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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Illinois

The top 200 highest paying jobs in Illinois (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 Illinois are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in Illinois is other physicians and surgeons with an average annual salary of $196,980. The second highest paying job is obstetricians and gynecologists (average salary $186,320). The salary and the employment information in Illinois is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Illinois

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Other Physicians and Surgeons
$196,980
12,160
2 Obstetricians and Gynecologists
$186,320
490
3 Family and General Practitioners
$182,150
6,530
4 Chief Executives
$179,950
17,440
5 Psychiatrists
$178,150
950
6 General Internists
$176,120
1,920
7 Podiatrists
$167,670
450
8 General Pediatricians
$153,380
910
9 Nurse Anesthetists
$141,570
1,020
10 Air Traffic Controllers
$140,510
1,350
11 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$133,790
830
12 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$129,390
15,740
13 General Dentists
$127,710
4,540
14 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$125,330
9,430
15 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$122,220
430
16 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$122,110
7,350
17 Pharmacists
$121,120
12,010
18 Mining and Geological Engineers
$117,860
250
19 Nuclear Engineers
$116,850
620
20 Physicists
$116,700
690
21 Natural Sciences Managers
$115,890
1,780
22 Marketing Managers
$111,900
14,030
23 Computer Network Architects
$111,360
5,480
24 Orthodontists
$111,350
250
25 Financial Managers
$111,270
35,170
26 Sales Managers
$110,850
24,150
27 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$110,310
570
28 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$110,150
7,780
29 Commercial Pilots
$109,660
850
30 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$109,100
1,000
31 Lawyers
$105,220
30,250
32 Systems Software Developers
$102,050
12,570
33 Mathematicians
$101,700
140
34 Purchasing Managers
$101,600
4,210
35 Economists
$101,270
360
36 Aerospace Engineers
$101,180
370
37 Other Psychologists
$101,050
800
38 Optometrists
$101,050
2,490
39 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$100,910
12,100
40 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$99,890
3,830
41 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$99,720
6,430
42 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$99,020
900
43 Materials Scientists
$98,460
290
44 Human Resources Managers
$98,280
9,020
45 Physician Assistants
$97,660
2,850
46 General and Operations Managers
$97,650
121,040
47 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$97,580
3,120
48 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$97,040
110
49 Nurse Practitioners
$97,010
4,030
50 Actuaries
$96,990
1,590
51 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$96,690
2,660
52 Applications Software Developers
$96,300
26,180
53 Financial Examiners
$95,690
2,030
54 Hoist and Winch Operators
$94,330
210
55 Construction Managers
$94,280
8,770
56 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$93,820
3,530
57 Medical and Health Services Managers
$93,440
13,130
58 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$92,630
540
59 Computer Hardware Engineers
$92,580
1,430
60 Training and Development Managers
$92,560
2,210
61 Sales Engineers
$92,450
3,520
62 Materials Engineers
$91,850
740
63 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
$91,060
2,790
64 Information Security Analysts
$90,990
4,340
65 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$90,500
1,260
66 Industrial Production Managers
$90,340
7,630
67 Electrical Engineers
$90,190
5,500
68 Physical Therapists
$90,010
11,030
69 Tapers
$89,750
430
70 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$89,690
1,080
71 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$89,280
2,710
72 Computer Systems Analysts
$88,230
29,390
73 Mechanical Engineers
$87,900
14,500
74 Chemical Engineers
$87,210
720
75 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$87,200
610
76 Database Administrators
$86,890
4,450
77 Civil Engineers
$86,810
10,710
78 Other Computer Occupations
$86,800
15,080
79 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$86,220
1,550
80 Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$86,190
260
81 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$85,860
290
82 Other Physical Scientists
$85,680
590
83 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$85,620
1,210
84 Engineers, All Other
$85,260
4,830
85 Other Biological Scientists
$85,220
580
86 Hydrologists
$85,210
80
87 Nurse Midwives
$85,190
180
88 Radiation Therapists
$84,920
840
89 All Other Managers
$83,960
39,360
90 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$83,720
240
91 Operations Research Analysts
$83,460
8,360
92 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$83,370
8,280
93 Environmental Engineers
$83,360
1,590
94 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$83,080
3,670
95 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$82,960
8,360
96 Other Life Scientists
$82,930
370
97 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$82,350
1,000
98 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$82,300
14,170
99 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$82,300
590
