These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Louisiana For 2019

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Louisiana

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 Louisiana. 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 Louisiana.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Family and General Practitioners
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  5. Internists, General
  6. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Podiatrists
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Architectural and Engineering Managers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 13 on the list of highest paid professions in the Pelican 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 Louisiana For 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 663 job classifications in Louisiana 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, 2019.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Louisiana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $253,630 $165,460 190
2 Family And General Practitioners $217,580 $105,450 860
3 Chief Executives $208,110 $61,850 730
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $199,510 $93,440 110
5 Internists, General $194,910 $58,540 120
6 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $183,920 $66,490 4,640
7 Nurse Anesthetists $159,370 $125,470 740
8 Podiatrists $157,690 $90,000 60
9 Pediatricians, General $156,960 $83,480 260
10 Architectural And Engineering Managers $151,220 $89,250 1,300
11 Petroleum Engineers $145,880 $85,070 1,440
12 Physicists $143,000 $54,440 50
13 Dentists, General $124,020 $50,980 830
14 Psychiatrists $120,090 $54,380 70
15 Pharmacists $119,380 $82,110 4,520
16 Aerospace Engineers $117,170 $82,580 70
17 Industrial Production Managers $116,280 $57,040 1,970
18 General And Operations Managers $115,060 $51,040 27,790
19 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $113,300 $71,010 40
20 Computer And Information Systems Managers $112,860 $66,570 1,870
21 Chemical Engineers $111,090 $63,220 1,710
22 Materials Scientists $110,820 $70,330 60
23 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $109,700 $53,730 910
24 Materials Engineers $109,410 $80,580 330
25 Environmental Engineers $108,980 $58,450 450
26 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $107,030 $51,660 70
27 Financial Managers $106,950 $56,610 5,280
28 Sales Managers $106,850 $54,330 2,800
29 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $106,850 $63,320 220
30 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $105,820 $36,560 880
31 Lawyers $105,490 $46,990 8,170
32 Nurse Practitioners $105,340 $66,620 2,820
33 Optometrists $104,360 $55,330 190
34 Economists $103,070 $64,140 40
35 Mechanical Engineers $101,810 $51,350 1,730
36 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $101,670 $19,320 60
37 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $101,010 $62,490 110
38 Medical And Health Services Managers $100,710 $59,820 4,540
39 Financial Examiners $100,420 $53,300 100
40 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $99,640 $48,480 1,580
41 Construction Managers $99,610 $56,730 3,630
42 Physical Scientists, All Other $99,540 $41,890 70
43 Industrial Engineers $99,090 $61,490 1,640
44 Nuclear Engineers $98,900 $67,210 200
45 Civil Engineers $98,700 $59,490 3,000
46 Marketing Managers $97,540 $52,670 790
47 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $95,480 $51,130 160
48 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $95,220 $49,340 270
49 Natural Sciences Managers $94,850 $56,240 320
50 Electrical Engineers $94,090 $57,680 950
51 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $93,010 $39,420 5,680
52 Purchasing Managers $92,720 $51,710 560
53 Personal Financial Advisors $92,300 $37,800 1,270
54 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $91,740 $51,140 300
55 Engineers, All Other $90,580 $49,780 5,400
56 Human Resources Managers $90,490 $53,390 1,530
57 Sales Engineers $90,470 $51,950 100
58 Database Administrators $90,420 $50,620 460
59 Physical Therapists $89,860 $57,020 3,190
60 Computer And Information Research Scientists $89,810 $61,080 80
61 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $89,550 $31,190 2,780
62 Funeral Service Managers $89,320 $42,120 170
63 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $89,190 $36,870 470
64 Designers, All Other $89,070 $44,230 410
65 Sound Engineering Technicians $88,610 $35,440 230
66 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $88,210 $58,840 580
67 Veterinarians $87,200 $53,130 860
68 Managers, All Other $87,080 $37,850 9,790
69 Administrative Services Managers $86,760 $43,360 2,230
70 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $86,750 $45,850 1,470
71 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $86,630 $41,150 570
72 Air Traffic Controllers $86,070 $62,230 290
73 Physician Assistants $85,990 $40,900 1,060
74 Occupational Therapists $85,490 $53,340 1,740
75 Commercial Pilots $85,440 $29,890 830
76 Compensation And Benefits Managers $84,970 $54,010 180
77 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $84,150 $36,890 100
78 Emergency Management Directors $83,610 $47,750 80
79 Training And Development Managers $83,270 $44,920 300
80 Orthotists And Prosthetists $83,060 $44,740 190
81 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $82,610 $43,750 230
82 Mechanical Engineering Technicians $82,350 $47,620 190
83 Computer Hardware Engineers $81,660 $48,760 180
84 Software Developers, Applications $81,640 $46,170 1,190
85 Geographers $81,160 $60,680 30
86 Management Analysts $80,370 $44,970 3,400
87 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $80,310 $38,570 1,240
88 Computer Network Architects $79,560 $38,670 380
89 Logisticians $79,010 $43,700 1,040
90 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $78,460 $66,830 250
91 Chemists $77,490 $41,830 820
92 Computer Programmers $77,450 $41,680 2,150
93 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $76,900 $39,360 230
94 Chiropractors $76,730 $34,040 380
95 Commercial And Industrial Designers $76,520 $32,890 170
96 Psychologists, All Other $76,510 $28,390 190
97 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $76,280 $44,870 1,400
98 Software Developers, Systems Software $76,200 $48,360 1,300
99 Statisticians $76,120 $44,280 90
100 Ship Engineers $76,010 $37,900 480

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