The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Denver, CO For 2022

By Chris Kolmar
Apr. 11, 2022

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2022. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Denver

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 Denver 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 Orthopedic Surgeons, Except Pediatric are the highest paid people in Denver.

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

  1. Orthopedic Surgeons, Except Pediatric
  2. Surgeons, All Other
  3. Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Physicians, All Other
  8. Physicians, Pathologists
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Family Medicine Physicians

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 44 on the list of highest paid professions in Denver. 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 Denver and Colorado job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Denver For 2022

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 632 job classifications in Denver 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, 2022.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Denver

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Orthopedic Surgeons, Except Pediatric $317,850 $51,240 180
2 Surgeons, All Other $280,950 $96,500 200
3 Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $273,050 $128,390 70
4 Psychiatrists $264,630 $83,720 160
5 General Internal Medicine Physicians $258,440 $107,350 450
6 Chief Executives $249,780 $105,460 280
7 Physicians, All Other $245,460 $132,060 850
8 Physicians, Pathologists $237,210 $99,920 70
9 Pediatricians, General $232,440 $163,910 250
10 Family Medicine Physicians $226,330 $78,000 1,300
11 Athletes and Sports Competitors $186,990 $25,630 210
12 Financial Managers $180,660 $103,030 5,980
13 Architectural and Engineering Managers $178,130 $127,000 2,160
14 Sales Managers $177,430 $97,440 4,330
15 Computer and Information Systems Managers $174,970 $120,740 6,920
16 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $172,540 $80,580 5,650
17 Purchasing Managers $168,140 $103,030 660
18 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $167,420 $150,690 300
19 Advertising and Promotions Managers $166,620 $99,880 140
20 Podiatrists $164,170 $58,640 90
21 Marketing Managers $162,980 $99,520 2,970
22 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $162,510 $62,920 3,890
23 Human Resources Managers $161,620 $98,720 1,570
24 Managers, All Other $158,360 $99,610 6,160
25 Public Relations Managers $154,280 $98,720 530
26 Industrial Production Managers $149,140 $92,090 720
27 Natural Sciences Managers $148,390 $80,200 700
28 Training and Development Managers $148,360 $95,140 370
29 Compensation and Benefits Managers $147,740 $99,430 150
30 Petroleum Engineers $146,250 $78,580 920
31 Lawyers $143,890 $60,180 11,330
32 Aerospace Engineers $140,660 $80,600 1,180
33 Administrative Services Managers $139,240 $77,370 1,030
34 General and Operations Managers $139,000 $60,220 24,440
35 Medical and Health Services Managers $133,560 $60,630 3,600
36 Database Architects $133,460 $81,840 1,340
37 Sales Engineers $133,400 $77,750 760
38 Biochemists and Biophysicists $133,390 $59,590 400
39 Optometrists $133,340 $68,050 380
40 Commercial Pilots $130,160 $77,870 710
41 Computer Hardware Engineers $129,640 $79,720 1,770
42 Fundraising Managers $128,620 $77,360 250
43 Computer Network Architects $128,400 $79,510 5,750
44 Dentists, General $125,590 $29,710 1,280
45 Pharmacists $124,980 $47,950 2,980
46 Physical Scientists, All Other $124,870 $58,570 410
47 Nurse Midwives $123,480 $99,330 160
48 Physician Assistants $121,110 $78,500 1,470
49 Software Developers $120,750 $78,680 25,670
50 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $120,540 $99,330 960
51 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $119,890 $77,750 4,230
52 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $119,720 $61,720 230
53 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $119,160 $81,110 180
54 Emergency Management Directors $119,130 $64,620 60
55 Engineers, All Other $117,100 $62,770 1,510
56 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $116,930 $80,140 150
57 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $116,030 $60,400 800
58 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $115,860 $59,370 810
59 Nurse Practitioners $115,560 $78,610 2,010
60 Facilities Managers $112,760 $60,330 690
61 Computer Systems Analysts $112,060 $75,230 7,770
62 Actuaries $112,030 $64,930 330
63 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $111,570 $57,530 3,760
64 Computer Occupations, All Other $111,320 $61,480 4,000
65 Construction Managers $111,310 $60,630 5,790
66 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $110,320 $50,990 540
67 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $109,910 $47,570 1,500
68 Education Administrators, All Other $108,740 $52,670 180
69 Information Security Analysts $108,140 $51,870 3,390
70 Computer and Information Research Scientists $108,060 $80,270 110
71 Hydrologists $107,950 $76,620 250
72 Data Scientists $107,550 $61,600 2,350
73 Mechanical Engineers $107,450 $61,660 3,360
74 Financial Examiners $107,090 $63,190 1,220
75 Financial Risk Specialists $106,960 $62,380 840
76 Economists $106,780 $65,110 160
77 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers $106,420 $46,680 1,350
78 School Psychologists $105,450 $77,290 650
79 Industrial Engineers $103,910 $62,600 2,040
80 Environmental Engineers $103,350 $61,480 1,270
81 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $103,180 $74,900 2,350
82 Electrical Engineers $102,930 $62,650 2,220
83 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $102,550 $49,990 4,600
84 Financial and Investment Analysts $102,420 $61,020 4,020
85 Veterinarians $102,390 $63,580 1,190
86 Civil Engineers $101,980 $61,470 6,880
87 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $101,900 $82,800 660
88 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $101,330 $62,090 1,120
89 Audiologists $101,280 $77,290 270
90 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers $100,670 $75,480 390
91 Database Administrators $100,240 $54,660 1,140
92 Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $99,910 $60,970 2,930
93 Chemical Engineers $99,790 $61,480 380
94 Materials Engineers $99,780 $48,030 280
95 Management Analysts $99,640 $60,850 7,980
96 Operations Research Analysts $99,630 $58,070 600
97 Project Management Specialists $99,080 $58,800 15,940
98 Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling $97,670 $51,920 150
99 Radiation Therapists $97,560 $77,450 150
100 Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers $97,360 $60,900 450

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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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