These Are the Highest Paying Jobs in America Right Now

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This year, the unemployment rate hit the lowest it's been since 2001, but plenty of young people are still strapped for cash: Millennials make far less than Baby Boomers did at the same age, according to a recent analysis of Federal Reserve data, plus many are also saddled with staggering student debt.

If salary is the main motivating factor for you when considering a job or career path, Thrillist reports that LinkedIn recently released its annual State of Salary Report. It lists the 20 best-paying positions in America for 2017, based on salary data from over 2 million LinkedIn users, along with the most promising entry-level and career-track professions.

The six most lucrative jobs, respectively, are orthopaedic surgeon ($450,000), cardiologist ($382,000), radiologist ($374,000), plastic surgeon ($350,000), anesthesiologist ($350,000), and emergency physician ($314,000). Ophthalmologists and medical directors also earn six figures, both pulling in yearly salaries of $250,000. Since students who graduated from M.D.-granting schools in 2014 owed an average of nearly $180,000 in debt, this is good news for future doctors.

If medicine isn't for you, consider business or finance instead: “Once you reach the top ranks in business, you're paid generously too,” LinkedIn's report points out. “Leadership roles in finance, sales, tax, human resources, strategy, supply chain, research and development, marketing, and legal are all alternate routes to a high salary.”

Senior vice presidents who work in finance and sales both earn $300,000, and those in top to mid-level business leadership roles receive salaries in the high-to-mid $200,000s. Meanwhile, both investment banking analysts and associate brand managers have promising early-career salaries of more than $100,000.

The job market still isn't great for lawyers, but corporate law can still yield big bucks. Associate general counsels—who typically work in corporate legal departments—earn $242,000, just slightly more than investment banking associates ($240,000) and senior directors of engineering ($239,000). And for those who prefer computers to courtrooms, tech is another good career option: Computer science graduates have the highest-paying field of study, with an average salary of $92,000.

That said, humanities scholars or artists shouldn't necessarily reconsider their career paths out of fear they'll subsist on ramen noodles for the rest of their lives: Visual art and sociology grads performed well in LinkedIn's rankings, earning median salaries of $90,390 and $87,900, respectively.

You can check out LinkedIn's full State of Salary report here.

[h/t Thrillist]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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These Are America's 20 Happiest States

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Personal happiness is subjective, but there are many factors that contribute to someone's well-being. Income, sleep habits, and work-life balance are a few examples. By gauging how these factors affect people across the country, WalletHub was able to put together a map ranking the happiest states in the U.S. in 2020.

To compile the list below, the personal finance website determined how all 50 states performed in three categories: emotional and physical well-being, work environment, and community and environment. These three labels cover more than 30 specific criteria, including divorce rates, unemployment rates, adequate sleep levels, and average work hours.

Hawaii tops the list, earning a total score of 69.58 out of a possible 100. It ranks second in emotional and physical well-being and third in community and environment. Just behind The Aloha State is Utah, which beats out all other states when it comes to work environment. Minnesota, New Jersey, and Maryland round out the top five. You can read the full list of America's 20 happiest states below.

Judging happiness levels by state is just one way to view the country's mental health. For an even more localized snapshot of happiness across the U.S., check out the country's happiest cities.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Utah
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Jersey
  5. Maryland
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Iowa
  9. Idaho
  10. Connecticut
  11. Nebraska
  12. South Dakota
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Virginia
  15. Washington
  16. Vermont
  17. New York
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Nevada
  20. Arizona