If you are evaluating different careers to determine which profession is best for you, there are probably a number of key factors that contribute to your decision, including educational requirements and your personal interests. Earning potential is likely also a consideration as you consider which career to pursue. Finding the right job requires both time and research.

In this article, we share the top 100 highest-paying jobs, listed in order from the lowest to the highest average salary.

**Mechanical engineers**

- Average Salary (per year): $93,540
- Mean hourly wage: $44.97

## Producers and directors

- Average Salary (per year): $93,940
- Mean hourly wage: $45.16

## Environmental engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $94,220
- Mean hourly wage: $45.30

## Civil engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $94,360
- Mean hourly wage: $45.36

## Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors

- Average Salary (per year): $94,810
- Mean hourly wage: $45.58

## First-line supervisors of police and detectives

- Average Salary (per year): $94,950
- Mean hourly wage: $45.65

## Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $95,140
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Funeral home managers

- Average Salary (per year): $95,220
- Mean hourly wage: $45.78

## Management analysts

- Average Salary (per year): $95,560
- Mean hourly wage: $45.94

## Statisticians

- Average Salary (per year): $95,680
- Mean hourly wage: $46.00

## Database administrators and architects

- Average Salary (per year): $96,110
- Mean hourly wage: $46.21

## Computer systems analysts

- Average Salary (per year): $96,160
- Mean hourly wage: $46.23

## Mining and geological engineers, including mining safety engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $96,990
- Mean hourly wage: $46.63

## Bioengineers and biomedical engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $97,090
- Mean hourly wage: $46.68

## Atmospheric and space scientists

- Average Salary (per year): $97,160
- Mean hourly wage: $46.71

## Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

- Average Salary (per year): $97,170
- Mean hourly wage: $46.72

## Materials engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $97,890
- Mean hourly wage: $47.06

## Agricultural engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $98,290
- Mean hourly wage: $47.26

## Computer science teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $98,430
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Biological science teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $98,700
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Marine engineers and naval architects

- Average Salary (per year): $98,730
- Mean hourly wage: $47.47

## Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

- Average Salary (per year): $98,770
- Mean hourly wage: $47.49

## Architecture teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $98,980
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers

- Average Salary (per year): $100,230
- Mean hourly wage: $48.19

## Education administrators, elementary and secondary school

- Average Salary (per year): $100,340
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Materials scientists

- Average Salary (per year): $100,430
- Mean hourly wage: $48.28

## Nuclear power reactor operators

- Average Salary (per year): $100,990
- Mean hourly wage: $48.55

## Physics teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $101,110
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Political science teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $102,290
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $102,690
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Commercial pilots

- Average Salary (per year): $102,870
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

- Average Salary (per year): $103,320
- Mean hourly wage: $49.67

## Electrical engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $103,480
- Mean hourly wage: $49.75

## Information security analysts

- Average Salary (per year): $104,210
- Mean hourly wage: $50.10

## Veterinarians

- Average Salary (per year): $104,820
- Mean hourly wage: $50.39

## Construction managers

- Average Salary (per year): $105,000
- Mean hourly wage: $50.48

## Business teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $105,440
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Mathematicians

- Average Salary (per year): $107,280
- Mean hourly wage: $51.57

## Biochemists and biophysicists

- Average Salary (per year): $108,180
- Mean hourly wage: $52.01

## Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

- Average Salary (per year): $108,350
- Mean hourly wage: $52.09

## Nurse midwives

- Average Salary (per year): $108,810
- Mean hourly wage: $52.31

## Art directors

- Average Salary (per year): $109,600
- Mean hourly wage: $52.69

## Electronics engineers, except computer

- Average Salary (per year): $110,210
- Mean hourly wage: $52.99

## Industrial-organizational psychologists

- Average Salary (per year): $111,150
- Mean hourly wage: $53.44

## Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

- Average Salary (per year): $111,620
- Mean hourly wage: $53.66

## Nurse practitioners

- Average Salary (per year): $111,840
- Mean hourly wage: $53.77

## Engineering teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $112,110
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Education administrators, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $112,400
- Mean hourly wage: $54.04

