EMSI has once again compiled the highest-paying jobs in the US, and headlining our list are three healthcare occupations: oral surgeons, dentists, and physician/surgeons. Each pays at least $76 per hour on average.
The wage estimates in our companion graphic and table below come from EMSI’s latest employment dataset, which is based on the most recent numbers released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other federal data sources. These jobs were selected from the 800 occupations classified by the the BLS, regardless of education level or employment growth, and are ranked by current average hourly wages.
Depending on the region and industry, the average hourly estimates can vary widely.
A few observations:
- Health-related positions, airline pilots and air traffic controllers, and several technical management positions — ranging from natural science managers to education administrators — are at the top of the heap. The average hourly wage for these 20 occupations is $56.13 — nearly $117,000 annually — and the highest is oral and maxillofacial surgeons at $84.22 per hour.
- The fastest-growing job over the last five years on this list is petroleum engineers (38%), while pilots, engineering managers, general/operations managers, and judges have declined since 2006.
- The only occupation that does not require on average at least a bachelor’s degree is air traffic controllers. Six of the top 10 call for an advanced professional degree, and eight of 20 require a degree plus work experience.
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|SOC Code||Description||% Change||2011 Avg Hourly Wage||Low-End Hourly Wages||High-End Hourly Wages||Education Level|
|Source: EMSI Complete Employment (2011.4)|
|29-1022||Oral and maxillofacial surgeons||5%||$84.22||$38.24||$173.60||First professional degree|
|29-1023||Orthodontists||4%||$81.28||$37.52||$165.46||First professional degree|
|29-1069||Physicians and surgeons||7%||$76.52||$29.21||$152.96||First professional degree|
|29-1021||Dentists, general||3%||$66.03||$27.03||$126.95||First professional degree|
|29-1029||Dentists, all other specialists||7%||$63.74||$21.38||$133.20||First professional degree|
|29-1024||Prosthodontists||11%||$54.37||$16.65||$16.65||First professional degree|
|29-1051||Pharmacists||4%||$51.12||$37.97||$64.46||First professional degree|
|53-2011||Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers||-3%||$68.23||$33.28||$113.22||Bachelor's degree|
|53-2021||Air traffic controllers||12%||$51.40||$22.36||$77.67||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Nov-21||Natural sciences managers||6%||$58.30||$31.33||$107.76||Degree plus work experience|
|Nov-41||Engineering managers||-6%||$58.19||$35.58||$105.13||Degree plus work experience|
|Nov-21||Computer and information systems managers||2%||$53.95||$30.81||$99.31||Degree plus work experience|
|11-1021||General and operations managers||-7%||$50.67||$21.01||$97.95||Degree plus work experience|
|Nov-21||Marketing managers||3%||$50.37||$23.10||$96.82||Degree plus work experience|
|Nov-49||Human resources managers, all other||0%||$49.43||$27.36||$77.23||Degree plus work experience|
|Nov-32||Education administrators, elementary and secondary school||3%||$47.79||$30.87||$69.17||Degree plus work experience|
|17-2171||Petroleum engineers||38%||$53.95||$26.14||$86.39||Bachelor's degree|
|23-1011||Lawyers||1%||$51.35||$19.95||$121.65||First professional degree|
|23-1023||Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates||-4%||$50.00||$15.93||$105.42||Degree plus work experience|
Illustration by David Dalbey and Mark Beauchamp.