Highest-Paid Jobs in the U.S.

1. Cardiologists

Cardiologists earn an average of $421,330 per year.

From 2021 to 2031, the projected growth rate is 3%. 

A medical doctorate (MD) and a cardiac residency are required.

Cardiologists care for patients who have abnormalities with their hearts or blood arteries. Cardiologists treat diseases such as irregular heartbeats, excessive blood pressure, and heart attacks. Finally, the number of cardiologists is not increasing at the same rate as the demand for cardiovascular treatments, which explains why these medical experts are paid so well. 

2. Surgeons (Except for Oral and Maxillofacial)

The average wage is $347,870.

From 2021 to 2031, the projected growth rate is 3%. 

A medical doctorate (MD) is required, as is a residency or internship lasting three to nine years, depending on specialization. 

Surgeons operate to repair injuries, remove infections, and correct abnormalities. A surgeon can specialize in orthopedics (the treatment of bones and muscles), pediatrics (the treatment of children), and neurosurgery (the treatment of the brain and nervous system).

3. Radiologists

The average pay is $329,080.

From 2021 to 2031, the projected growth rate is 4%. 

A medical doctorate (MD) and a residency in radiology are required.

Radiologists diagnose and treat diseases and injuries using medical imaging equipment such as X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Some radiologists focus on a specific field, such as neuroradiology (imaging the brain and nervous system) or cardiovascular radiology (imaging the heart and blood arteries). Furthermore, radiation oncologists, who are highly trained sorts of radiologists, use nuclear medicine and radiation therapy to treat many types of cancer.

4. Dermatologists

Average annual salary: $327,650

From 2021 to 2031, the projected growth rate is 3%. 

A medical doctorate (MD) and a dermatological residency are required.

Dermatologists diagnose and treat skin, nail, and hair issues such as rashes, skin cancer, and psoriasis. A dermatologist is trained to treat patients of all ages and can also assist in the diagnosis of underlying medical diseases producing skin or hair problems, such as diabetes or Lyme disease. 

5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 

The average wage is $309,410.

From 2021 to 2031, the projected growth rate is 5%. 

A dental doctor degree (such as DMD or DDS) is required, as is four to six years of residency, which includes gaining a medical doctor degree (MD). 

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experts in surgery and the treatment of injuries to the head, neck, jaw, mouth, and face. The additional schooling requirement (most dentists only need a DMD or DDS) and the hyper-specificity of the work may explain why these medical professionals earn such high pay on average.  

6. Anesthesiologists

Typical pay: $302,970

1% is the anticipated growth rate from 2021 to 2031.  

Requirements for education include an MD and an anesthesiology residency.

Anesthesia is a pain management technique used by anesthesiologists during, prior to, and following surgeries and other medical operations. Anesthesiologists have a crucial (and demanding) role in the operating room, and administering anesthesia is a challenging subset of medicine. Because one mistake might be fatal, anesthesiologists have greater responsibility, which is frequently reflected in their higher remuneration. 

7. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Typical pay: $277,320

2% is the anticipated growth rate from 2021 to 2031. 

Having an MD and having completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology are prerequisites for this position.

Obstetrics and gynecology are two medical specialties that are frequently integrated into one, and the doctors who practice these specialties are known as OB/GYNs. Gynecology deals with women’s health issues, such as yearly physicals and the diagnosis of diseases unique to women, like cervical cancer. Contrarily, obstetrics concentrates on assisting patients with problems during pregnancy, labor, and the immediate aftermath of delivery. 

8. Ophthalmologists (Except Pediatric)

$265,450 is the average wage.

6% is the anticipated growth rate from 2021 to 2031. 

ophthalmology residency and a medical doctor (MD) degree are prerequisites for this position.

Ophthalmologists are medical professionals with a focus on the evaluation and management of eye and vision issues. An ophthalmologist can prescribe new glasses or contacts and conduct eye exams, just like an optometrist or optician. Ophthalmologists, on the other hand, have substantially more education and experience in treating eye diseases and operating on the eye, such as cataract surgery.

9. Psychiatrists

Average salary: $247,350

9% is the anticipated growth rate from 2021 to 2031. 

A medical doctorate (MD) and a four-year residency in psychiatry are prerequisites for this position.

Psychologists who specialize in treating mental and physical conditions like schizophrenia and substance misuse are known as psychiatrists. A psychiatrist offers patients a range of therapeutic approaches, including talk therapy, CBT, and medicines. There is a severe shortage of psychiatrists in the United States, making psychiatry the medical specialty with the fastest predicted job growth and highest income on our list.

10. Chief Executives

$246,440 is the average wage.

Estimated growth rate between 2021 and 2031: -7% 

Having a bachelor’s or master’s degree plus a lot of experience are requirements for education

Even though many medical jobs pay significantly more, it would be a mistake to leave chief executives out of this list. Although chief executive officers’ average salaries may not be at the top of the list, many of the wealthiest Americans are CEOs. These CEOs do not, however, primarily obtain their fortune through yearly salaries. Instead, they acquire their riches through the exercise of stock options and high-yield investing strategies.