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: 18
Median salary: $115,000
Top pay: $262,000Not all attorneys rake in the dough; plenty of prosecutors and public interest lawyers make meager salaries. But lawyers at corporate firms still frequently earn starting salaries that exceed six figures, even with well-publicized layoffs, falling rates, and controversy in the industry over the standard billable hour. The high pay reflects the high stakes involved in corporate litigation and transactions--lawyers are involved in deals and cases worth millions.
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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.