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Best Jobs in America

CNNMoney/PayScale's top 100 careers with big growth, great pay and satisfying work.

44.  Dentist

2016 best jobs
  • Median Pay: $151,000
  • Top Pay: $306,000
  • 10-year job growth: 18%

Dentists see up to 100 people a week for checkups or more complicated procedures. The vast majority are small business owners running their own practice, meaning they're also responsible for marketing the business, hiring a staff, and maintaining the office.

Quality of life ratings:
Personal satisfaction: A | Benefit to society: A | Telecommuting: C | Low stress: B

Notes: All pay data from 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:, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
  @CNNMoney - Last updated May 09 2017 02:13 PM ET

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