These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In California 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 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. Surgeons
  5. Chief Executives
  6. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Orthodontists
  9. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  10. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 19 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 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 762 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In California

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $283,860 $190,990 3,080
2 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $262,050 $177,330 610
3 Psychiatrists $259,570 $95,200 3,040
4 Surgeons $229,340 $88,790 4,240
5 Chief Executives $222,950 $99,370 30,430
6 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $221,120 $100,120 2,030
7 Nurse Anesthetists $217,230 $156,310 1,460
8 Orthodontists $216,590 $96,070 500
9 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $214,730 $60,570 29,890
10 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $207,080 $88,250 9,000
11 Dentists, All Other Specialists $205,630 $92,600 420
12 Internists, General $199,120 $65,450 3,400
13 Family And General Practitioners $196,180 $59,450 13,950
14 Pediatricians, General $182,790 $81,110 3,460
15 Computer And Information Systems Managers $174,790 $99,820 53,270
16 Architectural And Engineering Managers $169,100 $96,750 28,040
17 Lawyers $168,200 $73,380 79,980
18 Marketing Managers $164,410 $78,730 33,380
19 Dentists, General $157,890 $59,920 17,130
20 Financial Managers $154,310 $72,870 72,100
21 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $153,410 $61,000 13,690
22 Natural Sciences Managers $153,330 $68,700 7,450
23 Personal Financial Advisors $141,100 $48,330 24,790
24 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $140,100 $73,750 7,620
25 Human Resources Managers $139,860 $72,400 17,160
26 Managers, All Other $138,240 $68,160 53,390
27 Pharmacists $136,730 $103,180 29,860
28 General And Operations Managers $136,080 $51,520 255,210
29 Computer Hardware Engineers $136,040 $77,890 22,120
30 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $133,850 $50,350 710
31 Petroleum Engineers $132,770 $88,520 2,240
32 Nurse Midwives $132,480 $84,750 720
33 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $132,360 $56,010 2,170
34 Purchasing Managers $131,520 $69,650 8,070
35 Sales Managers $131,100 $46,610 73,110
36 Training And Development Managers $130,370 $68,980 3,760
37 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $130,150 $43,160 1,370
38 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $130,010 $48,380 130
39 Air Traffic Controllers $129,680 $76,670 2,180
40 Nuclear Engineers $129,120 $91,760 520
41 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $129,090 $47,070 4,860
42 Computer Network Architects $128,770 $65,320 16,900
43 Computer And Information Research Scientists $128,530 $64,910 5,750
44 Software Developers, Systems Software $127,230 $75,860 82,630
45 Nurse Practitioners $126,770 $87,290 13,570
46 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $126,770 $68,840 1,630
47 Software Developers, Applications $126,470 $70,800 141,870
48 Art Directors $126,370 $60,900 6,920
49 Emergency Management Directors $125,750 $79,580 940
50 Athletes And Sports Competitors $123,790 $23,540 1,050
51 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $123,690 $83,360 490
52 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $123,630 $67,220 12,840
53 Aerospace Engineers $123,230 $72,350 11,450
54 Economists $122,960 $57,180 1,470
55 Medical And Health Services Managers $122,500 $58,350 34,140
56 Advertising And Promotions Managers $122,050 $55,760 3,400
57 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $121,820 $71,710 29,760
58 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $121,310 $51,950 4,520
59 Veterinarians $120,300 $65,400 6,480
60 First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers $120,250 $59,810 2,380
61 Physical Scientists, All Other $119,710 $51,640 2,120
62 Industrial Production Managers $119,410 $60,030 18,930
63 Producers And Directors $118,830 $45,720 29,100
64 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $118,810 $85,510 21,320
65 Actuaries $117,950 $67,420 1,200
66 Sales Engineers $117,750 $59,800 10,840
67 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $116,970 $49,860 930
68 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $116,480 $49,960 510
69 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $116,140 $49,850 1,550
70 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $115,910 $71,120 520
71 Optometrists $115,260 $67,310 3,810
72 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $113,710 $48,980 2,320
73 Physicists $113,660 $56,170 2,920
74 Radiation Therapists $113,640 $61,350 920
75 Electrical Engineers $113,140 $66,110 24,690
76 Physician Assistants $112,930 $60,830 11,110
77 Podiatrists $112,500 $39,610 830
78 Administrative Services Managers $112,300 $59,130 39,970
79 Mathematicians $112,070 $57,980 660
80 Construction Managers $111,940 $56,440 32,780
81 Materials Engineers $111,110 $66,840 3,100
82 English Language And Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $110,400 $45,530 6,790
83 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $109,980 $83,640 1,590
84 Psychologists, All Other $109,600 $46,470 1,760
85 Financial Analysts $109,580 $56,770 36,080
86 Film And Video Editors $109,070 $36,110 13,900
87 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $108,930 $45,690 1,350
88 Information Security Analysts $108,090 $58,420 8,470
89 Civil Engineers $107,710 $62,640 42,900
90 Engineers, All Other $107,300 $57,960 17,820
91 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $106,940 $72,020 2,780
92 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $106,700 $51,270 310
93 Industrial Engineers $106,650 $65,440 24,040
94 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $105,740 $47,280 4,340
95 Biochemists And Biophysicists $105,460 $53,420 4,480
96 History Teachers, Postsecondary $105,250 $48,210 1,510
97 Financial Examiners $105,180 $56,240 4,420
98 Chemical Engineers $105,130 $56,440 2,310
99 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $104,430 $56,690 17,360
100 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $104,070 $50,890 25,730

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