100 Occupational Therapists
$82,280
4,800
101 Veterinarians
$82,250
2,620
102 Sheet Metal Workers
$82,140
4,120
103 Glaziers
$81,860
1,020
104 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$81,840
850
105 Personal Financial Advisors
$81,830
12,890
106 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$81,800
660
107 Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$81,620
2,860
108 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$81,070
2,740
109 Postsecondary History Teachers
$81,020
820
110 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$80,740
11,550
111 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$80,620
120
112 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$80,140
15,860
113 Other Education Administrators
$79,890
1,960
114 Mechanical Insulation Workers
$79,710
370
115 Agricultural Engineers
$79,540
40
116 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$79,490
11,160
117 Industrial Engineers
$79,440
13,270
118 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$79,370
3,180
119 Computer Programmers
$79,120
13,350
120 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$79,030
450
121 Management Analysts
$78,950
34,280
122 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$78,740
620
123 Audiologists
$78,570
410
124 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$78,390
450
125 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$78,310
460
126 Financial Analysts
$78,300
13,840
127 Other Financial Specialists
$78,230
6,850
128 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$78,220
60
129 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$77,960
60
130 Electricians
$77,860
20,330
131 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$77,630
1,270
132 Urban and Regional Planners
$77,470
690
133 Administrative Services Managers
$77,400
14,450
134 Art Directors
$77,390
1,730
135 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$77,250
370
136 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$76,610
2,450
137 Statisticians
$76,430
1,270
138 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$76,380
170
139 Transportation Inspectors
$76,130
1,070
140 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$75,930
4,790
141 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$75,650
2,450
142 Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$75,450
220
143 Power Plant Operators
$75,290
1,170
144 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$75,180
2,170
145 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$75,160
780
146 Geographers
$74,860
50
147 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$74,230
32,780
148 Speech-Language Pathologists
$74,070
6,040
149 Genetic Counselors
$74,000
60
150 Dental Hygienists
$73,800
8,250
151 Budget Analysts
$73,430
1,400
152 Epidemiologists
$73,390
200
153 Ship Engineers
$73,250
260
154 Chemists
$72,860
3,380
155 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$72,650
60
156 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$72,330
2,070
157 Biomedical Engineers
$72,230
350
158 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$71,550
560
159 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$71,540
3,930
160 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$71,510
1,070
161 Transit and Railroad Police
$71,430
50
162 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$71,060
1,410
163 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$70,900
550
164 Web Developers
$70,500
5,230
165 Historians
$70,460
70
166 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
$70,460
3,560
167 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$70,100
2,440
168 Gas Plant Operators
$70,080
970
169 Food Scientists and Technologists
$69,980
460
170 Conservation Scientists
$69,840
540
171 Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
$69,640
290
172 Signal and Track Switch Repairers
$69,590
730
173 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$69,570
1,920
174 Compliance Officers
$69,310
8,200
175 Pipelayers
$69,160
430
176 Emergency Management Directors
$69,090
380
177 Other Social Workers
$68,980
5,210
178 Insurance Underwriters
$68,820
5,390
179 Registered Nurses
$68,710
121,670
180 Other Rail Transportation Workers
$68,640
1,670
181 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
$68,320
1,490
182 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$68,220
70
183 Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers
$67,950
390
184 Computer Network Support Specialists
$67,860
9,810
185 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$67,800
2,190
186 Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
$67,730
180
187 Cost Estimators
$67,610
6,750
188 Other Postsecondary Teachers
$67,550
0
189 Environmental Science Teachers
$67,490
60
190 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$67,490
2,840
191 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$67,330
700
192 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$67,150
160
193 Accountants and Auditors
$67,070
51,350
194 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$66,870
230
195 Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$66,700
810
196 Technical Writers
$66,560
1,680
197 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
$66,470
44,360
198 Producers and Directors
$66,420
3,290
199 Other Designers
$66,330
480
200 Logisticians
$66,280
6,450

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