These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Grand Rapids, MI 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 Grand Rapids 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 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other are the highest paid people in Grand Rapids.

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

  1. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  2. Pediatricians, General
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Dentists, General
  5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Family and General Practitioners
  8. Nurse Anesthetists
  9. Sales Managers
  10. Optometrists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 4 on the list of highest paid professions in Grand Rapids. 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 Grand Rapids and Michigan job scene here:

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Grand Rapids For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 493 job classifications in Grand Rapids 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 Grand Rapids

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $229,110 $109,540 940
2 Pediatricians, General $222,750 $144,150 40
3 Psychiatrists $208,050 $143,550 80
4 Dentists, General $205,960 $107,180 360
5 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $198,460 $67,810 50
6 Chief Executives $179,800 $85,530 1,150
7 Family and General Practitioners $157,270 $43,280 810
8 Nurse Anesthetists $139,220 $70,510 120
9 Sales Managers $122,760 $59,020 1,500
10 Optometrists $117,280 $55,320 120
11 Pharmacists $114,470 $89,200 820
12 General and Operations Managers $114,350 $49,090 7,610
13 Physician Assistants $113,150 $82,930 590
14 Architectural and Engineering Managers $111,490 $75,240 1,170
15 Medical and Health Services Managers $109,150 $59,560 1,430
16 Financial Managers $108,670 $60,230 1,720
17 Lawyers $102,430 $45,430 1,220
18 Computer and Information Systems Managers $99,660 $62,360 760
19 Marketing Managers $96,220 $50,110 670
20 Industrial Production Managers $94,390 $54,190 1,490
21 Administrative Services Managers $91,090 $44,560 750
22 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $91,080 $52,400 110
23 Nurse Practitioners $90,810 $69,530 280
24 Materials Scientists $90,750 $44,450 40
25 Managers, All Other $89,930 $55,870 940
26 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $89,860 $64,030 50
27 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $88,740 $55,700 140
28 Computer Network Architects $88,130 $52,520 130
29 Construction Managers $87,340 $50,480 540
30 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $86,440 $31,620 540
31 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $86,310 $53,330 420
32 Personal Financial Advisors $85,980 $27,100 640
33 Art Directors $85,150 $59,550 90
34 Compensation and Benefits Managers $85,070 $49,620 50
35 Human Resources Managers $85,000 $51,750 440
36 Software Developers, Systems Software $84,870 $52,350 660
37 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $84,830 $46,920 270
38 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $84,420 $59,320 310
39 Financial Examiners $84,250 $36,870 50
40 Physical Therapists $84,080 $62,850 1,190
41 Purchasing Managers $83,700 $44,810 500
42 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $82,600 $52,750 890
43 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $82,560 $35,130 810
44 Management Analysts $82,120 $45,090 940
45 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $81,150 $34,730 210
46 Natural Sciences Managers $81,020 $42,850 70
47 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $80,580 $43,250 250
48 Sales Engineers $80,490 $38,870 310
49 Therapists, All Other $80,320 $42,820 120
50 Environmental Engineers $79,860 $47,150 170
51 Real Estate Brokers $79,040 $26,830 60
52 Industrial Engineers $78,140 $53,100 3,150
53 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $78,140 $60,800 40
54 Electrical Engineers $78,040 $52,750 880
55 Software Developers, Applications $77,710 $47,960 1,740
56 Information Security Analysts $76,800 $46,870 110
57 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $75,310 $35,950 210
58 Computer Programmers $74,200 $45,260 460
59 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $73,760 $41,920 50
60 Database Administrators $73,690 $48,180 300
61 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $73,080 $45,380 180
62 Financial Analysts $72,560 $40,560 460
63 Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents $71,940 $41,540 90
64 Engineers, All Other $71,770 $45,430 400
65 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $71,680 $44,000 920
66 Materials Engineers $71,550 $52,280 110
67 Civil Engineers $71,330 $50,590 770
68 Mechanical Engineers $71,280 $48,400 2,400
69 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $71,270 $36,040 50
70 Occupational Therapists $70,000 $51,560 880
71 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $69,940 $33,890 90
72 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $69,180 $44,990 110
73 Chemists $69,130 $34,980 280
74 Budget Analysts $69,040 $56,000 50
75 Chiropractors $68,870 $41,630 190
76 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School $68,710 $48,680 240
77 Speech-Language Pathologists $68,450 $50,940 460
78 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $68,190 $43,430 1,480
79 Audiologists $67,880 $43,630 70
80 Computer Systems Analysts $67,860 $41,980 890
81 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $67,710 $38,140 1,120
82 Power Plant Operators $67,590 $45,480 160
83 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $67,190 $40,740 70
84 Urban and Regional Planners $67,080 $50,590 30
85 Instructional Coordinators $66,990 $33,210 590
86 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $66,300 $37,080 110
87 Labor Relations Specialists $65,750 $32,170 180
88 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School $65,520 $43,880 190
89 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $65,510 $52,110 90
90 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators $65,410 $54,210 30
91 Accountants and Auditors $65,020 $35,210 3,840
92 History Teachers, Postsecondary $64,850 $36,520 70
93 Special Education Teachers, Middle School $64,670 $44,180 90
94 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $64,660 $35,060 100
95 Fundraisers $64,480 $29,210 330
96 Compliance Officers $64,470 $40,870 380
97 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers $64,270 $31,040 250
98 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education $64,170 $37,670 2,210
99 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other $64,100 $25,490 2,160
100 Advertising and Promotions Managers $63,460 $41,870 70