The fact that most of the best paying jobs in America are found in the healthcare industry is heartening, especially to those whose chosen career pursuit comes not from a desire to make a financial killing, but the desire to make a difference in people's lives. Within the healthcare industry there are a number of well-paying healthcare career options that don't require the kind of extensive medical education required of doctors.
Of the highest paid jobs in this category, registered nurses rank the highest with an average hourly pay nearing $32. Following RN's, licensed vocational nurses (LPN's) earn an average hourly wage of $17.50. Dental assistants and medical secretaries follow suit, bringing in an average hourly pay of $14.50 and $13.50, respectively.
Hospitals, doctors' offices and other healthcare organizations regularly select employees in these fields from pools of applicants provided to them by professional staffing agencies and recruiters.