These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Durham, NC For 2018

Chris Kolmar
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 Durham 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 Durham.

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

  1. Chief Executives
  2. Surgeons
  3. Business Teachers, Postsecondary
  4. Law Teachers, Postsecondary
  5. Dentists, General
  6. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary
  7. Marketing Managers
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  9. Compensation and Benefits Managers
  10. Postsecondary Teachers, All Other

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 5 on the list of highest paid professions in Durham. 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 Durham and North Carolina job scene here:

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Durham For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 440 job classifications in Durham 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 Durham

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Chief Executives $249,000 $136,910 350
2 Surgeons $224,690 $163,060 50
3 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $186,050 $59,960 320
4 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $184,420 $72,790 210
5 Dentists, General $177,520 $71,200 120
6 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $161,040 $65,930 170
7 Marketing Managers $157,420 $73,060 700
8 Architectural and Engineering Managers $157,390 $104,210 510
9 Compensation and Benefits Managers $157,020 $84,850 50
10 Postsecondary Teachers, All Other $153,320 $63,080 650
11 Nurse Anesthetists $146,220 $114,460 290
12 Industrial Production Managers $144,320 $81,660 430
13 Family and General Practitioners $142,140 $68,400 70
14 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $138,950 $78,550 140
15 Computer and Information Systems Managers $138,780 $83,300 1,460
16 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $137,380 $60,920 210
17 Human Resources Managers $137,310 $76,220 320
18 General and Operations Managers $136,350 $64,180 3,720
19 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $135,450 $55,160 600
20 Managers, All Other $134,370 $79,930 1,280
21 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $132,830 $50,430 90
22 Training and Development Managers $132,520 $91,460 80
23 Financial Managers $131,330 $73,830 1,000
24 Sales Managers $128,800 $48,890 560
25 Purchasing Managers $123,900 $72,480 200
26 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $120,790 $51,240 310
27 Pharmacists $120,710 $102,870 920
28 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $120,650 $23,980 5,950
29 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $120,230 $52,360 640
30 Computer and Information Research Scientists $119,930 $77,590 40
31 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $119,870 $46,420 140
32 Nurse Practitioners $119,240 $77,660 800
33 Veterinarians $117,110 $67,510 200
34 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $115,560 $54,820 190
35 Medical and Health Services Managers $115,080 $69,580 1,150
36 Software Developers, Systems Software $114,160 $79,280 2,410
37 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $114,110 $50,890 2,230
38 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $112,550 $62,620 110
39 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $112,380 $44,950 460
40 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $110,230 $44,050 170
41 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $109,850 $57,380 60
42 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $108,700 $56,860 110
43 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $108,540 $49,940 1,260
44 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $108,220 $47,790 80
45 Software Developers, Applications $107,800 $61,250 3,590
46 Administrative Services Managers $106,960 $61,660 720
47 Engineers, All Other $106,580 $58,050 410
48 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $106,530 $50,820 90
49 Physical Scientists, All Other $105,430 $63,500 300
50 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $103,300 $46,220 520
51 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $102,750 $72,980 390
52 Statisticians $102,520 $60,080 560
53 Lawyers $101,860 $42,950 930
54 History Teachers, Postsecondary $101,810 $47,510 140
55 Materials Engineers $101,490 $50,400 30
56 Computer Occupations, All Other $100,590 $62,090 700
57 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $99,440 $52,280 2,030
58 Electrical Engineers $99,260 $63,670 700
59 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $99,080 $46,320 190
60 Industrial Engineers $98,970 $63,890 710
61 Biochemists and Biophysicists $97,740 $52,270 350
62 Computer Network Architects $97,000 $55,140 770
63 Management Analysts $95,400 $48,230 1,930
64 Chemical Engineers $93,910 $64,830 60
65 Physician Assistants $93,830 $72,620 410
66 Construction Managers $93,760 $60,020 340
67 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other $93,370 $51,190 310
68 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $91,930 $55,650 1,390
69 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $90,340 $55,670 140
70 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $90,180 $39,130 300
71 Insurance Underwriters $90,050 $51,340 60
72 Computer Systems Analysts $87,910 $53,020 2,090
73 Technical Writers $87,830 $54,360 310
74 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $87,620 $44,560 290
75 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $87,060 $47,320 300
76 Computer Hardware Engineers $87,030 $51,100 720
77 Information Security Analysts $86,770 $58,720 200
78 Sociologists $86,260 $43,950 90
79 Soil and Plant Scientists $84,870 $46,770 230
80 Computer Programmers $84,640 $55,290 1,320
81 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $84,300 $18,380 430
82 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $84,280 $53,100 140
83 Microbiologists $84,210 $55,830 90
84 Life Scientists, All Other $83,660 $52,840 540
85 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $83,120 $42,900 180
86 Real Estate Sales Agents $82,940 $28,170 170
87 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $82,500 $43,540 150
88 Chemists $82,180 $36,240 1,020
89 Mechanical Engineers $82,160 $56,120 490
90 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $81,100 $64,270 180
91 Logisticians $80,390 $39,980 270
92 Biological Scientists, All Other $79,850 $46,310 480
93 Financial Analysts $79,780 $50,070 1,000
94 Optometrists $79,600 $65,120 70
95 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $79,600 $50,990 200
96 Loan Officers $79,490 $33,780 400
97 Database Administrators $79,250 $49,250 360
98 Education Administrators, All Other $78,870 $32,380 40
99 Civil Engineers $78,780 $53,270 330
100 Compliance Officers $78,290 $44,190 850