The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In San Jose, 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 Jose

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 Jose 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 Psychiatrists are the highest paid people in San Jose.

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

  1. Psychiatrists
  2. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  3. Family Medicine Physicians
  4. Lawyers
  5. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  6. Pediatricians, General
  7. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  8. Marketing Managers
  9. Dentists, General
  10. Natural Sciences Managers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 9 on the list of highest paid professions in San Jose. 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 Jose and California job scene here:

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

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 472 job classifications in San Jose 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 Jose

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Psychiatrists $280,270 $191,130 170
2 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $224,770 $112,250 2,030
3 Family Medicine Physicians $221,250 $74,120 1,270
4 Lawyers $218,420 $99,770 5,680
5 Computer and Information Systems Managers $215,090 $135,120 15,220
6 Pediatricians, General $213,500 $108,540 110
7 Architectural and Engineering Managers $203,310 $125,620 5,860
8 Marketing Managers $199,710 $110,700 6,600
9 Dentists, General $198,460 $115,980 880
10 Natural Sciences Managers $196,630 $104,110 710
11 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $189,800 $107,020 160
12 Physical Scientists, All Other $189,340 $110,950 250
13 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $179,350 $78,690 160
14 Financial Managers $177,940 $88,090 8,270
15 Sales Managers $174,530 $67,670 8,190
16 Human Resources Managers $174,390 $87,820 2,530
17 Computer and Information Research Scientists $171,160 $109,470 1,660
18 Training and Development Managers $168,900 $92,590 570
19 General and Operations Managers $162,740 $64,980 17,630
20 Computer Hardware Engineers $161,210 $92,780 8,660
21 Optometrists $156,130 $49,510 320
22 Economists $154,540 $93,270 110
23 Pharmacists $152,840 $113,160 1,700
24 Purchasing Managers $152,420 $90,000 940
25 Computer Network Architects $152,400 $79,670 3,330
26 Industrial Production Managers $149,350 $79,810 2,150
27 Construction Managers $146,510 $74,860 2,160
28 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $145,730 $87,880 81,950
29 Medical and Health Services Managers $144,530 $61,460 2,030
30 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $144,220 $68,830 1,080
31 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $141,660 $84,620 6,190
32 Registered Nurses $140,740 $87,080 16,650
33 Database Administrators and Architects $140,580 $75,160 1,980
34 Aerospace Engineers $139,560 $98,030 780
35 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $138,820 $105,730 1,600
36 Electrical Engineers $138,450 $82,980 4,630
37 Biochemists and Biophysicists $137,490 $70,350 670
38 Computer Occupations, All Other $137,370 $74,780 13,810
39 Sales Engineers $136,950 $87,550 2,050
40 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $136,810 $71,750 3,320
41 Nurse Practitioners $136,630 $106,700 950
42 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $135,790 $70,060 710
43 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $133,580 $74,050 30
44 Information Security Analysts $133,040 $65,630 1,330
45 Physician Assistants $131,040 $62,910 640
46 Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $129,490 $93,170 510
47 Physicists $129,030 $88,500 220
48 Engineers, All Other $127,330 $73,440 5,000
49 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $127,090 $87,350 3,870
50 Mechanical Engineers $125,640 $74,430 4,920
51 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $124,110 $85,390 170
52 Computer Systems Analysts $122,990 $73,470 12,190
53 Bioengineers and Biomedical Engineers $122,100 $77,460 360
54 Industrial Engineers $121,940 $72,360 5,050
55 Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $121,550 $66,380 460
56 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $121,440 $68,500 4,790
57 Statisticians $120,820 $69,360 560
58 Management Analysts $120,750 $62,890 8,320
59 Art Directors $120,640 $57,740 550
60 Dental Hygienists $120,420 $103,690 1,880
61 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $119,340 $89,950 70
62 Hydrologists $118,370 $75,500 40
63 Chemists $114,590 $55,750 620
64 Computer Programmers $113,990 $70,170 3,510
65 Chemical Engineers $113,890 $64,220 240
66 Civil Engineers $113,700 $68,500 2,530
67 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $113,240 $54,890 1,900
68 Materials Engineers $112,960 $63,290 510
69 Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists $112,830 $61,330 620
70 Microbiologists $112,670 $61,200 230
71 Technical Writers $112,550 $67,370 1,710
72 Power Plant Operators $112,470 $56,100 40
73 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $112,380 $70,160 100
74 Personal Financial Advisors $111,950 $50,870 1,320
75 Firefighters $111,550 $66,750 1,620
76 Urban and Regional Planners $111,420 $75,710 340
77 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $110,470 $60,020 6,000
78 Biological Scientists, All Other $110,040 $61,860 830
79 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $108,410 $40,070 7,970
80 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $108,280 $60,000 330
81 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $108,140 $57,960 2,810
82 Podiatrists $107,340 $54,150 90
83 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $107,330 $32,350 320
84 Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers $106,670 $78,010 130
85 Producers and Directors $105,950 $46,540 960
86 Mechanical Drafters $105,560 $52,730 520
87 Environmental Engineers $105,090 $71,380 360
88 Budget Analysts $103,920 $62,910 610
89 Veterinarians $103,240 $37,740 430
90 Physical Therapists $102,490 $39,430 980
91 Occupational Therapists $102,280 $64,320 420
92 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $102,250 $55,810 2,550
93 Genetic Counselors $102,210 $83,630 30
94 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators $102,200 $75,770 120
95 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $101,430 $61,820 350
96 Project Management Specialists and Business Operations Specialists, All Other $100,430 $48,890 16,370
97 Real Estate Brokers $99,500 $31,040 320
98 Operations Research Analysts $99,260 $54,370 1,040
99 Sociologists $98,940 $58,340 60
100 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $98,640 $32,070 13,280
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