The New Ranks of $100,000-a-Year Jobs: Veterinarians, Physician Assistants, Actuaries – By JOSH ZUMBRUN Apr 6, 2017 11:53 am ET


Over the past decade, about three dozen occupations have seen average wages climb above $100,000

A veterinarian operates on a critically endangered sea turtle in Florida. The occupation is one that has seen its average wages climb above $100,000 a year.

  A veterinarian operates on a critically endangered sea turtle in Florida. The occupation is one that has seen its average wages climb above $100,000 a year. PHOTO: PABLO COZZAGLIO/AFP/GETTY IMAGEAbout three dozen jobs in the last decade crossed the threshold to now pay an average of $100,000 a year, nearly doubling the number of occupations where average salaries are so high.

Credit a combination of inflation and real wage growth for many technically difficult professions since 2007. Indeed, a handful of medical jobs crossed another line: They now pay an average of over $200,000 a year.

The new data comes from the Labor Department’s Occupational Employment Statistics program, which tracks salaries and wages for hundreds of different job categories. The data provides an annual glimpse into the earnings of specific occupations, greater detail than the broader averages for industry groups provided by the monthly jobs report.

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