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These are the 25 best-paying jobs in America in 2018

If you want to bring home serious money — and you can withstand years of training and long, sometimes unpredictable hours — you may want to consider a medical career.

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Jobs data, the best-paying jobs in this field will carry the highest salary this year, followed by careers in engineering and business.

"Health care jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026," said Rebecca Koenig, careers reporter at U.S. News.

"Health care goes beyond doctors and nursing professions – there is high demand for people to fill positions available in health care technology, at hospitals and elsewhere within the industry that tap into a variety of the categories we rank and that offer a low unemployment rate, a high median salary and robust job growth."

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The occupations listed below are the 25 best paying, according to U.S. News & World Report and data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

1. Anesthesiologist

Mean salary: $269,600

2. Surgeon

Mean salary: $252,910

3. Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Mean salary: $234,310

4. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Mean salary: $232,870

5. Orthodontist

Mean salary: $228,780

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6. Physician

Mean salary: $201,840

7. Psychiatrist 

Mean salary: $200,220

8. Pediatrician

Mean salary: $184,240

9. Dentist

Mean salary: $173,860

10. Prosthodontist

Mean salary: $168,140

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11. Nurse Anesthetist

Mean salary: $164,030

12. Petroleum Engineer

Mean salary: $147,030

13. IT Manager

Mean salary: $145,740

14. Marketing Manager

Mean salary: $144,140

15. Podiatrist 

Mean salary: $144,110

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16. Lawyer

Mean salary: $139,880

17. Financial Manager

Mean salary: $139,720

18. Sales Manager

Mean salary: $135,090

19. Financial Advisor

Mean salary: $123,100

20. Business Operations Manager

Mean salary: $122,090

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21. Pharmacist

Mean salary: $120,270

22. Optometrist

Mean salary: $117,580

23. Actuary

Mean salary: $114,120

24. Political Scientist

Mean salary: $112,250

25. Medical and Health Services Manager

Mean salary: $109,370

Correction: This story has been updated to correct that the study presented mean salaries.

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