The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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 Kentucky. 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, Except Ophthalmologists are the highest paid people in Kentucky.

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

  1. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  2. Anesthesiologists
  3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  7. Family Medicine Physicians
  8. Pediatricians, General
  9. Chief Executives
  10. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

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

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 658 job classifications in Kentucky 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 Kentucky

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $270,580 $185,130 420
2 Anesthesiologists $265,930 $147,270 330
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $255,330 $169,430 170
4 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $225,240 $96,860 3,280
5 Psychiatrists $217,920 $62,220 140
6 General Internal Medicine Physicians $209,700 $65,920 260
7 Family Medicine Physicians $202,910 $94,210 1,070
8 Pediatricians, General $194,800 $103,730 400
9 Chief Executives $148,350 $58,880 2,980
10 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $129,610 $107,200 300
11 Dentists, General $129,310 $53,740 990
12 Pharmacists $122,400 $88,260 5,180
13 Computer And Information Systems Managers $120,380 $65,440 2,920
14 Podiatrists $118,570 $41,590 100
15 Architectural And Engineering Managers $118,280 $66,770 1,710
16 Actuaries $115,890 $66,120 210
17 Purchasing Managers $115,140 $60,700 850
18 Financial Managers $113,070 $52,980 6,120
19 Optometrists $113,010 $63,490 480
20 Sales Managers $112,310 $48,880 3,240
21 Marketing Managers $110,290 $48,050 1,750
22 Natural Sciences Managers $108,830 $61,190 240
23 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $106,890 $41,360 80
24 Chemical Engineers $106,140 $70,960 310
25 Nurse Midwives $105,890 $85,930 70
26 Lawyers $102,980 $45,640 6,030
27 Training And Development Managers $101,230 $45,580 460
28 Nurse Practitioners $99,560 $68,510 3,620
29 Industrial Production Managers $98,790 $54,060 3,570
30 Human Resources Managers $98,580 $52,320 1,390
31 Personal Financial Advisors $98,300 $37,850 1,800
32 Physical Scientists, All Other $96,350 $52,380 40
33 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $96,080 $63,230 170
34 Aerospace Engineers $96,020 $65,950 120
35 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $94,740 $44,730 3,410
36 Compensation And Benefits Managers $94,690 $52,440 110
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $94,230 $42,060 2,420
38 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $93,330 $45,050 570
39 Nuclear Technicians $92,900 $54,520 40
40 Electrical Engineers $90,980 $60,410 2,090
41 Ship Engineers $90,860 $57,490 330
42 General And Operations Managers $90,430 $35,010 31,650
43 Computer Hardware Engineers $90,330 $43,190 320
44 Medical And Health Services Managers $90,280 $52,540 5,340
45 Therapists, All Other $89,640 $49,600 340
46 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $89,380 $46,580 1,740
47 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $89,060 $46,610 2,110
48 Commercial Pilots $88,960 $31,290 280
49 Education Administrators, All Other $88,730 $57,190 710
50 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,110 $48,510 100
51 Environmental Engineers $88,040 $55,540 360
52 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $87,940 $49,420 260
53 Criminal Justice And Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $87,690 $42,750 110
54 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $87,650 $46,530 8,410
55 Database Administrators And Architects $87,370 $45,640 940
56 Psychologists, All Other $86,580 $43,420 170
57 Advertising And Promotions Managers $85,930 $40,830 160
58 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $85,750 $45,500 610
59 Physical Therapists $85,260 $61,830 2,650
60 Physician Assistants $84,870 $31,760 1,230
61 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $84,040 $52,450 570
62 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $83,940 $41,880 200
63 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $83,730 $58,320 4,300
64 Construction Managers $83,570 $47,120 1,770
65 Engineers, All Other $83,430 $39,820 670
66 Information Security Analysts $83,390 $40,360 900
67 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $83,300 $44,440 250
68 Statisticians $82,860 $53,780 80
69 Civil Engineers $82,500 $51,560 3,230
70 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $82,410 $42,460 160
71 Mechanical Engineers $82,300 $50,020 4,180
72 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $82,150 $63,570 500
73 Computer Network Architects $82,040 $49,220 890
74 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $80,870 $31,740 3,100
75 Veterinarians $80,790 $36,080 1,190
76 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $80,700 $46,350 90
77 Industrial Engineers $80,480 $54,100 5,590
78 Power Plant Operators $80,300 $44,630 830
79 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $80,090 $67,690 240
80 Materials Engineers $79,790 $37,170 260
81 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $78,960 $42,120 680
82 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $78,560 $48,270 190
83 Occupational Therapists $78,430 $55,690 1,280
84 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $78,360 $53,070 50
85 Management Analysts $77,780 $34,770 5,390
86 Family And Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $77,750 $38,180 60
87 Credit Analysts $77,660 $40,390 790
88 Transportation Inspectors $77,400 $29,980 290
89 Art, Drama, And Music Teachers, Postsecondary $77,370 $44,540 750
90 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $77,220 $35,620 2,830
91 Computer Occupations, All Other $77,210 $40,280 2,610
92 Radiation Therapists $77,180 $47,160 260
93 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $77,110 $43,830 1,370
94 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $76,910 $40,230 3,110
95 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $76,650 $38,860 540
96 Signal And Track Switch Repairers $75,790 $66,450 90
97 Technical Writers $75,750 $44,440 280
98 Funeral Home Managers $75,130 $30,290 280
99 Art Directors $74,350 $45,500 110
100 Speech-Language Pathologists $74,210 $50,500 2,130

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