A salary is one of the most compelling factors for individuals deciding on a career path, a degree or even where to live, since some parts of the U.S. pay higher wages, on average, for the same position.
Although education can determine a worker'ssalary and even employment, not all high-paying jobs require advanced degrees.
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.
The jobs listed here are placed in categories according to career path. The numbers are from 2011—the most recent figures available.
So, what are the highest paying jobs in the country? Click ahead to find out!
By Morgan Giordano, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 2 July 2012