The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois For 2020

by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Illinois

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 Illinois. 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 Illinois.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  5. Chief Executives
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  8. Nurse Anesthetists
  9. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  10. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 12 on the list of highest paid professions in the Prairie State. 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.

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Illinois For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 710 job classifications in Illinois 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 data on March 29, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $262,890 $124,080 1,500
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $261,880 $137,260 1,310
3 Psychiatrists $246,090 $58,220 1,120
4 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $225,980 $59,810 680
5 Chief Executives $221,180 $96,040 10,010
6 Family Medicine Physicians $212,310 $77,470 7,400
7 General Internal Medicine Physicians $211,950 $59,760 2,390
8 Nurse Anesthetists $199,660 $137,970 1,660
9 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $194,810 $83,970 7,270
10 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $190,750 $58,220 10,680
11 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $190,450 $189,250 1,070
12 Dentists, General $189,170 $88,900 3,850
13 Orthodontists $177,620 $48,980 480
14 Lawyers $157,010 $61,400 31,270
15 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $152,340 $52,730 740
16 Podiatrists $149,490 $55,760 550
17 Computer And Information Systems Managers $148,990 $87,080 20,370
18 Financial Managers $146,350 $70,780 41,900
19 Personal Financial Advisors $142,440 $52,260 7,800
20 Architectural And Engineering Managers $140,690 $91,550 8,900
21 Compensation And Benefits Managers $137,540 $74,060 1,210
22 Air Traffic Controllers $136,700 $73,570 930
23 Sales Managers $135,790 $62,480 25,650
24 Marketing Managers $133,280 $67,110 21,980
25 Petroleum Engineers $132,450 $98,380 190
26 Natural Sciences Managers $127,150 $64,440 2,170
27 Funeral Home Managers $126,910 $36,250 370
28 Optometrists $125,610 $72,280 2,080
29 Pharmacists $125,490 $93,340 11,520
30 Medical And Health Services Managers $125,330 $63,580 14,510
31 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $124,670 $48,410 460
32 General And Operations Managers $123,570 $40,870 128,580
33 Computer Network Architects $123,100 $76,780 5,150
34 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $122,670 $62,990 5,280
35 Dentists, All Other Specialists $122,620 $60,290 170
36 Nuclear Engineers $122,330 $99,600 660
37 Human Resources Managers $121,720 $63,310 10,890
38 Training And Development Managers $120,770 $66,000 2,580
39 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $120,440 $61,240 1,420
40 Purchasing Managers $120,170 $69,880 4,380
41 Computer And Information Research Scientists $118,970 $74,920 430
42 Mathematicians $116,850 $67,570 60
43 Actuaries $115,250 $68,040 1,970
44 Biochemists And Biophysicists $114,300 $48,820 620
45 Physicists $113,100 $61,920 930
46 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $111,180 $35,170 3,900
47 Nurse Practitioners $107,860 $78,940 6,750
48 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $107,790 $70,530 5,730
49 Economists $107,680 $64,500 450
50 Veterinarians $107,320 $67,570 2,580
51 Industrial Production Managers $106,200 $64,790 11,330
52 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $105,620 $66,040 12,480
53 Physician Assistants $105,520 $76,610 2,920
54 Nurse Midwives $104,640 $74,390 290
55 Art Directors $103,940 $54,950 2,740
56 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $103,760 $65,170 54,700
57 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $103,350 $68,590 1,550
58 Information Security Analysts $102,780 $62,030 4,120
59 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $102,640 $67,410 2,750
60 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $101,560 $53,570 9,310
61 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $101,260 $57,430 2,240
62 Computer Hardware Engineers $100,680 $53,510 850
63 Management Analysts $100,560 $43,400 36,340
64 Financial Examiners $100,540 $48,850 2,010
65 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $100,400 $52,650 19,310
66 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $100,310 $39,040 34,600
67 Operations Research Analysts $100,010 $60,130 4,520
68 Commercial Pilots $99,200 $42,520 560
69 Electrical Engineers $99,160 $61,890 4,680
70 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $99,080 $71,250 270
71 Sales Engineers $98,870 $57,650 1,510
72 Database Administrators And Architects $97,880 $53,620 4,420
73 Chemical Engineers $97,450 $53,980 750
74 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $97,420 $45,830 590
75 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $97,310 $58,430 150
76 Physical Scientists, All Other $96,760 $47,730 560
77 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $96,540 $50,710 8,120
78 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $95,580 $53,010 3,390
79 Food Scientists And Technologists $95,500 $53,550 890
80 Construction Managers $95,120 $52,970 13,040
81 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $94,640 $51,080 490
82 Materials Scientists $94,530 $44,830 270
83 Computer Programmers $94,010 $38,360 9,260
84 Mechanical Engineers $93,850 $56,610 14,360
85 Environmental Engineers $93,350 $59,430 1,350
86 Computer Occupations, All Other $92,890 $47,020 13,910
87 History Teachers, Postsecondary $92,720 $49,530 720
88 Elevator And Escalator Installers And Repairers $92,540 $51,240 780
89 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $92,370 $48,160 550
90 Statisticians $92,370 $57,170 1,770
91 Civil Engineers $92,340 $57,030 11,080
92 Industrial Engineers $92,130 $58,230 11,230
93 Physical Therapists $91,750 $48,710 10,170
94 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $91,450 $43,440 980
95 Computer Systems Analysts $91,340 $53,070 30,710
96 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $91,110 $53,640 20,510
97 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $90,910 $64,770 510
98 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $90,900 $47,450 540
99 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $90,670 $33,360 9,660
100 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,670 $53,060 120

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