These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Michigan For 2019

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

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. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  3. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  4. Orthodontists
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. Family and General Practitioners
  7. Chief Executives
  8. Dentists, General
  9. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  10. Nurse Anesthetists

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 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 691 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 29, 2019.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Michigan

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $244,710 $55,080 1,320
2 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $233,550 $89,220 3,090
3 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $220,660 $50,300 160
4 Orthodontists $217,730 $67,500 80
5 Psychiatrists $212,030 $100,910 630
6 Family And General Practitioners $207,110 $94,550 3,320
7 Chief Executives $206,660 $72,460 2,620
8 Dentists, General $197,490 $92,170 3,810
9 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $181,760 $49,860 16,480
10 Nurse Anesthetists $180,560 $138,690 2,250
11 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $175,330 $48,230 730
12 Sales Managers $142,340 $70,590 8,640
13 Marketing Managers $137,900 $74,710 4,310
14 Compensation And Benefits Managers $133,450 $79,320 280
15 Architectural And Engineering Managers $132,810 $89,540 10,460
16 Pediatricians, General $132,310 $45,530 930
17 Podiatrists $131,780 $51,690 380
18 Computer And Information Systems Managers $131,100 $77,340 9,480
19 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $131,020 $42,550 5,440
20 Financial Managers $128,270 $68,980 14,760
21 Dentists, All Other Specialists $125,100 $62,170 80
22 Advertising And Promotions Managers $124,670 $56,230 580
23 General And Operations Managers $122,160 $42,250 58,140
24 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $121,690 $64,240 1,400
25 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $119,470 $58,640 5,230
26 Purchasing Managers $119,020 $68,650 2,130
27 Industrial Production Managers $118,760 $68,960 13,110
28 Pharmacists $117,680 $87,780 9,140
29 Human Resources Managers $115,780 $64,240 3,720
30 Natural Sciences Managers $113,840 $68,930 1,570
31 Funeral Service Managers $113,190 $50,550 370
32 Optometrists $112,440 $67,360 1,590
33 Air Traffic Controllers $111,830 $67,680 360
34 Medical And Health Services Managers $111,780 $57,090 11,960
35 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $111,530 $44,290 300
36 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $111,040 $39,410 240
37 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $110,970 $77,400 380
38 Physician Assistants $110,240 $84,950 4,490
39 Lawyers $110,180 $53,710 14,550
40 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $110,040 $35,150 360
41 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $109,240 $63,810 3,240
42 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $107,140 $33,910 2,350
43 Nurse Practitioners $106,880 $84,100 4,490
44 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $106,740 $53,080 1,640
45 Physicists $106,650 $52,150 510
46 Training And Development Managers $105,930 $60,290 800
47 Computer And Information Research Scientists $103,350 $62,070 140
48 Chemical Engineers $102,780 $59,580 880
49 Personal Financial Advisors $102,010 $33,440 5,210
50 Construction Managers $101,810 $55,570 4,340
51 Computer Network Architects $100,710 $47,790 3,300
52 Veterinarians $100,380 $59,900 2,090
53 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $98,870 $52,680 490
54 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,830 $39,560 400
55 Managers, All Other $98,780 $52,430 6,370
56 Sales Engineers $98,550 $55,770 2,050
57 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,450 $40,940 900
58 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $97,110 $44,920 180
59 Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, And Athletes $95,990 $39,980 220
60 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $95,920 $56,750 40
61 Administrative Services Managers $95,810 $55,690 7,890
62 Political Scientists $95,570 $51,060 60
63 Physical Scientists, All Other $94,810 $49,650 300
64 Information Security Analysts $93,850 $59,410 1,460
65 Environmental Engineers $93,770 $59,320 1,420
66 Commercial Pilots $93,640 $42,260 1,250
67 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $92,990 $63,820 6,590
68 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $92,640 $44,180 500
69 Software Developers, Applications $92,260 $55,200 29,540
70 Management Analysts $92,130 $48,920 14,770
71 Nurse Midwives $92,030 $45,110 240
72 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $92,000 $36,660 930
73 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $91,770 $45,820 1,240
74 Physical Therapists $91,160 $65,240 7,970
75 Mechanical Engineers $91,100 $56,710 43,890
76 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $90,820 $43,370 7,560
77 Electrical Engineers $90,700 $57,390 9,190
78 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $90,230 $56,090 4,020
79 Economists $90,040 $50,080 250
80 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $89,840 $54,910 170
81 Industrial Engineers $89,330 $58,630 31,520
82 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $88,980 $55,880 710
83 Operations Research Analysts $88,820 $51,340 1,640
84 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $88,640 $59,620 390
85 Software Developers, Systems Software $88,560 $48,810 10,320
86 Sociologists $88,180 $53,510 110
87 Psychologists, All Other $88,120 $28,630 190
88 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,030 $41,240 200
89 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $87,550 $62,640 1,570
90 Art Directors $87,330 $44,030 1,040
91 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $86,580 $54,800 1,980
92 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $85,970 $40,300 1,730
93 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $85,350 $25,250 250
94 Materials Scientists $84,700 $51,330 330
95 Financial Analysts $84,410 $53,120 6,090
96 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $84,300 $30,690 150
97 Database Administrators $83,900 $48,160 2,820
98 Computer Systems Analysts $83,900 $52,540 15,420
99 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $83,210 $46,590 2,430
100 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $83,040 $33,180 250

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