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Study Abroad in US: Top 5 high paying jobs in the USA

Written by  Rachit Agrawal, MBA

Published on Thu, December 8, 2016 3:02 AM   Updated on Mon, December 16, 2019 6:35 AM   3 mins read

What are the Highest Paid Jobs in the US?

All with the dream to study abroad wonder what the highest paid jobs are in the US. Worry no more, here’s a list of the Top 5 high paying jobs in the USA.

Physicians, anaesthesiologists, surgeons, obstetricians and gynaecologists, Orthodontists are among the several medical professionals who occupy the topmost slots in the list of high paid jobs. We have clubbed all of them into one, in order to avoid them occupying all the places in this list of top 5 jobs. Their average annual salary ranges from $246,320 to $180,000.


Aspiring Medical Professionals must be prepared to undergo a strenuous education regime and training. They must acquire a bachelor’s degree, complete four years of medical school, and then undergo three to eight years of internship and residency programs, depending on their speciality. International students need to finish a bachelor’s degree in their country before applying for medical school in the US. They will have to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and get a good score to get into med school.

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  • Lawyer

Lawyers are one of the highest paid professionals in the USA. Law graduates may choose to represent an individual, private firm or the government among others. Whatever be the case, they need to work long hours and get paid in proportion to the reputation they build. The mean annual salary of lawyers in the US is $144,500.


Aspiring lawyers need to obtain a bachelor’s degree, and then take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to get into law school where they earn a Juris Doctor degree. Finally, they have to pass the State Bar Exam and obtain a license. International students, who have a law degree from their homeland, may choose to do the LL.M. (Master of Law Degree) and then pass the State bar exam to earn the license to practice.

  • R&D Manager

Several industries hire R&D managers/specialists, including manufacturers, hospitals, engineering firms, etc. These professionals are involved in overseeing the research and product development, planning, administering and reviewing the activities of their organisation. Their average annual salary is $142,120.

Aspiring students can obtain a bachelor’s degree is their respective fields and gain some substantial work experience. The candidate may leave it at this and continue to work or go ahead and obtain a graduate degree, which might increase the chances of getting a job in the R&D field. However, it is mandatory for candidates who wish to pursue research to obtain a Doctorate degree.

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  • Software Development Manager


Software development managers create applications that cater to specific needs of the users of electronic devices like mobile phones, computers, etc. They are also responsible for creating the network or the underlying system that runs the devices. Their mean annual salary is $132,000.

Software developers may hold a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or a Ph.D. in computer science. They are also expected to have strong computer-programming skills.

  • Pharmacy Manager

Pharmacy managers follow the instructions of authorised medical practitioners – physicians, dentists, and physical therapists – to prepare and dispense medications to patients. They also share duties with pharmacists in charge (PICs). Their mean annual wage is $130,000.


All pharmacists must hold a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and have years of experience. Additionally, they need to obtain a license.

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About the Author & Expert


Rachit Agrawal

Author • MBA • 20 Years

Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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