The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Detroit, MI For 2020

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

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 Detroit 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 Chief Executives are the highest paid people in Detroit.

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

  1. Chief Executives
  2. Dentists, General
  3. Anesthesiologists
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  9. Funeral Home Managers
  10. Physicists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 2 on the list of highest paid professions in Detroit. 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 Detroit and Michigan job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Detroit For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 582 job classifications in Detroit 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, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Detroit

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Chief Executives $244,220 $117,940 1,220
2 Dentists, General $234,490 $94,220 1,690
3 Anesthesiologists $234,430 $37,340 300
4 Psychiatrists $223,690 $144,260 350
5 General Internal Medicine Physicians $202,900 $48,270 1,030
6 Family Medicine Physicians $191,830 $102,120 1,620
7 Nurse Anesthetists $182,440 $170,890 1,140
8 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $180,620 $47,120 410
9 Funeral Home Managers $167,840 $61,170 40
10 Physicists $155,280 $76,280 130
11 Podiatrists $147,350 $52,620 280
12 Sales Managers $146,300 $75,020 5,480
13 Financial Managers $142,190 $78,720 7,650
14 Architectural and Engineering Managers $141,850 $98,560 7,060
15 Marketing Managers $139,430 $77,980 2,840
16 Advertising and Promotions Managers $138,440 $62,980 390
17 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $137,710 $51,020 8,810
18 Computer and Information Systems Managers $137,420 $84,820 5,770
19 Compensation and Benefits Managers $134,140 $85,700 180
20 General and Operations Managers $132,310 $47,640 29,910
21 Purchasing Managers $131,650 $82,350 1,050
22 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $129,200 $74,820 620
23 Optometrists $128,950 $73,540 700
24 Natural Sciences Managers $124,990 $84,270 410
25 Human Resources Managers $124,020 $69,050 2,020
26 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $123,400 $88,910 140
27 Lawyers $121,650 $57,370 9,430
28 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $120,340 $53,780 1,160
29 Pharmacists $118,790 $61,710 4,110
30 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $115,380 $59,940 1,580
31 Chemical Engineers $112,230 $52,810 270
32 Medical and Health Services Managers $112,020 $53,600 5,710
33 Physician Assistants $111,970 $86,020 1,740
34 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $111,760 $64,840 3,750
35 Nurse Practitioners $111,580 $85,780 2,020
36 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $111,360 $72,710 3,130
37 Construction Managers $110,350 $65,370 2,310
38 Computer Network Architects $109,680 $57,890 2,400
39 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $109,640 $48,050 360
40 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $105,720 $56,210 110
41 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $105,410 $55,670 3,560
42 Personal Financial Advisors $104,550 $38,750 2,930
43 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $104,300 $58,400 1,690
44 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $104,210 $49,440 80
45 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $102,860 $45,220 140
46 Training and Development Managers $102,540 $60,270 260
47 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $102,150 $77,470 130
48 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $101,640 $69,680 430
49 Veterinarians $100,830 $66,500 970
50 Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $100,390 $38,660 170
51 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $100,340 $66,050 2,610
52 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $99,960 $34,720 860
53 Management Analysts $99,520 $54,070 7,600
54 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,890 $42,010 280
55 Art Directors $97,690 $46,660 830
56 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $97,640 $58,070 3,590
57 Mechanical Engineers $97,260 $65,050 30,840
58 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $97,260 $52,160 90
59 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $96,660 $56,600 460
60 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $96,420 $65,600 50
61 Computer and Information Research Scientists $96,130 $66,980 100
62 Environmental Engineers $95,930 $57,140 620
63 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $95,840 $40,620 660
64 Electrical Engineers $95,730 $65,190 5,280
65 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $95,570 $45,520 960
66 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $95,170 $58,420 27,890
67 Biological Scientists, All Other $94,620 $69,230 100
68 Engineers, All Other $94,600 $52,280 9,530
69 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $94,470 $60,390 1,140
70 Industrial Engineers $94,420 $64,870 19,680
71 Sales Engineers $92,760 $55,150 990
72 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $92,270 $55,350 120
73 Physical Therapists $92,190 $64,510 4,020
74 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $92,130 $68,330 1,000
75 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $92,120 $68,560 700
76 Transportation Inspectors $91,650 $35,590 280
77 Information Security Analysts $91,520 $57,200 1,280
78 Psychologists, All Other $91,390 $28,640 40
79 Acupuncturists and Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $91,230 $27,900 260
80 Database Administrators and Architects $91,190 $54,080 1,640
81 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,990 $39,550 510
82 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $90,970 $45,270 160
83 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $90,160 $53,220 30
84 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $89,730 $39,440 110
85 Computer Systems Analysts $89,310 $54,300 10,220
86 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,270 $40,050 360
87 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $87,600 $40,570 680
88 Power Plant Operators $87,580 $67,320 810
89 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $87,210 $45,940 4,410
90 Logisticians $87,060 $50,620 4,930
91 Emergency Management Directors $87,020 $54,920 40
92 Education Administrators, All Other $86,370 $51,040 370
93 Operations Research Analysts $86,090 $51,440 1,370
94 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $85,920 $47,430 6,010
95 Statisticians $85,670 $38,050 260
96 Materials Engineers $85,660 $56,360 800
97 Postsecondary Teachers, All Other $85,460 $31,890 940
98 Commercial Pilots $85,390 $44,700 520
99 Aerospace Engineers $85,350 $39,460 100
100 Hydrologists $85,230 $57,090 30
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