Based on the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the 5 highest paying jobs in the country in 2016, based on average annual salary:

  1. Anesthesiologist ($258,100)
  2. Surgeon ($247,520)
  3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon ($233,900)
  4. Obstetrician/gynecologist ($222,400)
  5. Orthodontist ($221,390)

If working on other people isn’t your thing, here are five other careers where you can make a pretty salty living:

  1. Petroleum engineer ($149,590)
  2. Computer information and systems manager ($141,000)
  3. Marketing manager ($140,660)
  4. Lawyer ($136,260)
  5. Public relations and fundraising manager ($119,390)

The low end of the scale found dry cleaners, taxi drivers, and food service's yearly salaries in the low $20,000's.

Good reason to stay in school?

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