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These figures come from the latest reports from the Bureau Labor Statistics, which is an agency of the US Department of Labor mandated to track employment data. Below is a table of the Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in America. There is also a short job description for each job.

You may not be surprise to know that all of the Top 10 jobs are medical professions except for one, CEO. In fact, a majority of even the top 20 jobs are in the health care field. This is still a growing sector and the average income will continue to rise. You may also be surprised to see that CEO is not the highest paying job on the list.

Following the Top 10 is another table showing the Top 10 Non-Medical Jobs that are not in the health care industry. Most of those professions are in technical, business, and finance.

Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs

Job
Average Salary
Job Description
1. Surgeon
$219,770
Treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive methods
 
2. Anesthesiologists
$211,750
Administer anesthetics during surgery or other medical procedures.
 
3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$210,710
Perform surgery on mouth, jaws, and related head and neck structure
4. Orthodontists
$206,190
Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies.
 
5. Obstetricians & Gynecologists
$204,470
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women affecting the reproductive system and the process of childbirth.
6. Internists, General
$183,990
Diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems.
 
7. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
$173,860
All physicians and surgeons not listed separately.
 
8. Family and General Practitioners
$168,550
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.
9. Chief Executive Officers
$167,280
Determine and formulate policies and provide the overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations.
 
10. Psychiatrists
$163,660
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

Top 10 Non-Medical Jobs

Job
Average Salary
Job Description
1. Chief Executive Officers
$167,280
See above.
2. Lawyers
$129,020
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions.
3. Natural Sciences Managers
$127,000
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.
 
4. Engineering Managers
$122,810
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
 
5. Computer and Information Systems Managers
$120,640
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
 
6. Marketing Managers
 
$120,070
Determine the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors and identify potential customers.
 
7. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$117,060
Pilot and navigate the flight of multi-engine aircraft in regularly scheduled service for the transport of passengers and cargo.
 
8. Financial Managers
$113,730
Plan, direct, and coordinate accounting, investing, banking, insurance, securities, and other financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.
 
9. General & Operations Managers
$110,550
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of companies or public and private sector organizations.
 
10. Computer & information scientists
$105,370
Conduct research into fundamental computer and information science as theorists, designers, or inventors.
Income and earning potential for careers in the health care industry is poised to rise due to the new reform measures. It is one of the few sectors that have grown over time and during severe economic drought. Look for this trend to continue.

If you want the highest paying jobs without a degree, you should look into sales jobs.  Most of the other careers that you see on the list above require a college degree and advanced degrees.  Most of them also require specialized training on top of that.

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Dream Jobs: Six-Figure Salaries and a Bright Future

