10 High-Paying Jobs That People Genuinely Enjoy

Resolutions are supposed to be a little pie-in-the-sky. When it comes to goals, dreaming big is often a good thing to do (before you let too many practicalities or doubts keep you in the same place). If your new year's goal has to do with job hunting for the first time, looking for new work, entering an unfamiliar field, or advancing where you are, consider which parameters you want to fuel your aspirations. U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the best jobs is a good place to start.

The top-10 jobs are based on a variety of factors including median salary, employment rate, stress level, and 10-year growth projection using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (So, it's a no-brainer that so many jobs in the medical field make the list, as healthcare is a rapidly growing field.)

"Healthcare jobs are prominent on our list year after year and are predicted to continue growing rapidly within the job market by 2026," says Rebecca Koenig, the careers reporter at U.S. News. "Healthcare goes beyond doctors and nursing professions — there is high demand for people to fill positions available in health care technology, at hospitals and elsewhere within the industry that tap into a variety of the categories we rank and that offer a low unemployment rate, a high median salary and robust job growth."

Curious what other jobs top the list? Read on.

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Anaheim, CA: $118,670
San Francisco, CA: $122,420
Oakland, CA: $131,160
Seattle, WA: $132,080
San Jose, CA: $133,010

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Watertown, NY: $269,990
Charlotte, NC: $271,240
Eugene, OR: $282,810
Columbus, GA: $282,930
Peabody, MS: $283,550

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Santa Rosa, CA: $138,090
Cedar Rapids, IA: $142,210
Olympia, WA: $145,060
Las Vegas, NV: $146,350
Yuba City, CA: $149,740

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Vallejo, CA: $142,210
San Jose, CA: $145,480
Peabody, MA: $155,320
San Francisco, CA: $158,050
Altoona, PA: $180,520

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Tulsa, OK: $242,450
Chicago, IL: $259,370
Nassau County, NY: $264,480
Silver Spring, MD: $269,760
Hartford, CT: $274,230

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



San Diego, CA: $112,710
Raleigh, NC: $112,750
Wilmington, DE: $113,980
Newark, NJ: $127,330
Trenton, NJ: $146,840

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Cape Coral, FL: $252,540
Chattanooga, TN: $254,760
Jackson, MS: $262,270
Jacksonville, FL: $275,540
Salt Lake City, UT: $280,190

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Wilmington, DE: $274,790
Springfield, MS: $278,440
Gary, IN: $278,560
Portland, ME: $279,490
Tampa, FL: $281,580

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Tulsa, OK: $247,290
San Antonio, TX: 247,540
Los Angeles, CA: $253,080
Columbus, OH: $271,040
Nassau County, NY: $273,300

Salaries in the Best-Paying Cities



Cape Coral, FL: $274,940
Canton, OH: $275,480
Framingham, MS: $283,690
Sioux Falls, SD: $285,460
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