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Top 100 Highest Paying Jobs in America

The top 100 highest paying jobs in America (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The number of employment for each of these jobs is also shown. We note from the table that the highest paying profession in America is psychiatrist with an average annual salary of $181,880. The second highest paying job is family and general practitioners (average salary $180,180). For ranking of the entry level jobs in the USA, see Top Paying Entry Level Jobs. The salary and the employment information in America is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1].

Table 1. Top 100 Highest Paying Jobs in America

Rank Job Description Average
Salary
# of
Employment
1 Psychiatrists $181,880 25,080
2 Family and General Practitioners $180,180 124,810
3 Chief Executives $173,320 246,240
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $170,110 5,450
5 General Pediatricians $163,350 31,010
6 Nurse Anesthetists $153,780 36,590
7 General Dentists $149,540 97,990
8 Architectural and Engineering Managers $130,620 179,320
9 Petroleum Engineers $130,050 33,740
10 Computer and Information Systems Managers $127,640 330,360
11 Marketing Managers $127,130 184,490
12 Air Traffic Controllers $122,340 22,860
13 Pharmacists $120,950 290,780
14 Podiatrists $120,700 8,910
15 Natural Sciences Managers $120,050 53,290
16 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $118,140 75,760
17 Financial Managers $115,320 518,030
18 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $115,140 28,090
19 Lawyers $114,970 603,310
20 Sales Managers $110,660 358,920
21 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $109,980 15,990
22 Physicists $109,600 16,790
23 Computer Hardware Engineers $108,430 76,360
24 Computer and Information Research Scientists $108,360 24,210
25 Compensation and Benefits Managers $108,070 16,380
26 Purchasing Managers $106,090 70,840
27 Astronomers $105,410 1,660
28 Aerospace Engineers $105,380 69,080
29 Managers, All Other $105,060 361,900
30 Political Scientists $104,920 5,640
31 Mathematicians $103,720 3,130
32 Software Developers, Systems Software $102,880 382,400
33 Human Resources Managers $102,780 116,610
34 Training and Development Managers $101,930 29,870
35 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $101,510 56,920
36 Optometrists $101,410 33,340
37 Nuclear Engineers $100,470 16,520
38 Prosthodontists $100,280 630
39 Computer Network Architects $98,430 140,080
40 General and Operations Managers $97,270 2,049,870
41 Nurse Midwives $96,970 5,110
42 Chemical Engineers $96,940 33,470
43 Advertising and Promotions Managers $96,720 29,340
44 Actuaries $96,700 21,490
45 Sales Engineers $96,340 68,080
46 Physician Assistants $95,820 91,670
47 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $95,790 133,990
48 Economists $95,710 18,680
49 Software Developers, Applications $95,510 686,470
50 Nurse Practitioners $95,350 122,050
51 Engineers, All Other $94,240 124,570
52 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $94,130 36,650
53 Physical Scientists, All Other $94,030 23,030
54 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $92,930 7,570
55 Medical and Health Services Managers $92,810 310,320
56 Industrial Production Managers $92,470 167,200
57 Psychologists, All Other $92,110 11,980
58 Materials Scientists $91,980 6,900
59 Electrical Engineers $91,410 174,550
60 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $90,870 13,710
61 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $90,210 168,090
62 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $90,160 8,200
63 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $89,910 34,000
64 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $89,540 231,800
65 Information Security Analysts $88,890 80,180
66 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $88,390 131,070
67 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $87,980 10,850
68 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $87,980 14,140
69 Materials Engineers $87,690 24,990
70 Veterinarians $87,590 62,470
71 Biomedical Engineers $86,950 20,080
72 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $86,260 9,890
73 Construction Managers $85,630 227,710
74 Art Directors $85,610 33,140
75 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $85,400 106,000
76 Biochemists and Biophysicists $84,940 31,350
77 Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $84,090 1,850
78 Administrative Services Managers $83,790 268,730
79 Computer Occupations, All Other $83,410 212,510
80 Environmental Engineers $83,360 53,240
81 Mechanical Engineers $83,060 270,700
82 Computer Systems Analysts $82,710 528,320
83 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $82,500 7,400
84 Physical Therapists $82,390 200,670
85 Civil Engineers $82,050 263,460
86 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $81,830 24,530
87 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $81,780 10,890
88 Industrial Engineers $81,490 236,990
89 Personal Financial Advisors $81,060 196,490
90 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $80,930 101,420
91 Management Analysts $80,880 587,450
92 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $80,720 14,160
93 Database Administrators $80,280 112,170
94 Radiation Therapists $80,090 16,380
95 Statisticians $79,990 26,970
96 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $79,930 100,740
97 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $79,870 108,720
98 Occupational Therapists $78,810 110,520
99 Financial Analysts $78,620 262,610
100 Elevator Installers and Repairers $78,620 20,590

The above table shows the ranking of top paying jobs using average salaries computed at the national level. The top paying job ranking can vary from state to state. To view salary ranking in individual state, use the following table.

Top Paying Jobs by State

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