The 10 most well paid jobs in healthcare

Susanna Kahr

There are so many reasons to get a job in the healthcare industry. It’s a rapidly growing industry, you can make a difference in people’s lives, you can continue to learn and develop throughout your career, and… you can earn a really good salary too! So, if you’re looking for a job in healthcare and aren’t sure where to start, why not check out our top 10 most well paid jobs in healthcare? 

Did you know that jobs in health and medicine are some of the best-paying in America? In fact, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Jobs rankings, the first ten of the highest paying jobs in America right now are in healthcare! All of the jobs listed here have been ranked in terms of average salary, but before we start, you should know that they ALL have an average salary over $100,000! 


According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Paying Jobs rankings, Anesthesiologist is the best paying job in healthcare in America at the moment. If you’ve ever had surgery then you’ll know that anesthesiologists are responsible for administering the general or regional anesthesia so that surgeons and other physicians can perform invasive procedures without causing their patient any pain. They also monitor the patient’s vital signs before, during and after surgery, so they’re job is really important for everyone involved. 

Anesthesiologists made an average salary of $265,990 in 2017, that’s an average hourly wage of $127.88! What’s more, this profession is expected to grow 15% in the next 7 years, which means an extra 5,100 jobs will be created. According to the U.S. News and World Report the best paid cities for anesthesiologists are Los Angeles, California and Elkhart, Indiana, both of which pay their anesthesiologists more than $288,000! And, the top-paying places of employment that offer the highest average annual salaries for this job include specialty hospitals ($208,000 or more), dental offices ($280,750), physicians’ offices ($275,320), outpatient care centers ($269,220) and home health care services ($241,320).

We recommend applying for the role of Anesthesia Technician at the University of Utah Health Center, one of the top rated healthcare employers on kununu.


Second on our list is the surgeon job with an average salary across America of $251,890! Surgeons are responsible for the operations that patients undergo. As a surgeon you can either train to become a general surgeon, or specialize in a certain area of medicine, such as orthopedic, neurological, cardiovascular or plastic surgery. According to the U.S. News and World Report the best paid metropolitan areas that pay the highest salaries for surgeons are Bloomington, Kennewick, Syracuse, Wilmington, and Gary. 

The high salary that surgeons earn does come at a price. The stress levels associated with being a surgeon are particularly high, so if this is a career you’re considering, then you should have a look at our tips for managing stress in healthcare

The role of surgical assistant is currently open at the Jupiter Health Center, and they’ve been rated very highly by our users for career development

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Number 3 on our list is Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons, which earned an average salary of $242,740 in 2017. These surgeons are specialist dentists that perform surgeries on the face, mouth and jaw. To qualify as an oral or maxillofacial surgeon you have to have at least four years of additional surgery training in order to treat everything from facial traumas to fixing cleft lips. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons can also diagnose and treat patients with head, neck and oral cancer, administer anesthesia and perform cosmetic surgeries, such as face-lifts. If you’re thinking of becoming an oral or maxillofacial surgeon or you’re looking for a better paid job, then you should move to Miami, Washington, Atlantic City, Nassau County, and Gary apparently, as these cities pay the most.

You could also apply for the role of Chief of Dental Division – Oral Maxillofacial Surgery with kununu certified top employerMassachussetts General Hospital

Obstetricians and Gynaeocologists

Obstetricians and gynecologists bring babies into the world and look after women’s reproductive health. The difference between the two is that obstetrics deals solely in childbirth, whereas gynecology is concerned with women’s health and particularly their reproductive health. You could be gynecologist and not be an obstetrician, BUT you can’t be an obstetrician without being a gynecologist! OB-GYNs perform “well-woman” exams, manage contraceptives and screen for HPV. So, if you’re a qualified OB-GYN you’ll be very happy to know that Obstetricians and Gynecologists made an average salary of $235,240 in 2017! And, the metropolitan areas that pay the highest salary are Madison, Scranton, San Jose, New Haven, and Milwaukee. 


