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The 10 highest-paying medical jobs all pay an average of more than $121,000

Getting a job in medicine is a serious undertaking. Becoming a doctor requires four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school and at least one year of residency — not to mention years of research.

But this hard work is often rewarded with sky-high salaries. In fact, the highest-paying job in medicine pays $265,990 a year, on average.

CNBC Make It combed through data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program in order to determine which of these medical professions offer the highest salaries. Here are the 10 highest-paying jobs in medicine:

10. Pharmacist

BLS description: “Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use. May advise physicians and other health practitioners on the selection, dosage, interactions and side effects of medications.”

Mean annual wage: $121,710

9. Podiatrist

BLS description: ”Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.”

Mean annual wage: $148,470

8. Nurse Anesthetist

BLS description: ”Administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.”

Mean annual wage: $169,450

7. Pediatrician

BLS description: ”Physicians who diagnose, treat and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.”

Mean annual wage: $187,540

6. Internist

BLS description: “Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.”

Mean annual wage: $198,370

5. Family and general practitioner

BLS description“Physicians who diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.”

Mean annual wage: $208,560

4. Obstetricians and gynecologist

BLS description“Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.”

Mean annual wage: $235,240

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