The Highest Paying Healthcare Roles

The Highest Paying Healthcare Roles
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    If you want to earn lots of money during your career, you may want to consider working in healthcare.


The industry is worth billions, and there are lots of well-paid jobs to choose from… but it is important to be aware that not all of the top jobs pay equally. Some are far better paid than others; you just need to know which ones.

Here are five of the highest paying healthcare roles in 2020.


The average surgeon earns around $393,965 a year, which works out at over $100 an hour. This may seem excessive, but the role comes with a lot of responsibility and hard work (and it can also take years to become qualified).

Many surgeons work as general surgeons, but it is also possible to have a specialty. For instance, it is possible to specialize in neurological surgery, reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery or cardiovascular surgery.

For this role you will need a Medical Doctor (M.D) degree or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O) degree.


The average wage for dentists is currently around $151,850 a year, which works out at over $70 an hour. Dentists diagnose and provide treatment for gum and teeth problems, and they also teach patients how to properly look after their teeth.

During a dental examination the dentist will remove any decay from the teeth, and they will fill in any cavities that they find.

If they find more serious damage they will extract or repair the tooth. They can also help patients with cosmetic requests, such as teeth whitening or straightening.

It is possible for dentists to have a specialty, although it isn’t essential. Some popular specialties include working as a pediatric dentist, an orthodontist or an oral pathologist.


The average podiatrist makes around $129,550 annually, which is around $60 every hour. A podiatrist specializes in medical care for the lower legs, ankles and feet of patients, and they may also perform foot surgery.

Currently demand for this role is growing, and it is expected to grow at a 6% rate over the next 10 years.


The average wage for a pharmacist is around $126,000 a year, which is around $60 per hour. Pharmacists provide patients with medication, and they also give immunizations and health checks.

This role is expected to grow over the next decade, but if you want to work as a pharmacist you will need an Excellence in Healthcare Education qualification, as well as pharmacy experience.

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Nurse Practitioner

The final role on this list is that of a nurse practitioner. The average nurse practitioner earns around $109,233 a year, which is around $50 an hour. The full title for their role is Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (or APRNs), and their main role is to get every patient’s medical history, as well as their current symptoms.

Sometimes nurse practitioners will perform examinations if no doctor is available, and they also work with doctors to create individual treatment plans for each patient they see.

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