Seemingly every week, another publication or website comes out with its list of the “Best Jobs of the Year” or the “Hottest Careers,” purporting to show the best fields to get into for job stability and earnings potential. The problem with many of these lists is that the jobs and careers on them often require years and years of training (see: biomedical engineer), offer an extremely small overall pool of jobs (see: meteorologist), or really don’t pay all that well (see: home health aide).
So we’ve put together a list of jobs that suffer from none of these disadvantages. Using statistics from the Bureau of Labor, salary sites, professional trade groups, and recruiters, we identified jobs that don’t require more than two years of additional training to secure a position, have a reasonably large and growing number of overall jobs, and offer six-figure salaries to top earners in the field (generally, the top 10 percent of those employed). These, to our mind, are the true dream jobs.
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Online Marketing Director
Salary for top earners: $100,000+
Projected job growth: 60 percent this year
Additional training required: Familiarity with web analytics and search engine optimization and marketing can be acquired over several months via webinars, workshops, and online courses. A combination of marketing experience and online tech savvy, however, can help get your foot in the door.
As an online marketing director, you’d be developing and managing a company’s social media strategy, website, online and email campaigns, and ecommerce and merchandising. “The field is exploding and you don’t need an M.B.A.,” says Ellen Pack, vice president of marketing for Elance.com, which places online talent. According to Daniel Greenberg, chief marketing officer for job search engine SimplyHired.com, the number of listings for online marketing directors has increased more than 250 percent since June 2009.
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Mobile Applications Developer
Salary for top earners: $115,000
Projected job growth: 131 percent this year alone
Additional training required: Programming experience in mobile platforms is necessary, but depending on your background, you can fine-tune your knowledge with a DIY approach or perhaps an online certificate program that typically takes one year to complete.
Developing and building applications for smartphones, iPads, and other tablets and notebook PCs is one of the most in-demand jobs in the world right now. So enticing is the revenue from mobile apps — Gartner estimates that worldwide revenue could top $15 billion this year that Google recently announced it’s hiring dozens of mobile developers in an attempt to counter Apple. Reality check: This isn’t a field for dilettantes: it requires serious programming and IT skills, but the growth potential is huge.
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Global Supply Chain Manager
Salary for top earners: $135,100
Projected job growth: 10 percent by 2012
Additional training required: Transitioning into this field could take between six months for courses and up to two years to get a master’s degree. Those with operations, purchasing, or logistics education and/or experience have the best chance of getting into this field.
Global supply chain managers are the unsung heroes of companies who have to get products from A to B, on time, and on budget and now across continents and time zones as well. The job calls for calm problem-solving ability, high-tech handiness, and diplomatic skill a triple threat that’s hard to find. According to industry analysts, there is a growing shortage of these specialists as companies streamline and speed up every link in the chain to stay competitive.
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Financial Advisor
Salary for top earners: $139,350
Projected job growth: 30 percent by 2018
Additional training required: While not required, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certificate is a useful credential to get into this profession. The coursework and exam can usually be completed in 18 to 24 months, and over 250 institutions across the country, including some that are online, offer CFP-approved programs.
Once solely the purview of the wealthy, getting financial planning is now viewed as a prudent move for much of the population, particularly as traditional pensions fade. Consider that never before in history have regular people been required to take on this much responsibility for investing their nest eggs. You’ll be helping clients build portfolios, save for college or a house, and do estate planning, either at a firm or for yourself.
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Financial Analyst, Gaming Industry
Salary for top earners: $100,000
Projected job growth: 20 percent by 2018
Additional training required: Seminars, webinars, and online classes offered through the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas will bring you up to speed. The five core courses could be completed within two years, less time if you double up.
There are currently 943 casinos in 38 states across the country, and more are being built every day. And with their focus on efficiency and profitability, gaming companies need qualified financial analysts. In particular, new racetrack casinos, or ‘racinos,’ are starting to flourish and hire, says Beth Deighan, CEO of Casino Careers LLC, an executive search firm. Skills from arenas such as government and finance are often transferable, Deighan says.

8 Jobs with High Average Starting Salaries

In many careers, you start at the bottom rung and work for peanuts, in hopes of slowly moving up to a real paycheck. But some occupations skip the suffering and you earn a solid average starting salary on day one.

Jobs that pay well immediately can be found in a wide range of industries. Some require extensive education, some almost none. Here’s a look at a variety of jobs where you can earn well from the start:

Prosthodontist ($90,507). Installing fake teeth is one of the top-earning jobs in the first year of work, says career expert Laurence Shatkin, author of 250 Best-Paying Jobs. Four years at dental school plus additional advanced dental training are required, the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes.

Education administrators (elementary and secondary school) ($63,249). Who knew managing the schoolyard could pay such a high starting salary? Most administrators have been teachers, and position themselves to move up by earning a master’s or Ph.D. degree, Shatkin says.

Financial managers ($53,071). Financial managers handle companies’ toughest problems, Shatkin says – paying back loans, preparing financial statements, developing cash-management plans, and advising on investment of company cash. The BLS notes about one-third of financial managers work in the insurance or financial industries.

Detectives and Criminal Investigators ($48,158). Law-and-order types may find this job appealing. The BLS says many get into the field from a related occupation such as correctional officer or beat cop. Advances in technology have made this career more interesting, says Debra Yergen, author of the Creating Job Security Resource Guide. “You’re part scientist, part minister, part counselor.”

Elevator mechanic ($48,752). When elevators break down with people inside, there’s no putting off calling for a repair crew, so this is one construction-related job that’s stayed busy. The outlook is positive too: “As cities increase in population, the only way to build is up,” says Yergen, “and that means more elevators per square mile.” Training is usually on-the-job, though some enter through vocational programs in industrial mechanics or maintenance technology.

Commercial diver ($45,824). Talk about getting out of the office. Professional divers may do repair or welding work on structures such as offshore oil derricks, photograph marine life or conduct tests. A short training course gets you ready to dive.

“There’s usually a specialization within the field, like demolition or ironwork,” says Shatkin.

