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Salaries by occupation can assist you in your job search. Find the highest paying occupations and dig into the dictionary of occupation.

The more information you have on your job hunt, the better off you are. Information is power. Where can you go to get certain data, such as, the highest paying occupations or the dictionary of occupation titles? We will present several sources to you.




Salaries By Occupation

The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors a website called Careeronestop.com that provides salary information on numerous careers, including the highest paying occupations. The source of the data is the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. As usual, the Government data is slightly dated. If one considers ALL education levels, the list includes the following in the top 20:

RankOccupationAnnual Median Wages, 2010
1Anesthesiologist$166,400+
2Internist, General$166,400+
3Obstetricians and Gynecologists$166,400+
4Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons$166,400+
5Orthodontists$166,400+
6Physicians and Surgeons, Other$166,400+
7Surgeons$166,400+
8Chief Executives$165,100
9Psychiatrists$164,200
10Family and General Practice$163,500
11Dentist. All Other$161,000
12Pediatricians, General$155,400
13Dentist, General$141,000
14Architectural and Engineering Managers$119,300
15Judges, Magistrates$119,300
16Prosthodontists$118,400
17Podiatrists$118,000
18Natural Science Managers$116,000
19Computer and Information Systems Mangers$115,800
20Petroleum Engineers$114,100


At the same site, you can also search for the highest paying occupations based on work experience or on-the-job training. The top 5 occupations based on this criteria are:

RankOccupationAnnual Median Wages, 2010
1Air Traffic Controllers$108,000
2Human Resources Managers$99,200
3Managers, All Other$96,400
4Compensation and Benefit Managers$89,300
5Industrial Production Managers$87,200


Dictionary of Occupation Titles

MORE AVAILABLE! Other sections on this site that addresses Jobs for Income are:
Information Technology Associates publishes a DOT Dictionary of Occupational Titles at occupationalinfo.org which may provide you with the data you need.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) publishes a Dictionary of Occupational Titles online as well. The DOT was created and last updated in 1991 by the Employment and Training Administration. Because it is a standard reference in cases adjudicated by the OALJ, it was included in the AOLJ web site.

However, the DOT has been replaced by the O*NET. O*NET Online has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR Professionals, students, researchers and others. It may just have the information you are looking for.

All of the data regarding salaries by occupation may help in you job search. During your search, keep retirement planning in mind no matter what stage of life you are in. Use the retirement savings calculators, such as T Rowe Price, Firecalc, Wallet Pop and others to assist you in your retirement goals.

Numbers are good to know in you job search, but always evaluate if you have a passion for your job.





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