These Are The Highest (And Lowest) Paying Jobs In Each State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 2 years ago


Have you ever wondered which jobs in America get paid the most?

One of the foundations of capitalism is that some jobs are compensated at a higher level than others. The particular jobs that are being paid more vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the current year’s events, recent technological developments, and economic factors like recessions.

However, much like the Highlander, at any particular time there can be only one (highest paying job, that is). We were curious what those were for every state, so we looked at the BLS statistics on the subject, along with the lowest paying.

North Dakota comes out on top with the highest paying job, Anesthesiologist, which over there in the Peace Garden State has an annual salary of $283,200. On the other end of the spectrum, Tennessee holds the lowest paying job, Fast Food Cook, with an annual salary of $17,470.

Based on the maps we have so far, it looks like square states (and the Midwest states in general) are the places to be for many of these white collar positions.


Top 5 Highest Paying Jobs by State

  1. State: North Dakota
    Position: Anesthesiologists
    Salary: $283,200
  2. State: Colorado
    Position: Orthodontists
    Salary: $281,470
  3. State: Nebraska
    Position: Surgeons
    Salary: $280,830
  4. State: Iowa
    Position: Anesthesiologists
    Salary: $280,020
  5. State: Maine
    Position: OB/GYN
    Salary: $279,390

Top 5 Lowest Paying Jobs by State

  1. State: Wisconsin
    Position: Shampooers
    Salary: $16,960
  2. State: Indiana
    Position: Shampooers
    Salary: $17,240
  3. State: Wyoming
    Position: Ushers
    Salary: $17,410
  4. State: Iowa
    Position: Models
    Salary: $17,460
  5. State: Tennessee
    Position: Cooks, Fast Food
    Salary: $17,470

How did we figure this out?

This one was fairly simple: by looking at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, we were able to compile a list of the jobs in each state that had the highest annual salaries based on information from 2015. That was all it took for the highest paying jobs list.

For the lowest, certain jobs did not have hourly salary ranges, and so were excluded from the ranking; besides that, the list was compiled in the same way as the highest paid list.

There You Have It

Here’s hoping that this information helps you find what you’re looking for in your career. If you need more information about any of these jobs, be sure to check out our website to compare salaries, look at job listings, and get additional information about the career paths of dozens of different jobs, such as anesthesiology, orthodontistry, or surgery.

Detailed Breakdown Of The Highest Paying Job In Each State

State Job Title Salary
Alaska Family and General Practitioners 235,600
Alabama Internists 250,340
Arkansas Internists 265,360
Arizona Surgeons 256,760
California Anesthesiologists 264,040
Colorado Orthodontists 281,470
Connecticut Anesthesiologists 257,710
Delaware OB/GYN 247,540
Florida Surgeons 250,880
Georgia Surgeons 271,420
Hawaii Podiatrists 268,140
Iowa Anesthesiologists 280,020
Idaho Dentists 256,950
Illinois Surgeons 248,420
Indiana Anesthesiologists 261,750
Kansas Surgeons 240,600
Kentucky Surgeons 265,520
Louisiana Anesthesiologists 263,740
Massachusetts Oral Surgeons 268,670
Maryland Anesthesiologists 272,420
Maine OB/GYN 279,390
Michigan Surgeons 245,150
Minnesota Orthodontists 272,660
Missouri Oral Surgeons 277,690
Mississippi Orthodontists 272,010
Montana OB/GYN 246,120
North Carolina Surgeons 269,760
North Dakota Anesthesiologists 283,200
Nebraska Surgeons 280,830
New Hampshire OB/GYN 260,230
New Jersey Surgeons 270,790
New Mexico Internists 233,710
Nevada Surgeons 278,550
New York Anesthesiologists 257,040
Ohio Anesthesiologists 258,960
Oklahoma Orthodontists 251,350
Oregon Dentists 238,260
Pennsylvania Anesthesiologists 258,610
Rhode Island Chief Executives 215,280
South Carolina Surgeons 259,920
South Dakota Anesthesiologists 279,300
Tennessee Surgeons 239,620
Texas Orthodontists 265,460
Utah OB/GYN 244,500
Virginia Surgeons 247,800
Vermont Surgeons 232,110
Washington Anesthesiologists 256,100
Wisconsin Surgeons 245,940
West Virginia Anesthesiologists 262,830
Wyoming Physicians and Surgeons 241,800