Gaming manager ($41,818). Casinos are booming, and Yergen notes, “This is one field where your communication skills are far more important than your level of education. You need active listening skills, critical thinking abilities and to be able to offer great customer service.” Training is usually on-the-job, while workers are already earning a high average starting salaries.

Mathematician ($58,500). The education requirements for math-related jobs are lengthy – most working mathematicians have a Ph.D., though the BLS reports federal agencies may start you with just a bachelor’s degree. Shatkin says one of the largest employers of mathematicians is the National Security Agency, which needs the help of math whizzes to develop algorithms for creating codes and decrypting coded messages.


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10 Jobs that Pay $70,000 Per Year

Still wondering if that college degree is worth the cost of tuition? A study from online salary database PayScale.com found that people who hold four-year college degrees will earn approximately 50 percent more than a high school grad over the course of their careers.

Even if you graduate with the average level of education debt — about $21,000, according to The Project on Student Debt — there are a range of jobs out there to help you pay it off before the term of the loan is up, if you’re diligent.

Here are ten jobs that earn at least $70,000 per year, according to PayScale, in industries that are expected to grow through 2018.

Nursing Home Manager – $75,300

If you are service-oriented, enjoy solving problems, and want your work to have meaning, consider a career in long term care management. According to the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NABWEB), the increasing number of aging Americans and their improved longevity mean that demand for long term health care is on the rise. “Long term care administration exercises management and leadership skills on a daily basis to operate a business that is truly caring for people who have critical needs,” notes Steven Chies, vice president of operations, Long Term Care Services, Benedictine Health System.

Video Game Producer – $73,200

If you don’t mind working so others can play, developing gaming software may be your ticket to a good paycheck. Think it’s a niche market? The International Game Developers Association (IGDA), the largest nonprofit membership organization serving individuals who create video games, reports that interactive entertainment takes in about $9 billion dollars in the US alone. According to IGDA data, “Games are expected to surpass film box-office revenues in the next couple of years, making it the fastest growing segment of the entertainment market, and an excellent field for career advancement.”

Market Research Manager – $71,900

Want to know what makes people tick? Then there’s no better career than analyzing market research data for a business or an advertising agency. It’s a rapidly growing field, too, thanks to the competition between companies to grab market share in a tough economy. According to the BLS, demand for market and survey researchers is projected to grow 28 percent in the next few years, much faster than the average. Even better, there is no single path to entry into the field, though a business degree with a concentration in marketing is helpful. Likewise, earning a Professional Researcher Certification (PRC) from the Marketing Research Association can help you stand out from the competition.

Department Store Buyer – $70,100

Who says retail is struggling? Recent market research suggests that consumers are less uptight about spending as the post-recession. Amid this optimism, the BLS indicated the outlook for the buying and purchasing job market will enjoy 7 percent growth as we head into the next decade. Becoming a buyer for a major retail outlet usually requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration or other relevant area. Many senior-level execs began their careers as assistant buyers, but remember to turn your years of toil in a store into an asset as many entry-level jobs require general retail experience.

Regional Sales Manager – $72,600

If you enjoy working with people and have a persuasive personality, you’re probably a natural salesperson. Add in organizational and managerial expertise and you can snag the big bucks. Years of sales experience in any industry often count as much as an undergraduate degree in this expanding field. The BLS indicates that sales and marketing managers and their departments constitute some of the most important personnel in an organization and are less subject to downsizing or outsourcing than are other types of managers. Though competition is keen, the BLS estimates the field to grow by 15 percent through 2018 and certification from the National Association of Sales Professionals can put you ahead of the pack.

Geologist – $79,600

The increasing need for energy sources, environmental protection, and responsible land and water management will spur employment demand for geologists by 18 percent over the next decade. Geologists with a bachelor’s degree often begin their careers in field exploration or as research assistants or as lab technicians. Though only a handful of states require licensure, in order stay on top of the latest technologies and scientific findings, geologists should pursue continuing education and advanced credentialing according to the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Financial Controller – $72,000

If you’ve got a head for numbers you’ll be indispensible to a variety of businesses. Almost every company and government agency employs one or more financial managers to oversee preparation of financial reports, direct investment activities, and implement cash management strategies. That’s also the reason the job market for this role is expected to grow by 8 percent through 2018, according to the BLS. A four-year degree is required to land an entry-level position but continuing education is critical to be able to keep up with global trade trends and changes in federal and state laws and regulations. Professional certifications from the likes of the CFA Institute can also broaden skills and boost earning power.

FBI Agent – $76,700

There’s no such thing as a typical day when you work for the FBI, according to the agency. FBI special agents are responsible for conducting sensitive national security investigations and for enforcing over 300 federal statutes including public corruption, civil rights, bribery, fugitive and drug-trafficking matters. With a college degree, three year’s work experience, and qualifying under one of the special agent entry programs, including accounting, information technology, language, and law, you could be on your way to an exciting and high-paying career.

Systems Analyst – $75,400

Computer geeks will be laughing all the way to the bank if they land a job as one of the growing number of systems analysts who help businesses and other organizations determine which computers and software to buy, and integrate into their existing systems. Demand for analysts will increase by 20 percent alongside the development of sophisticated technologies and the need to protect information. Employers are looking for candidates with degree in a technical field such as computer science, applied mathematics, engineering, or management information systems (MIS).

School Principal – $78,400

As a generation that’s even more populous than the Boomers, Millenials (born between 1981-1999) are the reason many schools are bursting at the seams. That’s why the BLS is predicting the demand for school principals to grow by 8 percent in the next decade. A master’s degree in education is required for the position and states require that principals to be licensed as school administrators.

Source: All salary data is from PayScale.com. The salaries listed are median, annual salaries for full-time workers with 5-8 years of experience and include any bonuses, commissions or profit sharing.

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Top 10 Companies Hiring This Week (January 10 – 16), Hurry up ..

We know that your job search can get quite frustrating these days with more people trying to find a job and less employment opportunities available.

To ease the burden, we’ve tracked down 10 top companies with the most job openings this week — from sales jobs to finance jobs, full-time jobs to part-time jobs. We hope you find a job that’s perfect for you.

Good luck job hunting!

01. U-Haul
Founded in 1945, today U-Haul trucks and trailers can be rented from over 15,000 independent dealers and more than 1,200 company-owned U-Haul Moving Centers. The U-Haul System, the undisputed leader in the do-it-yourself moving industry, is also the second-largest operator of self-storage facilities, the world’s largest installer of permanent trailer hitches and the world’s largest Yellow Pages advertiser under a single brand name.

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02. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Two of the most powerful names in wealth management have joined forces to create a new industry leader. In a financial world that’s being remade, Morgan Stanley’s global wealth management business and Smith Barney have joined forces to offer you thinking and resources to fit the times. Our 18,000 Financial Advisors average more than 15 years’ experience. They can create personal investment strategies to help you meet your retirement, education, wealth transfer and other financial needs. With all of today’s noise and uncertainty, people need the right financial advice and resources. That’s what Morgan Stanley Smith Barney intends to help them to navigate their new world.

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03. US Bank
U.S. Bancorp is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the nation and a recognized market leader from the Midwest to the West Coast. At U.S. Bank we are committed to delivering first-class financial products and services and guaranteed customer service across America. We rely on each employee to deliver outstanding service, grow our business and create enhanced value for our shareholders.

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04. PSA Healthcare
PSA Healthcare is the nation’s leading provider of pediatric home care services for medically fragile children. With over 3,100 skilled caregivers, we provide professional, high-quality, private duty nursing to pediatric patients in over 50 locations throughout 18 states. At PSA Healthcare, we work with medically fragile, technology-dependent children through age 18, providing both in-home and pediatric day treatment center care and rehabilitation. As a PSA Healthcare nurse, you have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. You have the opportunity to give a family new hope. You have the opportunity to be ‘special’.

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05. The Art Institutes
We are the leading educator of students in the creative and applied arts, including design, media, fashion, and culinary arts.There are 34 Art Institutes located in major cities across North America that award master’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and non-degree programs. Our curriculum at The Art Institutes is carefully scrutinized and developed by industry leaders and prominent employers who tell us what skills are needed in the workplace.Many of our faculty are also working outside of the classroom so students will learn what’s happening out there… in here.

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06. PAM Transport
For the past several years, PAM Transport has been recognized as one of America’s most successful and profitable truckload carriers. Recently, PAM was recognized as one of the best 200 small companies in the country by a leading financial publication. And while we’re big enough to offer a secure future, we’re not so big that you’ll get lost in the shuffle. PAM Transport is currently looking to hire more truck drivers along our major freight lanes. PAM Transport is an irregular route, common carrier, which means we haul just about anything anyone wants to ship on a truck – except refrigerated products.

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07. IBM
Working at IBM provides opportunities you may not experience anywhere else. It gives you the chance to change the way the world works. The chance to help the world learn, to make education more available, knowledge more attainable and information more accessible. The chance to participate in research and development projects that facilitate technological and medical breakthroughs. These are the kinds of opportunities you’ll find throughout our company. Opportunities that could certainly make a difference–in ways that are exciting, demanding and perhaps even unimaginable.

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8. Conklin
Conklin Company Inc. is celebrating over forty years in the network marketing business. At the core of the Conklin opportunity lie our quality products – more than 130 across six major product divisions: Agronomics, Animal Products, Building Products, Health, Home and Vehicle Products. Our products are marketed through a vast network of Independent Business Owners. The diversity in our product lines offers unlimited opportunities for sales to a variety of customers.

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09. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a global education company and the world’s largest publisher of educational materials for pre-K–12 schools. The Company publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. With origins dating back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt combines its tradition of excellence with a commitment to innovation.

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10. Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin’s vision is to be the world’s best systems integrator in aerospace, defense and technology services; to be the company our nation and its allies trust most to integrate their largest, most complex, most important advanced technology systems. Our goal is to provide the best value to our customers, growth opportunities to our employees, and superior returns to our stockholders.

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Biggest CEO Bonuses for 2010

During this time of year everyone worries about being thought of as naughty or nice. For children being on Santa’s nice list mean receiving a plethora of toys under the Christmas tree, but for larger, older kids (i.e. working adults), being on the nice list means getting a big holiday bonus and the possibility of doubling (or better) your yearly earnings.
Most S&P companies don’t report their bonus figures until the early spring, but there are about 60 companies on the list that have fiscal years that end earlier, meaning they do report their bonuses before the New Year. This gives everyone else a chance to get a glimpse of what Santa has put under the Christmas tree for the CEOs on the “nice” list.
ABC News spoke with Aaron Boyd, head of research for Equilar, a company that tracks what top executives are paid, and he said there are two things that are impressive about this year’s top CEO bonuses. One, they are really big, and two, bonuses are now more dependant on how well a company performed in the past fiscal year, meaning if your company lost money and did poorly, CEO bonuses will tend to not be as large. “Companies are moving away from payout based purely on the discretion of the board. The trend is toward bonuses that are tied more closely to performance,” Boyd told ABC News.
Here are the top winners on this year’s nice list, making super large bonuses.
  1. William R. Johnson, chairman and president, H.J. Heinz: $8,589,063 Who knew ketchup could be so lucrative? Well, for this CEO, his bonus for 2010 comes in at $8,589,063. This is an almost 18 percent increase over what he received in 2009. Johnson has been with the ketchup giant since 1982, has helped to expand their ketchup kingdom overseas, especially in China, where he was awarded the Marco Polo Award, the highest business honor China bestows on foreigners. A bonus this large makes you rethink the importance of condiments.
  2. Lawrence J. Ellison, chief executive officer, Oracle: $6,453,254 This computer guru and competitive sports enthusiast received a $6,453,254 bonus this year, an almost 80 percent increase over what he received last year. Ellison founded the business software and hardware company in 1977 and has successfully increased sales year after year. You’ll think twice before calling this guy a computer geek.
  3. John T. Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems: $4,600,000 While Chambers’ bonus of $4, 600,000 only earns him the No. 3 ranking, his bonuses has increased over 125 percent compared to 2009, and his computer and telecom networking company has continued to increase its sales and net income from the previous fiscal year. We all could learn something from the way Chambers — An expert in workplace learning — runs a business.
  4. Mark G. Parker, president and CEO, Nike: $4,441,875 Parker first began working at Nike in 1979, but has only been at the helm of this athletic outfitter since 2006. But, in that time, he has successfully expanded Nike’s brands and increased Nike’s commitment to corporate responsibility while increasing sales and raising the company’s net income almost 30 percent. For his hard work, he has been rewarded with a $4,441,875 bonus a mind-blowing 393.5 percent increase over his 2009 bonus. Talk about just doing it: This CEO is definitely “working out” as the leader of his company.
  5. Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO, News Corp: $4,368,800 Rounding out the top five is media mogul Murdoch. Since he began his publishing career in 1952 with just one family-owned newspaper in his native Australia, Murdoch has taken the states by storm and his list of accolades now includes The New York Post, TV Guide, The Daily (an iPad-only newspaper), DIRECTV and FOX Entertainment Group. Stuffed into this CEO’s stocking this year was a $4,368,800 bonus. Don’t think of him as greedy though, because this year’s bonus is almost 20 percent less than what he was given last year, and at age 79, this media man was still able to increase News Corp.’s net income in 2010, after a $3.31 billion loss in 2009.
Obviously it goes without saying that these CEO bonuses are way above what average workers receive and even well above what most CEOs get paid at year’s end; but all of these highly-bonused CEOs are well known, in the spotlight, and are also the ones who have high base salaries to begin with.
Also of note is the fact that many top-paid CEOs of well-known companies, such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc., are choosing to take smaller bonuses this year than in previous years to avoid public ridicule proving that concern over perception regarding being naughty or nice really does have an effect on people of all ages, from the youngest of children to the oldest of CEOs.
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America’s 20 fastest growing salaries

