The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In New Jersey For 2020

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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 New Jersey

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 New Jersey. 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 New Jersey.

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

  1. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Psychiatrists
  4. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  5. Orthodontists
  6. Athletes and Sports Competitors
  7. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  8. Family Medicine Physicians
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 12 on the list of highest paid professions in the Garden 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 New Jersey For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 674 job classifications in New Jersey 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 New Jersey

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $279,660 $179,970 1,500
2 Chief Executives $253,320 $128,020 770
3 Psychiatrists $247,320 $146,970 920
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $244,060 $99,930 160
5 Orthodontists $240,110 $168,360 220
6 Athletes And Sports Competitors $222,460 $69,890 460
7 General Internal Medicine Physicians $220,790 $111,090 1,150
8 Family Medicine Physicians $215,980 $139,400 1,900
9 Pediatricians, General $215,040 $142,260 930
10 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $207,440 $60,390 16,650
11 Nurse Anesthetists $193,900 $137,020 700
12 Dentists, General $189,460 $91,980 3,310
13 Compensation And Benefits Managers $188,710 $114,710 430
14 Petroleum Engineers $183,550 $109,100 270
15 Computer And Information Systems Managers $181,620 $111,700 15,570
16 Marketing Managers $178,300 $94,440 11,220
17 Financial Managers $177,410 $91,960 22,000
18 Sales Managers $176,950 $86,840 14,770
19 Human Resources Managers $172,060 $92,900 4,220
20 Advertising And Promotions Managers $170,040 $97,840 360
21 Training And Development Managers $169,940 $97,500 960
22 Architectural And Engineering Managers $168,080 $112,960 4,160
23 Purchasing Managers $166,940 $103,300 2,010
24 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $165,470 $89,180 2,100
25 General And Operations Managers $164,090 $68,920 46,400
26 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $154,430 $86,230 2,110
27 Construction Managers $147,410 $88,270 6,920
28 Lawyers $147,170 $69,240 21,690
29 Physicists $146,780 $74,990 510
30 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $143,410 $84,940 15,360
31 Industrial Production Managers $136,830 $79,070 5,290
32 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $135,700 $109,680 5,330
33 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $134,250 $38,340 1,070
34 Podiatrists $133,490 $57,800 390
35 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $130,850 $72,570 12,840
36 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $129,990 $92,780 9,370
37 Physician Assistants $129,440 $39,690 2,520
38 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $128,830 $78,090 3,300
39 Chemical Engineers $126,670 $77,370 1,350
40 Computer Network Architects $126,310 $44,230 4,940
41 Veterinarians $125,110 $60,930 1,420
42 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $124,890 $71,980 5,680
43 Computer And Information Research Scientists $124,540 $80,150 1,110
44 Nurse Practitioners $123,810 $92,780 6,460
45 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $123,780 $47,700 370
46 Optometrists $122,190 $82,630 950
47 Pharmacists $121,650 $89,080 10,080
48 Information Security Analysts $121,570 $66,530 4,120
49 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $121,400 $83,640 1,590
50 Chiropractors $121,060 $61,920 810
51 Mathematicians $121,040 $67,840 290
52 Personal Financial Advisors $120,880 $54,330 4,480
53 Medical And Health Services Managers $120,650 $82,850 12,620
54 Actuaries $120,480 $69,000 850
55 Electrical Engineers $119,430 $66,390 3,440
56 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $118,340 $43,440 2,540
57 Nurse Midwives $117,280 $85,490 170
58 Computer Hardware Engineers $116,860 $75,840 1,580
59 Aerospace Engineers $116,740 $81,120 2,100
60 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $116,270 $42,920 4,480
61 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $116,120 $72,350 3,020
62 Air Traffic Controllers $115,940 $70,130 190
63 Database Administrators And Architects $115,600 $64,350 4,090
64 Sociologists $115,500 $50,350 40
65 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $115,480 $64,280 1,050
66 Hydrologists $114,950 $61,470 160
67 Financial Examiners $114,640 $54,600 1,890
68 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $113,510 $78,080 300
69 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $113,510 $68,790 50,320
70 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $113,120 $70,760 450
71 Geological And Hydrologic Technicians $112,890 $51,140 390
72 Labor Relations Specialists $111,570 $19,240 4,160
73 Statisticians $111,410 $58,670 1,250
74 Engineers, All Other $110,840 $51,820 3,950
75 First-Line Supervisors Of Correctional Officers $110,690 $85,590 640
76 Operations Research Analysts $110,320 $60,660 3,010
77 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $108,600 $49,750 170
78 Art Directors $108,490 $62,450 1,020
79 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $108,110 $48,030 1,020
80 Sales Engineers $107,960 $59,450 1,300
81 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $107,330 $49,800 420
82 Radiation Therapists $106,630 $80,880 600
83 Management Analysts $106,380 $54,680 15,250
84 Materials Scientists $105,510 $64,490 180
85 Computer Systems Analysts $104,630 $59,610 18,510
86 Arbitrators, Mediators, And Conciliators $104,370 $51,940 130
87 Pile Driver Operators $103,900 $61,550 60
88 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $103,540 $57,440 520
89 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $103,460 $58,290 3,440
90 Epidemiologists $103,390 $61,560 130
91 Education Administrators, All Other $103,350 $60,120 530
92 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $103,240 $58,510 11,140
93 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $103,100 $56,080 170
94 Civil Engineers $102,950 $60,020 7,420
95 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $102,210 $54,510 660
96 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $100,850 $51,500 4,680
97 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $99,170 $52,370 16,870
98 Physical Therapists $99,060 $70,400 7,860
99 Industrial Engineers $97,810 $65,460 5,090
100 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $97,790 $39,970 230

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