Margo Karsten, CEO of Banner Health Northern Colorado
Median Pay: $120,000
Top Pay: $241,000
10-year job growth: 17%
These top executives make sure the hospital or health care network they're leading is running as efficiently as possible and has a strong strategic plan for the future. They meet with representatives from every department in the hospital to find opportunities to improve services to patients and workers alike.
Why it's great: Hospital administrators get to make a real difference in people's lives. "You can make this the best place for physicians and employees and volunteers, and ensure that the community is getting high-quality health care that meets its needs," says hospital chief executive officer Margo Karsten.
Quality of life ratings: Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Telecommuting: B | Low stress: C
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2014-24, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more details, see How We Picked the Best Jobs. Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
By Beth Braverman @CNNMoney - Last updated January 05 2017 09:03 PM ET