The Highest Paying Jobs in 2021

The Highest Paying Jobs in 2021

What are the Highest paying Jobs for the next decade? Well, chances are you could probably guess hat of the top 20 most of the positions are occupied by those in the medical field. If you guessed Physicians or surgeons, you would be correct. If you included in your guess people in the legal profession surprisingly, you would be only partly correct. Judges are listed among the top 20 jobs, but your run of the mill attorneys is not.

We did a pretty exhaustive search of what jobs would be the most sought after and highest paid and of those jobs we found that a Chief Executive of a company was listed at around number 15 on the list established by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more exciting was that many of our readers would fall into this category.

Let’s take a look at the Top Jobs for the next decade and then we’ll take a look at what it takes to become a CEO of a major company.

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the Top 10 Highest Paying Jobs in the U.S. are as follows.

  1. Psychiatrists
  2. OB/GYN
  3. Surgeons
  4. Prosthodontists
  5. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  6. Orthodontists
  7. Anesthesiologists
  8. Physicians
  9. Family Medicine
  10. Chief Executive

Let’s take a look at what a CEO is and what it takes to become one.

What TOP Executives Do

Top Execs plan strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets it goals. They work in all business environments in companies large and small, with hectic schedules and long hours. No wonder they get paid so well.

In small organizations the CEO might do the hiring, training, and day to day supervisory duties. In larger organization typically focus on formulating policies and planning strategies.


Typically, a business Executive has achieved a B.A. degree. In many cases this person is the founder of the company and may have no formal education. Many executives work their way up through lower management positions, before becoming CEO’s.  In the case of a political position there is no educational requirement. We did identify 5 areas regardless of education that a CEO must function at a high level.

Communications Skill- Top Executives must be able to communicate persuasively and clearly. In addition, they must be able to negotiate with others, direct staff and explain policies. A strong background in communications is a must. 

Decision-making Skills- The need to access and make decisions on matters of policy and strategy are key to the facets of being a top executive.

Leadership Skills- The ability to lead people, policies and strategies 

Problem-solving Skills- When faced with multiple choice to a given set of circumstances the top executive must be able to way the pros and cons and make key decisions.

Time-management Skills- Top Executives needless to say, juggle many projects at the same time. They must be able to organize and prioritize these items simultaneously.


In 2019, the average annual pay for a Chief Executive was $184, 460. 

Examples: Mayors, City Managers, Governors. They may have familiar names such as CEO, President, COO, CFO

The future looks bright for Top Executives. What it will take is planning, education and strong leadership skills to be effective. For anyone seeking this position, we suggest start your preparation now. Our experience is that positions like this are highly competitive but with diligence you will be able to be successful.