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Money and prestige don’t necessarily go together when it comes to the jobs Americans admire most.
Although doctors top a Harris Poll list of the most prestigious jobs in America, military officers, firefighters and police officers — who work in occupations that are not known to be particularly lucrative — are also in the Top 10.
Doctors are the highest paid workers in the United States with an average salary of $191,880, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey.
The Harris Poll found that 88 percent of U.S. adults believe physicians have either “a great deal of prestige” (45%) or “have prestige” (44%).
The average firefighter salary is $48,270, while police officers earn $58,720. Registered nurses pull in $68,910 annually, architects make $71,790, and engineers $92,170.
The poll results come from an online survey of 2,537 adults that was conducted in August 2014, and also examine which professions Americans find least admirable, many of which pay well.
The least-prestigious occupations on the list include real estate brokers and agents (73%), union leaders (65%), stockbrokers and bankers (62%), and accountants (60%).
AMERICA’S TOP 10 MOST PRESTIGIOUS JOBS
Military officers (78%)
Police Officers (66%)
Americans are mixed on some jobs. Opinions are almost evenly split when it comes to how members of Congress, entertainers, actors, farmers and journalists, are perceived.
Those divisions often come down along age lines. Younger people, those under 49 years old, tend to think highly of actors and athletes as opposed to those over 50 who hold the opposite opinion.
And while doctors might top both the money and prestige lists, the poll finds most parents would encourage their own children to become engineers.