The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania For 2020

By Chris Kolmar - May. 14, 2020

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania. 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 Orthodontists are the highest paid people in Pennsylvania.

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

  1. Orthodontists
  2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Anesthesiologists
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  5. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Psychiatrists
  8. Family Medicine Physicians
  9. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  10. Pediatricians, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 12 on the list of highest paid professions in the Keystone 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 Pennsylvania For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 730 job classifications in Pennsylvania 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.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Pennsylvania

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Orthodontists $265,990 $158,300 220
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $258,650 $117,770 710
3 Anesthesiologists $248,250 $65,110 480
4 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $246,430 $83,780 430
5 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $229,550 $61,610 290
6 Chief Executives $228,620 $112,240 6,630
7 Psychiatrists $208,550 $84,710 1,180
8 Family Medicine Physicians $201,220 $106,220 3,210
9 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $198,750 $59,730 22,160
10 Pediatricians, General $191,450 $110,300 460
11 Nurse Anesthetists $174,240 $110,620 2,010
12 Dentists, General $164,760 $71,860 3,190
13 Financial Managers $153,350 $77,880 20,140
14 Architectural And Engineering Managers $152,530 $100,350 7,070
15 Sales Managers $150,210 $71,760 9,180
16 Natural Sciences Managers $148,780 $60,590 4,580
17 Marketing Managers $148,610 $79,870 7,710
18 Computer And Information Systems Managers $144,390 $89,570 15,040
19 Lawyers $142,890 $57,740 24,840
20 Podiatrists $137,270 $50,470 650
21 General And Operations Managers $132,110 $52,850 86,470
22 Human Resources Managers $131,530 $75,070 5,450
23 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $131,250 $55,470 710
24 Physicists $129,490 $56,940 370
25 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $129,370 $73,280 11,140
26 Sociologists $127,020 $63,980 60
27 Purchasing Managers $124,960 $76,800 2,340
28 Actuaries $123,750 $68,180 1,510
29 Advertising And Promotions Managers $121,200 $57,370 650
30 Compensation And Benefits Managers $120,430 $42,000 710
31 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $120,230 $66,210 1,960
32 Pharmacists $119,800 $77,600 14,750
33 Training And Development Managers $118,310 $70,560 1,060
34 Computer Hardware Engineers $118,050 $70,290 1,500
35 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $118,020 $51,750 2,560
36 Physical Scientists, All Other $116,120 $67,120 450
37 Nuclear Engineers $115,810 $80,360 850
38 Air Traffic Controllers $113,590 $63,650 380
39 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $113,490 $58,320 7,410
40 Aerospace Engineers $112,840 $74,590 680
41 Computer Network Architects $111,450 $65,500 7,180
42 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $111,290 $47,020 1,650
43 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $111,220 $57,750 5,330
44 Industrial Production Managers $109,690 $65,790 6,880
45 Petroleum Engineers $108,860 $67,980 970
46 Construction Managers $108,820 $53,480 9,740
47 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $108,710 $65,030 7,980
48 Dentists, All Other Specialists $108,480 $84,740 140
49 Computer And Information Research Scientists $108,460 $66,500 370
50 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $108,420 $19,370 680
51 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $107,130 $54,110 1,250
52 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $107,050 $33,120 4,970
53 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $106,760 $55,090 330
54 Political Scientists $106,590 $55,010 120
55 Veterinarians $105,670 $58,160 3,560
56 Personal Financial Advisors $104,330 $42,920 9,260
57 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $103,770 $51,960 640
58 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $103,600 $54,100 1,490
59 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $103,260 $57,440 4,720
60 Physician Assistants $102,620 $69,260 7,200
61 Nurse Practitioners $101,950 $72,940 7,820
62 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $101,710 $68,950 8,470
63 Information Security Analysts $101,390 $62,440 3,340
64 Biochemists And Biophysicists $100,860 $50,030 1,510
65 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $100,790 $49,610 220
66 Sales Engineers $100,300 $55,210 3,200
67 Commercial Pilots $99,840 $55,920 500
68 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $99,280 $62,500 39,590
69 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $99,200 $38,510 15,130
70 Nurse Midwives $98,680 $73,070 400
71 Medical And Health Services Managers $98,560 $53,600 17,330
72 Electrical Engineers $98,190 $60,360 9,110
73 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $97,860 $52,470 820
74 Computer Systems Analysts $97,560 $56,550 21,500
75 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $97,430 $48,980 3,190
76 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $97,370 $56,050 3,500
77 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $97,240 $47,430 860
78 Art Directors $96,510 $48,410 1,400
79 Engineers, All Other $96,310 $55,700 4,910
80 Materials Scientists $96,300 $53,440 350
81 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $96,040 $61,890 3,600
82 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $96,000 $47,130 12,010
83 Chemical Engineers $94,790 $66,120 1,000
84 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $94,290 $48,900 770
85 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $93,830 $40,490 600
86 Environmental Engineers $93,810 $57,750 2,700
87 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $93,270 $66,630 290
88 Financial Examiners $92,790 $54,010 1,750
89 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $92,700 $57,760 550
90 History Teachers, Postsecondary $92,660 $47,600 1,030
91 Materials Engineers $92,140 $56,480 1,660
92 Funeral Home Managers $92,070 $60,370 640
93 Philosophy And Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $91,250 $48,380 1,020
94 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $91,150 $48,620 17,480
95 Management Analysts $91,000 $53,110 27,300
96 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $90,740 $42,900 2,290
97 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,450 $41,090 2,370
98 Psychologists, All Other $90,320 $47,290 460
99 Statisticians $89,150 $48,700 3,430
100 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $89,050 $52,500 300

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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