The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Colorado For 2020

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

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 Colorado. 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 Colorado.

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

  1. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  2. Anesthesiologists
  3. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Chief Executives
  8. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  9. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  10. Architectural and Engineering Managers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 14 on the list of highest paid professions in the Centennial 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 Colorado For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 674 job classifications in Colorado 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, 2020.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Colorado

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $274,680 $184,370 650
2 Anesthesiologists $268,160 $132,360 610
3 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $250,480 $99,270 790
4 Psychiatrists $243,030 $94,670 380
5 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $220,710 $98,750 3,480
6 Family Medicine Physicians $202,740 $60,570 2,510
7 Chief Executives $199,500 $88,580 570
8 General Internal Medicine Physicians $195,190 $102,460 550
9 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $186,620 $55,470 3,660
10 Architectural And Engineering Managers $178,360 $117,300 3,400
11 Nurse Anesthetists $175,100 $134,000 430
12 Computer And Information Systems Managers $172,810 $101,950 7,920
13 Marketing Managers $171,970 $92,760 3,800
14 Dentists, General $169,070 $77,020 2,280
15 Sales Managers $167,260 $75,510 5,150
16 Financial Managers $164,370 $84,380 7,480
17 Pediatricians, General $162,010 $100,040 340
18 Athletes And Sports Competitors $161,690 $21,690 270
19 Compensation And Benefits Managers $156,700 $100,220 160
20 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $156,460 $139,220 580
21 Petroleum Engineers $154,210 $76,540 1,340
22 Purchasing Managers $151,000 $97,460 910
23 Lawyers $150,630 $65,390 14,320
24 Natural Sciences Managers $147,480 $87,790 1,160
25 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $147,460 $55,570 5,830
26 Human Resources Managers $145,890 $83,890 1,910
27 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $142,970 $78,040 1,180
28 Advertising And Promotions Managers $142,910 $56,790 430
29 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $141,820 $76,710 8,820
30 Industrial Production Managers $136,860 $71,670 1,200
31 General And Operations Managers $134,480 $49,790 38,220
32 Training And Development Managers $133,250 $69,740 500
33 Physicists $131,480 $72,850 910
34 Sales Engineers $128,210 $70,860 2,180
35 Podiatrists $126,840 $52,010 90
36 Air Traffic Controllers $126,240 $66,620 750
37 Computer And Information Research Scientists $126,220 $77,670 400
38 Aerospace Engineers $125,070 $72,290 2,230
39 Optometrists $123,520 $56,830 880
40 Mathematicians $122,630 $59,360 60
41 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $121,040 $66,020 2,670
42 Computer Network Architects $121,040 $72,860 6,790
43 Pharmacists $120,660 $47,610 5,150
44 Medical And Health Services Managers $120,040 $63,610 5,790
45 Actuaries $119,580 $67,960 220
46 Computer Hardware Engineers $119,440 $68,730 4,700
47 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $118,510 $67,620 1,560
48 Engineers, All Other $115,790 $71,560 2,320
49 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $114,780 $53,370 1,910
50 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $114,520 $70,050 6,170
51 Personal Financial Advisors $113,570 $44,840 4,890
52 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $111,710 $58,490 1,870
53 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $111,540 $67,020 44,510
54 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $110,350 $69,660 210
55 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $110,050 $47,480 6,170
56 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $108,720 $66,940 320
57 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $107,830 $70,620 310
58 Physician Assistants $107,300 $70,690 3,030
59 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $106,800 $66,110 1,380
60 Nurse Practitioners $106,760 $72,890 2,870
61 Materials Scientists $106,640 $74,690 100
62 Computer Occupations, All Other $106,070 $58,490 14,010
63 Chemical Engineers $104,800 $50,200 760
64 Information Security Analysts $104,510 $58,700 3,980
65 Education Administrators, All Other $103,900 $63,740 590
66 Economists $103,650 $60,540 230
67 Industrial Engineers $103,460 $65,320 3,710
68 Mechanical Engineers $103,180 $57,920 5,580
69 Materials Engineers $102,890 $56,260 540
70 Nurse Midwives $102,520 $69,110 170
71 Construction Managers $101,490 $58,400 10,300
72 Electrical Engineers $101,440 $58,010 3,470
73 Computer Systems Analysts $99,860 $62,200 9,320
74 Environmental Engineers $99,290 $59,940 1,110
75 Psychologists, All Other $97,790 $61,870 320
76 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $97,730 $44,040 6,270
77 Management Analysts $97,570 $51,670 11,400
78 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $97,260 $42,590 1,590
79 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $96,910 $42,930 300
80 Commercial Pilots $96,410 $56,910 1,000
81 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $96,010 $50,100 7,940
82 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $95,960 $54,350 680
83 Art Directors $95,760 $48,230 730
84 Hydrologists $95,660 $62,180 460
85 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $95,280 $64,210 800
86 Civil Engineers $94,870 $55,520 10,090
87 Lodging Managers $94,580 $49,250 1,030
88 Radiation Therapists $94,280 $66,180 220
89 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $94,150 $66,610 4,890
90 Database Administrators And Architects $93,840 $49,870 3,190
91 Computer Programmers $93,690 $54,210 2,550
92 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $92,840 $51,830 2,630
93 Operations Research Analysts $92,640 $57,400 780
94 Aerospace Engineering And Operations Technologists And Technicians $92,600 $53,620 280
95 Speech-Language Pathologists $92,580 $62,970 3,980
96 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $92,180 $49,140 120
97 Veterinarians $91,760 $53,580 2,260
98 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $91,510 $59,090 1,200
99 Occupational Therapists $90,990 $66,450 3,340
100 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $90,980 $66,280 160

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