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The Highest-Paying Job in Every State
It doesn’t matter if you’re a recent college graduate or a workforce seasoned pro looking to make a major career change, everyone wants to make a good living. GoBankingRates.com recently released new data showing the highest-paying jobs across the nation. If you don’t mind the extra schooling, one of these jobs may be your ticket to wealth.
If your sights are set on becoming a pediatrician, you should live in Alaska, Mississippi, or Utah to get the most bang for your buck. The average pediatrician salary nationwide is about $200,000, but in these states, pediatricians make between $267,000 to $270,000. And, good news, if you’re a woman looking to get into the medical field, there are currently more women pediatricians than men, according to the American Medical Association. “For the first time ever, there were more women applicants to medical school than men and getting into medical school remains a competitive process for applicants,” says John E. Prescott, MD, chief academic officer, Association of American Medical Colleges. Want a career with longevity? These are the most in-demand jobs right now.
Having good teeth is important; some would even go as far as to argue that a smile is the most important feature on someone’s face. If you want to make people smile by giving them pearly whites, consider becoming an orthodontist. According to GoBankingRates.com, an orthodontist is the highest-paying job in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, and Washington, with average annual salaries ranging around $260,000 to $290,000. You better like school though, because becoming an orthodontist takes ten plus years: Four years of undergrad followed by four years of dental school along with two to three years of orthodontic residency. And then after residency, you have to pass the written portion of the American Board of orthodontics exam before you can even practice. You should note that an orthodontist and a dentist are different. An orthodontist is a specialty within the field of dentistry that corrects bites and straightens teeth, i.e. braces, while dentists focus on overall oral hygiene. All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists.
Simply put, a surgeon performs surgical operations, however, not all surgeons and surgeries are the same; according to the American College of Surgeons (ACOS) there are 14 surgical specialties, including cardiothoracic surgery, neurological surgery, and plastic and maxillofacial surgery. “A general surgeon is a specialist who is trained to manage a broad spectrum of surgical conditions affecting almost any area of the body,” ACOS says. Of course, the salary of a surgeon depends on specialty and location, but you can definitely expect at least $250,000 each year. The states where surgeons are the highest paying job are Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Find out the most unusual high paying jobs.
If you’re heading to Arkansas and looking for a well paying job, consider being an internist—you’ll make about a cool $270,00 each year. But what is an internist you ask? The American College of Physicians defines an internist or internal medicine physicians as “specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness.” Internists can basically do it all. Like most other doctors, internists have to go to through years of schooling, then even after the completion of medical school internists have to complete three to seven years of internship and residency programs.
Many people may think that an anesthesiologist is responsible for just putting people to sleep before a surgery. They come in right before the surgery starts, put you under, and then wake you up and are done, right? Actually, no, there’s actually a lot more to it than that. The American Society of Anesthesiologists says, “anesthesiologists serve a central role in the operating room, making decisions to protect and regulate your critical life functions. They typically are the first to diagnose and treat any medical problems that may arise during surgery or the recovery period.” California, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont all list anesthesiologists as racking in the biggest yearly salary.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons go under the dentistry umbrella, as they are the experts in everything face, mouth, jaw, and neck. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they “perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions to treat diseases, injuries, or defects.” So you might see an OMFS if you have impacted teeth, but you also might see one if you have a cleft lip and palate. Head to Colorado or Massachusetts if you want to make the most money; Massachusetts pays $270,140 and Colorado $274,740.
Obstetrician and gynecologist
If you love all things women health related, and the idea of bringing new babies into this world makes you giddy, you may want to look into being a gynecologist and obstetrician. Montana, Oregon, and Wisconsin pay this type of doctor the best with a yearly salary ranging from $247,00 to $276,000. While obstetricians and gynecologists both focus on the female reproductive system, obstetricians provide treatment for pregnant women before and after the birth.
You’ve likely seen your physician more than any other doctor in your life. Physicians are responsible for the overall well-being of their patients, which is no easy feat. They tackle everything from the common cold to a broken leg to an unusual back rash. There are two main types of physicians: Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). New Hampshire, West Virginia, and Wyoming are the states that pay their physicians the best, with a median salary of around $250,000. While this may seem like a lot, it takes a ton of work to be a physician. “Physicians spend a long time preparing for their career in medicine,” says Dr. Prescott. “They will devote between seven to 12 years after college to learn the skills necessary to provide the very best medical care.” Here’s how to tell the difference between an MD and a DO.
Most people don’t think of the word “feet” when they think of Hawaii. Sandy white beaches and crystal clear oceans? Yes. Feet? No. But here’s why your feet and Hawaii actually go hand in hand. According to the GoBanking data, podiatrists or a foot and ankle surgeon, are the highest paying jobs on this island chain, making a whopping $273,040 every year. While living in a tropical paradise may sound enticing, you should know that the cost of living in Hawaii is very high. Data compiled by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center shows that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the United States. Expatistan, one of the biggest collaborative cost-of-living databases, says that basic lunch costs around $14 and rent is over $2,000 each month. Now, find out the 12 weirdest jobs you didn’t know you could apply for.