The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Iowa For 2020

By Chris Kolmar - May. 14, 2020
Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Iowa

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 Iowa. 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 Obstetricians And Gynecologists are the highest paid people in Iowa.

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

  1. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  2. Orthodontists
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  4. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  5. Pediatricians, General
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  8. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  9. Psychiatrists
  10. Nurse Anesthetists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 11 on the list of highest paid professions in the Hawkeye 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 Iowa For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 659 job classifications in Iowa 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.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Iowa

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $283,280 $205,800 130
2 Orthodontists $268,000 $176,090 70
3 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $259,740 $126,740 100
4 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $249,920 $63,420 300
5 Pediatricians, General $238,990 $90,760 320
6 Family Medicine Physicians $235,980 $142,220 1,590
7 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $218,830 $93,900 2,410
8 General Internal Medicine Physicians $216,910 $58,590 280
9 Psychiatrists $214,790 $114,800 190
10 Nurse Anesthetists $202,400 $142,260 340
11 Dentists, General $187,570 $86,080 1,070
12 Chief Executives $155,180 $18,910 2,010
13 Optometrists $140,450 $67,680 510
14 Podiatrists $133,940 $46,500 100
15 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $130,830 $47,840 3,270
16 Sales Engineers $127,210 $68,810 170
17 Architectural And Engineering Managers $123,750 $80,800 2,360
18 Computer And Information Systems Managers $123,570 $76,710 3,560
19 Lawyers $119,700 $50,380 3,360
20 Sales Managers $119,390 $63,500 3,170
21 Pharmacists $117,420 $89,740 2,890
22 Compensation And Benefits Managers $117,250 $68,480 120
23 Financial Managers $116,590 $59,500 8,630
24 Marketing Managers $115,960 $60,680 2,550
25 Natural Sciences Managers $113,420 $62,420 360
26 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $113,050 $67,920 530
27 Physician Assistants $112,720 $81,350 960
28 Chemical Engineers $111,810 $66,860 240
29 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $111,480 $51,140 150
30 Actuaries $111,360 $68,330 460
31 Human Resources Managers $111,160 $66,590 1,580
32 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $111,080 $44,460 1,110
33 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $110,040 $41,870 140
34 Nurse Practitioners $109,910 $84,540 2,000
35 Advertising And Promotions Managers $107,460 $58,480 230
36 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $106,690 $51,370 2,890
37 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $106,580 $51,330 80
38 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $105,940 $56,890 170
39 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $104,880 $70,330 80
40 Computer Network Architects $104,660 $65,830 1,130
41 Nurse Midwives $104,420 $61,130 40
42 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $104,320 $50,600 2,440
43 Physicists $104,290 $53,910 50
44 Purchasing Managers $103,130 $64,470 710
45 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $102,900 $54,780 960
46 Materials Engineers $101,540 $62,760 210
47 Industrial Production Managers $100,510 $63,270 3,310
48 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $100,090 $68,180 2,660
49 General And Operations Managers $99,740 $40,060 24,120
50 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $97,950 $54,260 270
51 Psychologists, All Other $97,410 $54,810 100
52 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $95,690 $48,830 50
53 Electrical Engineers $95,640 $64,320 1,480
54 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $95,370 $60,600 11,190
55 Training And Development Managers $95,100 $60,750 360
56 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $93,920 $54,270 140
57 Commercial Pilots $93,520 $57,000 340
58 Database Administrators And Architects $93,370 $52,740 760
59 Education Administrators, All Other $92,630 $49,760 500
60 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $91,230 $57,020 2,290
61 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $91,010 $46,960 390
62 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,670 $48,780 370
63 Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers $90,340 $57,170 160
64 Veterinarians $90,210 $57,540 1,040
65 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,910 $49,360 630
66 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $88,330 $70,360 50
67 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $88,260 $39,460 2,220
68 Economists $88,040 $57,380 50
69 Medical And Health Services Managers $87,940 $54,060 6,880
70 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $87,790 $56,030 90
71 Information Security Analysts $87,080 $54,200 830
72 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $86,920 $57,810 390
73 Personal Financial Advisors $86,480 $31,870 1,620
74 Materials Scientists $86,440 $44,210 90
75 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $86,390 $45,250 60
76 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $86,370 $54,990 1,690
77 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $86,200 $38,630 70
78 Construction Managers $86,180 $48,600 3,160
79 Civil Engineers $85,290 $54,100 2,050
80 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $85,170 $34,270 200
81 Computer Systems Analysts $85,040 $53,410 7,040
82 Mechanical Engineers $83,750 $52,390 3,430
83 Industrial Engineers $83,740 $56,170 3,220
84 Funeral Home Managers $83,710 $28,650 80
85 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $83,350 $53,420 230
86 Air Traffic Controllers $83,350 $61,230 160
87 Engineers, All Other $83,180 $53,600 1,950
88 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $83,160 $56,030 1,240
89 Environmental Engineers $83,130 $55,870 330
90 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $83,090 $42,990 770
91 Survey Researchers $83,080 $41,750 40
92 Physical Therapists $82,940 $60,020 2,080
93 Audiologists $82,840 $57,320 210
94 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $82,520 $43,780 550
95 Operations Research Analysts $82,440 $46,450 620
96 Occupational Therapists $82,380 $59,450 930
97 Radiation Therapists $82,220 $55,140 120
98 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $81,820 $45,360 2,260
99 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $81,690 $37,870 240
100 Management Analysts $81,440 $49,480 5,530

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Chris Kolmar

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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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