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Looking for a bigger paycheck? If you’re not in the medical industry, you’re pretty much out of luck. Health care jobs, ranging from dentists to surgeons, dominate the list of the 20 highest paying jobs, but there are some others sprinkled in. Click ahead for the jobs that pulled the highest pay last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
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Looking for a bigger paycheck? If you’re not in the medical industry, you’re pretty much out of luck.

Health care jobs, ranging from dentists to surgeons, dominate the list of the 20 highest paying jobs, but there are some other professions sprinkled in.

Click ahead for the jobs that pulled the highest pay last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some similar jobs have been grouped together.

Posted May 14, 2010

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20. Marketing Managers

Average annual salary: $120,070Job details: Determining the demand for the products a company sells and to research and point out any new customers.

Average annual salary: $120,070

Job details: Determining the demand for the products a company sells and to research and point out any new customers.


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19. Computer and Information Systems Managers

: $120,640 : Implement and administer technology within their companies.

Average annual salary: $120,640

Job details
: Implement and administer technology within their companies.


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18. Engineering Managers

: $120,580 : Oversee and direct employees who design and develop machinery.

Average annual salary: $122,810

Job details: Oversee and direct employees who design and develop machinery.


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17. Prosthodontists

: $169,810 : Make oral prostheses, like dentures or implants, to replace missing teeth.
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Average annual salary: $125,400

Job details: Make oral prostheses, such as dentures or implants, to replace missing teeth.


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16. Natural Sciences Managers

: $123,140 : Manage and coordinate research and development in life sciences, physical sciences and other fields.

Average annual salary: $127,000

Job details: Manage and coordinate research and development in life sciences, physical sciences and other fields.


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15. Lawyers

: $124,750 : Represent clients in court and provide counsel about their legal rights.
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Average annual salary: $129,020

Job details: Represent clients in court and provide counsel about their legal rights and liabilities.


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14. Podiatrists

: $125,760 : Treat foot ailments, ranging from corns and calluses to infections and ingrown toenails.

Average annual salary: $131,730

Job details: Treat foot ailments, ranging from corns and calluses to infections and ingrown toenails.


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13 and 12. Dentists

: $142,070 : All other specialists who don’t fall under the main areas of expertise.
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13. Specialists

Average annual salary: $153,570

Job details: All other specialists who don’t fall under the main areas of expertiseincluding some forms of dentistry.

12. General

Average annual salary: $156,850

Job details: Diagnose and treat diseases affecting patients' teeth and gums.


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11. Pediatricians, General

: $153,370 : Work with infants, children and teenagers to diagnose and treat diseases or injuries.
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Average annual salary: $161,410

Job details: Work with infants, children and teenagers to diagnose and treat diseases or injuries.


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10. Psychiatrists

: $163,660: Treat mental illnesses using psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hospitalization or medication. »
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Average annual salary: $163,660

Job details: Treat mental illnesses using psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, hospitalization or medication.


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9. Chief Executive Officer

: $160,440 : Responsible for establishing policies and running companies.

Average annual salary: $167,280

Job details: Responsible for running a company.


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8. Family and general practitioners

: $161,490 : Treat a wide range of ailments, from the common cold to broken bones, for the entire family.
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Average annual salary: $168,550

Job details: Treat a wide range of ailments, from the common cold to broken bones, for the entire family.


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7. Physicians & Surgeons, All Other

: $165,000 : All physicians and surgeons who don’t fall under the main areas of expertise.
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Average annual salary: $173,860

Job details: All physicians and surgeons who don’t fall under the main areas of expertise.


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6. Internists, General

: $176,740 : Diagnose and treat diseases of internal organ systems without surgery.
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Average annual salary: $183,990

Job details: Diagnose and treat diseases of internal organ systems, excluding surgical services.


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5. Obstetricians & Gynecologists

: $192,780 : Specialize in women’s health, treat and prevent disease related to pregnancy and the reproductive system.
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Average annual salary: $204,470

Job details: Specialize in women’s health; treat and prevent disease related to pregnancy and the reproductive system.


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4 and 3. Orthodontists and Oral Surgeons

: $194,930 : Apply braces or retainers to straighten patient’s teeth.

4. Orthodontists

Average annual salary: $206,190

Job details: Apply braces or retainers to straighten patient’s teeth.

3. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

Average annual salary: $210,710

Job details: Operate on patient’s mouth or jaws to remove teeth, tumors or correct an abnormality.


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2. Anesthesiologists

: $197,570 : Administer anesthetics during operations or pain relief during other procedures outside the operating room.
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Average annual salary: $211,750

Job details: Administer anesthetics during operations or pain relief during other procedures outside the operating room.


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1. Surgeons

: $206,770 : Operate to treat patient’s injuries or diseases.
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Average annual salary: $219,770

Job details: Operate to treat patient’s injuries or diseases.


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