These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Michigan 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 Michigan. 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 Michigan.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Anesthesiologists
  3. Orthodontists
  4. Psychiatrists
  5. Family and General Practitioners
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Nurse Anesthetists
  8. Dentists, General
  9. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 8 on the list of highest paid professions in the Wolverine 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 Michigan For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 696 job classifications in Michigan 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 Michigan

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $281,570 $195,670 1,270
2 Anesthesiologists $249,990 $38,220 580
3 Orthodontists $236,190 $66,090 80
4 Psychiatrists $202,310 $97,560 590
5 Family And General Practitioners $191,260 $58,200 4,860
6 Chief Executives $189,900 $71,080 3,990
7 Nurse Anesthetists $188,580 $168,600 2,120
8 Dentists, General $187,430 $91,000 4,060
9 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $187,320 $49,630 80
10 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $184,240 $46,330 680
11 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $183,760 $47,880 16,370
12 Dentists, All Other Specialists $161,740 $61,130 90
13 Pediatricians, General $145,480 $43,450 730
14 Broadcast News Analysts $140,140 $29,920 70
15 Sales Managers $136,640 $68,040 9,770
16 Marketing Managers $132,180 $68,040 4,540
17 Architectural And Engineering Managers $131,540 $88,790 10,680
18 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $129,520 $39,020 5,310
19 Computer And Information Systems Managers $128,910 $78,140 9,350
20 Financial Managers $125,670 $65,260 14,790
21 General And Operations Managers $123,180 $46,730 55,480
22 Compensation And Benefits Managers $121,650 $70,290 300
23 Podiatrists $121,300 $50,770 350
24 Industrial Production Managers $117,070 $66,850 11,140
25 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $115,880 $56,310 1,360
26 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $115,810 $57,410 5,410
27 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $115,180 $79,210 2,740
28 Pharmacists $115,160 $85,570 9,420
29 Purchasing Managers $114,560 $63,420 2,480
30 Personal Financial Advisors $114,210 $33,350 4,460
31 Optometrists $113,880 $65,500 1,440
32 Human Resources Managers $113,650 $63,290 3,860
33 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $113,160 $41,800 260
34 Medical And Health Services Managers $112,970 $57,520 10,940
35 Lawyers $112,740 $53,070 15,100
36 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $110,620 $33,000 2,090
37 Petroleum Engineers $110,070 $57,910 120
38 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $109,070 $35,550 360
39 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $108,280 $39,140 240
40 Natural Sciences Managers $107,900 $67,190 1,360
41 Training And Development Managers $107,670 $59,340 690
42 Materials Scientists $105,450 $47,380 300
43 Physicists $105,210 $52,570 580
44 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $105,200 $51,540 1,550
45 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $104,880 $57,870 2,850
46 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $104,540 $63,100 420
47 Physician Assistants $103,480 $71,870 4,780
48 Nurse Practitioners $102,250 $81,000 3,970
49 Sales Engineers $101,640 $57,390 2,300
50 Chemical Engineers $100,150 $55,550 820
51 Computer Network Architects $99,980 $55,270 3,270
52 Computer And Information Research Scientists $99,930 $57,580 200
53 Managers, All Other $99,450 $52,250 6,950
54 Advertising And Promotions Managers $99,130 $51,300 600
55 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $98,440 $46,920 410
56 Nurse Midwives $98,310 $59,470 170
57 Administrative Services Managers $97,910 $54,400 6,650
58 Construction Managers $97,880 $53,500 4,210
59 Actuaries $96,690 $54,050 550
60 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $95,700 $37,410 400
61 Environmental Engineers $94,540 $60,210 1,410
62 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $94,160 $55,210 40
63 Information Security Analysts $94,140 $56,040 1,550
64 Engineers, All Other $92,670 $48,820 7,350
65 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $92,060 $58,550 140
66 Management Analysts $92,030 $49,000 16,640
67 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $91,860 $35,350 870
68 Software Developers, Applications $91,430 $53,760 25,940
69 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $91,120 $59,890 6,480
70 Gaming Managers $91,110 $46,000 270
71 Mechanical Engineers $90,850 $55,850 44,680
72 Veterinarians $90,270 $43,860 2,050
73 Software Developers, Systems Software $89,630 $49,980 11,090
74 Economists $89,510 $53,490 270
75 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $89,500 $41,180 8,520
76 Physical Therapists $89,060 $61,980 8,250
77 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,020 $40,000 1,030
78 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $88,890 $56,760 90
79 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,820 $38,880 150
80 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $88,570 $37,960 470
81 Political Scientists $88,560 $47,720 50
82 Funeral Service Managers $88,400 $44,850 320
83 Industrial Engineers $88,330 $57,120 28,460
84 Electrical Engineers $88,250 $55,890 10,280
85 Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, And Athletes $87,890 $36,260 190
86 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $87,790 $33,540 830
87 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $87,260 $45,230 360
88 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $87,090 $54,050 700
89 Operations Research Analysts $85,490 $49,660 1,710
90 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $85,420 $61,410 1,550
91 Commercial Pilots $85,340 $43,710 1,120
92 Computer Systems Analysts $84,820 $51,570 17,260
93 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $84,340 $58,950 430
94 Database Administrators $84,210 $49,200 2,760
95 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $84,190 $52,340 2,020
96 Psychologists, All Other $83,930 $26,120 180
97 Materials Engineers $83,840 $53,300 1,210
98 Transportation Inspectors $82,820 $36,010 360
99 Art Directors $82,660 $37,980 1,240
100 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $82,570 $42,310 2,320

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