The numbers are in IQ points relative to income (assuming that the General Social Survey`s ten word vocabulary test is a decent measure of IQ, which is reasonably true, but obviously has weaknesses for quantitative jobs). Thus, doctors make money as if they are 44.1 IQ points smarter than they are. At the top of the list are:
|3. Commercial airline pilot||19.3|
|9. Telephone installer and repairer||9.6|
|10. Sheet metal worker||9.0|
|11. Civil engineer||8.2|
I vaguely recall that dentists went through a spell when they weren`t making as much because fluoride ruined their cavity-drilling business, but they seem to have rebounded with a lot of cosmetic offerings. Orthodontist is a great job — regular hours and the pay is kept high through a dental school cartel. Being a dentist is like being a specialized surgeon, so it takes eye-hand coordination.
Airlines have been trying to crush the salaries of pilots forever, but in crunch time it`s still useful to have a Captain Sullenberger at the controls. Is it a good job? Pilots have to travel a lot (duh) and the hours are weird.
Pharmacists have to spend a lot of time on their feet, they often have weird hours, and they have to have good memories.