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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Iowa

The top 200 highest paying jobs in Iowa (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 Iowa are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in Iowa is oral and maxillofacial surgeons with an average annual salary of $187,130. The second highest paying job is general internists (average salary $184,830). The salary and the employment information in Iowa is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Iowa

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$187,130
110
2 General Internists
$184,830
60
3 Psychiatrists
$176,020
80
4 Nurse Anesthetists
$175,380
260
5 General Dentists
$169,120
1,040
6 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$164,800
50
7 Chief Executives
$160,960
2,050
8 General Pediatricians
$159,230
120
9 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$131,880
2,550
10 Podiatrists
$128,820
100
11 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$117,520
3,450
12 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$116,440
1,770
13 Pharmacists
$116,310
3,480
14 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$115,490
170
15 Natural Sciences Managers
$111,180
350
16 Optometrists
$108,600
360
17 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$104,160
70
18 Nurse Midwives
$103,020
40
19 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$99,860
610
20 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$99,560
50
21 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$99,150
350
22 Physician Assistants
$99,120
1,090
23 Other Psychologists
$97,740
70
24 Financial Managers
$97,040
8,770
25 Marketing Managers
$96,630
1,920
26 Computer Hardware Engineers
$96,330
280
27 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$96,160
2,690
28 Nurse Practitioners
$96,020
1,510
29 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$95,070
140
30 Sales Managers
$93,760
3,350
31 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$93,610
280
32 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$93,400
1,040
33 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$93,070
30
34 Computer Network Architects
$91,750
1,080
35 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$91,660
90
36 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$91,490
120
37 Actuaries
$90,610
710
38 Human Resources Managers
$90,510
1,550
39 Purchasing Managers
$90,030
600
40 Environmental Science Teachers
$89,550
80
41 Lawyers
$89,330
3,280
42 Agricultural Engineers
$88,840
150
43 Systems Software Developers
$88,460
2,430
44 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$88,120
680
45 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$87,760
150
46 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$87,720
2,400
47 Chemical Engineers
$87,470
200
48 Electrical Engineers
$86,930
1,320
49 Sales Engineers
$86,840
250
50 Transportation Inspectors
$85,950
120
51 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$85,040
70
52 Industrial Production Managers
$84,990
3,220
53 Database Administrators
$84,940
690
54 Applications Software Developers
$84,120
6,900
55 Biomedical Engineers
$83,290
80
56 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$82,820
230
57 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$82,370
220
58 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$80,560
90
59 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$80,450
650
60 Veterinarians
$80,010
1,270
61 Computer Systems Analysts
$79,170
5,660
62 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$79,150
130
63 Other Education Administrators
$78,760
310
64 Economists
$78,200
50
65 Civil Engineers
$78,180
1,970
66 All Other Managers
$77,850
3,360
67 Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
$77,690
130
68 Physical Therapists
$77,250
1,850
69 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$77,170
50
70 Microbiologists
$77,010
200
71 Operations Research Analysts
$76,550
570
72 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$76,380
140
73 Administrative Services Managers
$76,170
2,240
74 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$75,840
180
75 General and Operations Managers
$75,830
25,900
76 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$75,790
410
77 Medical and Health Services Managers
$75,640
5,560
78 Training and Development Managers
$75,480
400
79 Postsecondary Architecture Teachers
$75,470
70
80 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$75,110
960
81 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$74,940
60
82 Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$74,930
70
83 Air Traffic Controllers
$74,710
140
84 Chiropractors
$74,380
730
85 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$74,230
160
86 Occupational Therapists
$74,120
1,050
87 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$74,030
50
88 Environmental Engineers
$73,930
330
89 Industrial Engineers
$73,790
2,530
90 Engineers, All Other
$73,320
1,460
91 Postsecondary History Teachers
$73,260
220
92 Boilermakers
$73,040
60
93 Commercial Pilots
$72,740
220
94 Financial Analysts
$72,460
1,850
95 Audiologists
$72,220
160
96 Construction Managers
$72,120
3,250
97 Information Security Analysts
$72,010
440
98 Fire Inspectors and Investigators
$71,910
30
99 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$71,790
70
100 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$71,790
300
101 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$71,620
460
