These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Montana For 2019

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by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth 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 Surgeons are the highest paid people in Montana.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. Pediatricians, General
  4. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  5. Nurse Anesthetists
  6. Family and General Practitioners
  7. Internists, General
  8. Dentists, General
  9. Psychiatrists
  10. Petroleum Engineers

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 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 559 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, 2019.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Montana

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $266,470 $169,610 120
2 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $265,440 $158,450 70
3 Pediatricians, General $248,370 $142,290 70
4 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $247,260 $95,680 1,020
5 Nurse Anesthetists $246,370 $173,460 60
6 Family And General Practitioners $214,710 $78,660 480
7 Internists, General $205,220 $57,050 60
8 Dentists, General $170,260 $70,710 480
9 Psychiatrists $167,370 $54,380 90
10 Petroleum Engineers $141,530 $59,850 210
11 Chief Executives $132,400 $42,680 340
12 Industrial Production Managers $127,380 $68,210 140
13 Marketing Managers $125,860 $62,140 190
14 Architectural And Engineering Managers $125,330 $87,770 260
15 Podiatrists $119,040 $69,380 60
16 Pharmacists $112,290 $81,500 1,360
17 Optometrists $110,370 $62,980 120
18 Financial Managers $109,940 $55,340 790
19 Physician Assistants $106,130 $74,860 630
20 Natural Sciences Managers $104,930 $77,420 310
21 Computer And Information Systems Managers $104,630 $58,030 670
22 Nurse Practitioners $103,510 $74,710 640
23 Purchasing Managers $102,830 $59,780 60
24 Personal Financial Advisors $102,730 $28,750 380
25 Industrial Engineers $100,640 $65,490 190
26 Financial Analysts $99,630 $50,790 170
27 Human Resources Managers $99,360 $67,610 270
28 General And Operations Managers $98,990 $43,470 5,380
29 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $97,400 $47,280 410
30 Sales Engineers $96,530 $57,160 30
31 Medical And Health Services Managers $96,180 $55,950 1,430
32 Construction Managers $96,000 $58,370 630
33 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $95,030 $84,780 80
34 Computer Programmers $94,480 $44,320 650
35 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $92,680 $46,850 210
36 Electrical Engineers $92,120 $57,670 550
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $91,610 $19,480 400
38 Economists $89,980 $53,410 80
39 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $89,920 $57,380 140
40 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $89,270 $32,610 650
41 Lawyers $88,600 $47,090 2,100
42 Computer Network Architects $88,520 $51,440 230
43 Chemical Engineers $87,350 $38,270 100
44 Software Developers, Applications $87,120 $52,060 990
45 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $86,500 $68,010 640
46 Microbiologists $85,900 $36,340 110
47 Administrative Services Managers $85,860 $52,130 230
48 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $85,770 $31,230 80
49 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $85,210 $18,070 60
50 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $85,200 $60,410 800
51 Environmental Engineers $84,960 $54,010 460
52 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $84,790 $64,940 140
53 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $84,660 $61,220 110
54 Power Plant Operators $83,580 $56,770 240
55 Commercial Pilots $82,290 $36,830 330
56 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $81,670 $38,870 110
57 Radiation Therapists $81,580 $50,890 60
58 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $81,210 $53,020 430
59 Petroleum Pump System Operators, Refinery Operators, And Gaugers $80,340 $56,470 430
60 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $79,850 $38,030 920
61 Engineers, All Other $79,590 $55,360 210
62 Veterinarians $79,380 $38,260 390
63 Physical Therapists $79,050 $57,700 1,040
64 Software Developers, Systems Software $77,560 $47,700 690
65 Civil Engineers $77,480 $50,580 1,350
66 Transportation Inspectors $77,390 $47,180 170
67 Air Traffic Controllers $77,150 $61,290 70
68 Mechanical Engineers $77,140 $48,050 550
69 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $77,100 $18,570 200
70 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $77,040 $23,970 40
71 Managers, All Other $76,990 $36,250 1,100
72 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $76,980 $60,350 40
73 Insurance Underwriters $76,830 $36,670 190
74 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $76,700 $57,810 160
75 Computer Systems Analysts $76,380 $47,300 640
76 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $76,080 $46,200 50
77 Occupational Therapists $74,940 $50,860 360
78 Education Administrators, All Other $74,700 $53,630 70
79 Hydrologists $74,660 $50,510 170
80 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $74,440 $24,430 130
81 Dental Hygienists $74,350 $62,950 730
82 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $73,900 $41,550 70
83 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $73,820 $51,680 330
84 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $73,190 $30,730 190
85 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $73,170 $36,640 90
86 Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners, All Other $73,070 $21,980 240
87 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $72,960 $48,020 100
88 Management Analysts $72,860 $44,970 610
89 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $72,640 $38,180 100
90 Audiologists $72,290 $48,710 50
91 Credit Analysts $71,890 $42,590 150
92 Nursing Instructors And Teachers, Postsecondary $71,830 $45,290 140
93 Logisticians $71,800 $41,410 140
94 Industrial Engineering Technicians $70,500 $47,940 30
95 Gas Plant Operators $70,400 $56,750 60
96 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $70,380 $55,000 100
97 Continuous Mining Machine Operators $70,310 $45,750 130
98 Financial Examiners $70,180 $39,760 110
99 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $69,970 $19,310 90
100 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $69,940 $51,200 140

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