What a foreigner needs to know about job income in the US.

top paying jobs over 100K in USA

What are the top paying jobs in the United States?

As a foreigner, considering life in the United States always presents the question, “How much will I need to earn to afford living there?” The answer varies, based on where you will live and how many people you intend to support on a given wage.  The first thing many tourists and immigrants learn, is that life in the United States is generally more expensive than in their homeland. While we have tremendous freedoms, a good quality of life and many benefits, there is a cost associated with that lifestyle.

Still, each year the United States attracts people from around the world to migrate to our country and build a life in the American town of their choosing. Aside from the obvious immigration process, at some point you will seek employment for financial support. The US economy offers a lot of entry level work, but these jobs are seen as temporary solutions, not meant to sustain a person over a lifetime. The more lucrative jobs, often viewed as those paying over $100K per year, are what we wanted to focus on for the purpose of this article.

A look at the Middle vs. Upper Classes

For purposes of clarity, the references to classes is in regard to pay, not social status. The Census Bureau says that 41.5% of American households brought in between $35,000 and $100,000 in 2015. Twenty-six percent of American households earn more than that and 32% earn less. While this gives us a good idea of the incomes of the average American middle class household, the definitions of this group vary. As you look at how much you need to earn to support yourself or family, there are some things to consider by way of comparison.

Income and Geography

At the forfront is geography. The cost of living can sway greatly between rural and urban locations. The wealth distribution table below provides an interactive view of median household incomes nationwide.

Language and Education

Regardless of stories you’ve heard about successful people who don’t speak English and have lived here for years, the truth is they are rare and they struggle. Americans are very tolerant of accents but they usually insist on English as the primary language and can even take offense when asked if information or services are available in another language.  Insistance on the local or national language is common in any country around the world, but the US seems to get criticized for it more than others. That said, your ability to speak English will impact your employment opportunities. The good news is there are numerous classes, many of them are free, to help foreigners adjust to life in America.

Your education is another factor in your access to the better paying jobs. Degrees earned in another country still have merit, but they need to be converted by a reputable institution to be recognized by typical employers. Professional positions such as medicine and law often require the individual to repeat most if not all of their educational work, as the standards and practices are all presented and tested in English. Some flexibility exists for foreign schools already recognized by the United States.

The Top Paying Jobs in the US over $100K Annually

Making less than $100K is common for approximately 80% of Americans. We sorted the list of jobs to include those that earn a mean wage over $100,000 annually as a way to show potential earnings in middle and upper classes.

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Occupation title Employment Mean hourly wage Annual mean wage
Anesthesiologists 30,190 $129.62 $269,600
Surgeons 41,190 $121.59 $252,910
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 19,800 $112.65 $234,310
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons 5,380 $111.96 $232,870
Orthodontists 5,200 $109.99 $228,780
Physicians and Surgeons 649,850 $101.04 $210,170
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 338,620 $98.83 $205,560
Internists, General 45,290 $97.04 $201,840
Family and General Practitioners 122,970 $96.54 $200,810
Psychiatrists 24,820 $96.26 $200,220
Chief Executives 223,260 $93.44 $194,350
Pediatricians, General 26,960 $88.58 $184,240
Dentists 122,330 $85.90 $178,670
Dentists, General 105,620 $83.59 $173,860
Dentists, All Other Specialists 5,380 $82.64 $171,900
Prosthodontists 750 $80.84 $168,140
Nurse Anesthetists 39,860 $78.86 $164,030
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 81,520 (4) $152,770
Petroleum Engineers 32,780 $70.69 $147,030
Computer and Information Systems Managers 352,510 $70.07 $145,740
Marketing Managers 205,900 $69.30 $144,140
Podiatrists 9,800 $69.28 $144,110
Architectural and Engineering Managers 178,390 $69.17 $143,870
Lawyers 619,530 $67.25 $139,880
Financial Managers 543,300 $67.17 $139,720
Marketing and Sales Managers 571,120 $66.52 $138,350
Lawyers and Judicial Law Clerks 632,940 $66.44 $138,190
Natural Sciences Managers 54,780 $65.46 $136,150
Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, PR and Sales Managers 663,960 $65.39 $136,020
Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers 680,990 $65.27 $135,760
Sales Managers 365,230 $64.95 $135,090
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 16,010 (4) $134,530
Aircraft Pilots and Flight Engineers 120,500 (4) $131,250
Top Executives 2,465,800 $61.03 $126,950
Compensation and Benefits Managers 15,230 $61.01 $126,900
Operations Specialties Managers 1,693,430 $60.32 $125,470
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 186,740 (4) $125,430
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 63,970 $59.31 $123,360
Personal Financial Advisors 201,850 $59.18 $123,100
General and Operations Managers 2,188,870 $58.70 $122,090
Physicists 16,680 $58.54 $121,770
Astronomers and Physicists 18,510 $58.00 $120,650
Pharmacists 305,510 $57.82 $120,270
Human Resources Managers 129,810 $57.79 $120,210
Computer Hardware Engineers 72,950 $57.07 $118,700
Air Traffic Controllers 23,240 $56.83 $118,200
Management Occupations 7,090,790 $56.74 $118,020
Advertising and Promotions Managers 28,860 $56.64 $117,810
Purchasing Managers 71,750 $56.60 $117,720
Optometrists 36,430 $56.53 $117,580
Computer and Information Research Scientists 26,580 $55.92 $116,320
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 27,210 $55.51 $115,460
Training and Development Managers 32,880 $55.37 $115,180
Actuaries 19,940 $54.87 $114,120
Health Teachers, Postsecondary 242,940 (4) $113,770
Economists 19,380 $54.26 $112,860
Political Scientists 6,350 $53.97 $112,250
Managers, All Other 403,670 $53.92 $112,150
Aerospace Engineers 68,510 $53.85 $112,010
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 13,060 (4) $111,520
Software Developers, Systems Software 409,820 $53.17 $110,590
Astronomers 1,830 $53.07 $110,380
Medical and Health Services Managers 332,150 $52.58 $109,370
Sales Engineers 74,330 $52.35 $108,880
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 38,000 (4) $107,490
Industrial Production Managers 168,400 $51.47 $107,060
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers 30,420 $51.15 $106,390
Legal Occupations 1,075,520 $50.95 $105,980
Nuclear Engineers 17,680 $50.94 $105,950
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 138,430 $50.85 $105,770
Mathematicians 2,730 $50.77 $105,600
Chemical Engineers 31,990 $50.68 $105,420
Engineering and Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 45,370 (4) $105,120
Nurse Practitioners 150,230 $50.30 $104,610
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists 1,020 $50.27 $104,570
Software Developers, Applications 794,000 $50.14 $104,300
Computer Network Architects 157,070 $50.12 $104,240
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 132,100 $49.89 $103,760
Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers 48,050 $49.88 $103,740
Financial Analysts and Advisors 575,110 $49.54 $103,050
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers 6,940 $49.52 $103,010
Nurse Midwives 6,270 $49.23 $102,390
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents 353,780 $49.17 $102,260
Physician Assistants 104,050 $49.08 $102,090
Materials Scientists 7,750 $48.83 $101,570
Art Directors 36,210 $48.64 $101,170
Electrical and Electronics Engineers 315,870 $48.45 $100,770
Veterinarians 67,650 $48.34 $100,560
Air Traffic Controllers and Airfield Operations Specialists 32,000 $48.17 $100,190
Software Developers and Programmers 1,604,570 $48.11 $100,080
Data Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Notes:
(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

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