7 Highest Paid Occupations in the U.S.

1. Cardiologist: $353,970

Cardiologists "diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent diseases or conditions of the cardiovascular system," according the BLS. Some specialise in cardiac treatments including balloon angioplasty and stent insertion.

2. Anesthesiologist: $331,190

The BLS says anesthesiologists administer anaesthetics and analgesics for pain management prior to, during, or after surgery. This highly specialised occupation ranks second in earnings.

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon: $311,460

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons treat many mouth and jaw disorders, traumas, and deformities. Wisdom teeth, misaligned jaws, and jaw and mouth tumours and cysts are frequent issues they treat.

4. Emergency Medicine Physician: $310,640

Emergency medicine doctors must make quick medical judgements to save lives. Assessing, stabilising, and treating traumatised people requires fast action.

5. Orthopedic Surgeon, Except Pediatric: $306,220

Orthopaedic surgeons "diagnose and perform surgery to treat and prevent rheumatic and other diseases in the musculoskeletal system," says BLS. The majority of orthopaedic surgeons work in hospitals or private clinics.

6. Dermatologist: $302,740

Dermatologists might work privately or at big teaching hospitals and universities. Dermatologists seldom work irregular hours. Most have a defined schedule and work 30-40 hours a week.

7. Radiologist: $301,720

Radiologists diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries utilising medical imaging methods as x-rays, MRI, nuclear medicine, and ultrasound. Medical treatments and examinations may be less invasive.