These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Kentucky For 2018

We combed through the data to identify the profession in Kentucky 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 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 are the highest paid people in Kentucky.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  4. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  5. Family and General Practitioners
  6. Internists, General
  7. Psychiatrists
  8. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Nurse Anesthetists

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.

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

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Kentucky For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 669 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Kentucky

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $270,300 $178,850 820
2 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $268,250 $166,990 360
3 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $230,730 $95,430 2,970
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $224,170 $133,770 60
5 Family And General Practitioners $214,830 $103,080 1,530
6 Internists, General $214,570 $117,920 580
7 Psychiatrists $211,820 $71,870 170
8 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $205,530 $66,210 70
9 Pediatricians, General $186,550 $109,380 410
10 Nurse Anesthetists $185,040 $137,570 1,040
11 Dentists, General $163,390 $62,340 960
12 Chief Executives $157,170 $67,700 3,440
13 Orthodontists $138,640 $64,880 110
14 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $129,300 $106,890 300
15 Pharmacists $121,970 $93,040 4,840
16 Sales Managers $120,000 $49,610 3,740
17 Podiatrists $118,390 $53,570 90
18 Computer And Information Systems Managers $117,680 $61,880 2,500
19 Training And Development Managers $117,280 $49,210 430
20 Architectural And Engineering Managers $115,190 $74,640 1,950
21 Financial Managers $115,140 $53,990 6,100
22 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $110,730 $71,700 70
23 Marketing Managers $110,600 $48,900 1,700
24 Actuaries $110,400 $61,440 160
25 Purchasing Managers $109,850 $63,230 1,020
26 Optometrists $109,620 $43,130 480
27 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $109,500 $48,040 2,460
28 Aerospace Engineers $104,770 $73,820 140
29 Natural Sciences Managers $104,520 $59,880 300
30 Air Traffic Controllers $103,550 $68,520 220
31 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $99,330 $66,560 120
32 Commercial Pilots $98,460 $56,280 360
33 Physician Assistants $98,320 $71,000 960
34 Nurse Midwives $96,760 $76,590 120
35 Biochemists And Biophysicists $96,650 $52,770 50
36 Lawyers $95,890 $44,190 5,540
37 Industrial Production Managers $95,860 $53,900 3,910
38 Nurse Practitioners $95,450 $68,840 3,110
39 Human Resources Managers $93,780 $52,540 1,510
40 Chemical Engineers $93,780 $58,040 450
41 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $92,620 $58,430 600
42 Managers, All Other $92,410 $45,860 3,330
43 Veterinarians $92,010 $47,190 940
44 Personal Financial Advisors $91,760 $35,610 1,540
45 Computer Hardware Engineers $91,440 $44,340 130
46 Ship Engineers $91,350 $57,600 260
47 Compensation And Benefits Managers $91,210 $51,000 110
48 General And Operations Managers $90,270 $34,490 27,120
49 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $90,170 $51,810 1,920
50 Medical And Health Services Managers $90,050 $53,810 4,710
51 Electrical Engineers $89,790 $58,220 1,690
52 Psychologists, All Other $87,970 $60,200 160
53 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $87,150 $49,150 150
54 Construction Managers $86,970 $47,180 2,380
55 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $86,960 $43,480 530
56 Software Developers, Systems Software $86,380 $55,430 1,800
57 Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers $86,310 $42,540 90
58 Therapists, All Other $86,240 $41,760 390
59 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $86,220 $63,660 4,240
60 Aircraft Mechanics And Service Technicians $85,650 $41,400 1,930
61 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $85,170 $44,270 190
62 Advertising And Promotions Managers $84,340 $38,500 220
63 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $84,090 $39,140 1,830
64 Physical Therapists $83,630 $58,390 2,460
65 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $83,600 $44,850 260
66 Sales Engineers $83,570 $49,470 290
67 Mechanical Engineers $83,360 $52,300 3,970
68 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $83,020 $42,090 680
69 Information Security Analysts $83,010 $36,850 780
70 Criminal Justice And Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $82,800 $42,720 130
71 Radiation Therapists $82,510 $53,960 200
72 Computer Occupations, All Other $82,120 $44,170 2,590
73 Physical Scientists, All Other $81,500 $31,020 90
74 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $80,950 $47,650 320
75 Engineers, All Other $80,930 $40,750 830
76 Administrative Services Managers $80,010 $42,280 2,850
77 Art Directors $79,690 $42,980 160
78 Civil Engineers $79,550 $44,860 3,230
79 Industrial Engineers $79,500 $53,650 5,150
80 Environmental Engineers $79,220 $48,160 370
81 Occupational Therapists $78,760 $55,400 1,340
82 Software Developers, Applications $78,260 $45,020 5,200
83 Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $77,770 $43,150 50
84 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $77,560 $25,560 2,980
85 Computer Network Architects $77,440 $45,720 1,260
86 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $77,320 $40,550 1,110
87 Education Administrators, All Other $76,430 $49,170 590
88 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $76,410 $41,610 150
89 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $76,390 $55,210 130
90 Management Analysts $76,390 $38,180 3,720
91 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $76,250 $43,260 110
92 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $76,230 $64,510 250
93 Credit Analysts $76,170 $36,420 800
94 Database Administrators $76,080 $42,340 930
95 Statisticians $75,800 $47,710 100
96 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $75,040 $49,470 70
97 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $74,980 $45,040 820
98 Boilermakers $74,320 $46,680 420
99 Materials Scientists $74,160 $32,380 30
100 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $73,960 $41,770 200

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