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?
Best Jobs rank: 29
Median salary: $121,000
Top pay: $214,000Finance directors have high-profile positions with salaries to match. They also shoulder the hefty responsibility of managing financial risk. Companies are willing to pony up to ensure that their finance director has the book smarts (CPA and an MBA at most large companies) and the business acumen to generate accurate forecasts and budgets.
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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.