The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Montana 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 Montana

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 Montana. 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 Obstetricians And Gynecologists are the highest paid people in Montana.

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

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

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

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 555 job classifications in Montana 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.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Montana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $256,200 $148,240 70
2 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $247,720 $108,460 1,170
3 Pediatricians, General $245,090 $141,130 80
4 Nurse Anesthetists $239,380 $175,010 60
5 Family Medicine Physicians $219,990 $87,460 440
6 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $219,320 $53,590 130
7 General Internal Medicine Physicians $202,100 $61,730 80
8 Dentists, General $150,170 $72,370 380
9 Petroleum Engineers $145,660 $61,760 190
10 Chief Executives $142,340 $42,610 340
11 Sales Managers $134,420 $61,800 310
12 Podiatrists $133,230 $74,070 40
13 Industrial Production Managers $126,280 $72,690 160
14 Architectural And Engineering Managers $117,340 $86,350 270
15 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $115,560 $72,240 110
16 Pharmacists $115,270 $85,380 1,420
17 Physician Assistants $112,330 $81,920 640
18 Financial Managers $110,070 $52,590 850
19 Nurse Practitioners $109,120 $84,070 620
20 Industrial Engineers $108,360 $67,840 220
21 Marketing Managers $107,190 $60,980 160
22 Chemical Engineers $107,110 $67,090 120
23 Computer Network Architects $106,210 $60,190 250
24 Purchasing Managers $104,970 $64,790 60
25 Computer And Information Systems Managers $104,610 $58,070 700
26 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $103,240 $34,430 360
27 Natural Sciences Managers $103,130 $78,260 300
28 Human Resources Managers $99,610 $66,740 330
29 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $99,240 $58,120 80
30 General And Operations Managers $98,980 $44,180 6,370
31 Construction Managers $98,170 $56,720 730
32 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $97,370 $52,700 90
33 Medical And Health Services Managers $97,230 $59,800 1,540
34 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $97,170 $34,220 530
35 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $96,570 $58,630 90
36 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $94,130 $73,960 40
37 Radiation Therapists $94,100 $53,770 70
38 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $93,850 $48,030 400
39 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $93,330 $63,150 170
40 Optometrists $93,060 $54,360 150
41 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $92,820 $54,770 220
42 Microbiologists $91,780 $40,330 130
43 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $91,680 $55,400 260
44 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $91,480 $53,250 50
45 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $90,320 $37,510 90
46 Electrical Engineers $90,050 $51,130 570
47 Area, Ethnic, And Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $88,990 $37,500 80
48 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, And Gaugers $88,630 $67,180 480
49 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $88,200 $68,250 720
50 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $88,190 $49,760 1,760
51 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $88,060 $62,110 790
52 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $87,860 $50,240 220
53 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $87,280 $41,370 80
54 Environmental Engineers $87,020 $54,960 440
55 Power Plant Operators $86,740 $51,380 120
56 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $86,230 $19,720 240
57 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $86,140 $40,640 1,190
58 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $85,700 $37,550 840
59 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $85,440 $43,540 110
60 History Teachers, Postsecondary $85,320 $41,670 70
61 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $83,160 $24,710 140
62 Lawyers $83,030 $43,750 2,060
63 Engineers, All Other $82,960 $58,110 250
64 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $82,620 $56,890 110
65 Physical Therapists $82,130 $59,810 1,150
66 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $82,120 $33,030 90
67 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $81,430 $65,350 80
68 Credit Analysts $81,380 $44,990 150
69 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $81,220 $53,150 450
70 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $81,070 $28,870 160
71 Logisticians $80,260 $50,600 170
72 Economists $80,060 $53,790 80
73 Veterinarians $79,850 $39,570 420
74 Civil Engineers $79,400 $53,360 1,440
75 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $79,080 $61,880 40
76 Computer Programmers $78,750 $44,190 600
77 Commercial Pilots $78,570 $39,170 330
78 Education Administrators, All Other $78,570 $54,690 50
79 Continuous Mining Machine Operators $78,130 $47,080 150
80 Air Traffic Controllers $78,070 $62,220 70
81 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $77,890 $18,560 30
82 Nursing Instructors And Teachers, Postsecondary $77,770 $53,790 240
83 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $77,520 $58,060 180
84 Mechanical Engineers $77,350 $48,630 620
85 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $76,980 $40,020 60
86 Occupational Therapists $76,670 $55,390 370
87 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $75,980 $33,240 180
88 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $75,680 $51,720 340
89 Dental Hygienists $75,610 $60,720 780
90 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $75,520 $44,700 140
91 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $75,270 $43,080 500
92 Hydrologists $74,680 $47,170 190
93 Information Security Analysts $74,250 $37,800 110
94 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $74,190 $33,590 80
95 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $73,940 $53,850 150
96 Computer Systems Analysts $73,850 $49,600 610
97 Audiologists $73,840 $42,940 60
98 Speech-Language Pathologists $72,500 $44,800 380
99 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Commercial And Industrial Equipment $72,380 $39,850 140
100 Psychologists, All Other $72,020 $33,880 80

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