Top 15 Best Paying Jobs for 2018

U.S. News and World Report’s Best Paying Jobs list for 2018 indicates employees in the medical, business and tech fields made the most money this year.

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While most medical jobs require high levels of education and training, U.S. News shows that the years of education will pay off in salary and job stability.

In developing its best paying jobs ranking for the year, U.S. News looked at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics information on jobs with the most projected openings between 2016 and 2026. Then, the publication looked at each occupation’s salary to compile its list of the best paying jobs for 2018.

The top five jobs each have a median annual salary of $208,000 and an unemployment rate of 0.5 percent or less.

In determining rankings, U.S. News also took the number of anticipated job openings into account.

Here are the 15 best paying jobs for 2018:

1. Anesthesiologist

Median salary: $208,000

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 5,900

2. Surgeon

Median salary: $208,000

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 7,600

3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Median salary: $208,000

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 3,900

4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median salary: $208,000

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 1,200

5. Orthodontist

Median salary: $208,000

Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 1,100

6. Physician

Median salary: $196,380

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 8,400

7. Psychiatrist

Median salary: $194,740

Unemployment rate: 1.8 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 3,600

8. Pediatrician

Median salary: $168,990

Unemployment rate: 0.5 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 5,300

9. Dentist

Median salary: $153,900

Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 23,200

10. Prosthodontist

Median salary: $126,050

Unemployment rate: 0.4 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 200

11. Nurse Anesthetist

Median salary: $160,270

Unemployment rate: 2.7 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 6,700

12. Petroleum Engineer

Median salary: $128,230

Unemployment rate: 5.9 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 4,900

13. IT Manager

Median salary: $135,800

Unemployment rate: 2.7 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 43,800

14. Marketing Manager

Median salary: $131,180

Unemployment rate: 2.8 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 136,000

15. Podiatrist

Median salary: $124,830

Unemployment rate: 2.1 percent

Job openings between 2016 and 2026: 1,100

 

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