The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Sacramento, CA For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2022. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Sacramento

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 Sacramento 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 Physicians, All Other are the highest paid people in Sacramento.

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

  1. Physicians, All Other
  2. Psychiatrists
  3. Family Medicine Physicians
  4. Physicians, Pathologists
  5. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
  6. Dentists, General
  7. Podiatrists
  8. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  9. Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
  10. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 6 on the list of highest paid professions in Sacramento. 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 Sacramento and California job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Sacramento For 2022

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 618 job classifications in Sacramento 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, 2022.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Sacramento

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Physicians, All Other $282,230 $64,350 1,380
2 Psychiatrists $241,900 $112,120 280
3 Family Medicine Physicians $232,950 $128,380 1,070
4 Physicians, Pathologists $225,640 $122,320 60
5 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $225,610 $207,090 100
6 Dentists, General $201,080 $132,360 860
7 Podiatrists $193,530 $48,080 40
8 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $191,740 $87,260 50
9 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $183,250 $83,190 450
10 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $180,550 $31,360 40
11 Computer and Information Research Scientists $178,230 $90,780 150
12 Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other $170,660 $105,520 50
13 Architectural and Engineering Managers $169,820 $103,550 1,890
14 Petroleum Engineers $166,540 $128,320 120
15 Commercial Pilots $165,400 $61,590 310
16 Computer and Information Systems Managers $163,400 $103,110 3,800
17 Chief Executives $159,960 $49,540 3,660
18 Lawyers $157,540 $95,840 6,600
19 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $154,130 $79,580 190
20 Natural Sciences Managers $154,010 $103,750 600
21 Physician Assistants $153,400 $102,890 610
22 Nurse Practitioners $153,050 $100,840 900
23 Marketing Managers $152,210 $79,780 1,310
24 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $152,140 $77,930 200
25 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $152,120 $94,930 40
26 Nurse Midwives $150,990 $78,750 90
27 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $150,970 $127,030 130
28 Financial Managers $149,610 $78,230 4,870
29 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $149,590 $58,390 170
30 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $148,800 $113,800 280
31 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $148,140 $74,260 60
32 Pharmacists $145,930 $62,680 2,150
33 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $143,790 $101,970 740
34 Managers, All Other $143,020 $70,450 3,980
35 Financial Risk Specialists $141,590 $63,970 360
36 Medical and Health Services Managers $141,090 $62,790 3,270
37 Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $139,060 $99,460 40
38 Compensation and Benefits Managers $138,280 $95,010 110
39 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $137,810 $31,640 40
40 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $137,680 $80,480 120
41 Optometrists $136,600 $78,540 360
42 Fundraising Managers $136,140 $68,020 100
43 Registered Nurses $135,490 $81,490 21,770
44 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $135,080 $99,410 100
45 Purchasing Managers $133,910 $78,570 300
46 Database Architects $132,610 $80,390 170
47 Human Resources Managers $132,020 $77,860 1,100
48 Software Developers $130,690 $78,780 6,440
49 Veterinarians $130,670 $65,090 600
50 Advertising and Promotions Managers $129,520 $63,270 110
51 Genetic Counselors $129,090 $93,660 40
52 Psychologists, All Other $128,960 $92,870 140
53 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $128,950 $62,440 310
54 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $128,520 $78,570 90
55 Aerospace Engineers $128,350 $78,500 70
56 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $127,730 $32,710 50
57 Training and Development Managers $127,410 $77,260 300
58 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $127,110 $62,410 50
59 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $126,490 $78,510 940
60 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $125,910 $64,360 230
61 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $125,830 $81,000 480
62 Sales Managers $125,460 $59,410 3,950
63 Electrical Engineers $124,680 $76,940 1,340
64 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $124,210 $94,730 1,400
65 Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary $123,460 $64,360 40
66 Personal Financial Advisors $122,280 $49,950 1,280
67 Public Relations Managers $121,900 $63,270 540
68 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $121,840 $79,530 100
69 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $121,530 $57,490 60
70 Industrial Production Managers $120,560 $64,290 730
71 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $120,550 $78,850 140
72 Construction Managers $120,350 $64,830 2,570
73 General and Operations Managers $120,080 $50,780 15,380
74 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists $119,240 $61,510 560
75 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $119,170 $95,730 220
76 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $118,510 $81,370 160
77 Sales Engineers $118,360 $64,470 250
78 Audiologists $117,810 $98,030 70
79 Environmental Engineers $116,180 $75,530 1,290
80 Actuaries $115,800 $72,240 140
81 Computer Network Architects $115,470 $63,720 800
82 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $115,160 $77,750 860
83 Civil Engineers $115,120 $67,700 5,090
84 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $115,080 $64,930 270
85 Power Plant Operators $114,660 $67,620 220
86 Art Directors $113,850 $61,410 140
87 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $113,430 $64,930 40
88 Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $113,420 $62,760 90
89 Materials Engineers $113,370 $65,800 110
90 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $113,140 $63,300 910
91 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers $112,950 $99,820 530
92 History Teachers, Postsecondary $111,130 $31,300 70
93 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $111,120 $78,300 330
94 Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary $110,970 $42,780 140
95 Information Security Analysts $110,010 $50,160 520
96 Physical Therapists $109,810 $75,770 1,470
97 Education Administrators, All Other $109,560 $60,420 730
98 Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $109,250 $78,570 70
99 Occupational Therapists $108,770 $78,950 640
100 Hydrologists $107,810 $70,450 140

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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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