The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Houston, TX 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 Houston

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 Houston 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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Houston.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  6. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  7. Petroleum Engineers
  8. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  9. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 14 on the list of highest paid professions in Houston. 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 Houston and Texas job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Houston For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 590 job classifications in Houston 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 Houston

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $249,420 $62,610 1,270
2 Chief Executives $248,900 $137,270 1,480
3 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $226,090 $57,280 1,150
4 Family Medicine Physicians $218,660 $62,380 1,980
5 Architectural and Engineering Managers $186,970 $101,160 5,340
6 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $185,560 $51,660 6,410
7 Petroleum Engineers $183,190 $105,710 10,210
8 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $180,310 $67,860 6,160
9 General Internal Medicine Physicians $177,020 $87,240 920
10 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $175,870 $55,670 290
11 Nurse Anesthetists $172,370 $137,330 1,430
12 Marketing Managers $170,570 $70,860 4,220
13 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $170,220 $87,490 4,370
14 Dentists, General $166,700 $46,920 2,420
15 Podiatrists $163,480 $74,030 120
16 Chemical Engineers $162,330 $94,310 4,230
17 Veterinarians $159,140 $71,840 1,130
18 Computer and Information Systems Managers $158,500 $97,950 6,110
19 Purchasing Managers $156,180 $80,910 1,860
20 Lawyers $155,520 $70,860 13,110
21 Pediatricians, General $151,400 $56,910 620
22 Financial Managers $149,970 $59,600 12,700
23 Sales Managers $147,170 $69,050 7,850
24 Psychiatrists $145,280 $55,430 300
25 Training and Development Managers $137,840 $72,920 620
26 Natural Sciences Managers $135,860 $84,200 960
27 Human Resources Managers $135,550 $76,770 2,720
28 Computer and Information Research Scientists $133,220 $85,000 130
29 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $132,420 $76,180 1,250
30 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $132,190 $69,920 5,930
31 Engineers, All Other $131,870 $68,780 3,480
32 Industrial Engineers $131,850 $67,660 5,400
33 Industrial Production Managers $129,700 $75,160 3,990
34 Aerospace Engineers $128,480 $82,300 1,770
35 General and Operations Managers $127,510 $46,250 55,680
36 Physician Assistants $127,330 $54,260 1,860
37 Pharmacists $127,070 $106,250 5,420
38 Nurse Practitioners $124,960 $88,420 3,190
39 Environmental Engineers $123,340 $64,040 1,440
40 Compensation and Benefits Managers $122,690 $76,710 400
41 Advertising and Promotions Managers $122,690 $61,590 230
42 Computer Systems Analysts $119,540 $61,900 15,300
43 Physicists $118,440 $59,630 130
44 Optometrists $118,000 $82,070 650
45 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $117,540 $55,870 190
46 Computer Network Architects $116,380 $71,820 2,850
47 Materials Engineers $115,970 $72,130 1,100
48 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $115,580 $63,470 3,650
49 Sales Engineers $114,660 $64,530 2,130
50 Medical and Health Services Managers $114,140 $55,010 8,340
51 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $113,270 $71,470 2,110
52 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $112,370 $59,250 2,000
53 Electrical Engineers $111,450 $70,960 4,290
54 Management Analysts $110,530 $58,940 9,480
55 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $110,230 $55,210 1,060
56 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $108,030 $52,950 7,330
57 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $107,950 $18,830 600
58 Civil Engineers $107,890 $56,990 10,740
59 Mechanical Engineers $107,800 $62,900 8,760
60 Computer Hardware Engineers $106,950 $52,470 600
61 Information Security Analysts $106,840 $57,550 2,200
62 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $106,670 $64,300 20,910
63 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $106,610 $54,460 440
64 Emergency Management Directors $106,570 $55,840 170
65 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $106,450 $50,230 1,540
66 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $106,280 $68,750 290
67 Materials Scientists $106,270 $45,060 190
68 Nurse Midwives $105,640 $74,910 90
69 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $104,860 $54,870 2,570
70 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $104,050 $43,910 350
71 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $103,860 $68,790 600
72 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $103,730 $48,970 170
73 Personal Financial Advisors $102,450 $40,800 3,430
74 Hydrologists $101,430 $61,370 70
75 Chiropractors $100,780 $53,790 490
76 Actuaries $100,730 $55,150 180
77 Database Administrators and Architects $100,710 $53,910 2,660
78 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $100,260 $17,170 530
79 Computer Programmers $100,070 $65,620 3,850
80 Lighting Technicians and Media and Communication Equipment Workers, All Other $100,000 $21,250 190
81 Construction Managers $99,990 $56,610 10,770
82 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $99,710 $57,690 8,560
83 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $99,110 $26,990 230
84 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $98,230 $48,100 10,170
85 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers $98,100 $63,350 230
86 Logisticians $98,060 $47,860 4,440
87 Psychologists, All Other $97,750 $49,430 150
88 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $97,240 $45,010 260
89 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $97,200 $68,830 1,370
90 Chemists $97,090 $48,060 1,910
91 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $95,340 $43,170 1,900
92 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $93,600 $33,990 180
93 Biological Scientists, All Other $93,060 $56,220 500
94 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $92,970 $45,400 6,410
95 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $92,610 $50,090 1,090
96 Budget Analysts $92,180 $54,400 770
97 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $92,100 $61,410 280
98 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $90,980 $66,200 6,510
99 Credit Analysts $90,270 $48,350 1,140
100 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $90,250 $18,490 170
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