The Top Jobs That Pay Over $100K a Year

High Paying White and Blue Collar Careers

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Which careers pay the most money? The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports annually on the highest paying careers. Leading the list of jobs that pay the most are medical and health-related positions. Other careers which pay well include engineering, management, and information technology occupations. Here are the top 20 highest paying careersaccording to a 2016 report from the BLS:

Top 20 Highest Paying Careers

  1. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: Median pay is equal to or greater than $208,000
  2. Surgeons, All Others: Median pay is equal to or greater than $208,000
  3. Orthodontists: Median pay is equal to or greater than $208,000
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Median pay is equal to or greater than $208,000
  5. Anesthesiologist: Median pay is equal to or greater than $208,000
  6. Physicians, All Others: Median pay is equal to or greater than $206,920
  7. Internist, General: Median pay is equal to or greater than $196,380
  8. Psychiatrist: Median Pay is $194,740
  1. Family and General Practitioners: Median Pay is $190,490
  2. Chief Executives: Median Pay is $181,210
  3. Dentists, All Other Specialists: Median Pay is $154,990
  4. Pediatricians, General: Median Pay is $168,990
  5. Nurse Anesthetists: Median Pay is $160,270
  6. Dentists, General: Median Pay is $153,900
  7. Computer and Information Systems Managers: Median Pay is $135,800
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers: Median Pay is $134,730
  9. Marketing Managers: Median Pay is $131,180
  10. Petroleum Engineer: Median Pay is $128,230
  11. Airline Pilots, Co-Pilots and Flight Engineers: Median Pay is $127,820
  1. Prosthodontists: Median Pay is $126,050

Blue Collar Jobs That Pay Over $100,000

You don’t have to put on a suit to make serious money. It's feasible to make $100,00 in a blue collar job though you may work for yourself, need a labor union behind you and, in some cases, you might have to put your safety at stake. According to, here are four high paying blue collar jobs:

  1. Police officers: Salaries for police departments in major urban areas can top out over 100k. New York Police Department salaries can range from $50,000 to $116,000, while a sergeant's pay runs from $105,000 to $131,000, and that's without overtime which can add up to another $50,000.
  2. Construction managers: Although the median pay for contractor salaries in 2016 was $89,300, according to the BLS, pay for construction managers can range from $53,740 to $158,330. A college degree is often required, and you'll need solid training in the field, significant experience and perhaps a license or certification. You also may be working for yourself, as 38% of construction managers were self-employed in 2016, according to the BLS. It's also rigorous work: dealing with emergencies can require long hours and being on call around the clock.
  1. Farmers and ranchers: Farmers who own or manage farms can take home six figures in some parts of the country.  According to 2016 BLS data, the top 10% of farmers earn $126,070 or more while the median pay is $66,350. 
  2. Oil rig workers: A Bachelor's degree isn't required for oil rig foremen/superintendents, directional drillers, and oil rig managers, though they usually require years of experience. Some oil workers can earn over $100,000, particularly with overtime pay.  Working on a rig is very taxing work—it's labor intensive, lonely and potentially dangerous and workers are compensated for these factors.

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