7 of the Highest-Paying Jobs in the Highest-Paying Fields

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Curious about the highest-paying careers in the U.S.? The most recent Occupational Employment Statistics survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals just who is rolling in the big bucks. The BLS survey reflects May 2013 salary and employment data that was gathered from more than 1 billion businesses. Medical professionals lead the way by a long shot, filling four of the top-five highest paying gigs; however, those in dentistry also seem to be holding their own. Here is a snapshot of seven of the highest-paying careers in the U.S.

Anesthesiologists

While many physician and surgeon positions found a place on the Bureau of Labor Statistics highest-paying jobs list, anesthesiologists were ranked as the No.1 paying job, with an average annual salary of $235,070, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey. The 30,200 anesthesiologists in the U.S. earn, on average, $113.01 an hour. An anesthesiologist is responsible for the safety and well being of patients before, during and after surgery, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. It requires a four-year undergraduate college degree, four years of medical school, and a four-year anesthesiology residency program. More than 40 million anesthetics are administered every year in the U.S., and anesthesiologists participate in about 90 percent of those procedures, according to the ASA.