Which professions are the most lucrative?


This is a list of professions that are the best paid in the United States and how much each earns.

The data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and The Bureau of Economic Analysis.

This is not a comprehensive list, and it does not include some of the most prestigious professions.

A job with the highest pay could be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer.

If you know of a profession that is not included, please let us know in the comments.


Aesthetist: $52,857,527 2.

Therapist: $53,039,000 3.

Physician: $54,947,957 4.

Lumberjack: $58,979,037 5.

Firefighter: $59,716,547 6.

Fire and Police: $60,842,000 7.

Medical Technologist: $62,895,000 8.

Computer and Information Technology Specialist: $63,841,000 9.

Dentist: 10.

Plumber: $64,878,000 11.

Electrical Engineer: $65,932,000 12.

Mechanical Engineer: 14.

Computer Systems Engineer: 18.

Mechanical Engineering: 29.

Chemist: 50.

Pharmacist: 62.

Pharmacy Technician: 73.

Pharmacists: 90.

Accountant: 95.

Psychologist: 100.

Psychotherapist: 110.

Medical Technician: 120.

Pharmacies: 145.

Certified Nursing Home Assistant: 150.

Registered Nurse: 175.

Licensed Practical Nurse: 190.

Medical Assistant: 220.

Licensed Social Worker: 230.

Licensed Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: 235.

Certified Nurse-Midwife: 260.

Licensed Registered Nurse-Family Nurse: 290.

Registered Nurses: 300.

Registered Podiatrist: 340.

Registered Nursing Student: 450.

Registered Psychotherapists: 550.

Certified Family Nurse: 600.

Registered Physical Therapist, Orthopedic Therapist and Podiatric Physician.

The pay data does not consider the following professions, which include: law enforcement, firefighter, and medical technologist.

This list does not necessarily include those who are licensed in the state where they work, or those who work as private practitioners.

Source: Bureau of Occupational Safety and Health Occupational Health and Safety Safety Code Section 42.6(c) Occupational health and safety codes are federal laws.

The Occupational Protection and Safety Act (OPSA) sets minimum standards for occupational health and Safety standards.

The Federal Occupational Pest Control Act (FOPCA) establishes a regulatory framework for controlling indoor and outdoor pest control and other activities.

These rules can be found on the Occupational Hazards and Diseases page of OSHA’s website.

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