The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In North Dakota For 2020

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 North Dakota

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 Dakota. 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 General Internal Medicine Physicians are the highest paid people in North Dakota.

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

  1. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. Pediatricians, General
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Dentists, General
  6. Nurse Anesthetists
  7. Optometrists
  8. Chief Executives
  9. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
  10. Financial Managers

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 5 on the list of highest paid professions in the Peace 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 North Dakota For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 515 job classifications in North Dakota 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 North Dakota

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 General Internal Medicine Physicians $266,540 $178,470 60
2 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $266,010 $159,760 40
3 Pediatricians, General $258,680 $156,170 30
4 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $229,550 $63,560 880
5 Dentists, General $225,770 $102,960 200
6 Nurse Anesthetists $195,010 $166,660 130
7 Optometrists $174,290 $102,100 140
8 Chief Executives $163,790 $56,940 280
9 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $135,240 $64,610 120
10 Financial Managers $133,980 $71,230 1,450
11 Purchasing Managers $133,330 $72,720 90
12 Architectural And Engineering Managers $131,030 $87,720 270
13 Sales Managers $126,560 $58,700 490
14 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $125,980 $57,560 350
15 Petroleum Engineers $125,930 $69,310 220
16 Marketing Managers $124,780 $72,800 190
17 Medical And Health Services Managers $124,470 $69,090 800
18 Computer And Information Systems Managers $120,860 $73,870 480
19 Natural Sciences Managers $119,230 $85,590 130
20 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $117,190 $72,830 980
21 Human Resources Managers $116,000 $77,630 240
22 Lawyers $113,280 $58,200 1,040
23 Physician Assistants $112,240 $85,770 240
24 Nurse Practitioners $110,950 $84,190 520
25 Construction Managers $106,090 $47,520 1,270
26 Industrial Production Managers $103,740 $65,470 470
27 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $103,320 $71,570 110
28 General And Operations Managers $102,850 $43,240 8,090
29 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $102,670 $50,380 50
30 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $101,020 $67,320 780
31 Pharmacists $100,560 $27,150 1,200
32 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $100,180 $53,510 100
33 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $99,680 $45,100 160
34 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $99,090 $54,900 180
35 Electrical Engineers $97,640 $59,660 510
36 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $97,510 $59,400 490
37 Commercial Pilots $96,110 $59,500 270
38 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $95,130 $62,900 160
39 Veterinarians $94,680 $66,290 210
40 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $94,530 $35,810 580
41 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $92,530 $56,460 380
42 Clinical, Counseling, And School Psychologists $92,370 $45,170 240
43 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $92,200 $55,890 30
44 Sales Engineers $91,150 $58,750 50
45 Computer Network Architects $91,030 $67,570 110
46 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $89,900 $66,200 140
47 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $89,860 $54,760 430
48 Transportation Inspectors $89,110 $50,350 70
49 Training And Development Managers $88,470 $45,810 70
50 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $88,270 $45,430 480
51 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,160 $51,960 130
52 Air Traffic Controllers $88,080 $60,300 100
53 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $87,930 $46,220 140
54 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $87,400 $60,430 180
55 Information Security Analysts $87,090 $50,000 120
56 Power Plant Operators $86,870 $59,580 340
57 Civil Engineers $86,480 $55,940 1,330
58 Personal Financial Advisors $85,670 $41,320 370
59 Electrical Power-Line Installers And Repairers $85,410 $51,220 730
60 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $85,130 $37,470 150
61 Industrial Engineers $83,780 $48,490 310
62 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $82,930 $46,580 1,430
63 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $81,690 $55,190 570
64 Physical Therapists $81,630 $65,000 640
65 Chemists $80,280 $46,600 80
66 Loan Officers $79,790 $39,800 1,430
67 Calibration Technologists And Technicians And Engineering Technologists And Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other $79,210 $42,680 690
68 Environmental Engineers $79,200 $52,830 150
69 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $79,020 $43,060 80
70 Insurance Underwriters $78,990 $44,920 140
71 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $78,920 $45,480 340
72 Chiropractors $78,520 $46,370 260
73 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $78,350 $42,420 160
74 Mechanical Engineers $78,280 $49,640 550
75 Management Analysts $78,110 $47,800 610
76 Database Administrators And Architects $78,110 $36,450 120
77 First-Line Supervisors Of Mechanics, Installers, And Repairers $78,080 $50,260 1,920
78 Soil And Plant Scientists $78,080 $45,190 370
79 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $77,970 $44,330 70
80 First-Line Supervisors Of Construction Trades And Extraction Workers $77,860 $49,310 3,830
81 Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary $77,410 $43,040 30
82 Financial Examiners $77,360 $42,950 220
83 Physical Scientists, All Other $77,320 $34,890 70
84 Computer Programmers $76,820 $49,020 600
85 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $76,680 $39,430 940
86 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Except Technical And Scientific Products $76,130 $37,350 3,770
87 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $76,130 $58,990 70
88 Engineers, All Other $75,700 $32,250 320
89 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $75,530 $37,040 90
90 Surveyors $75,390 $47,200 300
91 Wind Turbine Service Technicians $75,280 $45,050 120
92 Labor Relations Specialists $75,230 $42,980 130
93 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Commercial And Industrial Equipment $75,170 $44,780 340
94 Operations Research Analysts $75,060 $46,190 110
95 History Teachers, Postsecondary $75,000 $46,530 50
96 Project Management Specialists And Business Operations Specialists, All Other $74,790 $43,580 2,370
97 Control And Valve Installers And Repairers, Except Mechanical Door $74,750 $42,470 170
98 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $74,750 $47,780 590
99 Judicial Law Clerks $74,520 $66,130 40
100 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $74,300 $41,890 30

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