These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Alabama For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 Surgeons are the highest paid people in Alabama.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Internists, General
  3. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  5. Pediatricians, General
  6. Family and General Practitioners
  7. Chief Executives
  8. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  9. Dentists, General
  10. Nurse Anesthetists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 9 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 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 676 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Alabama

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $280,330 $182,430 490
2 Internists, General $264,860 $156,730 340
3 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $247,610 $110,820 5,390
4 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $244,840 $49,720 210
5 Pediatricians, General $228,490 $105,270 470
6 Family And General Practitioners $208,400 $85,860 660
7 Chief Executives $207,090 $84,520 1,120
8 Dentists, All Other Specialists $193,050 $133,770 40
9 Dentists, General $181,240 $48,280 1,010
10 Nurse Anesthetists $166,950 $118,510 1,400
11 Podiatrists $155,620 $41,100 110
12 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $145,860 $70,500 100
13 Architectural And Engineering Managers $139,100 $89,210 2,450
14 Physicists $134,520 $62,250 200
15 Financial Managers $130,980 $69,460 5,200
16 Petroleum Engineers $128,160 $75,810 130
17 Sales Managers $126,630 $61,630 2,220
18 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $126,110 $43,320 3,000
19 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $124,360 $68,130 110
20 Compensation And Benefits Managers $124,270 $77,140 70
21 Personal Financial Advisors $124,240 $38,010 1,950
22 Computer And Information Systems Managers $123,790 $66,710 3,120
23 Training And Development Managers $123,450 $64,740 140
24 Marketing Managers $123,430 $59,910 540
25 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $122,890 $65,350 560
26 Pharmacists $122,020 $88,010 5,430
27 General And Operations Managers $120,730 $54,040 27,150
28 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $118,200 $55,180 130
29 Lawyers $117,640 $47,860 5,640
30 Aerospace Engineers $116,000 $73,600 4,660
31 Nuclear Engineers $114,990 $83,240 180
32 Engineers, All Other $113,700 $58,670 3,580
33 Natural Sciences Managers $112,580 $80,620 140
34 Physical Scientists, All Other $111,300 $78,270 100
35 Purchasing Managers $109,200 $68,590 900
36 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $108,230 $64,530 2,120
37 Computer Hardware Engineers $108,090 $70,450 1,320
38 Optometrists $108,000 $59,830 510
39 Chemical Engineers $106,640 $70,880 450
40 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $106,500 $55,500 2,430
41 Human Resources Managers $105,670 $59,650 1,200
42 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $104,160 $53,580 260
43 Medical And Health Services Managers $103,660 $58,020 2,810
44 Software Developers, Systems Software $103,380 $65,460 3,720
45 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $102,930 $88,680 310
46 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $102,820 $68,690 90
47 Industrial Production Managers $102,450 $62,050 3,240
48 Computer Network Architects $101,870 $65,500 830
49 Managers, All Other $101,420 $49,260 2,080
50 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $99,880 $57,380 270
51 Physician Assistants $99,830 $64,730 720
52 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $98,720 $63,300 380
53 Administrative Services Managers $98,700 $60,740 590
54 Materials Engineers $98,660 $60,310 640
55 Materials Scientists $98,610 $45,680 80
56 Economists $98,080 $52,330 40
57 Electrical Engineers $97,840 $62,210 4,440
58 Life Scientists, All Other $96,210 $66,940 90
59 Air Traffic Controllers $95,140 $67,480 230
60 Nurse Practitioners $94,880 $59,440 3,230
61 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $94,680 $42,890 1,060
62 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $94,270 $55,270 430
63 Education Administrators, All Other $94,190 $55,780 590
64 Operations Research Analysts $93,630 $48,080 670
65 Management Analysts $93,470 $43,590 4,250
66 Psychologists, All Other $93,220 $65,100 130
67 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $93,100 $53,780 170
68 Construction Managers $93,010 $54,090 2,780
69 Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $92,780 $51,100 150
70 Software Developers, Applications $92,360 $52,150 5,540
71 Actuaries $90,550 $51,880 80
72 Mechanical Engineers $89,990 $56,230 3,550
73 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $89,950 $47,330 60
74 Information Security Analysts $89,320 $54,360 1,100
75 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $89,210 $49,370 1,090
76 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $88,640 $50,320 1,220
77 Financial Analysts $88,640 $49,920 1,220
78 Logisticians $88,450 $53,510 3,590
79 Physical Therapists $88,360 $56,620 2,520
80 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,170 $49,440 330
81 Computer Occupations, All Other $87,900 $58,120 1,810
82 Industrial Engineers $87,880 $54,670 5,510
83 Veterinarians $87,740 $55,360 980
84 Computer Programmers $87,700 $47,700 7,420
85 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $87,560 $52,310 160
86 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $87,170 $37,150 180
87 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $87,060 $36,350 750
88 Commercial Pilots $86,460 $48,200 1,030
89 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $85,470 $54,400 150
90 Business Operations Specialists, All Other $84,850 $46,730 7,230
91 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $84,180 $53,030 70
92 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $83,840 $59,640 470
93 Directors, Religious Activities And Education $83,470 $33,840 30
94 Funeral Service Managers $83,300 $28,970 140
95 Environmental Engineers $83,130 $46,890 750
96 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $82,940 $48,610 280
97 Sales Engineers $82,900 $53,120 350
98 Database Administrators $82,740 $49,070 1,910
99 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $82,240 $45,850 170
100 Art Directors $82,090 $50,450 220

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