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Anesthesiologists take home a median $290,000 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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8. Product Management Director
Product Management Director
Jeff Lash, 30, is product management VP at First Consult in St. Louis, Mo.
Best Jobs rank: 15
Median pay: $148,000
Top pay: $192,000

Every new widget and gizmo that you see on a website was birthed by a product manager. They help meld business requirements, creative visions and technical constraints to make projects happen.

"I like interacting with customers and users to understand how our products can be improved. It's great to be able to say that you found a need that was not being met, and that you made someone's life or work that much better," says Jeff Lash, vice president for product management at First Consult in St. Louis.

"Product management is a 'next year' job where a lot of the fruits of your labor are not reflected in a day or a week, but in a quarter or a year," he says. "If you like quickly seeing results, this is probably not the job for you."

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Last updated October 11 2010: 8:13 AM ET
Source: All pay data from PayScale.com
Note: We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest top pay. Median salary is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile.
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