The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Atlanta, GA For 2020

by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Atlanta

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 the Atlanta area. 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 Psychiatrists are the highest paid people in Atlanta.

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

  1. Psychiatrists
  2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  6. Anesthesiologists
  7. Dentists, General
  8. Financial Managers
  9. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  10. Pediatricians, General

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 7 on the list of highest paid professions in Atlanta. 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Atlanta and Georgia job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Atlanta For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 600 job classifications in Atlanta 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 BLS data for this analysis which came out on March 29, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Atlanta

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Psychiatrists $255,360 $168,370 170
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $243,420 $118,120 420
3 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $237,720 $110,610 6,280
4 Family Medicine Physicians $235,660 $130,750 1,260
5 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $229,570 $97,280 540
6 Anesthesiologists $218,080 $154,030 440
7 Dentists, General $175,140 $56,650 2,110
8 Financial Managers $153,540 $70,470 14,410
9 Computer and Information Systems Managers $152,560 $93,900 12,790
10 Pediatricians, General $152,100 $59,890 450
11 Architectural and Engineering Managers $149,760 $92,040 3,620
12 Sales Managers $147,970 $71,630 11,950
13 Marketing Managers $145,360 $66,990 7,910
14 Air Traffic Controllers $142,010 $90,950 810
15 Advertising and Promotions Managers $140,980 $69,070 580
16 Commercial Pilots $139,920 $58,160 950
17 Lawyers $136,850 $55,340 15,540
18 Podiatrists $135,860 $39,880 200
19 Human Resources Managers $133,440 $73,480 4,400
20 Purchasing Managers $129,690 $64,020 1,650
21 Compensation and Benefits Managers $127,950 $81,740 590
22 Pharmacists $124,350 $97,110 4,880
23 Nuclear Engineers $123,570 $94,690 30
24 General and Operations Managers $123,390 $48,890 55,440
25 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $122,750 $56,200 550
26 Dentists, All Other Specialists $121,960 $106,020 30
27 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $121,150 $54,290 7,230
28 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $120,010 $51,380 540
29 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $119,870 $67,740 1,860
30 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $119,660 $66,680 50
31 Training and Development Managers $118,860 $66,210 1,160
32 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $118,800 $62,400 3,080
33 Nurse Midwives $118,780 $79,790 220
34 Computer and Information Research Scientists $118,140 $65,620 380
35 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $117,040 $50,910 16,760
36 Sales Engineers $115,760 $65,340 2,930
37 Actuaries $115,750 $59,060 230
38 Computer Network Architects $115,030 $72,450 4,960
39 Physical Scientists, All Other $110,210 $64,280 260
40 Personal Financial Advisors $109,840 $37,090 4,180
41 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $109,290 $30,450 2,230
42 Industrial Production Managers $108,270 $61,830 2,390
43 Acupuncturists and Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $107,960 $66,420 2,370
44 Hydrologists $107,580 $83,580 70
45 Nurse Practitioners $106,360 $82,710 4,290
46 Construction Managers $106,010 $60,850 5,820
47 Computer Hardware Engineers $105,900 $55,160 1,470
48 Life Scientists, All Other $105,840 $51,960 50
49 Art Directors $104,740 $50,720 860
50 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $103,490 $60,110 40,400
51 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $103,110 $17,780 70
52 Economists $102,640 $64,490 330
53 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $102,380 $67,350 2,580
54 Physician Assistants $102,090 $60,610 2,310
55 Aerospace Engineers $102,080 $63,920 920
56 Statisticians $102,060 $61,240 550
57 Information Security Analysts $100,810 $59,210 3,540
58 Engineers, All Other $100,630 $59,920 5,370
59 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $100,610 $74,370 4,630
60 Veterinarians $100,390 $58,340 1,270
61 Optometrists $99,360 $39,740 510
62 Database Administrators and Architects $99,230 $55,130 4,160
63 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $98,710 $36,080 1,480
64 Electrical Engineers $98,660 $58,380 2,920
65 Management Analysts $97,600 $52,000 16,270
66 Psychologists, All Other $96,560 $54,140 160
67 Materials Engineers $96,150 $58,670 290
68 Microbiologists $95,590 $57,280 760
69 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers $95,400 $58,820 200
70 Computer Occupations, All Other $94,460 $46,000 17,180
71 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $94,400 $18,230 30
72 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $94,210 $19,060 160
73 Artists and Related Workers, All Other $92,570 $64,280 350
74 Computer Systems Analysts $91,690 $58,120 16,280
75 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $91,180 $56,310 380
76 Health Education Specialists $90,920 $45,090 2,180
77 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $90,770 $45,250 520
78 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $90,540 $48,260 1,550
79 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $90,040 $42,520 920
80 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $90,010 $52,400 7,340
81 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $89,820 $46,000 11,220
82 Chemical Engineers $89,390 $43,290 290
83 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $89,100 $55,230 2,720
84 Radiation Therapists $89,050 $61,120 290
85 Computer Programmers $88,880 $46,130 3,600
86 Chemists $88,880 $52,390 690
87 Industrial Engineers $87,780 $54,320 4,430
88 Physical Therapists $87,710 $57,110 3,070
89 Producers and Directors $87,620 $36,180 4,350
90 Occupational Therapists $87,350 $52,460 1,770
91 Mechanical Engineers $87,010 $58,880 3,150
92 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $86,380 $18,800 190
93 Loan Officers $85,550 $31,480 5,830
94 Accountants and Auditors $83,380 $43,520 27,560
95 Environmental Engineers $83,190 $46,380 1,320
96 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $83,170 $37,290 80
97 Emergency Management Directors $82,570 $39,290 170
98 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $82,520 $33,200 8,100
99 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $82,440 $19,060 290
100 Civil Engineers $81,960 $51,800 5,390
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