The highest-paying jobs in 15 different fields (15 items)

Bethan Owen

June 23, 2014

Reddit user Dan Lin recently made an exhaustive graph of the average yearly income of 820 American occupations with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The graph, which was picked up by The Atlantic, is a key to understanding how wages differ from field to field, ranging from the $235,100 average yearly salary of an anesthesiologist to the $18,900 salary of a fast food cook.

Compiled here is a list of the occupations with the highest salary, categorized by field. Any information not found on the graph can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics' website.

1 of 15. Food Service

Average Yearly Income in a Food Service Career: $21,580

Chefs and Head Cooks: $46,620

Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers: $33,640

Private Household Cooks: $27,350

Cooks: $26,230

Institution and Cafeteria Cooks: $24,670

2 of 15. Farming, Fishing and Forestry

Average Yearly Income in a Farming, Fishing, or Forestry Career: $24,330

First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers: $45,940

Agricultural Inspectors: $43,600

Fallers: $40,550

Animal Breeders: $40,310

Fishers, Related Fishing Workers: $36,840

3 of 15. Transportation

Average Yearly Income in a Transportation Career: $33,860

Airline Pilots/Copilots: $129,600

Air Traffic Controllers: $118,650

Aircraft Pilots: $113,090

Airfield Operations Specialists: $102,750

Air Transportation Workers: $84,100

4 of 15. Production

Average Yearly Income in a Production Career: $34,930

Nuclear Power Reactor Operators: $78,400

Power Distributors and Dispatchers: $76,580

Power Plant Operators: $67,230

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers: $58,150

Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers: $49,580

5 of 15. Sales

Average Yearly Income in a Sales Career: $38,200

Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents: $102,510

Sales Engineers: $101,790

Sales Representatives: $85,610

First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers: $82,890

Real Estate Brokers: $82,380