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The 10 Best-Paying Jobs For 2014

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First it was the Fed's unemployment rate target. This was quickly ignored and forgotten - just as we predicted would happen in December 2012 - when the unemployment rate "hit and beat" the Fed's target, even as the Fed's Russell 200,000 target was still far, far away.

Then it implicitly became the rate of those long-term unemployed, but now that even this number is starting to indicate lack of slack, the central bank "target" has shifted once again, this time as hinted by the BOE's Marc Carney, who is now looking at the one indicator we said was the only relevant one from day 1 - the lack of real wage growth, or in other words, not quantity of jobs but quality.

And of course, as we have shown over the past two years, the reason for the lack of wage growth is that the jobs added are either of the part-time variety, or predominantly low paying jobs.

Still, there is some hope left, even for choose not to pursue the final days of what once were the best-paying if least constructive and beneficial to society jobs in the US, namely finance.

According to a new analysis from CareerCast jobs, seven of the top 10 careers are in the healthcare industry and, as expected, require an advanced degree. As CBS reports, while these jobs are all pegged to show strong earnings growth through 2022, there is a downside: Becoming a surgeon or physician requires years of graduate school and training, which requires an investment of time and money. "There is a tradeoff for every job," CareerCast publisher Tony Lee told CBS MoneyWatch. "Surgeon might be the best paid job in the country, but what it takes to become a surgeon is substantial in terms of cost and years when your earnings are minimal," such as during a residency.

Oh well, at least it doesn't require stealing from widows and orphans, and one can even sleep at night without ingesting industrial amounts of horse tranquilizer.

So without further ado, here are the ten top paying jobs for 2014:

1. Surgeon 

Annual average salary: $233,150

Projected growth by 2022: 18 percent

While surgeons are the top-earning workers in the analysis, the tradeoff is often a staggering amount of student debt. Graduates in the class of 2013 left medical school with a median debt of $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Still, some surgeons can far exceed the average, with about 6 percent of general surgeons bringing home at least $500,000, according to a Medscape report last year.


2. General Practice Physician 

Annual average salary: $187,200

Projected growth by 2022: 18 percent

General practice physicians rank as the second highest-paid career. Like surgeons, the profession is forecast to have an above-average rate of growth through 2022.

One reason is that baby boomers are starting to retire from their medical practices, but an aging population is keeping demand high for medical professionals. Yet not enough students are enrolling in medical school to make up the shortfall, causing the Association of American Medical Colleges to estimate a shortfall of more than 65,000 primary-care doctors by 2025.

Some medical students are preferring to enroll in training for medical specialties such as cardiology, given higher pay for specialists and the often stressful role of a general practitioner.


3. Psychiatrist 

Annual average salary: $178,950

Projected growth by 2022: 18 percent

Becoming a psychiatrist also requires years of training. After medical school, students enroll in a residency program before getting licensed to practice. While they earn less than some other medical specialists, psychiatrists enjoy higher job satisfaction than others in the medical field, Medscape found.


4. Orthodontist 

Annual average salary: $149,310

Projected growth by 2022: 16 percent

Orthodontists attend dental school before enrolling in either a Doctor of Dental Surgery or a Doctor of Dental Medicine. The next step is to enroll in a post-doctoral orthodontics program. Overall, training can take 10 years from bachelor's degree to the final specialty program.


5. Dentist 

Annual average salary: $146,340

Projected growth by 2022: 16 percent

Getting into dental school can be competitive, notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While they often earn high salaries, the downside is that the profession comes with a high level of stress, partly from dealing with fearful patients.


6. Petroleum Engineer 

Annual average salary: $130,280

Projected growth by 2022: 26 percent

Some petroleum engineers are nearing retirement, which is opening up opportunities to younger workers, Lee notes. That's also helping the growth rate for this industry, as well as demand from the growing oil and gas exploration sites.


