The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Philadelphia, PA For 2020

by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Philadelphia

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 the Philadelphia area. 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 Obstetricians And Gynecologists are the highest paid people in Philadelphia.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 11 on the list of highest paid professions in Philadelphia. 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.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Philadelphia For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 666 job classifications in Philadelphia 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 BLS data for this analysis which came out on March 29, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Philadelphia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $273,300 $184,370 350
2 Anesthesiologists $271,710 $153,850 260
3 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $264,750 $148,260 680
4 Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $254,900 $90,810 250
5 Chief Executives $250,530 $126,750 2,930
6 General Internal Medicine Physicians $229,460 $131,320 360
7 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $222,420 $99,190 11,640
8 Psychiatrists $205,330 $84,820 950
9 Family Medicine Physicians $203,760 $124,380 1,990
10 Pediatricians, General $197,920 $116,990 400
11 Dentists, General $183,600 $78,850 1,920
12 Nurse Anesthetists $175,230 $91,040 550
13 Natural Sciences Managers $174,370 $82,270 3,310
14 Financial Managers $167,850 $88,050 13,410
15 Sales Managers $161,260 $78,140 6,860
16 Architectural and Engineering Managers $160,550 $107,720 3,610
17 Optometrists $160,200 $94,050 760
18 Computer and Information Systems Managers $157,910 $100,680 9,380
19 Lawyers $156,870 $66,330 18,330
20 Marketing Managers $156,290 $88,420 5,400
21 General and Operations Managers $153,250 $60,120 42,310
22 Purchasing Managers $151,230 $91,000 1,240
23 Petroleum Engineers $146,810 $104,450 210
24 Human Resources Managers $144,070 $84,360 3,120
25 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $140,870 $78,200 6,890
26 Air Traffic Controllers $139,540 $77,100 150
27 Podiatrists $138,740 $67,370 380
28 Construction Managers $135,730 $80,350 4,650
29 Compensation and Benefits Managers $134,700 $43,210 460
30 Physicists $133,020 $61,350 190
31 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $131,970 $73,730 1,310
32 Advertising and Promotions Managers $130,930 $66,580 470
33 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $129,320 $60,280 360
34 Actuaries $128,820 $70,660 940
35 Physical Scientists, All Other $128,630 $79,240 300
36 Training and Development Managers $128,500 $73,290 640
37 Pharmacists $126,590 $85,330 7,850
38 Computer Hardware Engineers $124,550 $71,330 910
39 Chemical Engineers $124,120 $70,550 1,370
40 Computer Network Architects $123,440 $69,110 4,130
41 Industrial Production Managers $123,180 $75,100 2,880
42 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $122,570 $62,980 2,760
43 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $122,490 $40,970 540
44 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $120,950 $65,320 2,380
45 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $119,460 $67,290 5,510
46 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $118,360 $64,570 6,300
47 Aerospace Engineers $116,920 $81,370 3,040
48 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $115,270 $77,640 4,650
49 Computer and Information Research Scientists $114,980 $66,520 170
50 Veterinarians $114,240 $76,150 1,820
51 Physician Assistants $113,710 $83,090 3,070
52 Mathematicians $113,640 $60,170 90
53 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $112,040 $55,110 920
54 Funeral Home Managers $111,990 $67,040 190
55 Medical and Health Services Managers $111,740 $60,740 9,040
56 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $111,410 $41,370 2,720
57 Art Directors $109,860 $65,580 830
58 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $108,670 $54,150 40
59 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $108,300 $49,990 430
60 Information Security Analysts $107,310 $64,980 2,590
61 Nurse Practitioners $107,250 $73,860 4,590
62 Materials Scientists $107,180 $53,080 240
63 Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $107,060 $55,590 180
64 Electrical Engineers $106,970 $64,250 4,050
65 Sales Engineers $106,730 $58,030 1,910
66 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $106,720 $61,600 1,000
67 Labor Relations Specialists $106,380 $46,990 2,320
68 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $105,840 $67,300 27,740
69 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $104,960 $71,490 2,410
70 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $104,930 $66,460 1,950
71 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $104,880 $49,300 1,620
72 Computer Systems Analysts $104,760 $65,990 11,900
73 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $104,510 $42,540 9,790
74 Engineers, All Other $104,210 $58,720 3,040
75 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $104,170 $45,210 460
76 Materials Engineers $103,980 $60,420 440
77 Pile Driver Operators $103,890 $85,800 40
78 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $103,740 $52,320 490
79 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $102,200 $68,690 280
80 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $101,880 $61,200 150
81 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $101,800 $51,690 800
82 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $101,580 $47,060 6,040
83 Management Analysts $99,530 $54,520 14,920
84 Commercial Pilots $99,180 $53,390 220
85 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,800 $49,610 340
86 Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $98,550 $53,990 160
87 Environmental Engineers $98,400 $60,570 1,150
88 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,140 $50,640 1,170
89 Statisticians $97,870 $53,640 2,360
90 Biochemists and Biophysicists $97,780 $48,240 1,810
91 Psychologists, All Other $97,710 $49,790 180
92 Nurse Midwives $97,620 $69,020 190
93 Epidemiologists $97,580 $53,150 60
94 History Teachers, Postsecondary $97,130 $50,280 500
95 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $96,890 $52,990 14,780
96 Chemists $96,320 $53,750 3,870
97 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $95,670 $47,210 290
98 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $95,340 $45,710 380
99 Civil Engineers $95,310 $57,090 4,990
100 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $94,990 $44,180 1,060
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