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Top 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Tennessee

The top 200 highest paying jobs in Tennessee (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 Tennessee are also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in Tennessee is general pediatricians with an average annual salary of $175,900. The second highest paying job is family and general practitioners (average salary $158,890). The salary and the employment information in Tennessee is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. 200 Highest Paying Jobs in Tennessee

Job Description Average Salary i # of Empl i
1 General Pediatricians
$175,900
660
2 Family and General Practitioners
$158,890
1,480
3 General Dentists
$155,810
990
4 Chief Executives
$143,210
5,540
5 Nurse Anesthetists
$142,180
1,960
6 Air Traffic Controllers
$123,400
680
7 Pharmacists
$122,500
8,230
8 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
$117,230
540
9 Nuclear Engineers
$114,110
980
10 Podiatrists
$113,940
90
11 Architectural and Engineering Managers
$113,650
2,720
12 Postsecondary Law Teachers
$112,010
190
13 Other Physical Scientists
$107,450
70
14 Computer and Information Systems Managers
$104,950
5,510
15 Physicists
$102,710
330
16 Funeral Service Managers
$101,930
150
17 Natural Sciences Managers
$101,920
650
18 Optometrists
$101,530
530
19 Computer Network Architects
$98,970
1,330
20 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
$98,830
390
21 Lawyers
$98,010
7,140
22 Petroleum Engineers
$95,600
170
23 Postsecondary Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers
$94,820
30
24 Other Psychologists
$93,640
180
25 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels
$93,610
1,010
26 Nurse Practitioners
$90,040
4,350
27 Aerospace Engineers
$88,920
300
28 Physician Assistants
$88,850
1,400
29 Environmental Engineers
$87,410
1,020
30 Chemical Engineers
$86,980
600
31 Financial Managers
$86,810
12,870
32 Postsecondary Engineering Teachers
$86,720
710
33 Civil Engineers
$86,720
5,240
34 Sales Engineers
$86,210
680
35 Marketing Managers
$86,030
3,130
36 Systems Software Developers
$85,850
2,600
37 Electrical Engineers
$85,800
2,640
38 Computer Hardware Engineers
$85,420
600
39 Mechanical Engineers
$84,890
4,060
40 Electronics Engineers (Non Computer)
$84,330
1,090
41 General and Operations Managers
$84,310
42,400
42 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
$83,400
110
43 Physical Therapists
$83,370
3,980
44 Postsecondary Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers
$83,060
180
45 Financial Examiners
$83,020
520
46 Biomedical Engineers
$82,590
260
47 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
$82,290
280
48 Mining and Geological Engineers
$82,050
60
49 Occupational Therapists
$81,820
1,640
50 Sales Managers
$81,500
8,480
51 Applications Software Developers
$81,460
4,720
52 Chiropractors
$81,230
310
53 Hydrologists
$81,100
80
54 Conservation Scientists
$81,090
280
55 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors
$80,960
690
56 Industrial Production Managers
$80,550
4,950
57 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators
$80,310
360
58 Compensation and Benefits Managers
$79,950
440
59 Economists
$79,620
60
60 Power Plant Operators
$79,560
560
61 Database Administrators
$79,470
1,370
62 Medical and Health Services Managers
$78,760
7,710
63 Landscape Architects
$78,750
230
64 Orthotists and Prosthetists
$78,590
80
65 Human Resources Managers
$78,590
2,600
66 Veterinarians
$78,240
1,200
67 All Other Managers
$77,910
5,130
68 Industrial Engineers
$77,400
7,770
69 Computer Systems Analysts
$77,270
9,020
70 Purchasing Managers
$76,620
2,030
71 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
$76,540
1,070
72 Engineers, All Other
$76,260
1,570
73 Construction Managers
$76,040
4,600
74 Commercial Pilots
$75,240
280
75 Elementary and Secondary School Education Administrators
$74,530
5,390
76 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers
$74,370
4,700
77 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
$73,950
3,630
78 Information Security Analysts
$73,670
1,010
79 Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products Sales Representatives
$73,480
8,180
80 Postsecondary Agricultural Sciences Teachers
$73,480
140
81 Computer Programmers
$72,980
3,790
82 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
$72,650
350
83 Personal Financial Advisors
$72,490
1,970
84 Management Analysts
$72,350
6,870
85 Other Plant and System Operators
$72,330
360
86 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay
$72,330
610
87 Environmental Science Teachers
$71,690
60
88 Postsecondary Home Economics Teachers
$71,200
90
89 Postsecondary Health Specialties Teachers
$71,110
2,170
90 Epidemiologists
$69,740
110
91 Computer and Information Research Scientists
$69,580
330
92 Postsecondary Economics Teachers
$69,210
290
93 Elevator Installers and Repairers
$69,190
230
94 Nurse Midwives
$68,980
40
95 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers
$68,970
90
96 Network and Computer Systems Administrators
$68,650
5,300
97 Postsecondary Education Administrators
$68,510
3,380
98 Training and Development Managers
$68,440
1,040
99 Biochemists and Biophysicists
$68,270
180