7. Air Traffic Controller 

Annual average salary: $122,530

Projected growth by 2022: 1 percent

While a high-paying job, working as an air-traffic controller carries a high level of stress. Because of this, some workers burn out while still young, Lee notes. It's also facing a below average growth rate because some functions of air control are being automated, requiring fewer workers.


8. Pharmacist 

Annual average salary: $116,670

Projected growth by 2022: 14 percent

Like other medical professions, becoming a pharmacist also requires years of training. Pharmacists earn a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree, and must become licensed by passing two exams, the BLS notes.


9. Podiatrist 

Annual average salary: $116,440

Projected growth by 2022: 23 percent

This medical specialty is projected to grow faster than the average U.S. profession, thanks to the aging American population, the BLS notes. Podiatrists will be increasingly in demand to treat patients with foot and ankle problems created by chronic illnesses such as obesity, the agency adds.


10. Attorney 

Annual average salary: $113,530

Projected growth by 2022: 10 percent

Last but not least, lawyers still rank among the top 10 paying professions in the U.S. Following a downturn after the recession, the job market for attorneys is improving, Lee notes. Some Baby Boomer attorneys will be retiring, opening up more demand for younger legal eagles.

Via: CBS


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Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:37 | 5088948 kowalli
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is bankster, USA president, congressman, ceo and etc not included?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:40 | 5088960 WayBehind
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No, those are not included because politician or thief is not a real job

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:41 | 5088965 kowalli
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what's it then?hobby?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:54 | 5089038 Raymond K Hessel
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There's no way this  list is correct.  Attorney shouldn't be on that list considering how high the unemployment rate for them is right now.

And the doctors' pay all seem way too low, by a factor of about 5x.

I think this list is full of bull shit.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:57 | 5089056 kaiserhoff
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Pharmacist, the ability to count pills.

A job that should have been replaced by bar codes years ago.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:12 | 5089107 Latina Lover
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They forgot to include prostitutes.  Most whores make more money than most doctors.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:34 | 5089250 Keyser
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That top 10 list is a bit on the low side... I know O&G workers making more than all these folks... 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:24 | 5091098 AldousHuxley
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healthcare $ comes from your taxes....

Doctors have government protection of their jobs through licensing...


Pay drug company scientists more to actually cure diseases, not service providers like doctors and pharmacists.


Also start taxing hospitals and medical services and watch prices go down.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:36 | 5089259 NoDebt
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What th hell is wrong with that foot the Podiatrist is.... scraping, I guess?  Working on a zombie from The Walking Dead?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:01 | 5089971 Semi-employed W...
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$116,440 is not nearly enough to work with nasty feet like that.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:22 | 5091097 Skateboarder
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It's like freaking Hobbiton around here. :-)

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 05:56 | 5091254 StychoKiller
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Coming from yer avatar, that's comedy gold right thar! :>D

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:44 | 5089298 BearOfNH
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Then why not pimp?


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:11 | 5089144 ILoveDebt
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Retail pharmacists - yes.  Hospital pharmacists - no.  They actual do pharmaceutical related work with dosing of patients.  


The irony is that retail pharmacists make more money then hospital pharmacist.  

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:36 | 5089258 Citxmech
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Of course in retail there's like one actual licensed pharmacist for every 7-8 techs.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:49 | 5089321 Big Brother
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Retail pharmacists - to quote a friend of mine who works for CVS:

First off, you deal with the general public. 

  • If you work in a poor neighborhood, you're primarily handing out psych drugs paid for by a third party (the tax-payer).  You're at risk of getting robbed for the pain-killers you store in the back safe.  You're under constant survalence from the DEA to ensure your Percoset and Vicodin volumes add up.
  • If you work in a college town, your highest-volume seller is the "the morning after pill".
  • If you work in a wealthy neighborhood, your highest net-profit item is Viagra®.

Secondly, if you work for an HO-

  • You count pills all day and hand them off to nurses.  If you like the solitary and not dealing with the general public, this is the way to go.
  • You take a 40% paycut to do so.


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:02 | 5090198 Raymond K Hessel
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A good pharmacist is more than a pill counter. 

