These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois For 2019

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth 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 Psychiatrists are the highest paid people in Illinois.

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

  1. Psychiatrists
  2. Surgeons
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Family and General Practitioners
  5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  6. Internists, General
  7. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  8. Nurse Anesthetists
  9. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  10. Podiatrists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 11 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 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 716 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, 2019.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Psychiatrists $251,390 $98,320 920
2 Surgeons $243,350 $58,970 1,290
3 Chief Executives $230,070 $94,990 9,650
4 Family And General Practitioners $213,340 $81,170 7,970
5 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $201,940 $56,290 580
6 Internists, General $195,610 $57,870 1,870
7 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $193,600 $78,230 7,280
8 Nurse Anesthetists $190,500 $131,750 1,510
9 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $183,780 $54,760 9,940
10 Podiatrists $180,270 $56,570 570
11 Dentists, General $171,590 $81,970 4,820
12 Lawyers $152,980 $59,210 31,260
13 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $152,110 $54,430 950
14 Pediatricians, General $147,250 $54,060 680
15 Financial Managers $144,680 $69,500 40,040
16 Computer And Information Systems Managers $143,900 $83,210 17,770
17 Air Traffic Controllers $136,390 $72,590 940
18 Architectural And Engineering Managers $136,270 $87,580 9,760
19 Petroleum Engineers $131,510 $94,940 200
20 Sales Managers $131,400 $61,630 24,800
21 Marketing Managers $130,110 $64,030 20,760
22 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $128,340 $50,040 520
23 Dentists, All Other Specialists $127,280 $55,200 130
24 Personal Financial Advisors $126,640 $42,890 8,940
25 Compensation And Benefits Managers $126,470 $73,520 1,100
26 General And Operations Managers $125,990 $41,940 122,790
27 Pharmacists $125,360 $93,790 12,260
28 Medical And Health Services Managers $121,900 $65,350 14,050
29 Optometrists $121,610 $71,870 2,300
30 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $119,330 $63,380 5,160
31 Human Resources Managers $119,160 $62,310 9,960
32 Natural Sciences Managers $118,480 $61,620 1,950
33 Nuclear Engineers $117,710 $96,210 610
34 Training And Development Managers $116,960 $65,250 2,450
35 Computer Network Architects $114,780 $68,230 5,310
36 Purchasing Managers $114,710 $64,490 4,400
37 Physicists $114,320 $57,900 810
38 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $114,010 $59,990 1,330
39 Computer And Information Research Scientists $113,350 $64,730 500
40 Biochemists And Biophysicists $111,760 $48,630 690
41 Actuaries $110,430 $66,470 1,950
42 Economists $108,690 $67,150 380
43 Software Developers, Systems Software $108,570 $66,690 17,130
44 Veterinarians $108,280 $66,170 2,500
45 Physician Assistants $108,260 $73,160 2,670
46 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $107,910 $35,590 4,030
47 Nurse Practitioners $105,800 $77,930 5,540
48 Nurse Midwives $105,640 $81,660 200
49 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $105,140 $33,500 10,070
50 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $104,990 $67,520 6,000
51 Industrial Production Managers $104,540 $61,790 10,620
52 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $103,880 $63,120 12,610
53 Real Estate Brokers $103,430 $18,350 1,780
54 Mathematicians $103,220 $56,560 50
55 Financial Examiners $102,690 $53,290 2,120
56 Computer Hardware Engineers $101,630 $54,150 970
57 Commercial Pilots $99,990 $43,330 550
58 Art Directors $99,800 $52,950 2,080
59 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $99,690 $50,580 8,330
60 Information Security Analysts $98,640 $58,110 3,780
61 Biomedical Engineers $98,420 $61,480 1,500
62 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $98,210 $51,240 9,350
63 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $98,010 $66,440 2,800
64 Administrative Services Managers $97,840 $52,280 16,950
65 Physical Scientists, All Other $97,720 $51,190 550
66 Operations Research Analysts $96,630 $60,480 5,100
67 Software Developers, Applications $96,610 $59,800 30,500
68 Database Administrators $96,230 $56,930 3,570
69 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $95,120 $45,640 550
70 Management Analysts $95,110 $41,050 39,780
71 Construction Managers $95,020 $52,270 12,730
72 Materials Scientists $94,920 $45,780 310
73 Chemical Engineers $94,830 $48,860 880
74 Electrical Engineers $94,700 $57,780 4,860
75 Civil Engineers $94,570 $58,450 10,970
76 Financial Specialists, All Other $93,200 $47,510 4,500
77 Elevator Installers And Repairers $93,190 $49,380 390
78 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $92,530 $53,240 90
79 Reinforcing Iron And Rebar Workers $92,510 $72,200 540
80 Environmental Engineers $92,200 $57,100 1,410
81 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $92,130 $41,030 640
82 Sales Engineers $92,100 $55,890 1,770
83 Mechanical Engineers $92,030 $54,960 17,320
84 Computer Programmers $91,860 $36,460 11,350
85 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $91,640 $32,310 21,980
86 First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers $90,860 $41,600 3,450
87 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,820 $49,850 130
88 Physical Therapists $90,690 $48,820 10,750
89 Chiropractors $90,620 $38,730 1,610
90 Life Scientists, All Other $90,030 $30,190 140
91 Arbitrators, Mediators, And Conciliators $90,020 $36,690 310
92 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,860 $48,160 540
93 Food Scientists And Technologists $89,700 $51,220 760
94 Computer Systems Analysts $89,370 $52,270 28,130
95 Statisticians $89,040 $55,330 1,820
96 Industrial Engineers $88,850 $57,840 9,760
97 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $88,770 $49,420 290
98 Financial Analysts $88,760 $52,210 14,810
99 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $88,640 $44,660 380
100 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $88,320 $50,030 570

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