When weighing a potential job opportunity, one of the primary factors is compensation. For those who wish to maximize their income, which jobs offer the highest salaries?
Using the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center, the following is a look at the 25 highest-paying occupations. Employment data from the BLS is from May 2014, while salary data from the FLCDC is from June 2015.
The FLCDC uses four categorizations for experience level: entry level, qualified, experienced and fully competent. For this list, we focused on the fully competent-level salary of each career in order to show each job's highest possible compensation. Experienced workers typically have multiple years of experience (three years or more) in their careers and require less on-the-job supervision than entry level or qualified workers. Fully competent workers have five or more years of experience and require little to no on-the-job supervision.
Unsurprisingly, the list is dominated by health-related careers. Each career in the top 10 had a fully competent salary of at least $200,000. Also included with each occupation's salary is the job description from the BLS.
Keep in mind that there is no employment minimum for inclusion on this list. Therefore, there are six jobs with fewer than 10,000 total employees, making them even more difficult positions to land.
Notes on the data:
The salaries are based on the BLS’s overall categorization of jobs. However, for the careers listed in this piece, we have used O*Net's
more specific classifications. Note that O*Net often lists multiple career titles within each overall BLS category. For each slide, we have chosen one specific title to represent the overall BLS category.