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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 general internists with an average annual salary of $200,860. The second highest paying job is nurse anesthetists (average salary $198,780). The salary and the employment information in California is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in California

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 General Internists
$200,860
3,650
2 Nurse Anesthetists
$198,780
1,340
3 Family and General Practitioners
$189,620
14,360
4 Orthodontists
$188,030
710
5 Other Physicians and Surgeons
$186,410
25,300
6 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$183,560
2,140
7 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$181,820
620
8 Psychiatrists
$180,310
3,370
9 General Pediatricians
$175,500
3,220
10 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$170,220
8,290
11 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$157,550
51,840
12 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$156,870
28,640
13 Marketing Managers
$155,690
33,390
14 General Dentists
$145,400
14,950
15 Lawyers
$144,080
76,840
16 Pharmacists
$142,780
28,670
17 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$138,850
1,590
18 Natural Sciences Managers
$138,230
8,210
19 Air Traffic Controllers
$137,530
2,270
20 Computer Hardware Engineers
$135,560
25,790
21 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$134,680
3,740
22 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$134,510
12,410
23 Financial Managers
$134,150
70,540
24 Nurse Midwives
$130,640
740
25 Systems Software Developers
$125,810
90,290
26 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$125,560
1,610
27 Nuclear Engineers
$125,190
530
28 Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$125,070
50
29 Human Resources Managers
$124,340
16,190
30 Mining and Geological Engineers
$124,280
630
31 All Other Managers
$123,310
44,750
32 Computer Network Architects
$123,220
16,250
33 Petroleum Engineers
$121,730
2,310
34 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$121,490
7,010
35 Nurse Practitioners
$120,530
12,740
36 Training and Development Managers
$120,420
3,430
37 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$119,760
4,950
38 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$118,770
2,080
39 Applications Software Developers
$118,220
129,180
40 Aerospace Engineers
$116,710
10,800
41 Purchasing Managers
$116,590
8,460
42 Art Directors
$116,450
6,500
43 Medical and Health Services Managers
$115,830
33,160
44 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$115,710
20,120
45 Emergency Management Directors
$115,460
900
46 Astronomers
$114,980
190
47 Materials Engineers
$114,030
3,290
48 Mathematicians
$113,690
720
49 Radiation Therapists
$113,530
980
50 Podiatrists
$113,510
720
51 Electrical Engineers
$112,970
25,320
52 Physician Assistants
$112,860
10,090
53 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$112,720
1,540
54 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$112,350
27,690
55 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$111,070
14,230
56 Sales Engineers
$110,460
11,390
57 Physicists
$109,880
2,860
58 Sales Managers
$109,870
69,180
59 Economists
$109,580
1,540
60 General and Operations Managers
$108,970
261,780
61 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$108,690
880
62 Hydrologists
$108,610
730
63 Information Security Analysts
$108,500
7,990
64 Actuaries
$107,410
1,410
65 Engineers, All Other
$107,230
16,290
66 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$107,160
1,600
67 Other Psychologists
$106,920
1,800
68 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$106,640
2,790
69 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$106,200
510
70 Optometrists
$106,180
3,750
71 Veterinarians
$104,640
6,360
72 Other Physical Scientists
$104,390
2,410
73 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$104,380
2,330
74 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$104,170
7,340
75 Civil Engineers
$104,150
38,440
76 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$103,820
5,320
77 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$103,020
1,510
78 Environmental Engineers
$102,700
7,360
79 Personal Financial Advisors
$102,640
24,580
80 Materials Scientists
$102,140
1,450
81 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$100,970
4,470
82 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$100,620
1,730
83 Registered Nurses
$100,460
274,650
84 Industrial Production Managers
$100,440
19,120
85 Industrial Engineers
$100,300
24,390
86 Producers and Directors
$100,180
28,230
87 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$100,160
310
88 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$99,930
590
89 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$99,740
950
90 Chemical Engineers
$99,500
2,390
91 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$99,100
3,760
92 Environmental Science Teachers
$98,950
250
93 Other Life Scientists
$98,840
1,700
94 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$98,250
70,790
95 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$98,240
2,200
96 Mechanical Engineers
$98,190
24,830
97 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$97,440
24,260
98 Construction Managers
$97,280
32,590
99 Administrative Services Managers
$97,150
40,720
100 Power Plant Operators
$96,680
3,200
101 Computer Systems Analysts
$96,540
75,750
