The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Austin, TX 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 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. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Chief Executives
  6. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  7. Dentists, General
  8. Petroleum Engineers
  9. Veterinarians
  10. Natural Sciences Managers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 7 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 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 509 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, 2020.

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 $255,430 $147,640 180
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $233,110 $96,650 210
3 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $226,700 $93,130 1,760
4 Family Medicine Physicians $219,350 $61,250 970
5 Chief Executives $216,630 $76,040 720
6 General Internal Medicine Physicians $197,000 $63,540 300
7 Dentists, General $164,340 $92,310 650
8 Petroleum Engineers $151,060 $73,690 450
9 Veterinarians $147,480 $62,040 530
10 Natural Sciences Managers $145,670 $73,920 440
11 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $145,130 $111,660 550
12 Financial Managers $143,110 $69,330 4,330
13 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $141,040 $66,310 90
14 Lawyers $138,990 $64,870 5,710
15 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $138,830 $72,010 530
16 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $133,540 $56,140 610
17 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $130,890 $74,440 2,780
18 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $130,630 $69,090 1,720
19 Purchasing Managers $130,240 $77,320 550
20 Pharmacists $128,620 $101,270 1,730
21 Training and Development Managers $128,420 $75,110 210
22 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $127,600 $58,070 130
23 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $125,990 $68,660 870
24 General and Operations Managers $124,860 $43,300 21,520
25 Computer and Information Research Scientists $124,800 $72,480 290
26 Human Resources Managers $124,160 $68,630 1,210
27 Industrial Production Managers $122,000 $68,910 770
28 Optometrists $120,070 $84,780 250
29 Advertising and Promotions Managers $119,000 $65,010 280
30 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $118,580 $57,140 350
31 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $116,980 $70,000 2,590
32 Computer Network Architects $116,300 $68,770 2,160
33 Information Security Analysts $114,280 $64,700 1,550
34 Database Administrators and Architects $111,190 $65,450 2,060
35 Compensation and Benefits Managers $110,720 $72,320 120
36 Physician Assistants $110,650 $72,590 710
37 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $110,340 $51,620 390
38 Engineers, All Other $109,310 $63,930 1,170
39 Actuaries $109,210 $60,350 340
40 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $107,940 $49,910 120
41 Nurse Practitioners $107,720 $86,120 930
42 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $107,650 $45,300 170
43 Medical and Health Services Managers $107,220 $56,830 2,190
44 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $106,660 $60,860 4,020
45 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $106,080 $65,110 23,410
46 Electrical Engineers $105,490 $67,620 2,590
47 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $104,500 $68,800 370
48 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $103,720 $69,030 80
49 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $103,120 $44,250 6,750
50 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $103,100 $55,320 200
51 Commercial Pilots $103,100 $57,360 80
52 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $102,010 $58,070 80
53 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $101,670 $51,110 120
54 Industrial Engineers $101,440 $65,820 1,780
55 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $100,770 $32,570 320
56 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $100,610 $52,170 470
57 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $99,230 $51,940 260
58 Materials Engineers $98,820 $59,690 410
59 Construction Managers $98,160 $59,710 3,760
60 History Teachers, Postsecondary $98,140 $53,730 190
61 Directors, Religious Activities and Education $95,480 $40,650 50
62 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $94,750 $61,960 590
63 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $94,350 $44,760 740
64 Mechanical Engineers $94,170 $64,160 2,100
65 Psychologists, All Other $93,780 $45,980 40
66 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $92,450 $46,620 660
67 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $92,020 $42,470 1,350
68 Computer Programmers $91,960 $46,020 3,290
69 Civil Engineers $91,080 $53,410 3,770
70 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,880 $50,660 410
71 Personal Financial Advisors $89,870 $43,620 1,670
72 Statisticians $89,320 $49,410 280
73 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $88,930 $63,330 2,150
74 Physical Therapists $88,720 $61,330 1,230
75 Chiropractors $88,580 $33,140 290
76 Legal Support Workers, All Other $88,440 $33,620 160
77 Education Administrators, All Other $88,380 $40,870 150
78 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $88,350 $46,990 560
79 Environmental Engineers $88,240 $42,410 300
80 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $88,100 $52,600 5,580
81 Physicists $88,030 $52,010 240
82 Computer Systems Analysts $87,480 $53,670 9,040
83 Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $87,420 $18,040 70
84 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $86,570 $18,190 110
85 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $85,480 $37,750 140
86 Special Effects Artists and Animators $85,460 $44,660 1,430
87 Emergency Management Directors $85,100 $55,330 40
88 Art Directors $84,600 $50,810 620
89 Dental Hygienists $84,570 $64,730 1,250
90 Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other $84,320 $43,580 14,310
91 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $83,610 $51,230 350
92 Computer Occupations, All Other $83,150 $36,810 3,950
93 Editors $83,060 $36,960 1,150
94 Insurance Underwriters $82,790 $46,100 750
95 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $82,620 $38,950 130
96 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $82,400 $50,850 440
97 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $81,410 $45,140 30
98 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $80,960 $46,480 150
99 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $80,760 $50,110 700
100 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $80,570 $46,200 2,160
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