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• TOP PAYING JOBS OVERALL Physicians and surgeons Aircraft pilots Chief executives Electrical and electronic engineers Lawyers and judges Dentists Pharmacists Management analysts Computer and information system managers Financial analysts, Managers and advisors Marketing and sales managers Education administrators

$147,000 $133,500 $116,000 $112,000 $99,800 $90,000 $85,500 84,700 $83,000 $84,000 $80,000 $80,000

• Top Paying Jobs for High School Graduates These occupations emphasize work experience and on-the-job training rather than formal education: Computer software engineers Computer/information systems managers Computer programmers Network systems and Data communications analysts General and operations managers Database, network and computer systems administrators

$58,900 $56,400 $55,000 $49,000 $48,000 $48,000

Though many of these occupations require an advanced degree, there are jobs at every education level that pay more than other jobs for workers with similar levels of schooling. Here, courtesy of the Employment Policy Foundation, is a look at the best-paying occupations at varying education levels:

• Top Paying Jobs That Do Not Require a High School Degree. These jobs tend to require substantial on-the-job training and work experience rather than formal education and schooling: Industrial production managers Bailiffs, correctional officers and jailers Drafters Construction manager Electricians


July–December 2012

$36,000 $36,400 $36,000 $33,600 $31,900

• Top Paying Jobs for a Two-Year College Degree The following jobs tend to be technical in nature, emphasizing skills developed on the job as well as job-specific training and certifications: Healthcare practitioners Business analysts Electrical and electronic engineers Mechanical engineers General and operations managers Computer and information systems managers

$66,000 $58,000 $57,000 $56,800 $54,000 $50,40

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