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Money, Money, Money! The 6 Highest Paying Jobs

All work and no play makes one a dull person. But some have all the luck.

Remember the children’s rhyme by Halliwell that goes, “Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub; And who do you think they be? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; Turn them out, knaves all three.” This was written back in 1842. Well, we’ve certainly come a long way since the 19th century because job opportunities and career opportunities nowadays are not limited to being butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. In fact, if you choose a particularly lucrative job (read: highest paying job) from various options in a career center, you’re bound to make a whole lot of money from your salary alone. There are jobs, professions and careers out there that you can pursue to really roll in the dough.

Being part of the high-paying workforce doesn’t only mean working hard, getting bored and battling stress. It also means getting more than average salaries every month. So you ask, what are the highest paid jobs? These are of course, higher education jobs, which means, dear students if you are reading this, busting your ass off studying day and night in the university so you can land one of the highest paid careers.

Here are the contenders in the most paying jobs category of the world, ladies and gentlemen.

1. Surgeons

Highest Paid Worker 1: Surgeons

Highest Paid Worker 1: Surgeons

Doctors who perform heart, brain and even cosmetic surgery really make a lot of money. The kinds of procedures they perform are high risk and expensive, and it takes them years to finish specialized study and practice. If they practice their profession in big cities such as New York and Los Angeles, and they make names for themselves, they earn 6 digit annual salaries. Most paying jobs guarantee salaries that can feed a family of four. Doctors’ salaries can feed a family of 20, with so much to spare. They may wear white coats when you go to see them, but the color of their bank accounts? Green, baby.

2. CEOs

Highest Paid Worker 2: CEOs

Highest Paid Worker 2: CEOs

When you are chief operating officer of a successful and huge company (think Fortune 500 ones), you really rake in the moolah. You attend high-powered lunches, jet set all over the world and close multi-billion dollar deals. Some CEOs also own the businesses they run. The best job? Probably, but maybe not when their companies are facing crisis. Still, most paid jobs don’t allow you to cruise around in a Rolls Royce, complete with a chauffeur, escort and butler. They may wear dark suits and somber colors but believe us when we tell you that their accounts are also green.

3. Professional Athletes

Highest Paid Worker 3: Pro Athletes

Highest Paid Worker 3: Pro Athletes

Someone once said that if you can be referred to by your initials (like his Royal Airness MJ) or simply by your first name (Tiger), then you’ve arrived and you’ve really had it made. Pro athletes are an elite group of individuals who make a lot of money by simply excelling at a sport. They also close expensive deals to endorse a certain shoe, a burger chain, a car or a sports drink. Sometimes, pros earn more money in one season or fight than any of us ever will in our lifetime. Sad and envy-inducing, but true. Yes, one of the highest paid jobs just require you to shoot countless baskets or shoot that ball in the right hole.

4. Actors

Highest Paid Worker 4: Actors

Highest Paid Worker 4: Actors

Hello, Hollywood! How much money do Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts earn per film? We’d rather not think about it because these top-billing actors really roll in the dough. Isn’t life unfair? These people get paid a lot to pretend to be someone else. They heeded the call of the lights, the cameras and the action, and this paid off. And paid off really well. And who would’ve thought the best paid careers only need you to look pretty, cry and laugh on cue and have multiple personality tendencies?

5. Reality TV Stars

Highest Paid Worker 5: Reality-TV Stars

Highest Paid Worker 5: Reality-TV Stars

Ah, we love our reality TV shows and how these have shot once obscure names and faces into staggering stardom – even for just their 15 minutes of fame. Think of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton, think of the Kardashian sisters. Do you know that clubs and hotels pay them just to make an appearance? Who wouldn’t like to be paid just by showing up? Kim K. gets paid to wave to a crowd, with an amount that’s more than a middle-class employee’s average salary per year.

6. Lawyers

Highest Paid Worker 6: Lawyers

Highest Paid Worker 6: Lawyers

When you know the law, it pays. In more ways than one, obviously. Lawyers get paid huge amounts especially when they represent a high-powered client or company, and when they join a reputable, equally high-powered law firm. Those years spent toiling and poring over thick books in law school will always reward you. So, grab a copy of the Constitution and start reading up on the amendments and laws. It will pay off when you can add the letters Atty. at the beginning of your name.


There you have it; just 6 of the world’s highest-paying jobs — the best paid careers that will put you in the topmost tax bracket, allow you to go on fancy, exotic vacations and permit you to buy 5 homes, including a grand villa either in Maldives or in the Caribbean. A disclaimer, though. Higher jobs with this kind of salary also mean higher risk of humiliation if ever you don’t perform well. Nevertheless, the advantages weigh more than the disadvantages. The perks are excellent, too: access to restaurants, memberships at exclusive clubs and the opportunity to rub elbows with the real movers and shakers. Drooling already? So, what are you waiting for? Up your earning potential by pursuing the most paid jobs. If you’re an investment banker, maybe you should take up further studies and become a lawyer. Soon enough, you’ll also have a Swiss bank account. When you do, call and thank us. We take checks, too.

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