He can help you answer questions about medications, side effects, whether or not they interact with other medicine, vitamins, etc.

If you go to a CVS or Walgreens, then no, that pharmacist doesn't work there.  The pharmacist I'm describing owns the store.  If you go to Walgreens, you probably go to Wal-Mart, so you should expect to get treated like any other kind of adult retard who doesn't have half the sense God gave him.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 23:41 | 5090723 NoPension
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There can't be more than two, maybe three, pharmacist owned store in the country. I may be on the high side.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:32 | 5092421 FredFlintstone
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I never understood this part of it. Wouldn't your prescribing physician be looking at all of this and answering questions?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:57 | 5089057 wee-weed up
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Being a doctor under ObozoCare?
Sorry... No thanks! No amount of money...

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:03 | 5089087 kaiserhoff
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Defective list.

Life guards and prison guards in Cali got the rest of ya'll smoked.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:02 | 5089072 Urban Redneck
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They left off the $180,000 per year at only 20 hours a week that can be made by posting obnoxious links on Zerohedge.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:04 | 5089390 Citxmech
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Oh yeah - that reminds me:  My sister's cousin made $18k last month pimping her chihuahua on Craigslist and posting the hidden videos she took to YouTube - to see how, visit my link at. . . 

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:05 | 5089690 knukles
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So it's you fuckers stole my chihuahua for sex! 
Where's my taste of the 18 large?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:24 | 5089208 l8apex
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The $ amount for psychiatrist is accurate.  Couldn't say for the any of the others.  Low by a factor of 5x, that's funny.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:29 | 5091282 blown income
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My Psychiatrist had to close his private practice a few months back , he was a great doctor but the insurance companys effectivly killed his practice..Nobody wants to pay for mental health..


I feel bad for him as we kinda became freinds and was always there for me , I always paid cash..

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:45 | 5090133 lasvegaspersona
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I suspect the average is correct for physicians but the spread is wide. Some are comfortable as salaried HMO docs others are aggresive and hungry. They do private practice and if they do well they can make a lot more.

Medicine has a high fixed cost. Once you make your nut the rest is yours. In hard times still have that nut, staff, rent and medical malpractice insurance. If you are young, smart and confident you can make a good living in medicine.

In Nevada they just allowed PAs and nurse practitioners to open practices WITHOUT a supervising physician. Family Practice docs are going to see a lot of competition. the competition will have less training and less debt but will be able to compete head to head. It is the beginning of America's version  of the barefoot doctors. Cuba already cranks out hundred of thousands of 'doctors' and sends them to other S American  countries.

They simply can't have the skills or training of Western trained MDs and DOs. It will ultimately reduce healthcare costs but the price is unknown for the patients.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 23:24 | 5090687 Tapeworm
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Good points, but a NP can do a job that the factory hospitals gouge Workmans' Comp insurers $16,000 for the NP's total bill of under 400 dollars.

 That is a direct example for two finger cuts that needed six to eight stitches. Neither needed anything more than a good seamstress with scrupulous cleanliness. Besides, NP's dont prescribe statins forever and always, but are more likely to tell the fatassed patient to lay off of the carbs and to switch to unadulterated fats. You might have noticed that NP's are far more likely to have decent knowledge of nutrition.

 No, they cannot do everything but a good one can cover a lot of the injuries and such that are such a huge source of extorted EZ munney that keeps the bloat of parasitic hospital administrators in their 750k houses and Mercs and BKs those without fantasy and unaffordably priced "insurance".

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:29 | 5092401 FredFlintstone
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American DO's even scare me. Give me an American male MD in a wealthy suburb with a little grey hair.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:40 | 5088966 StackShinyStuff
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"Arch Criminal" not a category in the survey

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:55 | 5089046 BigJim
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I'm voting 'Petroleum Engineer'.