If you’ve ever had to have braces fitted, then you probably know your orthodontist very well already. Orthodontists are dental specialists who fix improper bites and straighten teeth. Orthodontists examine their patients’ mouths and jaws and design orthodontic programs to help them to fix their jaws and perfecting their smiles. So, if you enjoy fixing teeth and giving people their smiles back then you’ll be happy to know that orthodontists earned an average salary of $229,380 in 2017 and the highest paying metropolitan areas are Lake County, Nassau County, Tulsa, Silver Spring, and New York.


Most of us probably think that we know what psychiatrists do, but their jobs are in fact really varied and, well paid! Working as a psychiatrist means looking after mental health. To qualify as a psychiatrist you have to complete medical school and a number of psychiatry residency programs, which will train you to understand the complex relationship between the mind and the body. Working psychiatrists then diagnose and treat mental illnesses and can even recommend hospitalizations in more complex cases. It’s not an easy job but psychiatrists earned an average salary of $216,090 in 2017 making it one of the highest paying jobs in healthcare. The highest paying areas for psychiatrists are Tucson, Riverside, Charlottesville, Fort Worth, and Oakland.

We’d also recommend applying for the job of Physician Psychiatrist at Christus Health, as we have 235 reviews of this employer for you to look at. 


There’s not much that physicians don’t do. They help us out when we’re ready to give birth, they fix our broken limbs, assess our coughs and colds, check out any moles or lumps that we’re concerned about. They’re obstetricians and gynecologists, ER doctors, dermatologists, primary care providers, neurologists and cardiologists.

If you’re looking for a job as a physician then you should know that there are two main types: Medical Doctors (M.D.s) and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.s). They both diagnose and treat patients for different medical issues, but the difference is that a D.O. might also specialize in preventive medicine and holistic patient care. Physicians can specialize in so many different areas from radiology to allergy and immunology, plastic surgery to urology, pediatric to geriatric.

What’s more, physicians earned an average salary of $198,370 in 2017! The best paid jobs can be found in Tulsa, Santa Rosa, Framingham, Corpus Christi, and Tacoma.

We can also recommend applying to become a Physician Assistant with Massachussetts General Hospital, as not only is this a great employer, we also have some tips for how to succeed in this role


Prosthodontists are similar to orthodontists since they also restore and replace teeth to improve the way that your mouth functions or the way you smile. Generally, prosthodontists treat people with missing teeth, who have trouble biting or hate their smile. In some cases, they also help cancer patients, especially those who have trouble eating, communicating or even kissing after surgery. The prosthodontist job is also very well paid as prosthodontists throughout the country earned an average salary of $196,960 in 2017! You might also be interested to know that the states and districts that pay Prosthodontists the highest are California ($150,400), Texas ($147,680), and Florida ($142,410).


Pediatricians look after the physical, emotional and social well-being of children. Although pediatrics is a specialty in itself, pediatricians can also specialize in neonatology, oncology, hematology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics or even psychiatry. If you love working with children then you also have the potential to earn a lot for it too as pediatricians earned an average salary of $187,540 in 2017. You might also want to look for a job in one of the highest paying states and districts, which are Mississippi ($274,470), Alaska ($265,750), Wisconsin ($259,730), South Dakota ($241,930), and Montana ($234,240).

Why not apply for a job as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedics at the Boston Children’s Hospital, one of the top healthcare employers on kununu, as you can find out what it’s like to work there according to real employees


Last but by no means least, it’s Dentists, with an average salary of $174,110 (in 2017). Dentists identify and treat problems concerning a patient’s mouth, gums and teeth, which means that they extract teeth, fit dentures and fill cavities.The states and districts that pay dentists the most are Delaware ($257,290), North Dakota ($238,170), Alaska ($237,140), North Carolina ($225,890), and New Hampshire ($219,920). 


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