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What Jobs Pay $200K a Year?

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

Only four jobs paid average wages in excess of $200,000 a year as of May 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and none of them were boardroom-based. Working as a chief executive would have earned you a mean annual salary of $176,840. But if you wanted to break the $200K mark, medicine was the place to be.


Putting patients to sleep before surgery pays handsomely. The BLS reports that anesthesiologists earned a mean annual wage of $232,830 as of May 2012. The best-paid anesthesiologists worked in physician's offices and averaged $241,910 a year, making them the highest-paid professionals in the country. Anesthesiologists at outpatient care centers averaged $225,360 a year, while those at general medical and surgical hospitals averaged $196,700 a year.


Surgeons were the second-highest-paid workers in the U.S. as of May 2012, earning a mean annual salary of $230,540. Surgeons at specialty hospitals were the top-earning subgroup in the profession, taking home an average of $238,120 a year, according to BLS figures. Surgeons working in the offices of physicians and for state governments, the next best-paid in the field, averaged $237,770 and $233,920 a year, respectively.

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Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Medics specializing in pregnancy, childbirth and the female reproductive system also took home robust salaries in 2012. The BLS reports that obstetricians and gynecologists were paid a mean annual wage of $216,760, making them the third-highest-paid professionals in the country. OBGYNs who worked in the offices of physicians averaged $223,070 a year to lead the group. Those in outpatient care centers ranked second at an average of $214,830 a year.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

The BLS reports that oral and maxillofacial surgeons averaged $216,440 a year in May 2012, putting then fourth on the list of highest average salaries and the last to average in excess of $200K. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons working in the offices of physicians were the highest-paid subgroup in the profession at an average of $230,350 a year. They were followed by those in the offices of dentists, who averaged $226,280.

About the Author

Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.

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