The others are either very stressful or involve a decade of study. Or usually necessitate being a sleazebag.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:25 | 5089213 BlindMonkey
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Petroleum Engineers are pretty oily types too.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:06 | 5089691 knukles
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You'll get fired for saying abiotic

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:11 | 5089422 Lostinfortwalton
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Marine engineers, the guys who design the offshore oil rigs and equipment, are doing almost as good as the petroleum engineers.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:49 | 5090150 lasvegaspersona
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7 years for a Family Practice doc and 9 years AFTER COLLEGE for specialists like Cardiology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Kidney and in between for some surgeons more for others.

You get paid after the first 4 years but it wasn't much when I was in training.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:46 | 5088990 Sudden Debt
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At least, everybody respects the doctors who put on 9000 dollar bandaids on people's fingers who cut them....

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:51 | 5089021 Handful of Dust
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You got off cheap. However, I seldom gripe about my docs because they're all very good ... it's the hospitals that rub me the wrong way. You can at least talk to your doctor; ever try dealing with a hospital over a $14,386 bill for an 18 minute procedure?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:51 | 5090161 lasvegaspersona
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Handful...I have pricing simply makes no sense. It is an outrage. I quit practicing in hospitals years ago. Much less stressful and far more efficient.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:02 | 5091263 StychoKiller
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I don't gripe to my primary care Doc, she gives me lots of therapuetic treatments every week -- we've been married since 1984, so there's that as well. :>D

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:26 | 5092372 FredFlintstone
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Every week? You must still be young.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:55 | 5089949 A Nanny Moose
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politician and thief is redundant

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:54 | 5090373 FreedomGuy
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I would like to see sports stars (NFL, NBA, MLB, etc.), mafioso's, and Congressmen up there. Harry Reid has done amazingly well on his salary.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:42 | 5088975 Tucson Tom
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your list,with the exception of some CEO`s,requires  no integrity or morals!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:13 | 5089156 ILoveDebt
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An engineer without integrity will kill more people than a doctor wihout one in many cases.  I believe most engineers have integrity. 

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:43 | 5088981 Syrin
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Lottery winner, the ideal profession

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:26 | 5089215 JuliaS
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Career winner. Like Charlie Sheen.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:51 | 5089025 BigJim
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 is bankster, USA president, congressman, ceo and etc not included?

To be a considered a 'job' doesn't it have to involve some kind of value add?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:38 | 5088952 sessinpo
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The best paying job is welfare reciever. It's hard sitting on your ass watching a big screen tv, while waiting for that check and ebt credit.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:48 | 5089010 Surging Chaos
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Nah I'd say being a bankster puts the welfare mooch to shame in terms of being better paid. Those EBT cards can't compare to the .01%er version of welfare: TARP/ZIRP/QE4eva.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:01 | 5089078 wee-weed up
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Is that you, Jamie Dimon?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:15 | 5092038 sessinpo
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All those jobs require you to be some where and spend time. Welfare reciever still wins. They have the freedom while you and I pay for it.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:26 | 5089222 BlindMonkey
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Foster care for the unaccompanied illegal minors is a pretty good gig. 4-6k per head is some serious scratch.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:27 | 5089223 BlindMonkey
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Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:38 | 5088953 Ariadne
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Much better & fatter to be an insurance pimp.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:39 | 5088957 Escapeclaws
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Nothing about chartered accountants or lumberjacks?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:40 | 5089278 Captain Jack Sparrow
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I'm a chartered accountant and the pay aint that great.  And its 3 years of university and 3 years of CA program.  I'm hoping my trading skills are going to retire me.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:56 | 5089638 RaceToTheBottom
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How do you feel about your first choice of employment being debased to the point it has been?  

I mean this sincerely, doesn't it rip your guts out seeing that Accounting no longer provides the ability to correctly value companies?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:27 | 5094587 Captain Jack Sparrow
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Yeah we are so restricted now with what we can say to clients.  I can say you should contribute to superannuation because it will save you tax but I can't say you should contribute to superannution because it's good for your retirement.  Work that one out...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:25 | 5092358 FredFlintstone
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How much is "ain't that great"?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 18:24 | 5094576 Captain Jack Sparrow
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Been working for 15 years and I'm on $90k (AUD).  I know 24 year old electricians that are making more than me.  By the way $90k doesn't get you far in Australia it is fucking expensive to live here and good luck being able to purchase a house.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 21:23 | 5095319 FredFlintstone
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I live in midwestern US and $90k can give you a decent lifestyle. Nothing too fancy, but you could buy a 2,500 sf house. OZ and NZ are as expensive as our coasts: San Fransisco, NYC, LA.


