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America's Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs

You'll Be Surprised by These Six-Figure Jobs

You can't judge a job by its salary, and it seems the reverse is also true. You might never guess that some workers are taking home such sizable paychecks, so Forbes came up with a fun list of the most surprising six-figure jobs in the U.S.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates was used to compile the list, and at least 10 percent of workers in each job must have earned more than $100,000 last year to make the cut. The 15 jobs Forbes deemed as surprisingly high-earners are below.

  1. Human Resources Manager
  2. Chiropractor
  3. Astronomer
  4. Broadcast News Analyst
  5. Art Director

To see ten more jobs that pay six figures at least ten percent of the time,


  1. Purchasing Manager
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Supervisor for Police and Detectives
  4. Film or Video Editor
  5. Gaming Manager
  6. Water Vessel Captain, Mate or Pilot
  7. Music Director or Composer
  8. Arbitrator, Mediator or Conciliator
  9. Transportation Inspector
  10. Multimedia Artist or Animator


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millarci millarci 7 years
Yay for Art Director being one of them! That's my goal one day – to be an art director.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I don't get why some of these are supposed to be surprising.
brilliance13 brilliance13 7 years
hm interesting. good thing I work in #1!
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