Job happiness is different for everyone but positions that pay well, offer growth, have low stress levels, and offer a good work-life balance are key to success.

America's Top, High-Paying Jobs of 2016

Each year, US News & World Report releases the best job rankings for the current year. According to US News & World Report’s methodology, America’s best jobs are determined by reviewing key factors that include:

  • Median Salary (30 percent)
  • Employment Rate (20 percent)
  • 10-Year Growth Volume (15 percent)
  • 10-Year Growth Percentage (15 percent)
  • Job Prospects (10 percent)
  • Stress Level (5 percent)
  • Work-Life Balance (5 percent)

The list includes 100 of the best jobs from a variety of industries. Many of this year’s top jobs are in the healthcare industry and earn on average, more than six figures annually. Positions that land in the top 10 include dentist, physician assistant, and orthodontist, which lands this year’s top spot due to a low unemployment rate, a projected 18% growth rate over the next 8 years, and a good work-life balance.

While there is a different career path for everyone, America’s top, high-paying jobs offer a good balance as well as moderate flexibility for many professionals. Here are the top 10  jobs of 2016 based on US News & World Report’s findings. For the full list of 100, visit the US News & World Report website.

  1. Orthodontist – median salary: $187,199
  2. Dentist –median salary: $149,540
  3. Computer Systems Analyst –median salary: $82,710
  4. Nurse Anesthetist – median salary: $153,780
  5. Physician Assistant – median salary: $95,820
  6. Nurse Practitioner – median salary: $95,350
  7. Psychiatrist – median salary: $181,880
  8. Pediatrician – median salary: $163,350
  9. Anesthesiologist – median salary: $187,199
  10. Obstetrician and Gynecologist – median salary: $187,199