The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Houston, TX For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2022. This is our sixth 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 Chief Executives are the highest paid people in Houston.

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

  1. Chief Executives
  2. Pediatricians, General
  3. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  4. Orthopedic Surgeons, Except Pediatric
  5. Surgeons, All Other
  6. Physicians, Pathologists
  7. Anesthesiologists
  8. Psychiatrists
  9. Radiologists
  10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 22 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 2022

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 660 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, 2022.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Houston

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Chief Executives $298,960 $152,010 1,250
2 Pediatricians, General $291,940 $78,230 1,590
3 General Internal Medicine Physicians $289,390 $60,860 1,280
4 Orthopedic Surgeons, Except Pediatric $267,060 $59,480 150
5 Surgeons, All Other $256,870 $59,780 740
6 Physicians, Pathologists $256,860 $59,480 110
7 Anesthesiologists $227,190 $59,780 540
8 Psychiatrists $223,610 $61,030 380
9 Radiologists $220,360 $59,780 330
10 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $219,980 $59,780 270
11 Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $216,670 $59,480 60
12 Physicians, All Other $216,130 $61,260 4,800
13 Nurse Anesthetists $203,990 $164,860 1,380
14 Podiatrists $190,670 $85,850 90
15 Physicists $188,250 $64,670 180
16 Architectural and Engineering Managers $182,830 $103,170 5,730
17 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $177,780 $62,650 7,340
18 Chemical Engineers $173,640 $101,950 3,890
19 Financial Managers $161,510 $82,230 12,050
20 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $161,290 $69,750 2,700
21 Lawyers $160,120 $78,120 12,090
22 Dentists, General $159,970 $49,100 3,040
23 Petroleum Engineers $159,790 $99,510 5,850
24 Computer and Information Systems Managers $158,760 $99,380 7,630
25 Computer and Information Research Scientists $145,380 $79,710 370
26 Purchasing Managers $143,730 $77,280 1,670
27 Managers, All Other $142,880 $77,490 10,130
28 Compensation and Benefits Managers $142,820 $77,890 490
29 Marketing Managers $142,100 $61,090 4,370
30 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $141,790 $61,730 260
31 Human Resources Managers $139,850 $78,430 2,950
32 Sales Managers $137,260 $61,090 10,040
33 Industrial Production Managers $136,080 $76,640 4,590
34 Aerospace Engineers $133,260 $92,060 1,500
35 Astronomers $132,810 $79,320 40
36 Environmental Engineers $131,700 $75,230 910
37 Computer Hardware Engineers $128,300 $69,620 740
38 Public Relations Managers $128,180 $63,610 1,050
39 Materials Engineers $128,070 $77,400 610
40 Operations Research Analysts $127,330 $62,240 3,630
41 Pharmacists $126,510 $79,600 5,820
42 Mechanical Engineers $125,970 $76,840 8,480
43 Emergency Management Directors $124,780 $62,350 130
44 Training and Development Managers $124,000 $71,280 730
45 Nurse Practitioners $123,810 $98,690 3,810
46 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $123,690 $77,530 990
47 Fundraising Managers $123,540 $63,190 550
48 Computer Network Architects $122,550 $61,120 3,040
49 Personal Financial Advisors $120,790 $47,370 5,150
50 Medical and Health Services Managers $120,300 $66,300 8,890
51 Sales Engineers $120,170 $60,180 2,060
52 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $118,870 $47,240 500
53 Veterinarians $117,980 $66,870 1,220
54 Materials Scientists $117,220 $51,740 30
55 Engineers, All Other $117,010 $60,750 3,130
56 Computer Systems Analysts $116,770 $61,680 12,850
57 Natural Sciences Managers $116,270 $61,140 1,710
58 Medical Dosimetrists $116,020 $78,780 100
59 Data Scientists $115,730 $62,240 980
60 Economists $115,590 $77,930 100
61 General and Operations Managers $114,780 $34,840 78,630
62 Optometrists $114,340 $47,750 840
63 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $113,770 $61,780 200
64 Facilities Managers $113,330 $62,070 1,920
65 Administrative Services Managers $113,080 $64,920 4,030
66 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $112,650 $61,220 3,540
67 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $112,290 $64,950 1,690
68 Actuaries $112,170 $77,500 390
69 Advertising and Promotions Managers $112,150 $48,900 180
70 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $112,070 $74,320 300
71 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $112,040 $56,020 60
72 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $110,690 $57,870 560
73 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $110,500 $62,070 2,660
74 Software Developers $110,150 $62,860 18,110
75 Electrical Engineers $110,040 $60,780 4,180
76 Construction Managers $110,020 $59,140 10,120
77 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $109,390 $62,600 160
78 Hydrologic Technicians $108,260 $48,620 450
79 Industrial Engineers $108,120 $62,010 6,470
80 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $107,180 $18,840 490
81 Commercial Pilots $106,920 $51,820 1,010
82 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $106,230 $18,090 2,150
83 Psychologists, All Other $105,420 $52,960 180
84 Database Architects $105,390 $59,830 810
85 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $105,220 $67,300 280
86 Civil Engineers $104,910 $60,550 9,930
87 Information Security Analysts $104,490 $61,970 2,280
88 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $104,430 $37,960 9,140
89 Project Management Specialists $101,830 $53,670 24,070
90 Chemists $101,570 $49,430 1,340
91 Physical Therapists $101,550 $75,490 3,060
92 Physical Scientists, All Other $101,030 $44,160 230
93 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $100,340 $66,590 210
94 Database Administrators $100,290 $60,180 1,710
95 Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners $100,060 $40,500 150
96 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $99,530 $21,820 1,370
97 Financial Risk Specialists $99,400 $48,550 730
98 Management Analysts $99,100 $60,570 7,610
99 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $98,260 $62,830 1,530
100 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $98,210 $49,310 5,230

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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