Looking for the Best and Worst Paying Jobs of 2015?

Some people choose careers because its what they love, while others choose careers based on pay. We all know this to be true… So what did you do? Choose for money or for love? Check out this list of the best and worst paying jobs of 2015!


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Leading the list once again is anesthesiologist, with an average annual salary of $246,070. The most technical of all anesthesia-related positions, anesthesiologists “are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of patients before, during and after surgery,” according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

“This may include placing them in the state of controlled unconsciousness called ‘general anesthesia,’ the provision of ‘regional anesthetics’ where only a portion of the body is made numb or administering sedation when indicated for the relief of pain or anxiety.”

Data from the ASA indicates that more than 40 million anesthetics are administered every year in the U.S., with anesthesiologists participating in roughly 90% of those procedures. (With 30,060 such professionals currently practicing across the country, that’s about 1,197 anesthetics per anesthesiologist, per year.)

General and specialized physicians dominate the remainder of the 10 best-paying jobs in the country, with surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, OB/GYNs and orthodontists rounding out the top five with salaries that exceed $200,000.

Further down the list, internists, family and general practitioners and psychiatrists continue the trend. According to the BLS, healthcare industry expansion means that employment for physicians and surgeons is expected to grow nearly 20% between 2012 and 2022–faster than the average for all occupations.

The lone representative of the corporate org. chart that makes the list is chief executive, coming in at number 10 with an average annual salary of $180,700.

While the relative absence of the C-suite in the top 10 best-paying jobs might raise a few eyebrows, the occupations at the other end of the spectrum pack fewer surprises. The worst-paying job in America is fast food cook, a job that pays an average of $9.15 hourly, or $19,030 for those employed full-time, year-round.

In fact, restaurant and food-service industry jobs occupy the majority of rungs at the lowest end of the wage ladder, with various positions in food preparation, dish washing, and counter and cafeteria service all paying at or below about $20,000 annually.

Article extracted from Forbes.com