These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In North Carolina For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 8 months ago
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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 North Carolina. 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 North Carolina.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Orthodontists
  3. Internists, General
  4. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  6. Dentists, General
  7. Chief Executives
  8. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  9. Psychiatrists
  10. Pediatricians, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 6 on the list of highest paid professions in the Tar Heel 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 North Carolina For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 721 job classifications in North Carolina 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In North Carolina

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $279,530 $183,690 1,110
2 Orthodontists $274,520 $147,400 150
3 Internists, General $270,610 $163,060 680
4 Dentists, All Other Specialists $241,130 $148,610 160
5 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $240,470 $132,600 570
6 Dentists, General $225,890 $102,000 3,230
7 Chief Executives $225,500 $96,010 3,820
8 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $220,420 $59,920 10,360
9 Psychiatrists $209,010 $109,460 470
10 Pediatricians, General $201,950 $93,300 860
11 Family And General Practitioners $201,500 $107,340 2,740
12 Nurse Anesthetists $171,040 $124,390 2,340
13 Podiatrists $160,410 $75,290 200
14 Natural Sciences Managers $152,270 $86,500 2,670
15 Financial Managers $146,610 $80,490 15,780
16 Marketing Managers $145,400 $76,940 5,790
17 Sales Managers $143,120 $63,830 6,710
18 Architectural And Engineering Managers $141,820 $92,100 3,670
19 Computer And Information Systems Managers $140,900 $87,430 12,360
20 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $140,650 $45,930 740
21 Optometrists $137,810 $74,060 940
22 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $137,480 $41,400 10,260
23 Lawyers $137,200 $48,560 10,830
24 Compensation And Benefits Managers $134,480 $64,440 550
25 General And Operations Managers $133,390 $55,710 52,650
26 Training And Development Managers $128,180 $74,770 730
27 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $125,650 $69,030 1,130
28 Personal Financial Advisors $125,240 $44,600 6,640
29 Managers, All Other $124,890 $69,610 11,400
30 Human Resources Managers $124,160 $71,800 3,670
31 Pharmacists $122,810 $93,630 9,430
32 Advertising And Promotions Managers $122,650 $59,840 330
33 Purchasing Managers $118,280 $72,530 2,190
34 Nuclear Engineers $116,970 $73,890 780
35 Medical And Health Services Managers $116,710 $70,580 8,660
36 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $114,450 $48,400 680
37 Actuaries $113,570 $60,160 340
38 Air Traffic Controllers $108,110 $68,020 550
39 Industrial Production Managers $107,670 $67,640 5,110
40 Computer Network Architects $107,470 $65,410 4,780
41 Software Developers, Systems Software $106,940 $71,470 8,070
42 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $106,860 $61,880 2,380
43 Construction Managers $106,470 $63,420 9,860
44 Nurse Practitioners $106,320 $79,550 4,130
45 Administrative Services Managers $105,370 $60,610 4,610
46 Nurse Midwives $105,090 $72,570 170
47 Physicists $105,000 $27,790 440
48 Veterinarians $104,590 $59,440 2,880
49 Computer And Information Research Scientists $103,710 $49,670 110
50 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $103,710 $49,630 4,940
51 Electrical Engineers $103,260 $62,600 5,370
52 Computer Hardware Engineers $103,030 $57,640 1,730
53 Materials Scientists $102,950 $49,300 140
54 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $102,240 $74,200 2,430
55 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $101,790 $60,890 3,230
56 Physician Assistants $101,650 $76,600 4,510
57 Statisticians $101,610 $58,850 1,330
58 Software Developers, Applications $101,000 $61,710 26,430
59 Information Security Analysts $100,650 $61,220 4,090
60 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $100,050 $46,960 8,670
61 Funeral Service Managers $98,690 $63,380 230
62 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $98,660 $53,780 3,840
63 Chemical Engineers $97,480 $66,650 970
64 Materials Engineers $96,910 $63,630 410
65 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $96,670 $42,800 210
66 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $96,520 $39,960 12,290
67 Aerospace Engineers $96,340 $62,830 610
68 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $95,440 $42,080 510
69 Engineers, All Other $95,370 $55,630 1,550
70 Art Directors $95,340 $42,290 350
71 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $95,300 $76,180 290
72 Physical Scientists, All Other $94,890 $50,320 560
73 Chiropractors $94,450 $61,770 770
74 Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers $93,780 $63,230 50
75 Management Analysts $93,590 $47,190 15,470
76 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $93,150 $64,170 40
77 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $93,130 $44,460 1,510
78 Computer Systems Analysts $92,140 $56,440 25,000
79 Life Scientists, All Other $92,120 $51,990 170
80 Sociologists $91,400 $48,350 140
81 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $90,970 $45,870 500
82 Psychologists, All Other $90,760 $43,630 300
83 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $90,570 $51,520 2,210
84 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $90,430 $45,090 280
85 Sales Engineers $90,260 $46,030 2,920
86 Computer Programmers $90,250 $51,030 6,820
87 Economists $89,310 $47,170 220
88 Database Administrators $89,120 $48,530 2,730
89 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $88,360 $42,320 3,480
90 Industrial Engineers $88,250 $55,400 9,080
91 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $88,020 $31,940 9,510
92 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $87,970 $49,760 120
93 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $87,910 $48,110 350
94 Financial Analysts $87,900 $51,250 8,690
95 Directors, Religious Activities And Education $87,860 $52,460 140
96 Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners, All Other $87,840 $51,490 680
97 Broadcast News Analysts $87,310 $41,070 50
98 Biochemists And Biophysicists $87,290 $51,840 370
99 Physical Therapists $86,680 $64,410 6,190
100 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $86,620 $43,640 1,110

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