Anesthesiologists take home a median $292,000 salary annually. What other great careers from Money and PayScale.com's list of Best Jobs in America offer big paychecks?
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Median salary: $114,000
Top pay: $273,000Big commissions can boost earnings for driven insurance agents. Those who specialize in working with companies in high-liability industries -- such as oil, construction and pharmaceuticals -- can do especially well, since commissions can amount to 10% to 15% of the total contract. Agents with significant tenure tend to become the "go-to" people in their area of specialty, which allows them to capture bigger deals and bring home even bigger commissions.
Last updated November 27 2009: 12:12 PM ET
Note: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest top pay. When there were multiple job titles from the same category, we selected the job with the most familiar job title. Median salary is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile.