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America’s Highest Paying Jobs 2011

The salary of a profession is among the most compelling factors for many individuals deciding what career path to follow, what degree to persue or even where to live.

With data recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics , BLS, CNBC.com took a look at the most highly-compensated occupations in the country, based upon BLS job definitions. The BLS also breaks down average salaries geographically and by industry, which can help job seekers understand the areas to look in order to find where these positions are located.

So, what are the highest paying jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul ToscanoPosted 15 August 2011

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