The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Michigan For 2021

By Chris Kolmar - Jun. 7, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2021. This is our sixth 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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Michigan.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  5. Family Medicine Physicians
  6. Dentists, General
  7. Psychiatrists
  8. Orthodontists
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 6 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.

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Michigan For 2021

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 688 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, 2021.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Michigan

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $252,000 $63,170 1,010
2 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $248,770 $118,820 3,020
3 Chief Executives $234,160 $92,190 2,710
4 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $220,120 $56,510 1,410
5 Family Medicine Physicians $213,260 $65,530 2,320
6 Dentists, General $213,250 $82,550 2,540
7 Psychiatrists $212,680 $72,600 600
8 Orthodontists $208,540 $88,520 60
9 Nurse Anesthetists $199,870 $157,490 2,420
10 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $192,550 $55,670 720
11 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $178,230 $54,470 13,680
12 General Internal Medicine Physicians $169,870 $54,820 1,740
13 Podiatrists $160,730 $64,380 350
14 Sales Managers $144,440 $70,040 9,050
15 Political Scientists $142,750 $51,130 90
16 Architectural And Engineering Managers $138,790 $93,440 10,700
17 Advertising And Promotions Managers $138,410 $64,000 460
18 Compensation And Benefits Managers $137,200 $83,540 410
19 Marketing Managers $135,710 $71,900 4,880
20 Computer And Information Systems Managers $134,750 $82,280 10,870
21 Financial Managers $133,980 $72,560 14,890
22 Funeral Home Managers $133,710 $53,420 270
23 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $132,810 $53,740 670
24 Optometrists $131,320 $74,050 990
25 Purchasing Managers $128,050 $76,070 1,890
26 Human Resources Managers $124,410 $71,180 3,680
27 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $124,330 $54,620 360
28 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $123,740 $66,390 1,820
29 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $123,630 $65,640 260
30 Physicists $123,410 $55,020 500
31 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $123,040 $70,530 140
32 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $122,160 $65,890 1,620
33 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $120,490 $86,340 360
34 General And Operations Managers $120,190 $41,340 63,340
35 Pharmacists $119,820 $61,160 8,830
36 Industrial Production Managers $119,740 $69,240 11,390
37 Lawyers $119,150 $59,070 13,790
38 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $114,260 $61,130 340
39 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $113,000 $51,960 6,760
40 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $112,740 $56,820 4,480
41 Training And Development Managers $111,220 $64,530 600
42 Physician Assistants $111,050 $86,700 4,350
43 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $110,440 $69,610 3,980
44 Construction Managers $109,970 $60,620 4,980
45 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $109,230 $36,580 2,300
46 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $109,200 $47,500 750
47 Nurse Practitioners $109,150 $86,780 4,880
48 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $108,850 $51,970 5,580
49 Medical And Health Services Managers $108,660 $56,090 11,730
50 Petroleum Engineers $108,020 $55,660 140
51 Computer Network Architects $107,370 $57,230 3,360
52 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $105,270 $58,310 4,250
53 Veterinarians $105,100 $67,220 2,180
54 Nurse Midwives $103,870 $48,210 350
55 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $103,090 $50,150 2,840
56 Mathematicians $102,320 $59,200 110
57 Personal Financial Advisors $102,260 $40,170 5,630
58 Physical Scientists, All Other $102,100 $60,760 260
59 Economists $101,680 $55,410 250
60 Chemical Engineers $101,410 $56,700 760
61 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $100,700 $61,470 100
62 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $100,590 $49,180 880
63 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $99,690 $63,380 560
64 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $98,840 $53,360 310
65 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $98,770 $53,690 620
66 Environmental Engineers $98,520 $62,520 1,280
67 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $98,430 $35,090 220
68 Commercial Pilots $97,620 $43,220 1,020
69 Nuclear Technicians $96,820 $66,820 140
70 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $96,670 $56,050 8,450
71 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $96,460 $40,760 90
72 Management Analysts $96,140 $52,750 14,420
73 Biochemists And Biophysicists $96,050 $49,200 1,000
74 Information Security Analysts $95,760 $58,850 2,180
75 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $95,100 $64,540 6,940
76 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $94,940 $56,990 180
77 Computer Systems Analysts $94,860 $58,420 14,860
78 Engineers, All Other $94,710 $50,900 9,600
79 Mechanical Engineers $94,280 $60,450 40,340
80 Electrical Engineers $94,020 $60,480 8,410
81 Hydrologists $93,920 $59,590 40
82 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $93,920 $42,720 640
83 Sales Engineers $93,740 $55,670 1,580
84 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $93,590 $46,080 2,420
85 Industrial Engineers $93,550 $60,860 25,380
86 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $93,160 $48,970 190
87 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $93,090 $43,710 1,900
88 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $92,620 $60,090 2,040
89 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $92,580 $55,320 38,010
90 Area, Ethnic, And Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $91,570 $61,780 200
91 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $90,730 $52,910 180
92 Computer And Information Research Scientists $90,350 $60,230 180
93 History Teachers, Postsecondary $89,620 $42,200 450
94 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,570 $53,380 1,350
95 Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, And Athletes $89,400 $37,230 180
96 Gambling Managers $89,310 $56,020 120
97 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $89,220 $55,030 390
98 Transportation Inspectors $88,520 $36,040 400
99 Database Administrators And Architects $88,440 $53,110 2,400
100 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $88,390 $68,020 1,080

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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