These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Knoxville, TN For 2018

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by Chris Kolmar
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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 the Knoxville area. 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 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other are the highest paid people in Knoxville.

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

  1. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  2. Nurse Anesthetists
  3. Dentists, General
  4. Chief Executives
  5. Family and General Practitioners
  6. Lawyers
  7. Nuclear Engineers
  8. Pharmacists
  9. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  10. Optometrists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 3 on the list of highest paid professions in Knoxville. 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 Knoxville and Tennessee job scene here:

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Knoxville For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 497 job classifications in Knoxville 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 BLS data for this analysis which came out on March 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Knoxville

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $238,770 $133,270 910
2 Nurse Anesthetists $173,300 $112,270 670
3 Dentists, General $163,890 $60,570 150
4 Chief Executives $161,370 $18,870 960
5 Family and General Practitioners $161,170 $120,780 80
6 Lawyers $135,710 $62,700 1,180
7 Nuclear Engineers $132,150 $81,230 410
8 Pharmacists $130,600 $90,460 960
9 Architectural and Engineering Managers $127,860 $70,240 530
10 Optometrists $126,100 $57,190 80
11 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $118,290 $59,890 40
12 Natural Sciences Managers $115,710 $79,540 130
13 Computer Hardware Engineers $112,550 $50,590 50
14 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $110,890 $65,490 240
15 Physicists $109,060 $52,340 180
16 Financial Managers $108,980 $52,470 1,520
17 Compensation and Benefits Managers $108,730 $49,740 40
18 Engineers, All Other $108,440 $67,620 280
19 General and Operations Managers $106,320 $41,090 7,190
20 Construction Managers $105,570 $56,680 750
21 Physical Scientists, All Other $104,250 $45,930 50
22 Marketing Managers $103,680 $42,100 440
23 Computer and Information Systems Managers $102,400 $51,550 580
24 Environmental Engineers $100,610 $57,060 380
25 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $100,510 $18,210 50
26 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $98,880 $63,510 230
27 Sales Managers $98,840 $42,750 1,310
28 Physician Assistants $96,490 $65,980 370
29 Sales Engineers $96,430 $43,170 70
30 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $96,130 $55,800 40
31 Chemical Engineers $95,920 $64,910 140
32 Computer Network Architects $95,480 $50,990 310
33 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $94,360 $40,200 320
34 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $94,150 $61,870 170
35 Electrical Engineers $93,680 $53,710 580
36 Civil Engineers $93,190 $55,160 750
37 Emergency Management Directors $92,650 $48,910 50
38 Computer and Information Research Scientists $92,180 $64,900 90
39 Industrial Engineers $92,080 $54,150 1,080
40 Management Analysts $90,080 $43,780 980
41 Nurse Practitioners $89,990 $68,450 690
42 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $88,310 $46,590 190
43 Industrial Production Managers $87,820 $45,420 590
44 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $87,650 $41,400 390
45 Software Developers, Systems Software $86,740 $54,910 480
46 Mechanical Engineers $86,000 $47,270 950
47 Training and Development Managers $84,660 $41,730 150
48 Managers, All Other $84,340 $36,340 1,070
49 Commercial Pilots $84,070 $31,820 50
50 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $83,620 $19,700 240
51 Human Resources Managers $83,020 $41,630 360
52 Medical and Health Services Managers $82,200 $47,670 1,170
53 Software Developers, Applications $81,920 $49,690 940
54 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $81,760 $42,900 410
55 Power Plant Operators $81,650 $73,780 100
56 Purchasing Managers $80,610 $46,730 340
57 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $80,540 $42,590 280
58 Chemists $80,210 $41,590 250
59 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $80,050 $39,190 1,280
60 Financial Examiners $79,860 $41,640 70
61 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $78,920 $43,630 70
62 Physical Therapists $78,320 $56,490 520
63 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $77,980 $67,410 30
64 Commercial and Industrial Designers $77,710 $26,510 50
65 Computer Systems Analysts $77,650 $40,290 850
66 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $77,180 $53,820 700
67 Materials Scientists $76,020 $44,780 40
68 Materials Engineers $75,890 $51,470 150
69 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $75,320 $42,020 180
70 Database Administrators $74,980 $38,920 230
71 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $74,540 $59,480 40
72 Plant and System Operators, All Other $74,530 $74,400 70
73 Dental Hygienists $74,530 $55,140 520
74 Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists $73,870 $44,590 50
75 Occupational Therapists $73,740 $53,760 200
76 Insurance Underwriters $73,360 $39,680 90
77 Biomedical Engineers $73,330 $44,330 50
78 Information Security Analysts $73,140 $29,510 230
79 Personal Financial Advisors $72,630 $28,380 340
80 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $72,310 $42,360 850
81 Veterinarians $71,830 $34,890 200
82 Radiation Therapists $71,520 $54,040 40
83 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $71,040 $33,950 170
84 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $70,720 $33,780 70
85 Financial Specialists, All Other $70,280 $38,200 200
86 Financial Analysts $70,120 $39,990 320
87 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $70,100 $32,680 630
88 Administrative Services Managers $69,780 $32,480 880
89 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $69,540 $47,710 60
90 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $69,060 $51,120 60
91 Operations Research Analysts $68,380 $34,570 200
92 Chiropractors $67,860 $40,270 80
93 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $67,560 $23,700 310
94 Compliance Officers $67,150 $32,570 720
95 Mechanical Drafters $67,110 $34,560 290
96 Accountants and Auditors $66,920 $39,950 2,260
97 Technical Writers $66,780 $29,010 130
98 Radio and Television Announcers $66,320 $17,360 110
99 Hazardous Materials Removal Workers $65,790 $40,450 270
100 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $65,380 $50,390 90