The top earners last year were once again patent attorneys with annual salaries of W560 million (US$1=W1,024), according to tax data published by Saenuri Party lawmaker Park Myung-jae.
Second were attorneys in general with W409 million, followed by customs brokers with W296 million.
In fourth place were certified public accountants (W285 million), followed by tax accountants (W254 million), legal clerks (W147 million), architects (W119 million) and chartered surveyors (W69 million).
The salaries were assessed based on reported VAT and exclude doctors, who are exempt.
Patent attorneys topped the list for the ninth year. Lawyers and customs brokers also maintained their No. 2 and 3 positions for the same period.