## Physician assistants

- Average Salary (per year): $112,410
- Mean hourly wage: $54.04

## Sales engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $112,780
- Mean hourly wage: $54.22

## Computer network architects

- Average Salary (per year): $115,110
- Mean hourly wage: $55.34

## Industrial production managers

- Average Salary (per year): $115,110
- Mean hourly wage: $55.34

## Medical and health services managers

- Average Salary (per year): $115,160
- Mean hourly wage: $55.37

## Economists

- Average Salary (per year): $116,630
- Mean hourly wage: $56.07

## Chemical engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $117,090
- Mean hourly wage: $56.29

## Economics teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $119,160
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Aerospace engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $119,220
- Mean hourly wage: $57.32

## Personal financial advisors

- Average Salary (per year): $119,290
- Mean hourly wage: $57.35

## Air traffic controllers

- Average Salary (per year): $120,140
- Mean hourly wage: $57.76

## Political scientists

- Average Salary (per year): $120,260
- Mean hourly wage: $57.82

## Nuclear engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $120,700
- Mean hourly wage: $58.03

## Actuaries

- Average Salary (per year): $120,970
- Mean hourly wage: $58.16

## Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $121,620
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Astronomers

- Average Salary (per year): $122,270
- Mean hourly wage: $58.79

## Optometrists

- Average Salary (per year): $122,980
- Mean hourly wage: $59.12

## Computer hardware engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $123,030
- Mean hourly wage: $59.15

## General and operations managers

- Average Salary (per year): $123,030
- Mean hourly wage: $59.15

## Training and development managers

- Average Salary (per year): $123,470
- Mean hourly wage: $59.36

## Pharmacists

- Average Salary (per year): $125,510
- Mean hourly wage: $60.34

## Computer and information research scientists

- Average Salary (per year): $127,460
- Mean hourly wage: $61.28

## Purchasing managers

- Average Salary (per year): $128,400
- Mean hourly wage: $61.73

## Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

- Average Salary (per year): $128,550
- Mean hourly wage: $61.80

## Human resources managers

- Average Salary (per year): $129,570
- Mean hourly wage: $62.29

## Law teachers, postsecondary

- Average Salary (per year): $129,950
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Physicists

- Average Salary (per year): $131,080
- Mean hourly wage: $63.02

## Compensation and benefits managers

- Average Salary (per year): $134,210
- Mean hourly wage: $64.52

## Sales managers

- Average Salary (per year): $141,690
- Mean hourly wage: $68.12

## Advertising and promotions managers

- Average Salary (per year): $141,890
- Mean hourly wage: $68.22

## Podiatrists

- Average Salary (per year): $142,680
- Mean hourly wage: $68.60

## Lawyers

- Average Salary (per year): $145,300
- Mean hourly wage: $69.86

## Natural sciences managers

- Average Salary (per year): $145,450
- Mean hourly wage: $69.93

## Financial managers

- Average Salary (per year): $147,530
- Mean hourly wage: $70.93

## Marketing managers

- Average Salary (per year): $149,200
- Mean hourly wage: $71.73

## Architectural and engineering managers

- Average Salary (per year): $152,930
- Mean hourly wage: $73.52

## Computer and information systems managers

- Average Salary (per year): $156,390
- Mean hourly wage: $75.19

## Petroleum engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $156,780
- Mean hourly wage: $75.37

## Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

- Average Salary (per year): $174,870
- Mean hourly wage: data not available

## Dentists, general

- Average Salary (per year): $178,260
- Mean hourly wage: $85.70

## Nurse anesthetists

- Average Salary (per year): $181,040
- Mean hourly wage: $87.04

## Pediatricians, general

- Average Salary (per year): $184,410
- Mean hourly wage: $88.66

## Chief executives

- Average Salary (per year): $193,850
- Mean hourly wage: $93.20

## General internal medicine physicians

- Average Salary (per year): $201,440
- Mean hourly wage: $96.85

## Family medicine physicians

- Average Salary (per year): $213,270
- Mean hourly wage: $102.53

## Psychiatrists

- Average Salary (per year): $220,430
- Mean hourly wage: $105.98

## Prosthodontists

- Average Salary (per year): $220,840
- Mean hourly wage: $106.17

## Orthodontists

- Average Salary (per year): $230,830
- Mean hourly wage: $110.98

## Obstetricians and gynecologists

- Average Salary (per year): $233,610
- Mean hourly wage: $112.31

## Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

- Average Salary (per year): $237,570
- Mean hourly wage: $114.21

## Surgeons

- Average Salary (per year): $252,040
- Mean hourly wage: $121.17

## Anesthesiologists

- Average Salary (per year): $261,730
- Mean hourly wage: $125.83