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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 orthodontists with an average annual salary of $205,500. The second highest paying job is airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineer (average salary $198,370). The salary and the employment information in California is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in California

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Orthodontists
$205,500
500
2 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$198,370
9,000
3 Nurse Anesthetists
$197,720
1,460
4 Other Specialists Dentists
$195,120
420
5 General Internists
$191,880
3,400
6 Family and General Practitioners
$190,860
13,950
7 Other Physicians and Surgeons
$186,410
29,890
8 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$185,120
2,140
9 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$181,820
610
10 Psychiatrists
$180,310
3,040
11 General Pediatricians
$166,290
3,460
12 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$161,830
53,270
13 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$158,910
28,040
14 Marketing Managers
$153,080
33,380
15 Lawyers
$149,670
79,980
16 Pharmacists
$143,190
29,860
17 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$141,530
3,740
18 Air Traffic Controllers
$140,870
2,180
19 Natural Sciences Managers
$138,190
7,450
20 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$135,600
1,590
21 General Dentists
$135,490
17,130
22 Financial Managers
$135,460
72,100
23 Computer Hardware Engineers
$133,960
22,120
24 Nurse Midwives
$133,080
720
25 Nuclear Engineers
$132,880
520
26 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$132,410
1,630
27 Mining and Geological Engineers
$132,020
490
28 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$131,170
13,690
29 Human Resources Managers
$129,240
17,160
30 Purchasing Managers
$126,460
8,070
31 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$126,450
2,170
32 All Other Managers
$125,700
53,390
33 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$125,390
7,620
34 Computer Network Architects
$125,190
16,900
35 Systems Software Developers
$124,190
82,630
36 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$123,130
5,750
37 Nurse Practitioners
$122,840
13,570
38 Petroleum Engineers
$122,750
2,240
39 Training and Development Managers
$121,450
3,760
40 Applications Software Developers
$121,210
141,870
41 Emergency Management Directors
$120,790
940
42 Aerospace Engineers
$119,930
11,450
43 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$119,790
21,320
44 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$119,280
29,760
45 Art Directors
$118,640
6,920
46 Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$116,700
130
47 Radiation Therapists
$115,820
920
48 Physician Assistants
$115,720
11,110
49 Medical and Health Services Managers
$113,790
34,140
50 Materials Engineers
$113,380
3,100
51 Physicists
$112,950
2,920
52 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$112,680
12,840
53 Economists
$112,670
1,470
54 Other Physical Scientists
$112,660
2,120
55 Sales Managers
$111,750
73,110
56 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$111,510
1,590
57 General and Operations Managers
$111,390
255,210
58 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$111,310
4,860
59 Optometrists
$111,060
3,810
60 Electrical Engineers
$110,880
24,690
61 Actuaries
$110,130
1,200
62 Mathematicians
$110,120
660
63 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$110,110
3,400
64 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$109,840
2,780
65 Other Psychologists
$109,590
1,760
66 Sales Engineers
$109,120
10,840
67 Information Security Analysts
$108,390
8,470
68 Veterinarians
$107,580
6,480
69 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$107,200
510
70 Engineers, All Other
$107,150
17,820
71 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$106,690
7,070
72 Industrial Production Managers
$106,460
18,930
73 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$106,420
2,380
74 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$105,680
710
75 Civil Engineers
$105,540
42,900
76 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$105,190
4,520
77 Personal Financial Advisors
$103,490
24,790
78 Podiatrists
$103,230
830
79 Administrative Services Managers
$102,840
39,970
80 Environmental Engineers
$102,110
8,180
81 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
$101,910
520
82 Construction Managers
$101,660
32,780
83 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$101,470
73,000
84 Industrial Engineers
$101,420
24,040
85 Hydrologists
$101,230
810
86 Registered Nurses
$100,730
282,290
87 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$100,160
310
88 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$99,680
1,370
89 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$99,640
2,320
90 Gas Plant Operators
$99,620
1,070
91 Producers and Directors
$99,400
29,100
92 Dental Hygienists
$99,210
22,840
93 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$98,800
930
94 Biomedical Engineers
$98,420
4,280
95 Chemical Engineers
$98,410
2,310
96 Mechanical Engineers
$98,260
25,630
97 Computer Systems Analysts
$97,940
72,980
98 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$97,870
1,550
99 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$97,240
25,730
100 Power Plant Operators
$96,130
3,210
101 Financial Examiners
$96,040
4,420
102 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$96,000