100 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
$67,930
1,060
101 Financial Analysts
$67,690
2,740
102 Radiation Therapists
$67,650
470
103 Postsecondary Physics Teachers
$67,290
200
104 Other Computer Occupations
$67,280
2,270
105 Administrative Services Managers
$67,000
6,910
106 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
$66,930
3,500
107 Art Directors
$66,930
330
108 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors
$66,830
280
109 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
$66,620
120
110 Hearing Aid Specialists
$66,400
0
111 Fish and Game Wardens
$66,360
130
112 Dental Hygienists
$66,230
3,740
113 Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
$66,210
0
114 Materials Engineers
$65,970
550
115 Postsecondary Business Teachers
$65,720
1,540
116 Architects (Except Landscape and Naval)
$65,500
870
117 Chemists
$65,380
1,050
118 Other Biological Scientists
$64,900
340
119 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
$64,890
580
120 Postsecondary Library Science Teachers
$64,810
170
121 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
$64,800
1,910
122 Environmental Scientists and Health Specialists
$64,520
1,340
123 Other Media and Communication Equipment Workers
$64,430
0
124 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$64,120
1,510
125 Speech-Language Pathologists
$64,100
2,020
126 Nuclear Technicians
$64,070
360
127 Budget Analysts
$63,790
610
128 Operations Research Analysts
$63,750
1,740
129 Audiologists
$63,560
250
130 Geoscientists (Except Hydrologists and Geographers)
$63,540
210
131 Soil and Plant Scientists
$63,480
90
132 Power Distributors and Dispatchers
$63,270
160
133 Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$62,590
440
134 Genetic Counselors
$62,300
40
135 Emergency Management Directors
$62,260
150
136 Insurance Underwriters
$61,900
1,500
137 Other Engineering Technicians
$61,860
600
138 Social Scientists and Related Workers
$61,840
290
139 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
$60,860
3,770
140 Anthropologists and Archeologists
$60,810
110
141 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
$60,620
1,700
142 Logisticians
$60,380
2,090
143 Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers
$60,220
160
144 Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers
$59,770
1,190
145 All Other Special Education Teachers
$59,630
350
146 Ship Engineers
$59,560
340
147 Advertising and Promotions Managers
$59,520
590
148 Postsecondary Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers
$59,420
60
149 Postsecondary Computer Science Teachers
$59,370
500
150 Film and Video Editors
$59,290
460
151 Transit and Railroad Police
$59,260
50
152 Transportation Inspectors
$59,110
340
153 Accountants and Auditors
$58,910
18,680
154 Court Reporters
$58,900
80
155 Explosives Workers, Ordnance Handling Experts, and Blasters
$58,820
200
156 Occupational Therapy Assistants
$58,790
670
157 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists
$58,510
1,210
158 Materials Scientists
$58,330
110
159 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
$58,110
4,160
160 Postsecondary Chemistry Teachers
$57,790
410
161 Technical Writers
$57,190
680
162 Instructional Coordinators
$57,040
1,920
163 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes
$56,850
450
164 Other Postsecondary Teachers
$56,830
0
165 Fashion Designers
$56,800
50
166 Microbiologists
$56,530
220
167 Registered Nurses
$56,370
55,560
168 Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
$56,260
240
169 Computer Network Support Specialists
$56,120
2,860
170 Postsecondary Biological Science Teachers
$56,070
1,060
171 Postsecondary Social Work Teachers
$56,040
180
172 Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
$56,020
80
173 Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators
$55,770
3,220
174 Postsecondary Geography Teachers
$55,690
70
175 Social and Community Service Managers
$55,660
1,930
176 Postal Service Clerks
$55,580
1,380
177 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
$55,550
9,850
178 Other Financial Specialists
$55,470
1,370
179 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
$55,460
3,410
180 Cost Estimators
$55,330
3,400
181 Rail Car Repairers
$55,240
210
182 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, and Gaugers
$55,210
0
183 Postal Service Mail Carriers
$55,150
6,260
184 Compliance Officers
$54,830
4,550
185 Private Detectives and Investigators
$54,820
470
186 Other Postsecondary Social Sciences Teachers
$54,820
100
187 Postal Service Mail Sorters, Processors, and Processing Machine Operators
$54,520
2,250
188 Food Scientists and Technologists
$54,400
450
189 Other Business Operations Specialists
$54,360
10,560
190 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
$54,320
710
191 Physical Therapist Assistants
$54,320
2,380
192 Postsecondary Psychology Teachers
$54,260
850
193 Set and Exhibit Designers
$54,160
270
194 Credit Analysts
$54,110
1,310
195 Statisticians
$53,980
460
196 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators
$53,870
4,370
197 Gas Plant Operators
$53,790
150
198 Other Social Workers
$53,770
730
199 Training and Development Specialists
$53,400
4,790
200 Web Developers
$53,370
1,380

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