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The Best-Paying Jobs for 2011

People in medicine are, on the whole, the best-paid workers in America.Want to earn a lot? Better enroll in medical school. The best paying positions in the country are in medicine; all of the top 10 jobs, except for one, are in medical fields.

Data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and was collected in 2009.

No. 1: Surgeon

Surgeons earned an average of $219,770 in 2009. That's the equivalent of $105.66 an hour – but surgeons don't always work a typical 9-to-5 schedule. If a patient needs emergency surgery in the middle of the night, it will be the surgeon's responsibility to perform it.

No. 2: Anesthesiologist

Close behind surgeons were anesthesiologists; they earned an average of $211,750 last year.

No. 3: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Oral surgeons, earning more than $210,000, on average, are few and far between: According to the BLS, there were just 6,700 oral surgeons in the country in 2008.

No. 4: Orthodontist

Many young people have dealt with orthodontists at some point in their lives – but they might not know how much an orthodontist can earn. In 2009, orthodontists' salaries averaged slightly more than $206,000.

No. 5: Obstetrician/Gynecologist

OB/GYNs, like surgeons, can work irregular hours – but their salaries average a substantial $204,470.

No. 6: Internist

No, internists don't deal with interns – they treat internal injuries or diseases. Internists earned $183,990 last year.

No. 7: Physician and Surgeon

The BLS says "Physician and Surgeon" is defined as any doctor – like a cardiologist – that doesn't fit in the other categories. Doctors in this group earn $173,860, on average.

No. 8: General Practitioner

Family doctors fall into this category. They earned $168,500 in 2009, on average.

No. 9: CEO

Thought chief executives would be higher on the list? Some are extremely high earners – but, on average, CEOs earn $167,280 per year.

No. 10: Psychiatrist

Budding Freuds can expect to earn $163,660 each year.

Medicine can be extremely lucrative, as the BLS data shows. Yet what the data doesn't take into account is the amount of schooling required to become a doctor of any stripe. Anesthesiologists must train for more than 10 years to become fully certified, for example; other specialties require just as much formal training.

And all that schooling comes at a price. To be sure, a top-10 earner will be able to pay off her student loan bills before too long – but the thought of taking on that much debt might be off-putting to some people.

While being a doctor can ensure a high salary, it's not the best career for everyone. The education a medical career requires – and the lifestyle challenges it can present – should be taken into account.

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4 Responses to The Best-Paying Jobs for 2011

  1. Dan Whitter says:

    Hotel sales jobs start at 40-60k and can advance to 80-100K within 3-5 years. Work in nice surroundings at Hyatt, Marriott, Embassy Suites, Hilton. You can advance to the GM job and make great money as well.

    To start, go to a junior college for a few years, or do an online-certificate at ecornel.com or aprinda.com

    There are also plenty of 4 year hospitality degrees available.

  2. Kevin says:

    For regular people that have pleasant personaliteis, try a hotel sales or catering career. Each hotel employs 1-10 or more of these folks. Entry level starts at 40-60K plus bonuses. Great perks for trvavel and food. Advance really fast to the Director of Sales or Director of Catering or even the General Manager posititon. After 5 years an average salary is 65 to 90K or more. GM can earn up up to 200K or more. Start with an online certificaet at ecornell or aprinda.com

  3. heaven says:

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  4. john says:

    anesthesiologists are some of the most highly trained physicians in the world, hard to believe that nurses think they can do the same job with minimal training.

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