The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Mississippi 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 Mississippi

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 Mississippi. 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, Except Ophthalmologists are the highest paid people in Mississippi.

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

  1. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  2. Pediatricians, General
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  5. Family Medicine Physicians
  6. Nurse Anesthetists
  7. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  8. Dentists, General
  9. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  10. Optometrists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 8 on the list of highest paid professions in the Magnolia 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 Mississippi For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 618 job classifications in Mississippi 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 Mississippi

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $276,170 $179,250 250
2 Pediatricians, General $249,270 $144,690 130
3 Psychiatrists $239,720 $60,130 70
4 General Internal Medicine Physicians $218,830 $64,920 210
5 Family Medicine Physicians $208,500 $76,020 850
6 Nurse Anesthetists $177,820 $141,110 260
7 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $171,050 $47,760 2,020
8 Dentists, General $153,220 $88,990 670
9 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $150,240 $46,660 1,720
10 Optometrists $127,790 $48,120 230
11 Architectural And Engineering Managers $125,840 $82,550 920
12 Pharmacists $122,060 $94,950 2,390
13 Chief Executives $119,870 $18,650 650
14 Nurse Midwives $119,640 $83,660 40
15 Petroleum Engineers $118,530 $86,630 500
16 Orthotists And Prosthetists $112,300 $55,650 70
17 Nurse Practitioners $110,740 $78,040 3,390
18 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $110,200 $38,880 80
19 Chemical Engineers $108,990 $60,220 210
20 Compensation And Benefits Managers $107,070 $51,630 60
21 Aerospace Engineers $106,570 $73,460 80
22 Industrial Production Managers $105,430 $59,570 1,770
23 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $105,270 $56,300 210
24 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $104,550 $59,300 210
25 Computer And Information Systems Managers $104,360 $58,370 1,090
26 Sales Managers $104,000 $49,900 1,200
27 Purchasing Managers $103,480 $54,350 430
28 Nuclear Engineers $102,190 $71,270 120
29 Natural Sciences Managers $100,200 $55,160 190
30 Physician Assistants $99,810 $53,580 160
31 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $98,660 $78,270 180
32 Physicists $97,890 $53,460 100
33 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $97,490 $48,510 1,460
34 Computer Network Architects $97,240 $45,690 330
35 Computer And Information Research Scientists $96,540 $59,210 290
36 Medical And Health Services Managers $96,210 $49,270 3,030
37 Electrical Engineers $95,890 $66,980 1,290
38 Financial Managers $95,800 $45,750 4,030
39 Lawyers $95,040 $20,720 3,260
40 Human Resources Managers $94,400 $56,260 620
41 Radiation Therapists $93,370 $60,190 160
42 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $93,260 $53,410 80
43 Marketing Managers $92,880 $44,290 650
44 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $92,560 $49,190 50
45 Soil And Plant Scientists $92,250 $51,760 70
46 Sales Engineers $91,460 $65,770 130
47 Physical Therapists $91,050 $66,920 1,630
48 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $90,920 $43,330 430
49 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $89,690 $58,370 500
50 Ship Engineers $89,670 $60,410 80
51 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $89,250 $32,940 510
52 Training And Development Managers $89,230 $42,450 130
53 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $89,230 $49,480 360
54 Personal Financial Advisors $87,860 $29,610 700
55 Computer Hardware Engineers $87,840 $52,000 130
56 Civil Engineers $87,690 $54,580 1,740
57 Physical Scientists, All Other $87,530 $50,590 320
58 Chiropractors $87,280 $22,940 130
59 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $87,030 $49,430 2,200
60 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $86,560 $65,740 290
61 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $86,460 $51,330 1,040
62 Psychologists, All Other $86,110 $39,360 50
63 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $85,530 $58,330 40
64 Transportation Inspectors $85,330 $57,800 200
65 Air Traffic Controllers $84,740 $63,220 120
66 Nuclear Technicians $84,170 $42,960 40
67 General And Operations Managers $83,440 $26,090 20,530
68 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $82,760 $33,570 150
69 Occupational Therapists $82,480 $53,910 910
70 Financial Examiners $82,030 $35,700 140
71 Veterinarians $81,950 $49,080 510
72 Engineers, All Other $81,650 $27,610 570
73 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $81,410 $68,770 180
74 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $81,230 $44,070 210
75 Construction Managers $81,220 $40,880 1,210
76 Mechanical Engineers $81,170 $52,560 1,440
77 Advertising And Promotions Managers $81,010 $40,300 80
78 Biological Scientists, All Other $80,520 $41,000 300
79 Chemists $80,250 $46,280 300
80 Industrial Engineers $80,160 $46,730 2,040
81 Database Administrators And Architects $79,720 $44,870 390
82 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $79,520 $29,900 1,330
83 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $79,420 $32,880 2,460
84 Materials Engineers $78,730 $51,860 170
85 Funeral Home Managers $78,560 $31,380 130
86 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $78,330 $57,170 2,910
87 Gambling Managers $77,880 $45,780 280
88 Area, Ethnic, And Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $76,890 $53,130 30
89 Power Plant Operators $76,790 $48,010 300
90 Computer Programmers $76,740 $47,470 780
91 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $76,640 $40,330 120
92 Directors, Religious Activities And Education $76,220 $55,210 40
93 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $76,210 $52,650 60
94 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $76,200 $60,730 160
95 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $76,100 $51,270 70
96 Information Security Analysts $75,980 $43,140 400
97 Environmental Engineers $75,940 $44,210 390
98 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, And Gaugers $75,890 $45,350 830
99 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $75,840 $47,320 60
100 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $75,760 $51,910 110

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