The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Austin, TX For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 7, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2021. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Austin

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 Austin 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 Obstetricians And Gynecologists are the highest paid people in Austin.

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

  1. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Family Medicine Physicians
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Pediatricians, General
  6. Dentists, General
  7. Financial Managers
  8. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
  9. Lawyers
  10. Natural Sciences Managers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 6 on the list of highest paid professions in Austin. 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 Austin and Texas job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Austin For 2021

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 517 job classifications in Austin 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, 2021.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Austin

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $262,470 $152,650 220
2 Chief Executives $236,830 $114,800 760
3 Family Medicine Physicians $233,090 $154,710 440
4 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $222,600 $83,290 1,670
5 Pediatricians, General $186,840 $101,880 160
6 Dentists, General $161,160 $94,180 700
7 Financial Managers $151,750 $81,660 4,450
8 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $148,430 $112,140 630
9 Lawyers $144,280 $64,630 6,720
10 Natural Sciences Managers $144,000 $80,390 460
11 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $142,160 $66,660 90
12 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $141,860 $74,310 520
13 Petroleum Engineers $141,270 $77,180 480
14 Computer Network Architects $136,230 $66,890 2,740
15 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $134,110 $82,650 1,760
16 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $134,080 $68,850 1,060
17 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $133,890 $56,830 610
18 Acupuncturists and Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $132,750 $64,490 190
19 Pharmacists $132,170 $104,120 1,660
20 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $131,330 $70,110 1,810
21 Purchasing Managers $128,230 $79,200 580
22 Advertising and Promotions Managers $127,490 $68,990 250
23 Industrial Production Managers $127,480 $71,950 880
24 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $127,480 $58,250 130
25 Chemical Engineers $126,160 $54,930 240
26 Training and Development Managers $125,770 $77,040 220
27 Human Resources Managers $125,540 $68,530 1,350
28 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $124,240 $74,810 2,900
29 General and Operations Managers $119,270 $39,610 23,350
30 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $118,840 $58,250 360
31 Computer and Information Research Scientists $117,520 $69,760 320
32 Actuaries $116,930 $63,380 280
33 Optometrists $116,670 $82,150 150
34 Compensation and Benefits Managers $114,020 $77,050 110
35 Database Administrators and Architects $113,090 $63,340 2,340
36 Information Security Analysts $112,110 $62,420 2,520
37 Medical and Health Services Managers $111,740 $61,440 2,320
38 Nurse Practitioners $111,580 $83,340 930
39 Physician Assistants $110,820 $58,940 640
40 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $110,100 $52,860 390
41 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $110,000 $46,280 170
42 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $109,870 $63,530 4,110
43 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $109,130 $67,690 25,380
44 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $108,950 $51,000 120
45 Electrical Engineers $108,350 $69,890 2,930
46 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $107,990 $70,190 550
47 Engineers, All Other $107,870 $58,010 850
48 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $107,650 $68,970 80
49 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $106,270 $55,250 4,460
50 Commercial Pilots $106,070 $53,760 150
51 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $105,810 $59,210 190
52 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $104,270 $52,700 110
53 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $103,790 $59,040 80
54 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $103,520 $53,840 450
55 Veterinarians $102,700 $40,660 600
56 Directors, Religious Activities and Education $102,190 $47,020 40
57 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $101,840 $33,290 320
58 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $101,610 $66,630 60
59 Industrial Engineers $100,390 $67,870 2,110
60 History Teachers, Postsecondary $100,210 $55,330 190
61 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $99,680 $52,540 270
62 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $98,680 $48,710 730
63 Construction Managers $97,890 $57,160 4,320
64 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $97,440 $66,250 670
65 Mechanical Engineers $95,960 $65,100 2,370
66 Environmental Engineers $93,150 $43,560 390
67 Emergency Management Directors $93,070 $62,750 50
68 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $92,050 $49,920 560
69 Civil Engineers $91,670 $52,750 4,210
70 Physicists $90,940 $52,140 260
71 Management Analysts $90,800 $58,350 6,540
72 Education Administrators, All Other $90,690 $40,750 180
73 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $90,670 $63,670 2,010
74 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,640 $52,150 420
75 Computer Occupations, All Other $90,140 $41,450 4,210
76 Statisticians $89,940 $48,860 290
77 Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $89,810 $18,540 70
78 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $89,760 $39,260 160
79 Legal Support Workers, All Other $89,160 $32,570 210
80 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $89,040 $46,350 50
81 Computer Programmers $88,240 $45,280 2,660
82 Insurance Underwriters $87,660 $52,590 770
83 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $87,650 $18,560 110
84 Occupational Therapists $87,210 $61,830 840
85 Physical Therapists $86,380 $62,160 1,310
86 Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners $86,280 $63,810 60
87 Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other $86,260 $47,360 16,460
88 Computer Systems Analysts $85,650 $54,150 8,380
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $85,400 $51,400 5,290
90 Personal Financial Advisors $84,910 $42,430 2,020
91 Operations Research Analysts $84,810 $45,630 1,390
92 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $84,450 $52,570 370
93 Audiologists $83,660 $67,050 30
94 Chiropractors $83,610 $31,410 460
95 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $83,500 $47,370 300
96 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $83,480 $51,580 450
97 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $82,960 $45,820 450
98 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $81,930 $51,250 680
99 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $81,750 $45,540 170
100 Biochemists and Biophysicists $81,710 $43,590 310

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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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