1. Doctors And Surgeons

Annual mean wage: $234,950
Training time: 11+ years

If you’ve got the time and budget to endure medical school in some form, you’ll be able to hear cash register sounds in your ears when you receive your first paycheck. Of all the medical professionals, anesthesiologists take home the most coin, with an annual mean wage of $246,320. Other medicine men and women aren’t far behind — surgeons ($240,440), obstetricians and gynecologists ($214,750), and family and general practitioners ($186,320) all make a very nice living.

2. Dentists And Orthodontists

Annual mean wage: $170,940 (Dentists), $201,030 (Orthodontists)
Training time: 8 years

Dentists might occasionally play second fiddle to the doctors who often share the same facilities, but there’s nothing shabby about earning a living working on teeth. Of these specialists, orthodontists earn the highest annual mean wage.. Although there are more than 90,000 general dentists who make up the U.S. workforce, orthodontists are much rarer, hence their higher salary.

3. Chief Executive Officers

Annual mean wage: $180,700
Training time: 6+ years

Annual mean wage: $178,400

The highest-paying job in the U.S. that doesn’t necessarily require years upon years of schooling is chief executive officer. CEOs call the shots in a long list of economic sectors. Few positions are more populated than chief executive officers; around 250,000 people have “CEO” listed as the job description on their business cards. An added perk to being a CEO? The best-compensated CEOs work in the film industry and enjoy an annual mean wage of over $225,000.

4. Petroleum Engineers

Annual mean wage: $137,400
Training time: 4+ years

Given the number of curse words you mutter every time you fill your gas tank, you might roll your eyes at petroleum engineers being among the country’s top-paid workers. But you owe a debt of gratitude to those who hold this position, as they facilitate the journey of oil and gas from under the Earth to your car’s engine.

5. Architectural & Engineering Managers

Annual mean wage: $137,400
Training time: 4+ years

They might not have a job title that instantly earns respect, but architectural and engineering managers earn a healthy living in a number of different fields. Not surprisingly, those who work in the oil and gas industries are the most handsomely compensated; an architectural and engineering manager who focuses on the transportation of crude oil through a network of pipes has an average income of $189,410, while one involved in the extraction of oil and gas averages $164,990