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:41 | 5088962 Infinite QE
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How about those that have the franchise on printing the fiat?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:43 | 5088982 TalkToLind
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No one knows how much profit they make...they won't allow themselves to be audited!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:42 | 5088976 TheMeatTrapper
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That dude has one ugly foot!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:07 | 5089122 wee-weed up
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Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:41 | 5089573 Amish Hacker
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Worse than that: old age and lots of miles.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:46 | 5088978 Gringo Viejo
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"Piss Boys" in the Hamptons are fetching a premium.
$12.50 an hour and a $25 sign on bonus.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:48 | 5088994 Rainman
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I don't care what a podiatrist makes ... they couldn't pay me enough to handle stinky old geezer feets all day, every day. Get a life ...

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:38 | 5089268 zelator
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Worse than being a proctologist?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:13 | 5089714 knukles
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Pal of mine many years ago when a colonoscopy was done with a big metal tube as you leaned over a couch like thing.... (dates me, huh?) ..... was getting one and by God these were Painful things.  The tube had handles, was like a miniature periscope.  Well, he's ass up, head down with this horrible stainless handle up/down his bung, in pain, and smart ass says to the doc; "Don't you find this degrading, looking up people' smelly assholes all day?" (Or something of that ilk.)  He had trouble walking and sitting, some blood, for a day or two.
OK guy, but probably woulda been fragged by his men in 'Nam

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:23 | 5092346 FredFlintstone
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Procology must not pay shit. Mine drove a brown Probe.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:47 | 5089000 Duc888
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Welfare recipient has 'em all beat.


Free money for being a leachfuck and doing nothing.


Can't touch that.  LOL

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:52 | 5089023 Ariadne
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Supreme Court Justice

Joe Biden

Eric Holder

just to name a few...

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:13 | 5089717 knukles
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Oh, that's disturbing.
Now I really do need an evening meeting.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:48 | 5089002 Cheduba
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Demand for treatment of foot and ankle problems caused by obese baby boomers will skyrocket!  Bullish!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:17 | 5089449 edifice
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Not just Boomers... Xers, Millennials, too. Everyone's fat in 'Murica.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:22 | 5092342 FredFlintstone
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Yep, was walking up to the putting green last night and there were some middle school kids and a coach there. A girl in shorts was there, not too fat but she had cellulite!

I do not recall ever seeing cellulite on a girl growing up. Pretty sad.


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:48 | 5089007 suicidalpsychologist
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Im very happy for all these rich smart people.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:48 | 5089008 yogibear
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Collect disability for a cool $28,000/year, then free medical and an Obama phone. Trade stocks in your IRA and enjoy life.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:20 | 5092327 FredFlintstone
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Always wondered waht that paid. Similar to SS.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:51 | 5089024 yogibear
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When Ebola hits most will be exposed healthcare workers.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:51 | 5089026 WillyGroper
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Given the current state of affairs in this banana republic, I think they've grossly underestimated the earnings of a phyzz-eeA-kee-a-tryst.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:53 | 5089035 novictim
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First, anyone who works for a living is a chump.  We should recognize this straight away. 

Our society taxes those who work far higher than those who hang off the work of others like jungle leeches. Better to be born wealthy and live off dividends and capital gains.  And if you want to pretend to work, volunteer for some bogus charity.  Hey, you might even take on the role of Non-Profit CEO and take the donations as a basis for your inflated salary. 

No one would be the wiser and everyone who works managing at these non-profit organizations is doing it.

Regarding surgeons and GPs and podiatrists and dentists, you sign your social life away to pursue these jobs and you never really get ahead. 

