These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In North Carolina For 2019

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in North Carolina

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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in North Carolina.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 7 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 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 712 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 29, 2019.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In North Carolina

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $285,730 $179,970 660
2 Surgeons $278,260 $185,440 810
3 Orthodontists $276,550 $76,620 190
4 Internists, General $260,860 $151,850 440
5 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $255,100 $137,170 590
6 Family And General Practitioners $221,220 $115,590 1,850
7 Dentists, General $212,160 $93,320 3,360
8 Chief Executives $210,050 $71,670 3,820
9 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $198,040 $56,140 13,380
10 Psychiatrists $189,190 $83,600 440
11 Podiatrists $186,510 $75,690 190
12 Nurse Anesthetists $178,250 $130,080 3,050
13 Pediatricians, General $175,050 $100,420 1,010
14 Natural Sciences Managers $153,490 $85,690 2,960
15 Financial Managers $149,710 $72,100 15,730
16 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $149,470 $52,270 390
17 Sales Managers $147,690 $65,500 6,790
18 Marketing Managers $145,180 $77,420 6,150
19 Physicists $143,070 $57,140 330
20 Computer And Information Systems Managers $142,330 $85,110 12,740
21 Architectural And Engineering Managers $140,980 $93,100 4,060
22 Optometrists $136,260 $69,500 1,080
23 Personal Financial Advisors $134,860 $41,430 7,010
24 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $134,300 $35,180 10,090
25 Advertising And Promotions Managers $132,250 $60,100 220
26 General And Operations Managers $131,600 $53,320 54,330
27 Lawyers $129,990 $50,350 12,560
28 Compensation And Benefits Managers $128,400 $51,210 600
29 Human Resources Managers $126,060 $71,700 3,560
30 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $125,500 $69,260 1,260
31 Pharmacists $123,370 $86,020 9,970
32 Managers, All Other $121,500 $65,090 11,990
33 Training And Development Managers $120,170 $68,970 730
34 Purchasing Managers $118,710 $71,150 2,260
35 Medical And Health Services Managers $117,650 $70,230 9,230
36 Actuaries $117,190 $65,060 230
37 Materials Scientists $114,900 $76,480 110
38 Nuclear Engineers $113,110 $79,370 540
39 Industrial Production Managers $112,400 $67,500 5,690
40 Construction Managers $109,520 $64,880 11,220
41 Air Traffic Controllers $109,000 $68,420 520
42 Computer And Information Research Scientists $108,460 $53,500 140
43 Computer Hardware Engineers $108,090 $60,720 1,430
44 Computer Network Architects $108,040 $61,550 4,730
45 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $107,460 $51,890 4,620
46 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $107,080 $64,240 2,490
47 Administrative Services Managers $106,640 $59,020 4,500
48 Nurse Midwives $106,570 $79,230 170
49 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $106,080 $47,680 580
50 Software Developers, Systems Software $105,760 $69,100 7,070
51 Physician Assistants $104,680 $81,010 5,010
52 Veterinarians $104,540 $65,280 2,870
53 Information Security Analysts $104,430 $61,450 3,570
54 Nurse Practitioners $104,100 $82,000 4,760
55 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $103,420 $46,330 200
56 Software Developers, Applications $103,280 $62,340 30,580
57 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $101,520 $82,510 370
58 Statisticians $101,010 $62,660 1,500
59 Farmers, Ranchers, And Other Agricultural Managers $100,370 $66,110 50
60 Chiropractors $100,320 $60,370 770
61 Aerospace Engineers $100,080 $65,300 570
62 Chemical Engineers $99,810 $62,860 860
63 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $99,310 $47,290 8,820
64 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $98,740 $54,300 4,500
65 Management Analysts $98,730 $50,120 16,970
66 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $98,640 $42,180 12,510
67 Broadcast News Analysts $97,550 $39,340 40
68 Electrical Engineers $97,490 $57,950 5,090
69 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $97,070 $57,510 2,790
70 Art Directors $96,680 $47,670 310
71 Physical Scientists, All Other $96,450 $51,240 510
72 Sales Engineers $95,650 $58,360 2,580
73 Life Scientists, All Other $95,370 $53,640 180
74 Sociologists $95,260 $52,960 70
75 Computer Programmers $94,570 $54,790 6,210
76 Funeral Service Managers $94,170 $51,210 220
77 Computer Systems Analysts $93,480 $56,130 26,110
78 Biomedical Engineers $93,450 $58,080 350
79 Health Diagnosing And Treating Practitioners, All Other $92,950 $53,790 830
80 Database Administrators $92,140 $51,030 2,870
81 Biochemists And Biophysicists $90,150 $53,590 390
82 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,070 $42,250 440
83 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $89,940 $51,590 330
84 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $89,850 $44,290 1,400
85 Financial Analysts $89,020 $52,100 8,930
86 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $88,810 $35,630 11,080
87 Computer Occupations, All Other $88,650 $48,320 5,940
88 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $88,470 $42,310 3,440
89 Physical Therapists $87,560 $64,760 6,110
90 Mechanical Engineers $87,470 $54,010 8,000
91 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $87,410 $44,390 440
92 Directors, Religious Activities And Education $87,380 $59,620 170
93 Industrial Engineers $87,110 $55,130 9,160
94 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $86,460 $44,690 240
95 Nuclear Technicians $86,300 $67,420 400
96 Civil Engineers $86,270 $54,590 8,840
97 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $85,800 $44,510 960
98 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $84,980 $51,570 2,330
99 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $84,870 $49,460 11,690
100 Operations Research Analysts $84,860 $45,340 2,980

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