These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois For 2018

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Illinois that will get you rich.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 3 months ago

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 Surgeons are the highest paid people in Illinois.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 9 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Illinois job scene here:

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Illinois For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 735 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Illinois

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $246,250 $74,650 1,470
2 Family And General Practitioners $220,290 $64,990 9,160
3 Internists, General $216,070 $59,910 1,980
4 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $206,490 $58,140 510
5 Chief Executives $206,020 $69,070 13,920
6 Podiatrists $192,180 $68,310 430
7 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $191,440 $52,370 10,270
8 Nurse Anesthetists $164,790 $58,260 1,410
9 Dentists, General $161,270 $78,060 4,630
10 Pediatricians, General $159,180 $54,500 810
11 Dentists, All Other Specialists $156,870 $55,760 140
12 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $156,000 $63,980 960
13 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $146,150 $48,160 6,880
14 Lawyers $140,920 $55,270 30,170
15 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $137,920 $50,940 530
16 Air Traffic Controllers $137,520 $73,540 1,190
17 Computer And Information Systems Managers $137,140 $78,840 15,470
18 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $136,670 $46,380 8,790
19 Financial Managers $134,370 $62,650 37,310
20 Architectural And Engineering Managers $132,290 $83,440 9,860
21 Sales Managers $128,340 $56,560 24,380
22 General And Operations Managers $124,190 $40,700 118,820
23 Marketing Managers $122,260 $60,270 16,720
24 Personal Financial Advisors $121,750 $39,750 10,650
25 Nuclear Engineers $121,650 $89,830 710
26 Compensation And Benefits Managers $121,570 $70,780 1,050
27 Computer And Information Research Scientists $121,310 $76,560 590
28 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $120,740 $55,890 950
29 Pharmacists $120,280 $86,210 12,020
30 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $119,810 $39,550 3,520
31 Physicists $118,520 $58,990 930
32 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $115,180 $57,420 4,580
33 Natural Sciences Managers $113,620 $54,610 1,810
34 Medical And Health Services Managers $113,030 $59,790 13,250
35 Human Resources Managers $112,430 $58,410 9,560
36 Computer Network Architects $112,050 $66,370 5,260
37 Purchasing Managers $111,380 $60,350 4,220
38 Actuaries $110,710 $61,920 1,320
39 Optometrists $108,370 $68,150 2,150
40 Software Developers, Systems Software $106,700 $65,710 14,150
41 Economists $106,280 $66,370 360
42 Physician Assistants $104,730 $70,010 2,720
43 Commercial Pilots $104,420 $40,760 1,010
44 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $104,280 $61,440 12,120
45 Advertising And Promotions Managers $104,130 $38,490 3,560
46 Aerospace Engineers $103,860 $70,290 310
47 Nurse Practitioners $101,960 $72,960 4,610
48 Training And Development Managers $101,500 $33,160 2,250
49 Biochemists And Biophysicists $101,450 $53,550 910
50 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $101,240 $67,200 6,220
51 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $100,610 $66,590 3,290
52 Industrial Production Managers $100,480 $55,430 8,790
53 Financial Examiners $99,800 $53,010 2,050
54 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $99,740 $47,900 8,530
55 Construction Managers $99,150 $54,310 10,140
56 Biomedical Engineers $99,000 $63,830 1,330
57 Sales Engineers $98,760 $55,120 2,590
58 Information Security Analysts $97,360 $58,550 3,970
59 Audiologists $97,230 $60,670 380
60 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $96,930 $67,720 270
61 Mathematicians $96,770 $55,250 80
62 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $96,690 $46,240 580
63 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $96,590 $47,940 210
64 Veterinarians $96,440 $63,040 2,800
65 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $96,330 $42,360 990
66 Software Developers, Applications $96,110 $60,020 27,460
67 Computer Hardware Engineers $95,500 $54,130 1,250
68 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $93,920 $60,500 100
69 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $93,900 $49,750 100
70 Materials Scientists $93,800 $44,440 300
71 Computer Occupations, All Other $92,960 $49,730 16,050
72 Makeup Artists, Theatrical And Performance $92,940 $47,940 30
73 Administrative Services Managers $92,940 $46,980 12,850
74 Art Directors $92,680 $51,120 2,300
75 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $92,530 $44,420 90
76 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $92,220 $46,740 9,330
77 Management Analysts $92,200 $39,390 38,840
78 Mechanical Engineers $92,040 $54,770 15,930
79 First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers $91,930 $48,980 3,540
80 Electrical Engineers $91,870 $57,480 5,130
81 Database Administrators $91,730 $54,500 4,090
82 Materials Engineers $91,510 $53,070 770
83 Civil Engineers $91,430 $56,350 11,070
84 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $90,890 $53,900 2,800
85 Computer Systems Analysts $90,600 $55,280 26,500
86 Physical Scientists, All Other $90,510 $48,680 690
87 Biological Scientists, All Other $90,320 $45,490 720
88 Operations Research Analysts $90,310 $53,980 6,200
89 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,250 $44,280 530
90 Physical Therapists $90,040 $50,610 11,400
91 Financial Analysts $89,860 $50,230 14,350
92 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $89,680 $39,460 1,220
93 Computer Programmers $89,390 $35,260 12,060
94 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,290 $36,860 1,340
95 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $89,040 $41,330 590
96 Nuclear Technicians $88,770 $52,270 810
97 History Teachers, Postsecondary $88,590 $48,110 940
98 Engineers, All Other $88,470 $47,200 4,350
99 Elevator Installers And Repairers $88,340 $41,990 490
100 Fish And Game Wardens $88,120 $55,090 120

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