Lawyers often start out at $25K and most never get employment other than as public defenders.

Forget about work.  Kill your selves and come back as a wealthy heir or heiress. 

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:55 | 5090881 Tapeworm
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Your "Jungle Leech" is so apropos, +100 for that mind picture.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 16:56 | 5089047 GubbermintWorker
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I'm outraged! I would have thought Govt Worker would be right up there with some of the shit spewed here.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:37 | 5089264 boodles
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The medical "profession" is a branch of the government, silly.  They're just overpaid bureaucrats who work their way through mountains of government rules, regulations and paper-lesswork. 

Gotta pity those who slaved away in med school thinking they were on the path toward a prestigious occupation.  Not any more.   Bureaucrats all.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:57 | 5090182 lasvegaspersona
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Some docs are pro government but most American born American trained are as digusted  as the average ZHer. We have seen what has happened to our profession and the country. Some foreign trained don't see the problem with the governments  big head sticking in the door. It was like that back home too and the pay is far better here.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 10:57 | 5091034 Isotope
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Most of the foreign trained hospitalists here come from a subcontinent where human life has little value. Between that and their being dumb as a bag of hammers, I find myself cleaning up their mistakes on a regular basis. And yes, there are avoidable deaths involved.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:01 | 5089077 GubbermintWorker
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Oh gee, did you look at that ugly fucking foot she was working on??? Glad I'm a sewage plant operator!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:48 | 5089917 BurningFuld
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Oh ya! Well it makes me glad I wander aimlessly eating 3 day old road kill.  Squirrels are best 'caus they are small enough to get crispy by then.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:57 | 5089957 GubbermintWorker
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Yeah? That's rough. Good luck to you brother!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 23:47 | 5089130 Seychelles
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Too bad the author didn't take the time to define "salary".  When I practiced in California, taxes took up 55% of my NET, year after year.  Most specialist physicians net  much more than the salaries listed, while most generalists probably make less.  Medicine is a stressful way to earn a living.  New graduates come out owing much more these days, but if they can stand being an front-line employer and provider and can hold their families and health together, they should have a few excellent years along the line when they can sock $$$ away if they don't start living beyond their means or following the advice of sundry financial advisors.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:11 | 5089131 Seychelles
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System is still posting my comments double.  Sorry.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:27 | 5089229 Kirk2NCC1701
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I knew a (good) guy on our floor in the Dorm at University, who didn't have the grades to get into Med School. So...

So his (Jewish) mother made him be a Podiatrist, so that she could say "My son, the Doctor". Straight from the horse's mouth, true story.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:50 | 5089372 Citxmech
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I'll vote for dentistry.  Big bucks.  Least responsibility/liability in the medical world, get to work with cute dental assistants, and all the nitrous you can huff at the end of your 4 day work week.  

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:32 | 5089246 world_debt_slave
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what? McD worker not in top 10? Need a living wage raise! /s

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:41 | 5089256 Kirk2NCC1701
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Some specialties in engineering or physics will land you a 6-figure salary also.

What makes these increasingly difficult to obtain, is a dirty little secret no one wants wants to talk about: Salaries getting undercut by Asian and ME Foreign Students, who convert their Student Visas into an H1B1, and will work for far less (since their student costs are largely picked up by their Gov back home).

Then, after a few years with an American tech company, they go back home, and either get a cushy job with a large company or start their own company and compete with Americans. Thanks, US Gov! Thanks, US Taxpayers!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:46 | 5089304 RaiZH
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What.. this list can't be right? 

I was at least expecting Data Scientist on here.  

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:46 | 5089305 RabbitChow
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Okay, Peroleum Engineer, like Peroleum Chemist, may have tha high a salary on an annual basis, but mos do no work that often to earn that money.  It may be $65 an hour but if you only work 6 months out of the year that's only 65k at best.  

