These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Des Moines, IA For 2018

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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 the Des Moines 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 Family And General Practitioners are the highest paid people in Des Moines.

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

  1. Family and General Practitioners
  2. Surgeons
  3. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  4. Chief Executives
  5. Dentists, General
  6. Optometrists
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Sales Managers
  9. Financial Managers
  10. Computer and Information Systems Managers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 5 on the list of highest paid professions in Des Moines. 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 Des Moines and Iowa job scene here:

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Des Moines For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 449 job classifications in Des Moines 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Des Moines

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Family and General Practitioners $235,260 $135,690 450
2 Surgeons $232,020 $62,280 140
3 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $204,740 $69,780 500
4 Chief Executives $202,740 $71,830 620
5 Dentists, General $177,480 $96,740 230
6 Optometrists $154,480 $95,120 120
7 Nurse Anesthetists $152,690 $42,830 70
8 Sales Managers $125,990 $59,170 1,090
9 Financial Managers $124,660 $64,360 2,950
10 Computer and Information Systems Managers $123,640 $83,070 890
11 Lawyers $121,970 $30,940 1,470
12 Marketing Managers $120,300 $61,240 580
13 Sales Engineers $117,180 $64,910 110
14 Architectural and Engineering Managers $117,160 $77,260 240
15 Compensation and Benefits Managers $117,010 $69,210 70
16 Natural Sciences Managers $116,460 $93,040 70
17 Computer Hardware Engineers $116,080 $66,670 130
18 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $110,650 $86,770 70
19 General and Operations Managers $109,400 $37,020 6,790
20 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $102,520 $44,760 300
21 Human Resources Managers $101,580 $60,370 410
22 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $99,880 $66,920 590
23 Advertising and Promotions Managers $98,390 $48,130 90
24 Actuaries $96,870 $56,620 240
25 Training and Development Managers $96,410 $59,220 90
26 Nurse Practitioners $95,950 $80,520 270
27 Industrial Production Managers $95,730 $56,610 340
28 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $93,410 $53,260 330
29 Veterinarians $93,380 $66,370 290
30 Managers, All Other $92,970 $47,740 920
31 Pharmacists $92,150 $28,730 890
32 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $91,790 $38,360 230
33 Software Developers, Systems Software $91,520 $55,840 870
34 Chiropractors $90,890 $61,190 60
35 Computer Network Architects $89,630 $55,990 400
36 Agricultural Engineers $87,610 $61,710 120
37 Database Administrators $87,330 $49,950 390
38 Software Developers, Applications $87,270 $53,390 2,720
39 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $86,600 $36,210 320
40 Physician Assistants $86,300 $41,960 310
41 Purchasing Managers $86,300 $59,150 120
42 Administrative Services Managers $85,240 $44,350 650
43 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $84,650 $32,450 940
44 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $83,570 $51,830 150
45 Art Directors $83,320 $48,490 70
46 Construction Managers $83,270 $33,350 970
47 Management Analysts $83,200 $49,450 1,820
48 Computer Systems Analysts $83,190 $54,040 2,610
49 Medical and Health Services Managers $83,100 $52,580 1,130
50 Commercial Pilots $81,450 $36,910 80
51 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $81,350 $54,980 150
52 Physical Therapists $80,620 $58,290 470
53 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $80,430 $47,990 180
54 Civil Engineers $79,890 $47,540 660
55 Mechanical Engineers $78,260 $48,470 250
56 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $78,160 $47,080 380
57 Soil and Plant Scientists $78,090 $50,680 640
58 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $77,290 $64,840 50
59 Occupational Therapists $76,430 $55,150 260
60 Engineers, All Other $76,260 $40,650 230
61 Industrial Engineers $76,260 $55,080 260
62 Environmental Engineers $76,210 $54,050 100
63 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $76,040 $60,970 30
64 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $75,560 $54,270 70
65 Education Administrators, All Other $74,960 $32,010 60
66 Instructional Coordinators $74,830 $56,780 420
67 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $74,620 $40,850 1,090
68 Electrical Engineers $74,440 $45,640 130
69 Computer Programmers $74,120 $51,750 520
70 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists $73,770 $49,900 280
71 Information Security Analysts $73,340 $46,380 150
72 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $73,290 $52,040 30
73 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $73,130 $39,960 80
74 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $73,060 $35,290 30
75 Budget Analysts $73,040 $54,830 140
76 Personal Financial Advisors $72,890 $34,470 880
77 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products $72,130 $34,280 4,680
78 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $71,600 $35,800 510
79 Urban and Regional Planners $71,240 $50,050 60
80 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other $70,770 $25,880 300
81 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $70,390 $54,320 40
82 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $70,340 $27,810 950
83 Business Operations Specialists, All Other $70,130 $37,950 3,320
84 Food Scientists and Technologists $69,960 $45,420 30
85 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $69,920 $44,970 300
86 Financial Specialists, All Other $69,870 $40,100 420
87 Dental Hygienists $69,750 $55,300 510
88 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $68,840 $52,370 90
89 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $68,610 $34,280 60
90 Operations Research Analysts $68,540 $44,370 300
91 Buyers and Purchasing Agents, Farm Products $68,470 $38,340 40
92 Speech-Language Pathologists $68,360 $47,120 330
93 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $68,260 $47,570 70
94 Statisticians $68,170 $47,230 80
95 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $67,940 $37,600 1,660
96 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $67,720 $50,040 170
97 Accountants and Auditors $67,090 $42,040 3,140
98 Computer Occupations, All Other $67,040 $36,690 470
99 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians $65,630 $43,460 210
100 Compliance Officers $65,610 $42,970 710