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Anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer testifies during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial on October 19, 2011.
Anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer testifies during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial on October 19, 2011.Photo by Pool/Getty Images

Anesthesiologists are the highest paid in America according to Labor Department report released yesterday. They earn and average of $235,070 per year according to the survey. In contrast, retail sales workers are in the largest employment category where 8.5 million are employed at an average pay of $9.58 per hour. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provided this employment and wage estimate as of May 2012 for 821 detailed occupations. Note that the picture nearby is an Anesthesiologist testifying at the Michael Jackson trial. See the list for all ten highest paid jobs in America.

Anesthesiologists $235,070
Anesthesiologists $235,070 U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey Russell

Anesthesiologists $235,070

Top paying job in the U.S. is anesthesiologist, at $235,070. There are only 30,200 anesthesiologists in the country. Pictured is Dr. Akshay Dalal an anesthesiologist from the non-governmental organization "Project HOPE."

Surgeons $$233,150
Surgeons $$233,150 Andy G on flickr

Surgeons $$233,150

Second highest paying job in the U.S. is Surgeon paying $233,150. There are 41,030 surgeons in the U.S. Pictured is open heart surgery at Imperial College, June 9, 2010. 

Oral Surgeons $218,960
Oral Surgeons $218,960 U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Benjamin Dennis

Oral Surgeons $218,960

Third highest paying job in the U.S. is Oral Surgeon. they make $218,960 and there are a little of 5,000 in the U.S. Pictured is Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Roland Alferos assisting Timothy Ackerman with oral surgery aboard USS Kitty Hawk.

Orthodontists $196,270
Orthodontists $196,270 mlarsson62 on Pixabay

Orthodontists $196,270

Fourth highest paid job is Orthodontist at $196,270. There are not many more Orthodontists than Oral Surgeons at 5,570 in the U.S. Pictured is an unnamed Orthodontist adjusting braces.

Chief Executives $178,400
Chief Executives $178,400 Robert Scoble on flickr

Chief Executives $178,400

The fifth highest paying job in the U.S. is Chief Executive or CEO paying $178,400. While some CEOs earn very high salaries, there are many more running start-ups and small companies bringing the average down. There are 248,760 CEOs counted by the BLS survey. Here is Chris Tolles, CEO of a small company, Topix.

Nurse Anesthesiologists $157,690
Nurse Anesthesiologists $157,690 U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Rylan K. Albright

Nurse Anesthesiologists $157,690

The sixth highest paying job in the U.S. is Nurse Anesthesiologist paying $157,690. There are 35,430 Nurse Anesthesiologists in the U.S. A 6 year old girl is prepared to go under anaesthesia, April 10, 2010.

Petroleum Engineers $149,180
Petroleum Engineers $149,180 Eric Kounce on Wikimedia Commons

Petroleum Engineers $149,180

Rising demand for oil has increased prices and the demand for  Petroleum Engineers, who make $149,180 per year. Pictured is a pump at an oil well. Petroleum Engineers have more to do with discovering oil fields and engineering the extraction process. There are 120,810 Petroleum Engineers in America.

Architectural and Engineering Managers $136,540
Architectural and Engineering Managers $136,540 Quadratestadt Mannheim on flickr

Architectural and Engineering Managers $136,540

The eighth highest paying job in America is Architectural and Engineering Manager paying $136,540 per year. Pictured is Dr. Christian Wilhelm, Daimler AG, Leiter Engineering Gießerei Werk Mannheim. Daimler Benz is famed for its engineering excellence.

Marketing Managers $133,700
Marketing Managers $133,700 Tim Olson on flickr

Marketing Managers $133,700

The ninth highest paying job in the United States is Marketing Manager st $133,700 per year. There are 352,220 Marketing Managers in the U.S. There are many more Sales Managers at a somewhat lower pay. Pictured is Meredith Ely, Marketing Manager at LearnBoost.

Computer and Information Systems Managers $132,570
Computer and Information Systems Managers $132,570 Intel Free Press

Computer and Information Systems Managers $132,570

The tenth highest paying job in America is Computer and Information Systems Manager paying $132,570 per year. There are 319,080 Computer and Information Systems Managers in the U.S. Pictured is Federico Faggin, the designer of the original Intel 4004.