Average annual income: $103,210
While many a little boy and girl may dream of being a pilot, it’s more than just the feeling of soaring through the air. Pilots work long hours and have to navigate in any weather condition. Their risks include everything from mechanical failure to terrorism, and it’s not just their safety at risk — it’s the safety of every passenger and crew member on board.
“The bottom line is that they are ultimately responsible for all the passengers,” Lee said. “It puts a high level of stress on them.”