For most of us, six-figure salaries are nothing more than a pipe dream. Last year, the average annual compensation for someone with an advanced degree was just over $60,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, meaning it'll take a significant amount of extra schooling to reach the six-figure mark.
Still, there are plenty of lucrative careers to be had. With this in mind, CareerTrends has ranked the most popular jobs with a mean salary of $150K or higher. We ranked the $150K occupations by the number of people employed, and all but one are in the healthcare field. Five of the jobs have over 40,000 full-time employees, including surgeons and general internists, though neither of them are in the top three. The mean annual salaries of the careers on this list range from $220K to over $258K, which would probably make all those extra years of medical schooling worth it.
It's important to note that working in the field of medicine is not the only route to a high-paying career. There are other jobs that can pay six-figure salaries with only a graduate degree, but to reach the even-more-elite $150K level, a more advanced education level is required.
Note: We excluded one BLS career bucket — Physicians and Surgeons, All Other — because it is a collection of highly specialized jobs that do not fit in any other BLS bucket.