The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Alabama For 2020

By Chris Kolmar - May. 14, 2020
Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Alabama

Ever wonder who gets paid the most? Or how much your dentist makes for all the pain they put you through?

We had that same burning desire to know more about the highest paid professions in Alabama. And if you can’t tell by that sentence, we’re a bit of what you’d call data nerds.

We decided to go directly to the source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

After scrounging through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we discovered that Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Alabama.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten highest paying jobs in Alabama:

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Family Medicine Physicians
  4. Pediatricians, General
  5. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  6. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  7. Chief Executives
  8. Psychiatrists
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Dentists, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 10 on the list of highest paid professions in the Heart Of Dixie. So the next time you sit there while they drill you can dwell on the fact that they are getting extremely well paid for it.

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Alabama For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 665 job classifications in Alabama in order to identify those that get paid the most.

Pretty straightforward and easy to do when the government does your job for you 🙂

We used the most recently released data on March 29, 2020.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Alabama

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $274,260 $157,740 270
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $258,110 $138,170 560
3 Family Medicine Physicians $236,060 $115,110 730
4 Pediatricians, General $214,220 $87,370 490
5 General Internal Medicine Physicians $213,790 $82,340 220
6 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $196,650 $57,370 4,650
7 Chief Executives $193,110 $68,630 1,320
8 Psychiatrists $168,340 $97,780 230
9 Nurse Anesthetists $157,430 $90,190 1,200
10 Dentists, General $157,040 $65,430 1,170
11 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $151,350 $86,350 70
12 Physicists $143,290 $63,530 170
13 Podiatrists $143,180 $59,720 100
14 Architectural And Engineering Managers $142,490 $84,780 2,340
15 Computer And Information Systems Managers $129,860 $77,190 3,650
16 Petroleum Engineers $129,460 $71,330 80
17 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $129,360 $60,600 210
18 Financial Managers $129,090 $67,180 5,480
19 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $128,290 $59,050 100
20 Pharmacists $127,460 $102,500 4,700
21 Physical Scientists, All Other $120,610 $75,830 110
22 Aerospace Engineers $119,890 $71,700 4,070
23 Personal Financial Advisors $118,950 $38,110 1,950
24 Actuaries $118,530 $61,400 100
25 Engineers, All Other $117,430 $62,860 3,620
26 General And Operations Managers $117,340 $48,240 30,790
27 Natural Sciences Managers $117,310 $73,170 200
28 Marketing Managers $116,450 $56,610 1,040
29 Optometrists $115,400 $41,770 460
30 Area, Ethnic, And Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $115,360 $58,120 70
31 Lawyers $114,240 $51,810 5,900
32 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $113,200 $60,800 590
33 Sales Managers $111,930 $56,560 2,670
34 Computer Hardware Engineers $111,490 $69,570 1,190
35 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $110,440 $64,060 1,620
36 Industrial Production Managers $109,770 $63,950 3,320
37 Computer Network Architects $109,740 $64,560 1,310
38 Human Resources Managers $108,510 $65,730 1,440
39 Training And Development Managers $108,040 $66,000 210
40 Purchasing Managers $107,740 $64,730 880
41 Compensation And Benefits Managers $107,190 $45,590 60
42 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $106,490 $44,560 860
43 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $106,470 $52,580 2,170
44 Chemical Engineers $105,800 $69,270 630
45 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $104,740 $41,150 1,850
46 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $104,520 $87,250 300
47 Advertising And Promotions Managers $103,680 $39,160 70
48 Electrical Engineers $103,260 $64,620 4,600
49 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $101,000 $53,730 1,050
50 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $100,840 $55,630 11,800
51 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $100,320 $65,730 620
52 Economists $99,800 $44,270 50
53 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $99,760 $45,620 520
54 Nurse Practitioners $99,570 $71,660 3,800
55 Veterinarians $98,790 $52,890 980
56 Construction Managers $98,550 $55,730 3,650
57 Life Scientists, All Other $97,060 $68,390 70
58 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $96,270 $68,220 380
59 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $96,090 $49,710 170
60 Management Analysts $94,530 $50,140 4,630
61 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $93,500 $48,570 50
62 Air Traffic Controllers $93,500 $66,970 250
63 Mechanical Engineers $92,900 $58,490 3,650
64 Sales Engineers $92,890 $55,970 300
65 Physical Therapists $92,570 $63,000 2,770
66 Civil Engineers $92,270 $53,220 4,020
67 Psychologists, All Other $91,970 $41,250 130
68 Operations Research Analysts $91,800 $47,400 670
69 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $91,270 $47,590 180
70 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $90,780 $48,450 180
71 Materials Engineers $90,530 $56,000 790
72 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $90,480 $39,110 1,250
73 Computer Programmers $90,360 $50,730 6,200
74 Physician Assistants $90,080 $39,630 730
75 Commercial Pilots $89,790 $49,370 1,070
76 Industrial Engineers $89,310 $55,880 5,900
77 Chiropractors $89,280 $38,890 310
78 Information Security Analysts $88,750 $49,760 1,570
79 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $88,560 $48,330 1,010
80 Project Management Specialists And Business Operations Specialists, All Other $88,070 $50,540 7,580
81 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $87,880 $59,860 50
82 Radiation Therapists $87,880 $52,200 490
83 Logisticians $87,670 $48,890 4,060
84 Computer Systems Analysts $87,600 $54,430 4,310
85 Directors, Religious Activities And Education $87,200 $39,830 60
86 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $86,570 $44,990 510
87 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $85,990 $54,840 100
88 Occupational Therapists $85,760 $57,250 1,310
89 Database Administrators And Architects $85,550 $50,490 2,430
90 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $85,470 $60,730 220
91 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $85,240 $42,730 2,110
92 Budget Analysts $85,010 $46,570 860
93 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $84,870 $52,720 160
94 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $84,730 $44,920 30
95 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $84,490 $47,040 90
96 Environmental Engineers $83,830 $49,730 800
97 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $83,710 $60,640 3,630
98 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $82,290 $43,690 40
99 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $82,100 $51,940 130
100 Credit Analysts $82,030 $42,380 510

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Chris Kolmar

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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