The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In San Diego, CA 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 San Diego

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 San Diego 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 General Internal Medicine Physicians are the highest paid people in San Diego.

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

  1. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Family Medicine Physicians
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. Natural Sciences Managers
  7. Optometrists
  8. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  9. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  10. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 20 on the list of highest paid professions in San Diego. 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 San Diego and California job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in San Diego For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 578 job classifications in San Diego 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 San Diego

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 General Internal Medicine Physicians $253,460 $147,870 230
2 Chief Executives $219,480 $103,580 2,600
3 Family Medicine Physicians $214,240 $80,420 750
4 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $209,780 $112,250 3,850
5 Psychiatrists $200,640 $107,430 200
6 Natural Sciences Managers $186,920 $103,170 1,970
7 Optometrists $165,320 $95,310 500
8 Computer and Information Systems Managers $164,570 $96,840 6,490
9 Architectural and Engineering Managers $164,200 $101,180 3,950
10 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $162,330 $65,640 90
11 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $155,710 $39,580 170
12 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $154,230 $76,970 270
13 Financial Managers $149,290 $72,070 7,760
14 Marketing Managers $148,350 $72,090 3,170
15 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $144,430 $63,510 140
16 Lawyers $144,060 $69,430 7,570
17 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $143,420 $65,220 680
18 General and Operations Managers $140,980 $58,980 23,380
19 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $140,370 $76,400 7,080
20 Dentists, General $139,740 $57,270 1,460
21 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $137,630 $78,760 370
22 Nuclear Engineers $136,490 $89,480 70
23 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $135,890 $72,250 1,100
24 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $135,310 $59,720 290
25 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $134,920 $72,850 170
26 Pharmacists $134,180 $75,580 2,940
27 Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary $134,000 $56,750 230
28 Personal Financial Advisors $133,290 $56,580 1,860
29 Purchasing Managers $132,250 $78,610 810
30 Human Resources Managers $132,070 $76,650 1,740
31 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $130,910 $62,150 390
32 Nurse Midwives $130,140 $82,980 70
33 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $129,820 $57,610 140
34 Medical and Health Services Managers $129,640 $69,540 3,180
35 Sales Managers $128,830 $51,510 6,660
36 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $128,830 $80,610 5,770
37 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $128,110 $75,470 60
38 Computer Hardware Engineers $127,990 $82,980 2,010
39 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $127,890 $74,070 120
40 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $127,820 $68,900 370
41 Radiation Therapists $126,260 $92,400 230
42 Computer Network Architects $126,110 $66,860 2,020
43 Nurse Practitioners $125,550 $103,230 1,540
44 Communications Teachers, Postsecondary $124,400 $68,300 200
45 Physician Assistants $124,070 $70,960 1,090
46 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $124,000 $77,750 2,110
47 Emergency Management Directors $123,230 $86,160 40
48 Training and Development Managers $123,150 $76,250 410
49 Podiatrists $122,680 $36,910 50
50 Economists $122,100 $68,330 180
51 Compensation and Benefits Managers $121,940 $70,480 170
52 Computer and Information Research Scientists $121,750 $75,000 1,100
53 Advertising and Promotions Managers $121,610 $52,870 170
54 English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $121,070 $62,720 670
55 Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $119,800 $67,480 100
56 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $119,480 $74,640 240
57 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $119,000 $88,230 100
58 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $118,900 $48,750 630
59 Veterinarians $118,450 $86,310 1,170
60 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $118,250 $60,050 250
61 Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary $118,100 $51,960 650
62 Industrial Production Managers $117,940 $69,300 1,910
63 Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $117,490 $62,520 70
64 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $117,280 $66,420 1,710
65 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $117,020 $73,550 20,540
66 Financial Examiners $115,900 $73,300 390
67 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $115,060 $65,250 190
68 History Teachers, Postsecondary $114,750 $59,520 180
69 Physical Scientists, All Other $114,740 $72,080 150
70 Engineers, All Other $114,580 $67,540 2,970
71 Physicists $114,560 $58,180 330
72 Landscape Architects $114,540 $74,360 210
73 Sales Engineers $112,510 $57,860 1,150
74 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $111,370 $51,080 810
75 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $111,060 $59,870 650
76 Chemical Engineers $110,580 $69,690 320
77 Sociologists $109,980 $49,370 40
78 Construction Managers $109,850 $68,630 3,420
79 Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary $109,740 $47,200 80
80 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $107,000 $71,180 80
81 Information Security Analysts $106,720 $71,870 1,180
82 Electrical Engineers $106,100 $70,440 3,530
83 Operations Research Analysts $105,900 $57,820 820
84 Aerospace Engineers $105,730 $61,550 1,990
85 Art Directors $105,340 $61,030 390
86 Registered Nurses $104,860 $67,440 25,260
87 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $104,230 $65,670 160
88 Computer Programmers $104,030 $57,910 3,780
89 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $103,260 $57,900 1,130
90 First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers $102,990 $82,700 160
91 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $102,820 $45,860 30
92 Hydrologists $102,670 $59,830 180
93 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary $102,160 $43,530 280
94 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $101,930 $51,100 3,560
95 Chiropractors $101,610 $56,810 200
96 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $101,370 $51,500 3,790
97 Statisticians $101,290 $54,330 670
98 Dental Hygienists $101,270 $85,910 1,790
99 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $100,790 $76,240 3,040
100 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $99,780 $70,380 480
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