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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in California

The top 200 highest paying jobs in California (ranked by annual average salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid workers) and the number of employment of each job in California are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in California is nurse anesthetists with an average annual salary of $171,260. The second highest paying job is judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates (average salary $170,970). The salary and the employment information in California is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in California

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Nurse Anesthetists
$171,260
820
2 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$170,970
2,140
3 General Pediatricians
$169,970
4,700
4 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$154,710
31,320
5 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$149,720
49,760
6 Astronomers
$149,580
130
7 Marketing Managers
$149,560
32,520
8 Natural Sciences Managers
$144,370
8,870
9 Lawyers
$142,630
70,590
10 General Dentists
$138,340
12,080
11 Pharmacists
$137,540
28,300
12 Nuclear Engineers
$134,670
1,050
13 Air Traffic Controllers
$132,180
2,350
14 Financial Managers
$128,170
73,700
15 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$127,790
3,740
16 Nurse Midwives
$125,630
450
17 Computer Hardware Engineers
$123,300
26,030
18 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$122,930
6,760
19 Other Specialists Dentists
$122,640
620
20 All Other Managers
$121,540
37,340
21 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$120,940
1,690
22 Systems Software Developers
$120,430
82,450
23 Computer Network Architects
$120,140
13,990
24 Training and Development Managers
$118,210
2,950
25 Petroleum Engineers
$116,820
2,150
26 Medical and Health Services Managers
$116,410
28,980
27 Human Resources Managers
$116,340
15,300
28 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$115,910
5,980
29 Applications Software Developers
$115,590
106,660
30 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$115,240
1,910
31 Sales Managers
$114,200
63,830
32 Nurse Practitioners
$114,040
9,980
33 Electrical Engineers
$112,760
23,600
34 Mining and Geological Engineers
$111,920
560
35 Purchasing Managers
$110,530
8,340
36 Aerospace Engineers
$110,510
15,140
37 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$109,810
290
38 Physicists
$108,880
2,890
39 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$108,080
32,550
40 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$107,300
6,580
41 Engineers, All Other
$106,930
16,840
42 Podiatrists
$106,480
790
43 Mathematicians
$106,230
570
44 Sales Engineers
$106,160
13,760
45 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$105,960
19,840
46 Art Directors
$105,900
5,940
47 Materials Engineers
$105,360
2,310
48 Information Security Analysts
$105,160
7,700
49 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$105,110
2,440
50 Physician Assistants
$104,950
9,230
51 General and Operations Managers
$104,110
262,660
52 Veterinarians
$102,650
5,980
53 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$102,410
260
54 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$102,400
7,360
55 Optometrists
$102,380
4,170
56 Emergency Management Directors
$102,110
600
57 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$101,970
900
58 Actuaries
$101,970
1,740
59 Radiation Therapists
$101,860
1,070
60 Construction Managers
$101,290
25,530
61 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$101,220
4,130
62 Other Psychologists
$100,650
1,230
63 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$100,330
1,260
64 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$100,130
13,960
65 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$99,800
2,190
66 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$99,780
11,830
67 Dental Hygienists
$99,100
20,890
68 Industrial Production Managers
$98,960
18,560
69 Environmental Engineers
$98,440
7,200
70 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$98,430
1,590
71 Materials Scientists
$98,300
1,120
72 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$98,240
22,650
73 Civil Engineers
$98,210
38,060
74 Statisticians
$98,060
2,680
75 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$97,510
2,780
76 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$97,500
1,560
77 Industrial Engineers
$97,400
24,450
78 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$97,220
1,860
79 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$97,180
5,070
80 Registered Nurses
$96,470
253,310
81 Biomedical Engineers
$96,400
5,390
82 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$96,380
5,140
83 Other Physical Scientists
$95,990
2,830
84 Mechanical Engineers
$95,950
24,030
85 Economists
$95,490
2,610
86 Chemical Engineers
$95,240
2,320
87 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$94,790
930
88 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$94,610
1,130
89 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$94,250
0
90 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$93,760
1,050
91 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$93,390
1,780
92 Producers and Directors
$93,380
24,400
93 Financial Analysts
$92,710
31,840
94 Database Administrators
$92,270
10,870
95 Hydrologists
$92,160
750
96 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$91,630
1,590
97 Physical Therapists
$91,430
17,200
