The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Nashville, TN For 2020

by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Nashville

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 the Nashville area. 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 Pediatricians, General are the highest paid people in Nashville.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 8 on the list of highest paid professions in Nashville. 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Nashville and Tennessee job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Nashville For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 558 job classifications in Nashville 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 BLS data for this analysis which came out on March 29, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Nashville

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Pediatricians, General $230,510 $139,340 190
2 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $215,020 $107,380 1,940
3 Family Medicine Physicians $192,750 $98,480 380
4 Psychiatrists $191,510 $48,360 100
5 General Internal Medicine Physicians $191,150 $54,770 240
6 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $177,950 $45,990 80
7 Chief Executives $174,990 $50,110 3,580
8 Dentists, General $172,720 $101,210 640
9 Nurse Anesthetists $153,980 $120,900 1,320
10 Architectural and Engineering Managers $132,210 $83,690 940
11 Pharmacists $131,380 $64,870 2,230
12 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $130,290 $50,820 140
13 Marketing Managers $129,840 $62,880 2,320
14 Lawyers $129,740 $63,510 3,350
15 Computer and Information Systems Managers $129,210 $72,290 3,210
16 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $127,060 $36,040 210
17 Sales Managers $126,040 $51,690 3,710
18 Purchasing Managers $123,300 $60,980 520
19 Podiatrists $121,740 $78,410 30
20 General and Operations Managers $120,810 $47,920 16,840
21 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $115,850 $62,460 300
22 Veterinarians $113,790 $81,140 570
23 Optometrists $110,800 $85,950 310
24 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $110,530 $55,100 420
25 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $109,460 $46,960 500
26 Medical and Health Services Managers $107,820 $54,620 4,180
27 Commercial Pilots $107,720 $70,120 60
28 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $105,830 $54,780 100
29 Natural Sciences Managers $105,010 $50,260 130
30 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $104,900 $45,010 680
31 Sales Engineers $104,150 $36,460 180
32 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $103,950 $53,000 3,200
33 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $103,080 $60,460 130
34 Continuous Mining Machine Operators $102,690 $46,630 30
35 Industrial Production Managers $102,330 $58,560 1,170
36 Training and Development Managers $102,130 $54,240 460
37 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $101,230 $33,870 140
38 Human Resources Managers $100,090 $54,070 1,700
39 Computer Network Architects $99,540 $61,430 1,040
40 Advertising and Promotions Managers $95,460 $51,510 320
41 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $95,380 $59,510 6,000
42 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $94,780 $53,080 270
43 Computer Programmers $94,540 $59,100 1,460
44 Nurse Practitioners $94,360 $60,730 2,310
45 History Teachers, Postsecondary $94,000 $46,160 200
46 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $93,000 $46,280 280
47 Chemical Engineers $92,840 $46,250 60
48 Electrical Engineers $92,470 $63,040 640
49 Mechanical Engineers $92,420 $57,720 1,010
50 Education Teachers, Postsecondary $92,290 $52,010 260
51 Biochemists and Biophysicists $92,200 $47,190 370
52 Education Administrators, All Other $90,980 $43,090 160
53 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $90,710 $46,580 1,190
54 Psychologists, All Other $90,340 $46,100 70
55 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $89,860 $45,880 2,220
56 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $89,270 $64,460 80
57 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $88,890 $45,470 150
58 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $88,400 $60,940 1,520
59 Postmasters and Mail Superintendents $87,580 $77,060 60
60 Designers, All Other $87,530 $29,680 300
61 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $87,510 $49,320 30
62 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $87,400 $52,320 550
63 Personal Financial Advisors $87,120 $35,070 1,210
64 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $86,920 $41,650 520
65 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $86,750 $35,320 5,700
66 Funeral Home Managers $86,720 $39,980 170
67 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $86,530 $55,900 30
68 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $86,430 $50,970 410
69 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $86,080 $52,390 200
70 Industrial Engineers $85,730 $57,770 1,470
71 Database Administrators and Architects $85,180 $42,310 900
72 Computer and Information Research Scientists $85,130 $37,800 40
73 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $84,610 $40,480 210
74 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $84,550 $65,560 560
75 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $84,490 $41,550 6,240
76 Financial Examiners $84,060 $42,620 690
77 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $83,940 $41,710 280
78 Civil Engineers $83,680 $52,490 1,360
79 Computer Systems Analysts $83,460 $52,610 4,440
80 Construction Managers $83,320 $46,370 2,860
81 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $83,100 $46,710 140
82 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $83,060 $46,530 120
83 Occupational Therapists $82,420 $60,350 960
84 Materials Engineers $82,180 $44,210 90
85 Epidemiologists $82,160 $65,720 110
86 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes $81,810 $19,370 770
87 Environmental Engineers $81,670 $55,150 310
88 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $81,630 $49,850 740
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $80,860 $50,530 2,040
90 Emergency Management Directors $80,650 $42,230 50
91 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $80,350 $57,470 150
92 Computer Hardware Engineers $80,050 $54,900 110
93 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $79,900 $55,630 120
94 Audiologists $79,750 $64,770 160
95 Management Analysts $79,730 $47,850 4,460
96 Engineers, All Other $79,720 $51,790 1,280
97 Physician Assistants $78,830 $35,390 850
98 Information Security Analysts $78,140 $44,910 900
99 Physical Therapists $77,580 $28,520 1,740
100 Radiation Therapists $77,200 $56,370 130
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