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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Kentucky

The top 200 highest paying jobs in Kentucky (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 Kentucky are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in Kentucky is psychiatrists with an average annual salary of $204,120. The second highest paying job is other specialist dentist (average salary $198,170). The salary and the employment information in Kentucky is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Kentucky

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 Psychiatrists
$204,120
140
2 Other Specialists Dentists
$198,170
40
3 Family and General Practitioners
$194,890
1,340
4 General Internists
$194,070
530
5 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
$186,680
70
6 Other Physicians and Surgeons
$179,690
3,550
7 Nurse Anesthetists
$170,480
1,230
8 General Pediatricians
$160,910
500
9 General Dentists
$152,160
840
10 Chief Executives
$146,710
3,440
11 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$135,820
290
12 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$133,900
200
13 Podiatrists
$128,760
110
14 Pharmacists
$123,720
4,450
15 Petroleum Engineers
$119,310
0
16 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$119,040
260
17 Physicists
$113,300
40
18 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$110,300
2,010
19 Aerospace Engineers
$109,230
130
20 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$105,900
2,440
21 Training and Development Managers
$104,910
420
22 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
$104,180
1,610
23 Sales Managers
$103,410
3,420
24 Air Traffic Controllers
$102,260
210
25 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$101,960
150
26 Computer Hardware Engineers
$98,890
300
27 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$97,120
140
28 Physician Assistants
$96,280
1,000
29 Purchasing Managers
$96,170
960
30 Marketing Managers
$95,840
1,490
31 Financial Managers
$95,350
6,450
32 Natural Sciences Managers
$94,990
290
33 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$94,240
170
34 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$93,900
2,880
35 Orthodontists
$93,460
120
36 Other Psychologists
$92,890
160
37 Nurse Practitioners
$92,480
2,980
38 All Other Managers
$92,010
3,580
39 Optometrists
$90,950
490
40 Other Therapists
$90,660
350
41 Nurse Midwives
$90,130
130
42 Animal Scientists
$89,820
40
43 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$89,520
150
44 Human Resources Managers
$87,600
1,500
45 Electrical Engineers
$85,640
1,300
46 Chemical Engineers
$85,580
480
47 Mining and Geological Engineers
$85,310
190
48 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$85,190
1,940
49 Systems Software Developers
$84,750
1,960
50 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$84,610
1,500
51 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$83,800
190
52 Physical Therapists
$83,800
2,480
53 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$83,480
50
54 Actuaries
$83,110
70
55 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$82,980
4,170
56 Medical and Health Services Managers
$82,260
4,480
57 Industrial Production Managers
$82,090
4,020
58 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$82,040
2,830
59 Engineers, All Other
$81,650
920
60 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$80,760
550
61 Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$80,660
50
62 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$80,490
90
63 Postsecondary Political Science Teachers
$80,150
180
64 Mechanical Engineers
$79,880
3,240
65 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$79,840
160
66 Radiation Therapists
$79,470
210
67 Power Plant Operators
$79,160
560
68 Veterinarians
$78,850
1,020
69 Occupational Therapists
$78,840
1,630
70 Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
$78,830
110
71 Construction Managers
$78,810
2,660
72 Other Computer Occupations
$78,150
2,510
73 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$78,130
780
74 Materials Engineers
$77,860
90
75 Applications Software Developers
$77,520
5,080
76 Civil Engineers
$76,860
2,730
77 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$76,500
150
78 Other Plant and System Operators
$76,480
280
79 Industrial Engineers
$76,260
4,590
80 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$75,920
270
81 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$75,680
120
82 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$75,550
630
83 Art Directors
$74,990
230
84 Ship Engineers
$74,450
260
85 Other Physical Scientists
$73,680
150
86 Directors, Religious Activities and Education
$73,500
40
87 Lawyers
$73,130
5,350
88 Sales Engineers
$73,130
250
89 Operations Research Analysts
$72,680
930
90 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$72,450
410
91 General and Operations Managers
$72,360
26,190
92 Information Security Analysts
$72,280
490
93 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$72,130
80
94 Computer Programmers
$72,110
1,260
95 Other Education Administrators
$72,030
530
96 Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers
$72,020
1,130
97 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$71,930
110
98 Management Analysts
$71,850
3,490
99 Statisticians
$71,800
90
100 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$71,580
830
101 Postsecondary Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers
