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What jobs have the best and worst pay?
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It's pretty clear that a doctor makes more money than a fast-food worker. But does a surgeon bring home more bucks than an anesthesiologist? It can't hurt to find out -- and it might even boost your salary savvy.

What's the best-paying professional field in the United States?

  • law
  • medical
  • investment banking

What's the worst-paying professional field in the United States?

  • waste management
  • janitorial services
  • food services
  • retail
  • hospitality services

What's the best-paying job in the country?

  • anesthesiologist
  • surgeon
  • dermatologist

What's the average annual wage in the United States?

  • $23,000
  • $28,000
  • $36,000
  • $42,000
  • $51,000

Surgeons in this city make almost $15,000 more than the national average.

  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Gary, Ind.
  • Stamford, Conn.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Boston, Mass.

Food service workers in this locale make the farthest below the national average.

  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Huntsville, Ala.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Pulaski, Wy.
  • Pittsford, Pa.
  • Owensboro, Ky.
  • Gastonville, Fla.
  • Markers, Minn.

What U.S. state/district has the highest average annual salary?

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Alaska
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York

Which two states have the lowest average annual salary?

  • South Dakota and Mississippi
  • Alaska and Arkansas
  • New Hampshire and Montana
  • New Mexico and North Dakota
  • Michigan and Alabama
  • Kentucky and Maine

The salaries of these workers decreased more than any other sector in 2008.

  • models
  • train engineers
  • postal workers
  • insurance agents

If you're thinking about going into the dental field, what profession should you choose to make the most bucks?

  • oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  • orthodontist
  • prosthodontist
  • dentist

What's the only job in the top 10 that isn't in the medical or dental field?

  • hedge-fund manager
  • CEO
  • lawyer
  • engineering manager

Who are the worst-paid workers in the country?

  • fast food preparers/servers
  • fast-food cooks
  • short-order cooks

What's the highest-paying nonprofit job?

  • CEO
  • university professor
  • internist

If you're a woman, you're lucky if you live here -- it's the best-paying state/district for women.

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey

This is the worst-paying state for women.

  • Mississippi
  • Arkansas
  • South Dakota
  • Kentucky

Women in the nation's capital make about how much more per year than women living in Mississippi?

  • $10,000
  • $13,000
  • $15,000
  • $19,000
  • $22,000

On average, women make what percentage of men's salaries?

  • 60
  • 70
  • 80
  • 90

As far as pay goes, would you be better off as a ticket taker at a movie theater or as a parking lot attendant?

  • ticket taker
  • parking lot attendant

Where do the highest-paid parking lot attendants live?

  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Vermont

Most of the best-paying jobs involve hospitals -- but what's the worst-paying job you could have in a hospital?

  • file clerk
  • janitor
  • housekeeper
  • child-care worker
  • cafeteria server