The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Denver, CO For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 7, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2021. 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 Obstetricians And Gynecologists are the highest paid people in Denver.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 7 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.

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Denver For 2021

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 574 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, 2021.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Denver

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $280,660 $185,950 360
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $255,810 $148,730 310
3 Psychiatrists $248,610 $118,860 140
4 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $248,470 $107,500 1,850
5 Chief Executives $239,040 $123,190 310
6 General Internal Medicine Physicians $224,360 $99,360 410
7 Dentists, General $206,340 $111,960 1,050
8 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $204,900 $62,620 3,410
9 Family Medicine Physicians $204,010 $69,930 1,430
10 Pediatricians, General $199,710 $126,750 220
11 Nurse Anesthetists $182,330 $143,790 170
12 Athletes and Sports Competitors $182,290 $24,980 230
13 Architectural and Engineering Managers $180,260 $124,630 2,290
14 Computer and Information Systems Managers $178,110 $115,180 5,770
15 Financial Managers $178,070 $98,990 5,170
16 Sales Managers $177,550 $84,240 3,750
17 Marketing Managers $172,960 $103,940 2,980
18 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $164,130 $62,610 5,000
19 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $163,930 $133,340 290
20 Advertising and Promotions Managers $160,440 $108,880 270
21 Petroleum Engineers $160,100 $93,910 870
22 Human Resources Managers $156,840 $92,960 1,430
23 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $156,610 $89,040 5,560
24 Compensation and Benefits Managers $155,610 $103,720 140
25 General and Operations Managers $155,430 $57,110 21,020
26 Purchasing Managers $152,880 $97,830 660
27 Lawyers $152,060 $66,600 11,020
28 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $152,030 $86,230 740
29 Natural Sciences Managers $151,930 $85,930 640
30 Industrial Production Managers $149,550 $86,670 600
31 Sales Engineers $140,770 $81,480 1,690
32 Optometrists $140,000 $84,050 460
33 Air Traffic Controllers $138,730 $65,340 250
34 Physicists $133,470 $54,910 90
35 Medical and Health Services Managers $129,970 $68,670 3,070
36 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $129,530 $64,370 880
37 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $128,730 $70,450 1,660
38 Computer Network Architects $127,510 $79,680 4,530
39 Physical Scientists, All Other $127,130 $50,570 350
40 Actuaries $126,110 $71,380 200
41 Aerospace Engineers $126,060 $73,650 990
42 Training and Development Managers $124,060 $64,280 350
43 Commercial Pilots $121,230 $60,670 400
44 Education Administrators, All Other $120,110 $57,100 120
45 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $120,010 $94,820 770
46 Personal Financial Advisors $119,890 $44,040 3,900
47 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $118,490 $70,670 170
48 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $118,290 $74,310 4,490
49 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $116,910 $51,280 1,180
50 Computer Occupations, All Other $116,720 $64,170 7,430
51 Pharmacists $116,030 $37,160 3,260
52 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $115,190 $63,470 960
53 Nurse Midwives $114,980 $85,630 80
54 Computer and Information Research Scientists $112,950 $77,480 190
55 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $112,860 $69,420 31,120
56 Nurse Practitioners $112,590 $76,090 1,470
57 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $112,260 $48,740 4,950
58 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $111,530 $63,860 180
59 Engineers, All Other $111,080 $59,320 1,470
60 Computer Hardware Engineers $110,960 $62,230 1,790
61 Physician Assistants $110,170 $76,550 1,790
62 Mechanical Engineers $109,820 $63,740 3,240
63 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $108,810 $49,200 4,490
64 Construction Managers $108,230 $64,930 7,100
65 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $108,110 $72,140 150
66 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $107,100 $54,980 120
67 Management Analysts $106,980 $58,770 8,680
68 Computer Systems Analysts $106,750 $64,990 8,100
69 Information Security Analysts $105,930 $60,630 2,580
70 Emergency Management Directors $105,460 $69,220 60
71 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $104,260 $44,220 910
72 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $104,180 $79,450 610
73 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers $104,140 $47,230 930
74 Hydrologists $103,950 $72,490 200
75 Mathematicians $102,640 $53,030 40
76 Veterinarians $101,780 $69,170 1,130
77 Database Administrators and Architects $101,410 $50,990 2,360
78 Materials Engineers $100,860 $53,230 250
79 Environmental Engineers $100,520 $59,730 600
80 Industrial Engineers $99,930 $65,960 2,050
81 Economists $99,660 $59,720 120
82 Civil Engineers $99,640 $60,840 7,850
83 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $99,610 $54,870 1,520
84 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $99,550 $63,770 1,160
85 Electrical Engineers $99,500 $58,170 2,150
86 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $99,220 $49,950 450
87 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $98,980 $71,380 2,460
88 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $97,370 $55,580 870
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $95,770 $60,250 8,090
90 Radiation Therapists $95,600 $69,660 160
91 Chemical Engineers $95,290 $47,410 410
92 Credit Analysts $94,840 $54,330 1,240
93 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $93,950 $76,990 170
94 Insurance Underwriters $93,660 $56,360 1,370
95 Labor Relations Specialists $93,150 $58,380 310
96 Speech-Language Pathologists $93,050 $63,590 2,300
97 Occupational Therapists $93,010 $69,180 2,050
98 Operations Research Analysts $92,760 $53,460 530
99 Geographers $92,330 $70,190 60
100 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $92,220 $51,940 5,940

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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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