$71,490
160
102 Administrative Services Managers
$70,930
2,580
103 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$70,760
70
104 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$70,690
280
105 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$70,650
1,610
106 Postsecondary History Teachers
$70,630
280
107 Commercial Pilots
$70,350
300
108 Computer Systems Analysts
$69,720
4,140
109 Environmental Engineers
$69,160
400
110 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$69,080
1,090
111 Food Scientists and Technologists
$69,000
70
112 Computer Network Architects
$68,950
1,570
113 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$68,670
2,820
114 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$67,280
400
115 Speech-Language Pathologists
$67,250
2,100
116 Database Administrators
$67,200
1,130
117 Financial Analysts
$66,620
1,300
118 Postsecondary Sociology Teachers
$66,570
140
119 Personal Financial Advisors
$66,440
1,540
120 Logisticians
$66,310
1,670
121 Postsecondary Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers
$65,940
200
122 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$65,170
370
123 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$64,640
1,650
124 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$64,570
2,560
125 Postsecondary Education Teachers
$64,560
1,030
126 Geological and Petroleum Technicians
$64,520
80
127 Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters
$64,390
1,080
128 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$64,220
370
129 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$64,020
370
130 Credit Analysts
$64,000
500
131 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$63,680
290
132 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$63,360
200
133 Chemical Plant and System Operators
$63,360
460
134 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$63,180
670
135 Gas Plant Operators
$63,180
300
136 Loan Officers
$63,170
4,140
137 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$63,030
750
138 Economists
$62,960
70
139 Transportation Inspectors
$62,840
230
140 Funeral Service Managers
$62,570
70
141 Boilermakers
$62,420
530
142 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$62,390
220
143 Chemists
$62,300
920
144 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$62,190
1,060
145 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$61,960
840
146 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$61,920
230
147 Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
$61,890
220
148 Conservation Scientists
$61,540
180
149 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$61,350
2,680
150 Postsecondary Philosophy and Religion Teachers
$61,310
320
151 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$61,250
1,600
152 Other Social Workers
$61,220
620
153 Audiologists
$61,110
110
154 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$60,990
110
155 Biomedical Engineers
$60,730
70
156 Other Business Operations Specialists
$60,690
8,280
157 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$60,260
90
158 Technical Writers
$60,260
290
159 Postsecondary Foreign Language and Literature Teachers
$59,870
280
160 Landscape Architects
$59,470
110
161 Other Biological Scientists
$59,250
250
162 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$59,130
3,280
163 Registered Nurses
$58,930
45,500
164 Postsecondary Mathematical Science Teachers
$58,590
660
165 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers
$58,380
7,270
166 Instructional Coordinators
$58,370
2,390
167 Cost Estimators
$58,220
2,090
168 Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other
$58,210
400
169 Dental Hygienists
$58,190
2,230
170 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$58,090
280
171 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$57,930
910
172 Postsecondary Communications Teachers
$57,880
570
173 Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment
$57,880
140
174 Tapers
$57,840
70
175 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$57,810
6,840
176 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
$57,730
40
177 Commercial and Industrial Designers
$57,430
270
178 Accountants and Auditors
$57,320
10,610
179 Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers
$57,270
870
180 Rail Car Repairers
$57,160
510
181 Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
$57,130
3,540
182 Social and Community Service Managers
$56,980
2,040
183 Airfield Operations Specialists
$56,850
70
184 Other Artists and Related Workers
$56,790
40
185 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$56,790
910
186 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$56,510
1,760
187 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School
$56,320
190
188 Librarians
$56,310
2,240
189 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products
$56,240
3,390
190 Other Legal Support Workers
$56,140
210
191 Anthropologists and Archeologists
$56,070
80
192 Other Life Scientists
$56,010
130
193 Dietitians and Nutritionists
$55,860
850
194 Other Postsecondary Teachers
$55,690
1,350
195 Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
$55,620
310
196 Avionics Technicians
$55,600
50
197 Financial Examiners
$55,470
480
198 All Other Special Education Teachers
$55,330
580
199 Insurance Underwriters
$55,140
330
200 Occupational Therapy Assistants
$55,020
500

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