102 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$71,610
920
103 Art Directors
$71,360
170
104 Materials Engineers
$71,240
100
105 Mechanical Engineers
$71,140
2,370
106 Speech-Language Pathologists
$70,900
1,340
107 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$70,860
150
108 Forensic Science Technicians
$70,680
80
109 Other Computer Occupations
$70,500
1,840
110 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$70,470
210
111 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$70,470
650
112 Management Analysts
$70,390
4,200
113 Dental Hygienists
$70,240
2,470
114 Radiation Therapists
$70,220
190
115 Detectives and Criminal Investigators
$70,090
370
116 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$69,730
1,330
117 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
$69,610
610
118 Soil and Plant Scientists
$69,510
1,640
119 Court Reporters
$69,510
230
120 Budget Analysts
$69,060
280
121 Financial Examiners
$68,830
930
122 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$68,760
480
123 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$68,760
80
124 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$68,740
60
125 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$68,470
760
126 Postsecondary Education Teachers
$67,770
780
127 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$67,210
670
128 Computer Programmers
$67,200
1,330
129 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$67,160
3,590
130 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
$67,100
280
131 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$67,030
640
132 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$66,790
1,920
133 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$66,660
520
134 Instructional Coordinators
$66,590
1,830
135 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$66,470
2,000
136 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$66,150
1,070
137 Animal Scientists
$65,750
90
138 Urban and Regional Planners
$65,600
210
139 Epidemiologists
$65,460
40
140 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$65,080
50
141 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$65,060
350
142 Other Postsecondary Teachers
$64,770
3,520
143 Loan Officers
$64,190
5,180
144 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$64,110
340
145 Chemists
$64,070
380
146 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers
$63,970
450
147 Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$63,890
80
148 Personal Financial Advisors
$63,540
1,710
149 Statisticians
$63,460
200
150 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$63,220
130
151 Other Social Workers
$63,210
390
152 All Other Special Education Teachers
$63,210
160
153 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$62,710
860
154 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$62,500
110
155 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
$62,490
190
156 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$62,470
170
157 Credit Analysts
$62,320
1,190
158 Preschool Special Education Teachers
$62,130
170
159 Funeral Service Managers
$61,920
100
160 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$61,920
110
161 Insurance Underwriters
$61,910
1,760
162 Locomotive Engineers
$61,880
700
163 Farm Products Buyers and Purchasing Agents
$61,840
340
164 Signal and Track Switch Repairers
$61,720
130
165 Middle School Special Education Teachers
$61,460
580
166 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$61,410
310
167 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$61,400
1,900
168 Labor Relations Specialists
$60,700
810
169 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$60,690
4,990
170 Power Plant Operators
$60,670
550
171 Other Biological Scientists
$60,510
240
172 Food Scientists and Technologists
$60,340
330
173 Wind Turbine Service Technicians
$60,230
360
174 Surveyors
$59,900
350
175 Compliance Officers
$59,880
2,010
176 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$59,560
270
177 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists
$59,510
480
178 Accountants and Auditors
$59,250
9,630
179 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$59,240
570
180 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$59,100
1,000
181 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$59,090
280
182 Construction and Building Inspectors
$58,900
640
183 Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators
$58,760
650
184 Logisticians
$58,730
1,270
185 Other Business Operations Specialists
$58,650
10,270
186 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$58,150
6,230
187 Cost Estimators
$57,910
2,100
188 First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Workers
$57,790
210
189 Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$57,740
220
190 Music Directors and Composers
$57,190
110
191 Other Financial Specialists
$57,130
1,360
192 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$57,050
3,020
193 Farm and Home Management Advisors
$56,740
210
194 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
$56,680
6,270
195 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$56,670
70
196 Emergency Management Directors
$56,640
160
197 Morticians, Undertakers, and Funeral Directors
$56,550
500
198 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$56,210
1,370
199 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
$56,180
2,480
200 Wholesale and Manufacturing (Except Technical and Scientific Products) Sales Representatives
$56,080
15,830

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