These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In California For 2019

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by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in California

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 California. 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 California.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Chief Executives
  5. Surgeons
  6. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  9. Internists, General
  10. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 24 on the list of highest paid professions in the Golden State. 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 California For 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 766 job classifications in California 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, 2019.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In California

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $288,420 $205,940 3,500
2 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $264,380 $180,510 550
3 Psychiatrists $255,790 $100,340 3,480
4 Chief Executives $228,270 $105,340 30,290
5 Surgeons $221,490 $66,890 3,090
6 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $216,800 $104,230 1,950
7 Nurse Anesthetists $212,210 $143,760 1,180
8 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $208,740 $63,860 34,070
9 Internists, General $207,050 $63,860 2,660
10 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $205,520 $88,970 9,330
11 Family And General Practitioners $197,860 $59,640 11,970
12 Orthodontists $197,390 $56,320 380
13 Pediatricians, General $185,910 $61,260 3,420
14 Dentists, All Other Specialists $184,140 $98,750 450
15 Computer And Information Systems Managers $180,250 $104,750 63,640
16 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $178,700 $93,660 1,610
17 Architectural And Engineering Managers $175,010 $102,070 31,580
18 Lawyers $171,550 $71,020 82,180
19 Natural Sciences Managers $168,790 $78,310 7,870
20 Marketing Managers $167,910 $80,730 37,410
21 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $161,770 $66,780 11,540
22 Financial Managers $157,480 $73,560 81,350
23 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $154,430 $93,790 4,950
24 Dentists, General $151,490 $60,570 17,240
25 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists $149,820 $50,030 40
26 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $147,680 $50,850 2,760
27 Managers, All Other $143,350 $69,840 66,300
28 Human Resources Managers $142,870 $76,920 19,050
29 Petroleum Engineers $142,430 $95,380 2,290
30 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $141,990 $75,390 8,330
31 Purchasing Managers $141,400 $83,940 7,870
32 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $140,720 $57,730 2,210
33 Nurse Midwives $139,990 $85,270 700
34 Pharmacists $139,690 $104,910 30,950
35 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $139,050 $61,930 700
36 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $138,250 $55,060 1,190
37 General And Operations Managers $137,640 $53,510 249,800
38 Advertising And Promotions Managers $137,630 $69,910 2,850
39 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $137,530 $54,750 4,980
40 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $136,920 $42,580 1,770
41 Computer And Information Research Scientists $136,310 $70,060 7,300
42 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $135,840 $59,090 520
43 First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers $134,870 $65,730 2,880
44 Sales Managers $134,010 $47,990 76,950
45 Nurse Practitioners $133,780 $94,940 13,420
46 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $133,470 $55,880 110
47 Training And Development Managers $132,910 $69,060 4,330
48 Air Traffic Controllers $132,300 $79,580 2,240
49 Nuclear Engineers $132,180 $91,320 530
50 Software Developers, Systems Software $131,700 $81,120 88,910
51 Computer Hardware Engineers $131,570 $71,330 20,720
52 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $129,790 $60,490 2,400
53 Personal Financial Advisors $128,730 $43,770 24,890
54 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $128,370 $55,760 4,360
55 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $128,090 $68,490 12,390
56 Software Developers, Applications $127,950 $72,510 148,550
57 Art Directors $127,630 $61,440 7,620
58 Computer Network Architects $127,500 $64,400 16,650
59 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $127,480 $51,640 5,160
60 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $126,140 $85,100 270
61 Medical And Health Services Managers $125,770 $60,240 34,510
62 Aerospace Engineers $125,540 $75,300 11,440
63 Athletes And Sports Competitors $125,160 $24,190 1,060
64 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $124,500 $87,620 22,950
65 Economists $124,430 $58,610 1,430
66 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $124,250 $55,270 1,310
67 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $123,540 $72,120 29,210
68 Industrial Production Managers $123,110 $62,100 19,910
69 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $123,060 $80,020 500
70 Veterinarians $121,750 $69,370 7,380
71 Podiatrists $120,750 $37,610 780
72 Actuaries $120,680 $70,670 1,410
73 Emergency Management Directors $118,320 $74,100 840
74 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $117,990 $51,200 4,530
75 Physical Scientists, All Other $117,830 $51,650 2,170
76 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $117,810 $65,160 1,800
77 Construction Managers $117,770 $59,630 32,420
78 Physician Assistants $117,230 $67,910 10,520
79 Optometrists $117,180 $69,450 3,760
80 Sales Engineers $117,170 $59,510 10,800
81 Administrative Services Managers $116,820 $63,100 38,120
82 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $116,530 $51,260 1,570
83 Physicists $115,970 $59,600 3,200
84 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $115,610 $51,250 550
85 Art, Drama, And Music Teachers, Postsecondary $115,460 $48,380 9,710
86 Producers And Directors $115,080 $45,120 25,320
87 Psychologists, All Other $114,860 $50,020 2,080
88 Foreign Language And Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $114,690 $46,540 2,700
89 Philosophy And Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $114,370 $49,340 2,220
90 Radiation Therapists $114,280 $62,400 1,060
91 Recreation And Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $114,220 $48,640 2,030
92 Electrical Engineers $114,170 $66,100 26,570
93 English Language And Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $114,110 $46,510 6,470
94 Astronomers $113,130 $54,990 280
95 Film And Video Editors $112,530 $36,400 11,380
96 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $112,360 $48,050 860
97 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $112,040 $85,410 1,520
98 Criminal Justice And Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $111,240 $43,330 1,260
99 Information Security Analysts $110,340 $58,670 7,830
100 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $110,020 $45,370 220

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