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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 general internists with an average annual salary of $163,910. The second highest paying job is family and general practitioners (average salary $159,170). The salary and the employment information in Illinois is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Illinois

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 General Internists
$163,910
2,320
2 Family and General Practitioners
$159,170
3,340
3 Chief Executives
$156,120
23,460
4 Nurse Anesthetists
$146,470
780
5 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$146,140
0
6 General Pediatricians
$142,170
990
7 Podiatrists
$136,550
410
8 General Dentists
$131,180
3,570
9 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$123,580
6,730
10 Pharmacists
$122,300
11,310
11 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$117,340
13,410
12 Psychiatrists
$117,080
1,040
13 Natural Sciences Managers
$115,630
1,290
14 Marketing Managers
$113,340
10,670
15 Other Physical Scientists
$112,210
1,260
16 Financial Managers
$111,420
30,360
17 Orthodontists
$111,350
890
18 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$110,440
6,590
19 Computer Network Architects
$109,890
4,650
20 Nuclear Engineers
$106,400
820
21 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$104,180
5,180
22 Other Psychologists
$103,250
470
23 Sales Managers
$102,360
22,350
24 Lawyers
$101,700
29,810
25 Aerospace Engineers
$100,000
430
26 Physicists
$99,900
850
27 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$99,690
13,490
28 Fish and Game Wardens
$99,010
140
29 Petroleum Engineers
$97,800
90
30 Training and Development Managers
$97,170
1,820
31 Chemical Engineers
$97,080
1,270
32 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$96,840
870
33 Medical and Health Services Managers
$96,770
13,730
34 Systems Software Developers
$96,700
11,110
35 Mathematicians
$96,650
500
36 All Other Managers
$96,520
33,460
37 Economists
$96,450
350
38 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$95,290
2,590
39 Purchasing Managers
$94,640
4,120
40 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$94,570
3,090
41 Commercial Pilots
$93,900
510
42 Computer Hardware Engineers
$93,770
1,120
43 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$93,380
3,210
44 Human Resources Managers
$93,050
6,780
45 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$93,000
710
46 Sales Engineers
$92,750
3,700
47 General and Operations Managers
$91,400
105,490
48 Electrical Engineers
$91,180
4,870
49 Optometrists
$90,670
2,190
50 Nurse Practitioners
$90,480
3,600
51 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$89,990
420
52 Actuaries
$89,990
1,220
53 Nurse Midwives
$89,740
150
54 Materials Scientists
$89,450
280
55 Environmental Engineers
$89,450
1,340
56 Construction Managers
$89,000
7,580
57 Industrial Production Managers
$88,740
6,960
58 Engineers, All Other
$88,650
7,290
59 Hoist and Winch Operators
$88,410
260
60 Materials Engineers
$87,860
540
61 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$87,080
2,610
62 Physician Assistants
$87,040
2,850
63 Applications Software Developers
$87,010
28,270
64 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$86,160
2,730
65 Forensic Science Technicians
$85,900
450
66 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
$85,800
2,890
67 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$85,640
320
68 Information Security Analysts
$85,160
2,860
69 Other Computer Occupations
$84,990
17,090
70 Management Analysts
$84,880
25,710
71 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$84,720
530
72 Mechanical Insulation Workers
$84,590
1,330
73 Computer Systems Analysts
$84,590
23,060
74 Civil Engineers
$84,530
9,880
75 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$83,770
7,720
76 Plasterers and Stucco Masons
$83,430
250
77 Operations Research Analysts
$83,380
5,590
78 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$82,890
6,220
79 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$82,740
1,970
80 Biomedical Engineers
$82,700
190
81 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$82,650
490
82 Tapers
$82,410
440
83 Veterinarians
$82,400
2,510
84 Financial Examiners
$82,330
2,340
85 Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers
$81,350
560
86 Other Biological Scientists
$81,240
480
87 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$81,090
3,600
88 Preschool Special Education Teachers
$80,560
1,300
89 Physical Therapists
$79,790
10,620
90 Mechanical Engineers
$79,590
11,790
91 Radiation Therapists
$79,280
640
92 Occupational Therapists
$78,980
4,380
93 Microbiologists
$78,300
290
94 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$78,200
1,810
95 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$77,560
0
96 Urban and Regional Planners
$77,500
660
97 Financial Analysts
$77,210
12,230
98 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$77,080
570
99 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$76,620
3,650
100 Industrial Engineers
$76,280
10,030
101 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$76,250
110
102 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$76,130
270
