35 Jobs that Pay Over 300k (#25 is Surprising)

jobs that pay over $300k

1. Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Median Salary: $209,734

Top Earners: $325,780

Education: Doctor of Medicine degree

What they do: A cardiothoracic surgeon is a specialist who operates on the heart, lungs and other thoracic (chest) organs. As well as performing surgery, they also diagnose and treat diseases of these organs.

2. Psychiatrist

Median Salary: $223,248

Top Earners: $308,198

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: A medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are licensed to prescribe medication to their patients.

3. Trial Lawyer

Median Salary: $227,252

Top Earners: $356,708

Education: Juris Doctor

What they do: Trial lawyers meet with clients and agree to represent them in court cases. After performing legal research, trial lawyers go to court to argue their client’s case on their behalf to the judge or jury.

4. Associate Litigation Attorney

Median Salary: $237,726

Top Earners: $361,179

Education: Juris Doctor

What they do: A litigation attorney is a lawyer who represents people and companies in civil lawsuits brought before the courts.

5. Emergency Physician

Median Salary: $238,049

Top Earners: $371,213

Education: Doctor of Medicine 

What they do: Works at an emergency department to care for ill patients. The emergency physician is a specialist in advanced cardiac life support, resuscitation, trauma care such as fractures and soft tissue injuries, and management of other life-threatening situations.

6. Professor of Medicine

Median Salary: $226,898

Top Earners: $408,884

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Works at a university and engages in practical instruction of professional medical students. Members of such faculty are expected to have considerable practical experience in their respective fields of expertise.

7. Partner (Law)

Median Salary: $242,673

Top Earners: $406,069

Education: Juris Doctor; Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Partners are primarily those senior lawyers who are responsible for generating most of the firm’s revenue.

8. Special Counsel

Median Salary: $244,798

Top Earners: $343,437

Education: Juris Doctor

What they do: Investigate, and potentially prosecute, a particular case of suspected wrongdoing for which a conflict of interest exists for the usual prosecuting authority.

9. Distinguished Engineer

Median Salary: $245,309

Top Earners: $338,801

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: A distinguished engineer is someone a team can build around for any project, a person who will spend time developing others and making them far better at their job then they were before.

10. Corporate Controller

Median Salary: $249,729

Top Earners: $334,953

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Oversees all the financial and accounting functions of a given organization, including billing, accounts payable and receivable, budgeting, and other functions.

11. Orthopedic Surgeon

Median Salary: $247,049

Top Earners: $445,199

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Work on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

12. Obstetrician/Gynecologist

Median Salary: $250,737

Top Earners: $402,710

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: An obstetrician-gynecologist, or OB-GYN, is a healthcare professional that specializes in female reproductive health. People trained as OB-GYNs specialize in both obstetrics and gynecology: obstetrics involves working with pregnant women, including delivering babies. Gynecology involves the female reproductive system, treating a wide range of conditions.

13. Nephrologist

Median Salary: $258,312

Top Earners: $394,650

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: A medical professional who specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys.

14. Neurologist

Median Salary: $259,575

Top Earners: $359,701

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Treats disorders that affect the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

15. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Median Salary: $262,248

Top Earners: $438,450

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery; Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Dental specialists who treat conditions, defects, injuries and esthetic aspects of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face.

16. Principal Software Development Engineer

Median Salary: $276,546

Top Earners: $361,955

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Develop, document, and test software to ensure that the software meets the needs of end-users and achieves business goals. Provide technical guidance to development teams and oversee the technical aspects of all projects.

17. Cardiac Surgeon

Median Salary: $277,708

Top Earners: $379,971

Education: Doctor of Medicine degree

What they do: Cardiac surgeons operate on the heart and surrounding vessels to treat cardiovascular diseases.

18. Radiation Oncologist

Median Salary: $283,017

Top Earners: $399,508

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Specialist physician who uses ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer.

19. Orthodontist

Median Salary: $291,097 

Top Earners: $384,862

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery

What they do: Facial growth and dental development experts. They diagnose and treat crooked teeth, bad bites and poorly aligned jaws.

20. Flight Surgeon

Median Salary: $291,295

Top Earners: $451,287

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Physicians (MDs or DOs) who serve as the primary care physicians for a variety of military aviation personnel on special duty status.

21. Radiologist

Median Salary: $304,321

Top Earners: $463,895

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Medical doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating disease and injury, using medical imaging techniques such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), fusion imaging, and ultrasound.

22. Anesthesiologist

Median Salary: $304,623

Top Earners: $415,770

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Medical speciality concerned with the total perioperative care of patients before, during and after surgery. It encompasses anesthesia, intensive care medicine, critical emergency medicine, and pain medicine.

23. Principal Partner

Median Salary: $328,226

Top Earners: $584,111

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: The partner who is the qualified agent of a bail bond agency and who exercises operational control over the agency.

24. Dermatologist

Median Salary: $330,247

Top Earners: $451,192

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Dermatologists treat over 3,000 skin conditions, including acne, psoriasis, and skin cancer. They are trained to carry out skin grafts, laser treatments, the excision of lesions, and more.

25. Airman

Median Salary: $340,477

Top Earners: $494,993

Education: Military Flight Training; Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Work on flight support missions, handling base affairs, protecting bases, constructing new airstrips, guarding missile sites, even doing rescues.

26. Plastic Surgeon

Median Salary: $342,681

Top Earners: $560,816

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Perform operations that change the shape or appearance of part of a patient’s body.

27. Intensivist

Median Salary: $348,298

Top Earners: $610,494

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: A board-certified physician who provides special care for critically ill patients.

28. Gastroenterologist

Median Salary: $356,838

Top Earners: $522,178

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Experts on the digestive system and how it works. Also called “GI doctors,” gastroenterologists treat problems and diseases of the digestive system and are experts in how the digestive system works.

29. Urologist

Median Salary: $384,304

Top Earners: $602,882

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the urinary tract.

30. Vascular Surgeon

Median Salary: $384,853

Top Earners: $646,141

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Diagnoses, treats, and manages conditions in your arteries and veins, also called your blood vessels.

31. Cardiologist

Median Salary: $386,029

Top Earners: $606,936

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system.

32. Neurosurgeon

Median Salary: $400,630

Top Earners: $534,032

Education: Doctor of Medicine

What they do: Physician who specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system including congenital anomalies, trauma, tumors, vascular disorders, infections of the brain or spine, stroke, or degenerative diseases of the spine.

33. Principal Development Manager

Median Salary: $412,646

Top Earners: $693,474

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Principal Development Manager creates the vision for the organization; driving the roadmap, and being an ambassador of best practice. They deliver thought leadership and influence across the business, whilst ensuring all competencies are aligned.

34. Audit Partner

Median Salary: $443,381

Top Earners: $799,000

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Reviews a client’s financial information for accuracy, validity and timeliness. Accounting firms usually employ partners to find and retain clients, manage the audit department, and engage in client audits when necessary.

35. Tax Partner

Median Salary: $469,973

Top Earners: $690,081

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

What they do: Handle client relationships, ensure that new business is coming into the firm, and keep expenses in line. Partners also meet periodically to make decisions regarding hiring/firing/compensation decisions, as well as the overall direction of the firm.

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