The 5 highest-paying jobs in medicine

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You may have grown up thinking that the people who made the most money were either doctors, lawyers, or bankers. And you wouldn't be wrong: positions in all of those fields made it onto Business Insider's list of the highest-paying jobs in the U.S. But did you know that all of the top five jobs were in some way or another related to medicine?

We decided to corroborate BI's findings with our own data, so that you can get the best numbers available in understanding just how much green a medical professional really sees.

Here are those top five medical positions:

1. Anesthesiologist

If you think this is all about turning a few levers and helping people pass out: you're wrong. There are inherent dangers in a patient having an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, waking up, or being poisoned by too much. It's a fine line, and that's why these doctors spend so many years in school training. The payout, according to our data, isn't unattractive:

Salary Range: $102,920 – $397,420
Entry Level Median Salary: $250,495

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Median Salary: $21,862

Typical Education and Training: No formal educational requirement; short on-the-job training

Job Satisfaction: Highly Satisfied

Median Salary: $86,211

Typical Education and Training: Master's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: Data not available; Healthcare Aides earn a median hourly wage of $10

Typical Education and Training: High school diploma or equivalent; short on-the-job training

Job Satisfaction: Data not available

Median Salary: $38,106

Typical Education and Training: Associate's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Highly Satisfied

Median Salary: $74,843

Typical Education and Training: Bachelor's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $58,527

Typical Education and Training: Bachelor's Degree; Long-term on-the-job training

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $25,302

Typical Education and Training: High school diploma or equivalent; short on-the-job training

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $45,088

Typical Education and Training: Associate's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $66,560

Typical Education and Training: Doctoral or Professional Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $86,618

Typical Education and Training: Master's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $71,899

Typical Education and Training: Master's Degree

Job Satisfaction: Extremely Satisfied

Median Salary: $44,136

Typical Education and Training: Some college, no degree; long-term on-the-job training

Job Satisfaction: Highly Satisfied

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2. Surgeon

As a writer with a brother on track to this career, I can't help but think of the myriad benefits to having a surgeon in the family. Beyond someone who can suture your kids when they have a minor accident, the financial benefits might prove more enticing than most freelancers' salaries.

Salary Range: $119,628 – $363,096
Entry Level Median Salary: $240,231

3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Well, if you can't quite make it into your school's surgery fellowship, at least you can always fall back on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. These are the folks who can fix both aesthetic and functional aspects of the hard and soft tissue in the aforementioned region of the face. Here's what they make:

Salary Range: $100,000-$425,000
Entry Level Median Salary: $99,000

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4. Obstetrician and Gynecologist (OB/GYN)
As the doctor responsible for the region of the body from which we all genesis, this honorable position deserves a spot on the top five list. Let's take a look and see how they're doing on pay day:

Salary Range: $99,935 – $280,822
Entry Level Median Salary: $190,000

5. Orthodontist

As it turns out, there's more in it for your orthodontist than the pleasure of tightening your brackets and scolding you for not wearing your retainer. The good work that they do to make us pretty has them sitting pretty as well:

Salary Range: $79,168 – $257,132
Entry Level Median Salary: $152,000

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Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 7

Net: 23%

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Net: 21% 

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Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 3

Net: 21% 

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Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 5

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Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 5

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Net: 23% 

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Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 3

Net: 23%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 32

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 8

Net: 24%

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Net: 25%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 28

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 2

Net: 26%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 33

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 6

Net: 27%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 31

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 4

Net: 27%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 35

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 1

Net: 34%

Percent planning to increase staff levels: 30

Percent planning to decrease staff levels: 6

Net: 24%

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