Careers That Pay Over $100,000 a Year

High Paying White and Blue Collar Careers

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports annually on the highest paying careers. Leading the list of jobs that pay the most are medical and health-related positions. Other careers which pay well include engineering, management and information technology occupations. Here are the top 20 highest paying careers, according to a 2015 report from the BLS:

Top 20 Highest Paying Careers

  1. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons -  Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  1. Physicians, All Others - Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  2. Surgeons, All Others -  Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  3. Orthodontists -  Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  5. Anesthesiologist  -  Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  6. Internist, General -  Median pay is equal to or greater than $187,200
  7. Psychiatrist -  Median Pay - $173,330
  8. Family and General Practitioners  -  Median Pay - $184,390
  9. Prosthodontists -  Median Pay - $169,130
  10. Chief Executives -  Median Pay - $175,110
  11. Dentists, All Other Specialists -  Median Pay - $154,990
  12. Pediatricians, General -  Median Pay - $154,650
  13. Nurse Anesthetists  -  Median Pay - $148,160
  14. Dentists, General -  Median Pay - $171,000
  15. Petroleum Engineer -  Median Pay - $129,990
  16. Architectural and Engineering Managers -  Median Pay - $132,800
  17. Air Traffic Controllers  -  Median Pay - $122,950
  1. Computer and Information Systems Managers -  Median Pay - $131,600
  2. Marketing Managers -  Median Pay - $128,750

Blue Collar Jobs that Pay Over $100,000

You don’t have to put on a suit to make serious money. It's feasible to make $100,00 in a blue collar job though you make work for yourself, need a labor union behind you and, in some cases, you might have to put your safety at stake.

According to, here are four high paying blue collar jobs:

1.  Police officers: Salaries for police departments in major urban areas can top out over 100k. New York Police Department salaries can range from $50,000 to $116,000, while a sergeant's pay runs from $105,000 to $131,000, and that's without overtime which can add up to another $50,000. According to a 2015 article, the average LAPD pay in 2012  was $110,285 for full-time officers.

2.  Contractors and construction managers: Although the median pay for contractor salaries in 2015 was $87,400, according to the BLS, pay for construction managers can range from $82,790 to $144,520. While a college degree may not be required, you'll need solid training in the field, significant experience and perhaps a license or certification. You also may be working for yourself, as 57%  of construction managers were self-employed in 2012, according to the BLS. It's also rigorous work: dealing with emergencies can require long hours and being on call around the clock.

3.  Farmers and ranchers: Farmers in certain parts of the country can take home six figures including Santa Rosa, CA ($114,070), Boise City, ID ($106,600), and the South Florida metropolitan area ($100,830), according to 2015 BLS data.

4.  Oil rig workers: A Bachelor's degree isn't required for oil rig foremen/superintendents, directional drillers and oil rig managers, though they usually require years of experience. Working on a rig is also very taxing work--it's labor intensive, lonely and potentially dangerous.

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More Information: Occupational Outlook Handbook > Highest Paying Occupations

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