The Best Paying Jobs in Healthcare


U.S. News & World Report has released their oft-anticipated annual Best Jobs lists, and 14 of the 25 Best Paying Jobs ranked for 2021 are in the healthcare industry, including the entire top ten.

All of the jobs that made the list offer an annual median salary above $100,000, require at least a master’s degree, and are directly involved in patient care.

Did your job rank in the top 25? The 14 healthcare jobs that made the list, as ranked by median salary, are below.

1. Anesthesiologist

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #8 in Best Health Care Jobs, #14 in 100 Best Jobs
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2. Surgeon

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #16 in Best Health Care Jobs, #42 in 100 Best Jobs
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3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #9 in Best Health Care Jobs, #18 in 100 Best Jobs
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4. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #16 in Best Health Care Jobs, #42 in 100 Best Jobs
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5. Orthodontist

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #7 in Best Health Care Jobs, #8 in Best STEM Jobs, #11 in 100 Best Jobs
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6. Prosthodontist

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #13 in Best Health Care Jobs, #35 in 100 Best Jobs
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7. Psychiatrist

Median Annual Salary: $208,000
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #12 in Best Health Care Jobs, #27 in 100 Best Jobs
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8. Physician

Median Annual Salary: $206,500
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #3 in Best Health Care Jobs, #5 in 100 Best Jobs
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9. Pediatrician

Median Annual Salary: $175,310
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #18 in Best STEM Jobs, #21 in Best Health Care Jobs, #54 in 100 Best Jobs
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10. Nurse Anesthetist

Median Annual Salary: $174,790
Education Needed: Master’s
Other Rankings: #14 in Best STEM Jobs, #15 in Best Health Care Jobs, #39 in 100 Best Jobs
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11. Dentist

Median Annual Salary: $155,600
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #5 in Best Health Care Jobs, #7 in Best STEM Jobs, #9 in 100 Best Jobs
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18. Podiatrist

Median Annual Salary: $126,240
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #19 in Best Health Care Jobs, #46 in 100 Best Jobs
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20. Pharmacist

Median Annual Salary: $128,090
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #29 in Best Health Care Jobs
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22. Optometrist

Median Annual Salary: $115,250
Education Needed: Doctorate
Other Rankings: #20 in Best Health Care Jobs, #48 in 100 Best Jobs
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Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.

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