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Does $400K in SC sound good to you? Here are the 11 highest-paying open federal jobs in the state

State - 2/12/2024

Have you ever thought you’d like a nice, cushy job with the federal government?

There are 1,471 jobs listed in South Carolina on the USAJobs website, an official list from the federal government.

Some pay up to $400,000.

The catch for the highest paying jobs is you’ll need advanced training, as in a medical degree, and you’ll be working for the Veterans Administration’s Dorn VA Health Care System in Columbia, which according to the website cares for 82,000 veterans in the Midlands and Upstate every year, or the Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System in Charleston, serving 75,000 veterans.

The Columbia location in particular is hiring for many different disciplines — from psychiatry to urology, plastic surgery to dentistry. There are dozens and dozens of openings.

“Columbia, SC is a wonderful place to live and work,” the website states. “A small-town atmosphere within a metropolitan city, known for its museums, restaurants, and the University of SC.”

The ad mentions several championship golf courses, a short drive to the mountains and the beach and a 50,000 acre lake — presumably Lake Murray — with boating and recreational opportunities.

About Charleston, the ad says “tucked along the Atlantic coastline and amid the ever-bustling Harbor, Historic Downtown Charleston is the mecca of this historic city, housing various art galleries, boutiques, and historic sites along with renowned medical centers such as the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), our academic affiliate partner.”

The website also lists a number or remote jobs for agencies such as Homeland Security, Federal Aviation Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, all at salaries above $140,000 annually.

These were the top paying federal jobs available in South Carolina Friday:

Interventional pain physician at the Columbia VA, which is affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The salary range is $320,000 to $400,000 per year. Like most of the physician jobs at the VA, this one comes with an annual performance bonus, regular salary increases and 50 to 55 days of paid time off per year, including vacation, sick time and holidays..

Physician - Otolaryngologist, or a doctor who treats ear, nose and throat diseases at the Columbia facility. The salary range is $300,000 to $400,000 per year. This job calls for diagnosing head and neck cancer, surgery, endoscopic sinus surgery, nasal surgery, ear surgery and laryngeal surgery.

“Should be trained in removal and reconstruction of cutaneous malignancies of the head and neck,” the post says.

Physician - Urologist in Columbia VA with a salary of $300,000 to $400,000 per year. “Our busy outpatient clinics as well as operating rooms are capable of most urological procedures,” the ad says.

Plastic surgeon at the Columbia facility. “Examine, diagnose, treat/prescribe treatment for patients having disorders, malformations, diseases, and/or injuries and is required to deliver surgical procedures in the operating room and clinical areas,” the ad says.

Oncologistat Columbia VA to provide direct care for inpatients and outpatients “utilizing both the art and science of medicine.” It is also a teaching position for medical students rotating into the oncology service and participation in clinical research. The salary range is $300,000 to $400,000 per year.

Chief of gastroenterologyat the Dorn VA. “The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is an academic facility, and this position involves substantial formal and informal resident and medical student education in both the inpatient and outpatient arenas” and comes with a faculty rank at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Salary is $300,000 to $400,000 per year.

Critical care physician for such conditions as acute and chronic respiratory failure, obstructive and restrictive airway disease, home oxygen dependency problems, the patient in shock of diverse origin, severe sepsis, and others. Salary: $300,000 to $400,000 per year.

Deputy chief of staff at Ralph H. Johnson VA Health Care System in Charleston at a salary of between $300,000 and $350,000. This position oversees ambulatory care including primary care, mental health, social work, physical integrated medicine, neurology, and geriatrics and extended care service.

Supervisory psychiatrist— Columbia VA, $292,518 to $320,000 per year. The job is both clinical and supervisory — 70% clinical, 30% supervisory/administrative. “This position will include direct supervision and management of psychiatrists within an outpatient clinical setting.”

Psychiatrist inpatient services manager — Columbia VA, $292,518 to $320,000 per year

Dentist,Columbia VA, $290,000 - $400,000 per year. “A practicing dentist who performs a full range of professional dental procedures in connection with the treatment of commonly encountered dental diseases or dental health problems requiring standard corrective, restorative, or preventive measures.”

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