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:51 | 5089340 Big Brother
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Where is "High-power Lobbiest" on this list?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:52 | 5089344 AwkwardReader
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What! No UAV Pilot/operator? Shenanigans! I drop bombs on brown people for no less than 150k!

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:04 | 5089392 ali-ali-al-qomfri
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ya I had a 'Surgeon' come bitching to me with chainsaw problems, in 4 years he never sharpened the chain or even read the manual on how to do it.

Oral Maxial Facial surgeon and an extremely over-educated durp

so I asked him,  "do you use the same scapel for every operation?"

never saw him again.

I have become so unimpressed with the professional people off this list of great paying jobs.

After all bills are paid I'll bet a plumber pulls down more $ and less stress.



Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:08 | 5089999 BurningFuld
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Independant plumber or Furnace repair with a bit of personality...No doubt.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:17 | 5090251 lasvegaspersona
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he probably though you were a retard. scapel blades are disposable and have been for 40 years at least.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:51 | 5090562 Hubbs
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I have a chainsaw that I have never sharpened in 6 yrs. I am a surgeon, and I have only used the saw to cut down about 10 small ( less than 6 inch diameter) trees. the saw does not need sharpening. The oil, gas and chain lube, well those are different stories.
Sorry, could't resist. A dorky comment , just like the Ford dealership that charged me a diagnostic fee to trouble shoot my broken radio. When I got down to the bottom of it, Ford was going to simply replace the radio....No matter what the problem.No matter what the problem!..., even if a simple broken on -off switch! When I complained about the blatantly useless diagnostic test, in face a single option, she said, "Well you doctors get an x- ray when sometimes the leg isn't broken. "
Can you believe it? I disagree when people say there should be a minimum wage. Some people are simply too stupid to qualify for a minimum wage.

I said "no you stupid twit. your argument would hold water if we were going to cast your matter what, or amputate it, no matter what."

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:50 | 5089593 RaceToTheBottom
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Interesting that ALL of those career paths are in fields where some organization RESTRICTS entrants in some fashion, outside of the Petrolium Engineer.


I believe Lawyers are presently plumeting and doing whatever they can to keep the view that their salaries are plumeting from getting out.

More Engineers should be in that group, with salaries that high, possibly in the upper half, and instead they allowed in this case H1Bs and outsourcing to push their salaries down.  

Maybe engineers should have licencing and restrictions on practicing as an engineer without the licence?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:45 | 5090337 Lostinfortwalton
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Engineering can be iffy also. Boeing just crapped over a lot of theirs (for the umpteenth time). Also, engineers often get roped into projects that rehire insane amounts of overtime which is often unpaid. At the end of the project......goodby! Right now, and for the foreseeable future, petroleum engineering and marine engineering seem stable and well paying with good benefits too.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:47 | 5092845 Pemaquid
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"Maybe engineers should have licensing and restrictions on practicing as an engineer without the license." Many positions require a PE (Registered Professional Engineer). Along with the PE comes substantially more money.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 18:53 | 5089620 kchrisc
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You forgot professional thieves: government pols, crats, funcs, and their bankster masters.

An American citizen, not US subject.


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00 | 5089666 Dead Man Walking
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dumb list, what about president of any F500 company-isn't that a profession ?  How about any software salesrep,that's above the surgeon. Actors, Models, Tennis players, Nascar Drivers,etc



Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:19 | 5089748 DeusHedge
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"Can you lift this" Why yes mam, just like the local ferguson would have if you had thrown a few pennies in his cup after he broke into the liquor store last night.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:25 | 5089786 Yen Cross
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  As a group the Free Shit Army wins "hands down".

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:17 | 5090031 Sick
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The report is all wrong.  The best paying jobs are 1. Banking criminal; 2. Wall Street criminal; 3. Finance criminal; 4. Politician/criminal 5. Lobbyist criminal; 6. Military/Mercenary criminal; 7. CEO criminal; 8. Board of Directors criminal; 9. CIA/NSA/FBI criminal; 10. Media Criminal. 