102 Dental Hygienists
$96,310
21,490
103 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$96,160
4,960
104 Audiologists
$96,040
880
105 Other Specialists Dentists
$95,440
930
106 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$95,150
1,120
107 Physical Therapists
$94,880
19,910
108 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$94,780
7,020
109 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$94,510
4,130
110 Financial Analysts
$94,440
34,100
111 Database Administrators
$94,040
12,370
112 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$93,690
4,580
113 Postsecondary History Teachers
$93,680
1,520
114 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$93,600
5,640
115 Financial Examiners
$93,220
4,300
116 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$93,170
2,440
117 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$92,840
3,870
118 Occupational Therapists
$92,670
10,390
119 Biomedical Engineers
$92,640
4,760
120 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$92,480
12,040
121 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$92,110
930
122 Other Computer Occupations
$91,680
32,440
123 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$91,520
42,450
124 Sociologists
$91,330
1,100
125 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$91,230
16,300
126 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$90,960
18,990
127 Other Mathematical Science Occupations
$90,820
200
128 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$90,750
3,910
129 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$90,360
700
130 Gas Plant Operators
$89,910
1,470
131 Computer Programmers
$89,440
37,570
132 Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$89,420
860
133 Speech-Language Pathologists
$89,350
11,430
134 Operations Research Analysts
$89,270
14,590
135 Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
$89,070
990
136 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$88,980
430
137 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$88,430
5,050
138 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$88,150
13,640
139 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$87,140
1,530
140 Pile-Driver Operators
$87,000
470
141 Epidemiologists
$86,960
750
142 Surveyors
$86,870
4,220
143 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$86,860
1,890
144 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$85,500
13,560
145 Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$85,470
970
146 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$85,230
11,760
147 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$85,080
390
148 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$84,970
2,000
149 Construction and Building Inspectors
$84,740
10,810
150 Animal Scientists
$84,480
140
151 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$84,050
430
152 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$83,970
2,380
153 Budget Analysts
$83,960
7,080
154 Logisticians
$83,580
16,530
155 Technical Writers
$83,400
6,590
156 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$83,320
2,520
157 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$83,290
3,060
158 Gaming Managers
$83,230
510
159 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$82,650
11,780
160 Urban and Regional Planners
$82,400
6,770
161 Commercial Pilots
$82,060
3,860
162 Management Analysts
$82,040
102,850
163 Genetic Counselors
$82,000
660
164 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$81,860
3,270
165 Other Education Administrators
$81,720
4,450
166 Boilermakers
$81,580
430
167 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$81,570
40
168 Geographers
$81,570
110
169 Labor Relations Specialists
$81,510
8,060
170 Other Biological Scientists
$81,410
7,170
171 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$81,190
240
172 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$81,050
6,260
173 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$80,990
46,150
174 Farm and Home Management Advisors
$80,780
50
175 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$80,560
8,710
176 Multimedia Artists and Animators
$80,260
10,910
177 Statisticians
$80,120
4,120
178 Other Rail Transportation Workers
$79,680
860
179 Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$79,450
900
180 Chemists
$79,390
11,660
181 Agricultural Engineers
$79,370
370
182 Microbiologists
$79,370
5,070
183 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$79,350
1,570
184 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$79,260
1,080
185 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$79,080
14,790
186 Nuclear Technicians
$78,950
120
187 Compliance Officers
$78,130
34,290
188 Respiratory Therapists
$77,900
16,560
189 Film and Video Editors
$77,540
13,420
190 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$77,490
4,700
191 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$77,320
4,220
192 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$77,080
3,790
193 Web Developers
$76,920
22,650
194 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$76,890
290
195 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$76,700
800
196 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
$76,620
10,140
197 Forensic Science Technicians
$76,590
2,040
198 Correctional Officers and Jailers
$76,480
37,050
199 Landscape Architects
$76,430
2,700
200 Credit Analysts
$76,050
7,910

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