (Decline)
Workers with at least a bachelor’s degree: 69.5%

This article originally appeared in USA TODAY on April 24, 2018 , see the original article here

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