When you interview for a job, conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t bring up salary. Let the employer broach the topic first. After all, the last thing you want is to give the impression that you’re only taking the job for the money.

If you think about it, the whole formality of salary discussion is strange. Understandably, an employer wants someone who is passionate about the job. But we all know that money is important, otherwise you’d be volunteering full time.

While salary is probably not the only motivation you have for choosing a job, it is an important one. Websites like CBSalary.com and the Bureau of Labor Statistics contain salary information for thousands of jobs so that you can find out what your position typically pays and how it compares with other parts of the country. For example, the average hourly pay increased 1.7 percent over the last year. Did you fare as well?

Here, at the comfort of your computer monitor, you don’t have to pretend that money means nothing to you. If you’re frustrated with the compensation trends for your job, you can vent and no one will know. Or you can see what other industries pay, just out of curiosity.

To appease your curiosity or give you some direction for your next job hunt, we put together a list of some of America’s fastest growing salaries. Their year-over-year pay increases outpaced the national average by several percentage points.

Here are 20 of the jobs with the fastest growing salaries*:

Endodontist
2009 salary: $141,373
2010 salary: $166,874
Increase: 18.03 percent

Oral pathologist
2009 salary: $159,759
2010 salary: $188,577
Increase: 18.03 percent

Periodontist
2009 salary: $150,023
2010 salary: $177,084
Increase: 18.03 percent

Pharmacologist
2009 salary: $90,012
2010 salary: $99,370
Increase: 10.39 percent

Toxicologist
2009 salary: $63,655
2010 salary: $70,273
Increase: 10.39 percent

Academic dean
2009 salary: $93,126
2010 salary: $100,771
Increase: 8.2 percent

Dean of student affairs
2009 salary: $86,201
2010 salary: $93,278
Increase: 8.2 percent

Director of nursing school
2009 salary: $72,315
2010 salary: $78,252
Increase: 8.2 percent

Experimental psychologist
2009 salary: $86,010
2010 salary: $93,057
Increase: 8.19 percent

Social psychologist
2009 salary: $79,272
2010 salary: $85,766
Increase: 8.19 percent

Numerical control programmer
2009 salary: $57,945
2010 salary: $62,620
Increase: 8.06 percent

General surgeon
2009 salary: $317,494
2010 salary: $342,971
Increase: 8.02 percent

Medical officer
2009 salary: $476,753
2010 salary: $515,010
Increase: 8.02 percent

Neurosurgeon
2009 salary: $465,937
2010 salary: $503,326
Increase: 8.02 percent

Orthopedic surgeon
2009 salary: $346,076
2010 salary: $373,847
Increase: 8.02 percent

Plastic surgeon
2009 salary: $264,349
2010 salary: $285,561
Increase: 8.02 percent

Orthopedic podiatrist
2009 salary: $179,889
2010 salary: $193,920
Increase: 7.79 percent

Early childhood development teacher
2009 salary: $34,418
2010 salary: $37,072
Increase: 7.71 percent

Insurance salesperson
2009 salary: $49,121
2010 salary: $52,743
Increase: 7.37 percent

Credit reference clerk
2009 salary: $28,549
2010 salary: $30,393
Increase: 6.45 percent

*Based on data from the ERI Economic Research Institute, Inc.

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By Anthony Balderrama, CareerBuilder Writer

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