103 Electricians
$75,950
22,680
104 Database Administrators
$75,840
4,380
105 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$75,610
14,610
106 Conservation Scientists
$75,380
420
107 Chemists
$75,110
2,860
108 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
$75,020
16,040
109 Personal Financial Advisors
$75,020
11,520
110 Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$74,970
3,180
111 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$74,810
1,580
112 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$74,660
840
113 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$74,650
250
114 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$74,500
11,240
115 Compliance Officers
$74,290
6,260
116 Statisticians
$73,780
540
117 Budget Analysts
$73,690
1,470
118 Geographers
$73,660
50
119 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$73,570
2,190
120 Computer Programmers
$73,270
19,380
121 Ship Engineers
$73,250
0
122 Audiologists
$73,200
500
123 Power Plant Operators
$72,870
1,680
124 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$72,820
1,050
125 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$72,640
4,460
126 Sheet Metal Workers
$72,560
3,330
127 Transportation Inspectors
$72,430
1,060
128 Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$72,130
9,620
129 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$72,030
1,580
130 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$72,010
420
131 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$71,770
19,150
132 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$71,730
0
133 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$71,720
740
134 Other Social Workers
$71,710
4,090
135 Other Education Administrators
$71,690
1,470
136 Nuclear Technicians
$71,640
340
137 Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
$71,610
31,230
138 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
$71,460
1,590
139 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$71,320
1,590
140 Hydrologists
$71,300
180
141 Technical Writers
$71,250
1,690
142 Genetic Counselors
$71,140
100
143 Art Directors
$71,090
1,530
144 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$70,970
2,350
145 Gaming Managers
$70,960
50
146 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$70,850
780
147 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$70,730
900
148 Foresters
$69,680
110
149 Other Life Scientists
$69,660
260
150 Epidemiologists
$69,660
120
151 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$69,580
200
152 Speech-Language Pathologists
$69,360
6,790
153 Dental Hygienists
$69,330
7,570
154 Other Postsecondary Teachers
$69,170
0
155 Other Financial Specialists
$69,120
10,050
156 Broadcast News Analysts
$69,040
0
157 Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
$68,610
1,420
158 Logisticians
$68,400
4,770
159 Other Rail Transportation Workers
$68,320
0
160 Boilermakers
$68,270
950
161 Agricultural Engineers
$68,050
90
162 Funeral Service Managers
$68,050
500
163 Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
$67,560
49,610
164 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$67,550
760
165 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$67,500
13,470
166 Administrative Services Managers
$67,460
15,790
167 Signal and Track Switch Repairers
$67,190
840
168 Paving, Surfacing, and Tamping Equipment Operators
$67,020
1,400
169 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$66,360
21,190
170 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$66,250
450
171 Registered Nurses
$66,080
111,600
172 Producers and Directors
$66,010
2,400
173 Accountants and Auditors
$65,970
47,810
174 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$65,870
210
175 Gas Plant Operators
$65,770
1,130
176 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$65,720
220
177 Secondary School Special Education Teachers
$65,510
8,000
178 Loan Officers
$65,460
13,820
179 Earth Drillers, Except Oil and Gas
$65,220
300
180 Credit Analysts
$65,190
2,890
181 Political Scientists
$65,070
0
182 Construction and Building Inspectors
$65,060
2,860
183 Web Developers
$64,980
4,120
184 Multimedia Artists and Animators
$64,950
1,330
185 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$64,900
1,000
186 Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
$64,770
1,800
187 Environmental Science Teachers
$64,610
160
188 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$64,580
4,210
189 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$64,410
70
190 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$64,340
1,550
191 Animal Scientists
$64,270
30
192 Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers
$64,100
3,450
193 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$63,980
14,810
194 Cost Estimators
$63,920
7,100
195 Writers and Authors
$63,700
1,640
196 Commercial and Industrial Designers
$63,690
1,230
197 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$63,680
760
198 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$63,640
1,930
199 Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers
$63,530
580
200 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
$63,310
9,500

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