2,230
103 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$95,880
450
104 Microbiologists
$95,730
5,120
105 Physical Therapists
$95,720
20,450
106 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$95,570
580
107 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$95,560
11,700
108 Database Administrators
$95,500
12,030
109 Environmental Science Teachers
$95,380
310
110 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$95,380
4,580
111 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$95,150
1,220
112 Materials Scientists
$94,970
1,150
113 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$94,670
18,250
114 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$94,570
4,480
115 Prosthodontists
$94,440
0
116 Financial Analysts
$94,430
36,080
117 Sociologists
$94,230
990
118 Other Computer Occupations
$94,070
47,930
119 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$93,980
1,350
120 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$93,780
17,360
121 Computer Programmers
$93,620
34,050
122 Occupational Therapists
$93,380
10,620
123 Other Life Scientists
$92,960
1,450
124 Speech-Language Pathologists
$92,810
11,550
125 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$92,410
6,790
126 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$92,290
40,700
127 Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$91,730
820
128 Audiologists
$91,130
960
129 Surveyors
$91,090
4,470
130 Nuclear Technicians
$91,010
160
131 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$90,880
6,380
132 Other Mathematical Science Occupations
$90,820
200
133 Postsecondary History Teachers
$90,620
1,510
134 Genetic Counselors
$90,610
510
135 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$90,200
3,650
136 Astronomers
$90,050
240
137 Pile-Driver Operators
$89,970
540
138 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$89,690
290
139 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$89,580
2,420
140 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$89,030
3,870
141 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$88,780
13,880
142 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$88,700
1,630
143 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$88,430
5,140
144 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$87,960
3,460
145 Operations Research Analysts
$87,800
12,670
146 Construction and Building Inspectors
$87,790
10,700
147 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$87,560
4,340
148 Epidemiologists
$87,350
800
149 Other Education Administrators
$87,230
5,740
150 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$86,550
11,890
151 Technical Writers
$86,470
6,340
152 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$85,960
960
153 Athletes and Sports Competitors
$85,820
1,050
154 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$85,810
11,010
155 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$85,710
260
156 Urban and Regional Planners
$85,410
6,590
157 Budget Analysts
$84,850
7,090
158 Court Reporters
$84,850
1,970
159 Statisticians
$84,740
4,990
160 Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
$84,690
200
161 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$84,530
9,370
162 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$83,970
2,500
163 Landscape Architects
$83,830
2,470
164 Other Biological Scientists
$83,660
8,050
165 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$83,420
7,050
166 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$83,350
1,310
167 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$83,320
2,370
168 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$83,080
2,870
169 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$82,980
370
170 Management Analysts
$82,670
102,580
171 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$82,650
11,780
172 Multimedia Artists and Animators
$82,090
11,950
173 Gaming Managers
$82,080
590
174 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
$81,850
10,060
175 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$81,680
12,820
176 Logisticians
$81,580
18,670
177 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$81,570
40
178 Geographers
$81,310
100
179 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$81,120
4,530
180 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$80,950
1,630
181 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$80,930
520
182 Instructional Coordinators
$80,930
19,590
183 Compliance Officers
$80,830
35,790
184 Farm and Home Management Advisors
$80,780
50
185 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$80,340
3,370
186 Commercial Pilots
$80,310
3,890
187 Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
$79,780
1,850
188 Exercise Physiologists
$79,750
420
189 Chemists
$79,520
10,550
190 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$79,510
800
191 Locomotive Engineers
$79,480
980
192 Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$78,970
1,020
193 Forensic Science Technicians
$78,960
2,050
194 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$78,790
250
195 Signal and Track Switch Repairers
$78,710
510
196 Respiratory Therapists
$78,680
17,530
197 Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$78,350
900
198 Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
$78,290
157,240
199 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$78,280
1,370
200 Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate
$78,240
4,570

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