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Physician jobs comprise 60% of U.S. News & World Report’s top 10 best paying jobs

Five specialties—and the job of physician, which includes those in all specialties—landed at the top of the 2020 list.

Five medical specialties are among the best-paying jobs on U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Jobs list in 2020.

U.S. News & World Report created the annual Best Paying Jobs list by ranking the top 25 mean salaries from its Best Jobs List, on which six physician jobs (five specialties and the job of physician, which includes those in all specialties) were ranked in the top 100. These six jobs had some of the highest mean salaries out of those deemed to be the best, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with anesthesiologists leading the way at $267,020 on average.

When determining whether a job should be on its best jobs list, U.S. News weighs salary in addition to future growth potential, work-life balance, stress level and the unemployment rate.

Of note, each of the top 10 highest paying jobs on the Best Jobs list are in the health care sector, with oral & maxillofacial surgeons at No. 3, orthodontists at No. 5, prosthodontists at No. 8, and dentists at No. 10.

All six physician jobs in the top 10, with their reported mean salaries, are listed below.

Physician jobs on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Paying Jobs List
Rank Job Mean salary
1 Anesthesiologist $267,020
2 Surgeon $255,110
4 OB-GYN $238,320
6 Psychiatrist $220,380
7 Physician $196,490
9 Pediatrician $183,240

To see the rest of the top 25 best paying jobs for 2020 and their median salaries, view the full list. And to learn more about how U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 100 best jobs, visit their methodology explanation page.

Related reading:

Physician is No. 7 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Jobs 2020 list

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  1. richard toon

    Doubt that these numbers are accurate. Quite low, in fact.
    Most probably the respondents did not include the proper number of high earners.

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