Health care professionals are extremely well paid in the United States and dominate the country's best-paid jobs. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, cardiologists are the highest earners overall, with annual mean wages of $421,330 as of 2022. Orthopedic surgeons follow with $371,400 while pediatric surgeons round off the top three. They earn an impressive annual mean wage of $362,970. Out of America's top 10 highest paid professions, only athletes and sports competitors can compete with the health care sector. The highest annual mean wage of an athlete or sports competitor in the United States is $358,080.