The jobs they list are for losers /sarc

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:46 | 5090839 Tsunami Wave
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Bahahahaha.  Excellent and probably true answer (Maybe mixing up some of the rankings, but still).

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 20:31 | 5090090 Multivariate Man
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These folks in the health care industry make a significant contribution to all of our lives.  I pay far more in taxes yearly then a surgeon makes and though I make a financial contribution to my client's lives, we towards the top of the financial industry are grossly overcompensated for our contribution, not that I'm going to give it back.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:07 | 5090436 Doctor Faustus
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My father taught me, "It's not how much you make, it's how much you take home." 

Run your own business, write off everything you can (short of triggering an audit), and live your life as King of Your Domain, not a serf in someone else's fiefdom.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 23:45 | 5090733 I am a Man I am...
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Psychiatrists, lmao, this world is so fucked up

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 01:12 | 5090913 fel.temp.reparatio
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Hmmm, how long have you had these thoughts..?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:23 | 5090813 hedgiex
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This list will be different for the BRICS (particularly China). Drop out Attorney, Psychiatrist, ATC. Podiatrist and replace with Metallurgists, Biotech Scientists, Robotics Engineers, Mining Engineers and Engineers in cutting edge technologies like 3D Printing & Cloud Computing

Go East if you have these skills...they have the money too to vault their next climb up the tech ladder. Go before they flood their own markets with their home grown still less savvy techies.

Sorry for the finance professionals, they are not about to poison their economies by financializing it.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:52 | 5090845 Tsunami Wave
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This list is still missing a lot of high paying jobs. Geologist (lots of specialties like structural, or hydrology), IT worker (depending on specialty), turfgrass manager, business owner (obviously), precious metals dealer/jeweler (hah), waiters or waitresses at higher-end restaurants (like somilier, also an article on this was recently featured on ZH), executive level worker for a company or university or government, lobbyist (I was going to enter this profession myself but I entered a different one after college... and yes, I realized the moral implications), politician (or ex-politician).  There are real good gems out there if you look or get lucky enough to come across one.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 01:13 | 5090917 EZYJET PILOT
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Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:16 | 5092312 FredFlintstone
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Not as cushy as in the 1960's and 70's? Glorified bus driver, and too much supply for the demand?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 03:42 | 5091134 thurstjo63
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Amazing how so many are related to the bloated sector known as healthcare. And the last one is a lawyer. One can thank the government for these distortions since none of these sectors create wealth but focus on repairing damage or are a simple drain on resources (i.e. lawyer).

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:15 | 5092308 FredFlintstone
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Gave you a green due to the "drain" and "distortion", but I think the relative pay of doctors has gone down over the years. The used to be top dogs in the community, but a guy owning a collection agency or insurance agency can out earn them.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 06:35 | 5091288 FredFlintstone
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From the photos looks like podiatrist is the worst job. I know a guy who's wife just quit being a pharmacist to work part time in his engineering office. From what I hear pharmacy is not the growth field. May have to do with the big chains now controlling everything.

My income puts me well up into these groups, but with financial repression and the threat of inflation, no many of us can feel confident in having a comfortable retirement can we?

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:42 | 5091623 Its_the_economy...
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Like much of what you read online, only half of these salary numbers may be truthful....the rest that I am familiar with are just plain bullshit.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:13 | 5092300 FredFlintstone
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Some of them seem kind of low to me.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 09:02 | 5091706 ACasey
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Healthcare workers and lawyers.  Swell.  

The biggest problem I see is the lack of production; these jobs produce nothing.  A no show from the big 7 industries, farming, fishing, mining, manufacturing, timber, transportation, and construction.  These big 7 industries are the foundation this Top 10 hopeful service sector job market dances upon.  Without a solid foundation, the upper floors of the service sector ambitions for top job become less stable, reliable, or realistic.

Are these top jobs going to go to fewer and fewer people?  Is getting one of these top jobs similar to winning the lottery?

I guess its good to have hopes and dreams but unless more people produce, meaning transitioning raw materials into products, there will not be the need for more service sector top jobs; just the hope and dream.

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