98 Other Education Administrators
$91,220
5,050
99 Occupational Therapists
$91,090
9,540
100 Other Mathematical Science Occupations
$90,820
0
101 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$90,540
11,950
102 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$89,770
2,600
103 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$89,760
4,720
104 Microbiologists
$89,550
4,750
105 Computer Systems Analysts
$89,480
67,720
106 Administrative Services Managers
$89,430
38,410
107 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$89,300
4,720
108 Operations Research Analysts
$89,190
10,790
109 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$89,130
4,230
110 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$89,030
4,220
111 Other Computer Occupations
$88,770
21,940
112 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$88,740
68,220
113 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$88,440
550
114 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$87,910
40
115 Personal Financial Advisors
$87,580
22,680
116 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$86,990
3,180
117 Court Reporters
$86,990
1,970
118 Audiologists
$86,850
880
119 Commercial Pilots
$86,760
3,450
120 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$86,680
13,500
121 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$86,550
2,730
122 Computer Programmers
$86,000
37,990
123 Management Analysts
$85,730
81,870
124 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$85,520
42,050
125 Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$85,170
30
126 Postsecondary History Teachers
$85,150
1,740
127 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$85,030
10,250
128 Other Life Scientists
$84,840
1,700
129 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$84,620
6,120
130 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$84,570
2,330
131 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$84,570
1,280
132 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
$84,530
4,320
133 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$84,460
390
134 Nuclear Technicians
$84,440
310
135 Environmental Science Teachers
$84,060
260
136 Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$83,990
870
137 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$83,860
1,000
138 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$83,550
5,380
139 Agricultural Engineers
$83,400
250
140 Speech-Language Pathologists
$83,200
10,160
141 Surveyors
$82,840
3,880
142 Boilermakers
$82,710
650
143 Other Rail Transportation Workers
$82,580
690
144 Geographers
$82,370
110
145 Sociologists
$82,330
540
146 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$81,940
460
147 Technical Writers
$81,860
7,130
148 Logisticians
$81,350
13,520
149 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$81,210
470
150 Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$81,130
160
151 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$80,960
10,210
152 Farm and Home Management Advisors
$80,780
50
153 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$80,530
18,710
154 Labor Relations Specialists
$80,170
9,040
155 Choreographers
$79,920
760
156 Multimedia Artists and Animators
$79,790
9,560
157 Other Biological Scientists
$79,730
7,710
158 Urban and Regional Planners
$79,700
7,430
159 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$79,480
15,880
160 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$79,460
46,740
161 Film and Video Editors
$79,250
10,080
162 Construction and Building Inspectors
$79,140
9,040
163 Landscape Architects
$79,020
2,860
164 Power Plant Operators
$78,920
4,100
165 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$78,790
0
166 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$78,700
1,920
167 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$78,350
6,020
168 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$78,290
13,830
169 Budget Analysts
$78,230
8,210
170 Pile-Driver Operators
$78,030
470
171 Financial Examiners
$77,980
4,740
172 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$77,890
4,620
173 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$77,470
12,260
174 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$77,450
7,630
175 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$77,080
1,070
176 Respiratory Therapists
$76,940
14,070
177 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$76,480
3,760
178 Gaming Managers
$76,400
480
179 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$76,230
3,370
180 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$76,190
4,220
181 Chemists
$76,090
12,750
182 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$75,870
790
183 Genetic Counselors
$75,710
380
184 Web Developers
$75,380
18,970
185 Compliance Officers
$75,270
28,840
186 Correctional Officers and Jailers
$75,250
35,480
187 Crane and Tower Operators
$74,990
3,660
188 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$74,500
43,360
189 Loan Officers
$74,210
32,480
190 Credit Analysts
$74,190
7,200
191 Chiropractors
$74,140
2,360
192 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$74,050
1,530
193 Forensic Science Technicians
$73,900
2,050
194 Gas Plant Operators
$73,670
1,520
195 Computer Network Support Specialists
$73,520
19,630
196 Writers and Authors
$73,370
7,370
197 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$73,280
4,930
198 Instructional Coordinators
$73,270
18,620
199 Foresters
$73,180
1,410
200 Fish and Game Wardens
$72,780
380

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