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What is the highest paying job?

Asked by tokijitza (56points) February 15th, 2010

I want to become a doctor- plastic surgeon or a dentist when I grow up. What pays more? & What is the highest doctor paying job? Is it a child’s doctor, a psychologist?

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trailsillustrated's avatar

anymore unless your’e in private practice you don’t make that much ($120k-150k) dentistry.working in hmo’s and group practices.

lilikoi's avatar

Depends how good you are and how good others think you are. There are a lot of variables involved in your pay. I expect that anesthesiologists and highly specialized surgeons are generally at the top of the pay scale in medicine. Do us all a favor though and don’t go into medicine if all you care about is making money. I never see doctors like that twice.

phoebusg's avatar

You should think about the broad picture of payment. And doing something you really like is always twice as much – as the top paying job if you don’t like it.

ChaosCross's avatar

I would say brain surgeon, though I cannot say professionally.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

It’s good to want to make a living for yourself but if you focus on money alone, I can almost guarantee your working days will be unfulfiling.

eLenaLicious's avatar

I’ll just tell you if you do what you love, and love what you do, then it wouldn’t matter how much it pays. If you love digging ditches, go for it regardless of what if pays.
I mean it would be pretty awesome making tons of dough and finally getting to buy that big house, or nice car you’ve always wanted; but would you really want to go to work every day saying, “uugh, I hate my job…but it’s making me hard cash so I guess I’ll just deal with it…” ??

drhat77's avatar

If you are in it for the money there are better professions that a doctor. Try to be a high level executive. You will burn out very quickly if you’re in medicine for the money.

Also, if changes to health care go through, the high-rolling sub-specialties my be brought down multiple pegs, so it is not a good time to look into medicine for profit.

eLenaLicious's avatar

I wouldn’t care if I get paid minimum wage if I loved flipping burgers at McDonald’s.
I would rather be poor and happy than rich and miserable.
Would you really sacrifice happiness for money?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

If you’re just in it for the money then you’ll burn out no matter what it is.

wundayatta's avatar

CEO of Berkshire Hathaway or CEO of Microsoft

drhat77's avatar

@CyanoticWasp i can’t imagine most executives are in it to make widgets. I don’t know any and have zero experience with that field but i feel pretty comfortable making sweeping black-and-white generalizations.

eLenaLicious's avatar

@wundayatta I think she was asking what the highest paying job based on the options she gave out was….

CyanoticWasp's avatar

@drhat77 I’m pretty confident, based on what I’ve read and heard—and what I’ve seen—that things other than money motivate most executives; money’s just a way to keep score.

MrGV's avatar

any type of surgeon makes a lot of money. brain surgeons, heart surgeons, even plastic surgeons. they have to go through way more training and have more to lose than just a general physician.

lilikoi's avatar

@CyanoticWasp I agree with you.

YARNLADY's avatar

Famous Actor
Famous Deceased Singer
Head of Harpo Productions
Successful talk show host

Of the choices you listed, the highest pay will be the one you are the most successful at, and success usually requires great interest.

Judi's avatar

Some of the nicest houses in my neighborhood belong to cardioligists

lilikoi's avatar

Typical salary of a doctor: $200 K

Salary of a CEO of one of my local banks: $2.5 M

(Src: Honolulu Magazine, April 2010 edition)

Aster's avatar

Cardiologists here make 250K.

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