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Highest Paying American Jobs Are In Healthcare

Ashley Yang |
June 22, 2014 | 5:47 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

On average, doctors bring home the most bacon. (MrArifnajafov, Wikimedia Commons)
On average, doctors bring home the most bacon. (MrArifnajafov, Wikimedia Commons)
Outside the exclusive club of CEOs, the 13 best-paid jobs in America are all in healthcare, reports The Atlantic.

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Reddit user Dan Lin created this long graph depicting the average wage earned by 820 occupations. 

Specifically, anesthesiologists take the number one spot on the wage ladder, earning an average of roughly $240,000 per year. They are followed by surgeons, OB/GYNs, and orthodontists. 

The wealthiest occupations are comprised of doctors, but chief executives and financiers continue to form most of the wealthiest 0.1% of the country. 

If you’re going to be an M.D., you shouldn’t go into pediatrics or podiatry if you’re looking to make the most money off of that title - pediatricians are paid $170,000 and podiatrists $135,000 per year, nearly $70,000 to $100,000 less than the top earners. 

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