Top 10: Highest-Paying Jobs In The U.S.
Have you always dreamed of paying off your credit card debt, and then owning a yacht, a sparkly new Lamborghini and a place in the Hamptons? Hate to break it to you, but money doesn’t grow on trees you have to work for it (unless you were born rich). And for many of the highest-paying careers, you’ll need years of education as well as on-the-job training. But if you pick the right career and put in the time, even you yes, you could be making it rain.
For this Top 10 list, we’ve tallied up the annual mean wages for the highest-paying jobs in the U.S. workforce as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in May 2015 (the most recent figures available). However, we should note that we made a slight change. Most of the highest-paying jobs in the U.S. are in the medical field, so we’ve grouped doctors and surgeons together to avoid this list becoming “10 reasons why you should’ve studied more in high school science and gone to med school.” Without further ado, here are the highest-paying careers in the United States.
Annual mean wage: $133,260
Training time: 7 years
“Ahh, just what the world needs, more lawyers.” Reactions like these aren’t uncommon when it comes to the legal profession, but when you re in a bind, you’ll be thankful to have a good lawyer by your side. Lawyers have to go through years of schooling, and read a stupid amount of text to do what they do, but they’re usually paid well when they get hired. Oh, and they’re considered the most attractive profession on Tinder, so there’s that. More than half a million lawyers make up the workforce, which amounts to nearly as many doctors and surgeons. California and New York lead the way with nearly 150,000 practicing lawyers working in the two states alone, but those in Washington, DC, are the highest paid on average. Lawyers typically need a bachelor s degree in pretty much anything within the arts and sciences, three years of law school and completion of the bar exam. If you want to join the best of the best, go to law school at Yale.
9. Airline Pilots, Co-Pilots and Flight Engineers
Want to have your office above the clouds, get free travel and make lots of money? Easy, become a pilot. Well, maybe easy isn’t the best word to use. Becoming a pilot requires a bachelor s degree in an aviation-related discipline, a commercial pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. You’ll also need several hundred hours of pilot-in-command experience, specialized training in specific tools and devices, as well as regular physical and mental testing. It’s all pretty expensive and time-consuming, and it can take 10 years or longer before a newly minted pilot starts making serious cash flying the longer scheduled passenger flights. But that’s not the end of it. Airline jobs, particularly for popular commercial airlines, are expected to be scarce in the coming years, so if you want to get a job, you might have to fly for low-cost regional airlines and nonscheduled aviation services, at least to start. There’s not really an undisputed champ when it comes to the best school for aviation, but the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which has campuses in Florida and Arizona, is a good school.
8. Natural Sciences Managers
Annual mean wage: $136,570
Training time: 4+ years
Natural sciences managers are the head honchos in the lab who supervise scientists in fields such as biology, physics and chemistry, and split their time between office and lab work. The highest-paid in this field work in the tech industry with semi-conductors and electronics manufacturing and are most likely to be employed in California. Interestingly, while technology as well as R D appear to be booming, natural sciences managers are projected to have slower than average growth over the next eight years, according to the BLS. Becoming a natural sciences manager typically requires a bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, followed by several years working in labs. If you like chemistry or physics, you’ll want to go to the University of California – Berkeley, while the best school for biology is Harvard.
7. Marketing Managers
It’s not just about what you’re selling, it’s how you sell it. The prestigious world people like (the fictional) Don Draper worked in back in the 1950s is still prestigious, and one of the highest-paying. However, the highest-paid marketing managers don’t just work in advertising or promotions, they work in securities and commodity exchanges, which manage money trading on places like Wall Street. Although, there are just 60 people in the country with that job, so it might not be the best field to target. Marketing in general is a field where the required education is a bit cloudy. Many businesses want you to have a bachelor s degree in marketing, but years of experience and an eye-catching portfolio can help elevate you to the level of marketing manager. The best marketing school in the country is up by the Canadian border at the University of Michigan Ross Marketing School in Ann Arbor.