These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Los Angeles, CA For 2018

Chris Kolmar
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 Los Angeles 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 Surgeons are the highest paid people in Los Angeles.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 8 on the list of highest paid professions in Los Angeles. 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 Los Angeles and California job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Los Angeles For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 691 job classifications in Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $258,040 $109,800 1,010
2 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $225,180 $74,350 5,230
3 Chief Executives $216,400 $90,200 8,530
4 Pediatricians, General $198,380 $132,390 750
5 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $195,540 $104,220 860
6 Family and General Practitioners $183,710 $54,180 5,660
7 Nurse Anesthetists $183,470 $137,120 140
8 Dentists, General $173,150 $56,470 2,850
9 Lawyers $173,100 $76,550 24,040
10 Internists, General $171,310 $84,710 1,290
11 Orthodontists $162,410 $85,710 300
12 Architectural and Engineering Managers $160,840 $97,180 6,070
13 Computer and Information Systems Managers $152,820 $90,180 8,800
14 First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $150,870 $84,640 290
15 Financial Managers $150,110 $76,960 18,600
16 Economists $147,470 $54,880 450
17 Marketing Managers $146,860 $68,150 6,300
18 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $144,060 $78,530 630
19 Natural Sciences Managers $143,030 $57,170 1,040
20 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $142,300 $61,520 450
21 Compensation and Benefits Managers $138,320 $67,250 370
22 Nurse Midwives $137,710 $83,310 100
23 Producers and Directors $135,650 $44,300 19,560
24 Pharmacists $134,380 $71,290 8,280
25 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $133,790 $47,490 210
26 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $130,440 $56,860 860
27 Managers, All Other $130,060 $67,110 9,180
28 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $129,580 $65,410 1,710
29 General and Operations Managers $129,480 $45,870 73,390
30 Air Traffic Controllers $128,250 $70,800 660
31 Aerospace Engineers $127,630 $78,880 4,180
32 Sales Managers $127,410 $44,700 17,730
33 Personal Financial Advisors $126,910 $39,230 6,200
34 Art Directors $125,900 $50,550 3,280
35 Human Resources Managers $125,710 $62,730 3,790
36 Sociologists $125,050 $48,400 210
37 Training and Development Managers $124,820 $64,870 620
38 Veterinarians $124,690 $68,880 1,050
39 Advertising and Promotions Managers $124,680 $43,600 1,480
40 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $124,550 $47,090 390
41 Nurse Practitioners $122,120 $91,610 2,350
42 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $120,860 $57,390 100
43 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $120,500 $73,290 5,380
44 Computer Network Architects $120,290 $69,340 2,620
45 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $119,860 $66,660 3,260
46 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $119,260 $47,360 400
47 Medical and Health Services Managers $119,030 $52,410 7,750
48 Astronomers $118,750 $61,540 100
49 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes $117,700 $24,310 4,380
50 Education Administrators, All Other $117,640 $44,950 1,140
51 Computer and Information Research Scientists $116,660 $54,330 340
52 Emergency Management Directors $116,470 $75,900 150
53 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $116,320 $60,200 4,060
54 Software Developers, Systems Software $115,960 $66,280 10,790
55 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $115,650 $47,630 650
56 Biochemists and Biophysicists $115,570 $54,080 420
57 Commercial Pilots $115,370 $64,680 870
58 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $114,970 $44,840 4,300
59 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $113,310 $46,860 1,740
60 Film and Video Editors $112,460 $34,510 10,000
61 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $112,190 $78,380 3,410
62 Computer Hardware Engineers $111,650 $59,000 2,500
63 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $111,150 $52,530 1,070
64 Optometrists $110,900 $55,790 1,210
65 Software Developers, Applications $110,380 $67,980 15,220
66 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $110,140 $46,660 130
67 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $110,100 $46,770 80
68 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $108,590 $50,250 450
69 Environmental Engineers $108,360 $77,730 1,440
70 Sales Engineers $108,070 $62,570 2,610
71 Chemical Engineers $107,540 $60,370 500
72 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $107,330 $74,690 4,480
73 Industrial Production Managers $107,020 $52,800 5,010
74 Engineers, All Other $106,750 $60,430 3,530
75 Psychologists, All Other $106,440 $47,040 330
76 Actuaries $106,330 $60,390 410
77 Purchasing Managers $106,160 $42,570 2,440
78 Electrical Engineers $105,780 $65,370 4,510
79 Physical Scientists, All Other $105,220 $53,870 420
80 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $103,730 $50,560 1,690
81 Information Security Analysts $103,570 $62,560 2,010
82 Industrial Engineers $102,970 $65,100 6,400
83 History Teachers, Postsecondary $101,750 $47,170 430
84 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $101,330 $65,970 770
85 Administrative Services Managers $101,110 $53,100 10,660
86 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $101,050 $76,270 350
87 Civil Engineers $100,780 $60,950 7,270
88 Radiation Therapists $100,600 $67,150 230
89 Materials Engineers $100,520 $52,880 700
90 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $100,320 $44,510 800
91 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $99,470 $61,200 3,860
92 Mechanical Engineers $99,470 $58,070 6,330
93 Management Analysts $98,880 $50,390 20,170
94 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $98,510 $49,270 670
95 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers $97,330 $59,600 1,390
96 Dental Hygienists $97,120 $59,090 4,720
97 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $97,100 $49,670 510
98 Registered Nurses $96,960 $65,090 70,810
99 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $96,950 $52,060 120
100 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $96,810 $66,500 25,450
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