Median pay
Rank Job title Best Jobs rank Median pay*
1 Anesthesiologist 68 $290,000
2 General Surgeon 75 $260,000
3 Emergency Room Physician 25 $250,000
4 Obstetrician / Gynecologist 100 $210,000
5 Psychiatrist 29 $185,000
6 Primary Care Physician 34 $174,000
7 Nurse Anesthetist 13 $156,000
8 Product Management Director 15 $148,000
9 Software Engineering / Development Director 18 $144,000
10 Sales Director 8 $142,000
11 Dentist 12 $142,000
12 Actuary 11 $133,000
13 Senior Sales Executive 32 $127,000
14 Software Architect 1 $119,000
15 Attorney / Lawyer 55 $118,000
16 Management Consultant 3 $117,000
17 Research & Development Manager 39 $116,000
18 Computer and Information Scientist 35 $115,000
19 Accounting Director 69 $112,000
20 Optometrist 56 $108,000
From the November 2010 issue
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com.
Methodology:We looked at jobs from the top 100 with the highest median salaries.
* 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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