Can You Guess America’s Best & Worst Paying Jobs Of 2015?

July 1, 2015  |  

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It’s about that time of year — Forbes’ 2015 Best and Worst Paying Jobs list is out. The lauded money magazine delves into America’s most lucrative fields. On the flip side, Forbes also tells us about the jobs that pay small potatoes.

You would think that America’s cheeky CEOs are the only ones making all the bread, but no, not exactly. It is the men and women, donned in scrubs, spending hours in the operating room saving lives who are also being copensated. Surgeons, with about 41,000 in the field, are one of the highest paid employees in the country with an annual mean wage of $240,400. Surgeons, the second-best paid workers, are only surpassed by anesthesiologists.

Anesthesiologists earn a mean salary of $246,320 per year with 30,000 employees in the field.

Third on the best paid list are oral and maxillofacial surgeons — dental specialists who work on defects, injuries, and diseases in the neck, mouth, face, jaws, and teeth. As per EnlightenMe, these are the guys that pulled out your wisdom teeth too. Ouch.

Now, moving on to the jobs that pay small potatoes: the top two are in the fast food industry, unsurprisingly. The absolute worst-paid employees in America today are the workers making your delicious quesadillas at Taco Bell — fast food cooks. With a mean hourly wage of $9.15 and 520,000 people in the industry, fast food cook is No. 1 on Forbes‘ worst paying jobs list. Following fast food cooks are food preparation employees and servers with a crummy mean wage of $9.19. There are 3.1 million in this field.

Falling into third place are shampooers in the personal care field. In lathering up clients’ hair, workers only make a mean wage of $9.37 per hour.

According to Forbes, these statistics were extracted from the most recent Occupational Employment Statistics survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which reflects wage data from May 2014.”

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