The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Louisiana 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 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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Louisiana.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  4. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  5. Chief Executives
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  8. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Physicists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 11 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 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 670 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, 2020.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Louisiana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $269,520 $107,810 200
2 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $257,110 $145,670 70
3 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $252,510 $176,140 180
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $229,690 $109,430 110
5 Chief Executives $209,560 $81,580 790
6 Family Medicine Physicians $207,000 $109,910 590
7 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $193,670 $75,960 4,960
8 General Internal Medicine Physicians $188,650 $46,880 140
9 Nurse Anesthetists $158,500 $132,450 810
10 Physicists $158,090 $53,130 40
11 Dentists, General $155,350 $62,970 920
12 Architectural And Engineering Managers $152,070 $91,750 1,390
13 Podiatrists $147,900 $89,820 50
14 Pediatricians, General $146,300 $85,890 230
15 Petroleum Engineers $132,000 $80,760 1,330
16 Pharmacists $123,140 $91,460 5,060
17 Industrial Production Managers $122,890 $62,100 2,100
18 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $122,830 $52,480 5,770
19 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $117,960 $55,910 130
20 General And Operations Managers $117,220 $50,710 29,260
21 Chemical Engineers $115,430 $73,330 1,610
22 Computer And Information Systems Managers $111,250 $68,040 1,980
23 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $111,170 $53,270 110
24 Financial Managers $108,890 $58,930 5,970
25 Optometrists $108,850 $59,160 260
26 Economists $108,660 $70,370 50
27 Aerospace Engineers $108,570 $63,530 90
28 Materials Engineers $108,110 $79,200 350
29 Lawyers $108,070 $48,720 8,070
30 Commercial Pilots $107,140 $46,120 640
31 Nurse Practitioners $106,240 $66,850 3,170
32 Civil Engineers $104,990 $58,720 2,850
33 Natural Sciences Managers $104,390 $63,370 330
34 Psychiatrists $104,270 $59,500 80
35 Sales Managers $103,860 $52,850 3,170
36 Materials Scientists $103,270 $65,130 70
37 Construction Managers $102,900 $56,460 3,870
38 Electrical Engineers $102,470 $65,020 1,000
39 Medical And Health Services Managers $102,210 $61,020 4,990
40 Personal Financial Advisors $102,150 $42,320 1,270
41 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $102,050 $56,050 40
42 Environmental Engineers $101,620 $56,080 430
43 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $100,080 $74,600 180
44 Mechanical Engineers $98,760 $56,230 1,800
45 Marketing Managers $98,330 $56,460 940
46 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $97,860 $48,330 2,180
47 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $96,040 $42,320 290
48 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $95,930 $36,630 1,020
49 Financial Examiners $95,880 $46,830 120
50 Industrial Engineers $95,150 $62,510 1,530
51 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $94,680 $54,370 170
52 Purchasing Managers $94,330 $52,210 560
53 Human Resources Managers $93,510 $54,470 1,570
54 Physical Scientists, All Other $93,370 $41,360 90
55 Engineers, All Other $93,080 $51,420 5,590
56 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $92,390 $54,650 290
57 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $91,960 $45,020 620
58 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $90,780 $46,780 1,560
59 Sales Engineers $90,450 $51,660 140
60 Computer Hardware Engineers $90,360 $52,810 150
61 Training And Development Managers $90,350 $47,800 350
62 Veterinarians $90,210 $54,470 910
63 Psychologists, All Other $90,190 $46,100 210
64 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,020 $58,070 170
65 Physical Therapists $89,560 $57,150 2,960
66 Chemists $88,770 $52,200 640
67 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $88,590 $35,020 12,530
68 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $88,570 $48,930 160
69 Designers, All Other $87,850 $50,280 1,000
70 Occupational Therapists $87,410 $56,690 1,730
71 Gambling Managers $87,110 $46,030 170
72 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $87,030 $37,270 450
73 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $86,660 $38,260 50
74 Physician Assistants $86,490 $36,820 1,180
75 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $86,480 $42,330 2,650
76 Compensation And Benefits Managers $86,380 $54,610 200
77 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $86,250 $58,320 730
78 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $86,040 $33,460 2,750
79 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $85,980 $46,800 90
80 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $85,910 $41,250 100
81 Air Traffic Controllers $85,580 $59,360 290
82 Chiropractors $85,360 $40,420 270
83 Computer And Information Research Scientists $85,270 $56,480 100
84 Management Analysts $84,900 $47,960 3,400
85 Commercial And Industrial Designers $84,770 $38,190 210
86 Speech-Language Pathologists $84,480 $55,560 1,260
87 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $84,100 $50,080 2,310
88 Advertising And Promotions Managers $84,030 $49,040 130
89 Foreign Language And Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $83,920 $35,590 160
90 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $83,670 $53,750 40
91 Ship Engineers $82,840 $43,890 730
92 Computer Network Architects $81,630 $42,350 450
93 Computer Systems Analysts $81,620 $48,480 2,180
94 Computer Programmers $81,070 $42,780 2,040
95 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $80,970 $45,020 320
96 Geographers $80,960 $61,230 40
97 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $79,800 $51,150 40
98 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $79,280 $68,220 250
99 Logisticians $79,170 $41,770 1,230
100 Emergency Management Directors $79,030 $48,000 90

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