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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

10 Highest-Paying Jobs in America Anesthesiologists take home a median $292,000 salary annually. What other great jobs offer big paychecks?

1. Anesthesiologist
Best Jobs rank: 11*
Median salary: $292,000
Top pay: $408,000
The high pay for anesthesiologists reflects inherent stress in a job that is literally about life and death. "Anesthesiologists get patients safely and intact through operations while surgeons do things that would otherwise kill them," says Roger Moore, president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The big salaries are also a payback for the 12-plus years of training required before an anesthesiologist can start practicing.