The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In San Jose, 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 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, Pathologists
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Physicians, All Other
  6. Lawyers
  7. Computer and Information Systems Managers
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Natural Sciences Managers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 32 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 2022

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 539 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, 2022.

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 $360,840 $130,910 180
2 Physicians, Pathologists $286,310 $101,140 50
3 Chief Executives $278,610 $103,600 1,910
4 Family Medicine Physicians $265,870 $49,170 820
5 Physicians, All Other $245,330 $75,540 1,060
6 Lawyers $231,200 $120,350 5,440
7 Computer and Information Systems Managers $228,030 $131,470 19,930
8 Architectural and Engineering Managers $228,000 $152,310 6,930
9 Nurse Anesthetists $224,350 $79,710 180
10 Natural Sciences Managers $219,240 $127,860 950
11 Marketing Managers $210,280 $121,320 7,140
12 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $208,310 $205,090 80
13 Financial Managers $201,330 $104,070 9,590
14 Nurse Practitioners $197,870 $151,080 1,220
15 Sales Managers $196,910 $92,940 9,640
16 Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $196,210 $131,760 310
17 Managers, All Other $195,260 $99,280 9,580
18 Human Resources Managers $190,020 $95,870 2,750
19 Database Architects $187,070 $114,340 1,350
20 Public Relations Managers $183,410 $100,260 660
21 Computer Hardware Engineers $183,320 $121,530 7,550
22 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $182,700 $112,690 190
23 Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary $180,910 $80,180 1,090
24 Computer Network Architects $177,600 $96,650 3,910
25 Compensation and Benefits Managers $177,130 $120,280 240
26 Purchasing Managers $177,010 $105,440 980
27 Training and Development Managers $176,270 $104,070 630
28 Physicists $175,490 $104,000 510
29 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $171,060 $74,000 160
30 Radiation Therapists $169,080 $134,700 70
31 Pharmacists $168,640 $128,790 1,740
32 Dentists, General $168,050 $30,330 820
33 Software Developers $167,420 $103,560 67,780
34 General and Operations Managers $165,340 $71,110 20,260
35 Operations Research Analysts $164,730 $73,540 600
36 Art Directors $163,790 $91,100 450
37 Physician Assistants $163,720 $122,340 710
38 Medical and Health Services Managers $162,110 $78,690 2,990
39 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $159,890 $78,700 1,380
40 Sales Engineers $158,320 $94,380 3,920
41 Physical Scientists, All Other $157,630 $79,640 350
42 Nurse Midwives $157,570 $57,890 80
43 Data Scientists $157,110 $92,530 3,530
44 Economists $156,360 $83,910 90
45 Statisticians $155,320 $80,430 300
46 Registered Nurses $155,230 $98,660 20,640
47 Industrial Production Managers $153,860 $93,030 2,470
48 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $153,540 $91,740 1,500
49 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $152,060 $93,170 5,380
50 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $150,760 $72,930 8,420
51 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $149,860 $113,090 80
52 Electrical Engineers $148,870 $86,380 4,740
53 Aerospace Engineers $147,240 $97,500 820
54 Construction Managers $144,170 $92,230 2,070
55 Computer Programmers $144,130 $93,910 3,840
56 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $143,450 $79,670 1,110
57 Optometrists $143,000 $89,860 360
58 Veterinarians $141,670 $75,640 360
59 Computer Systems Analysts $141,290 $81,180 9,330
60 Computer Occupations, All Other $140,590 $60,260 17,180
61 Administrative Services Managers $138,950 $75,150 2,370
62 Personal Financial Advisors $138,490 $60,220 1,600
63 Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $138,360 $80,290 9,480
64 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $138,190 $77,210 1,120
65 Diagnostic Medical Sonographers $138,110 $97,520 420
66 Web and Digital Interface Designers $137,720 $75,820 1,470
67 Mechanical Engineers $137,540 $79,620 4,460
68 Engineers, All Other $136,860 $79,930 5,330
69 Facilities Managers $136,440 $75,330 970
70 Materials Scientists $135,480 $71,110 110
71 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $135,440 $76,280 3,990
72 Materials Engineers $134,720 $86,770 560
73 Clinical and Counseling Psychologists $134,200 $65,040 410
74 Project Management Specialists $133,950 $74,080 9,080
75 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $133,590 $95,020 160
76 Financial and Investment Analysts $132,820 $72,790 4,060
77 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $132,210 $80,250 240
78 Chemical Engineers $131,840 $75,780 230
79 Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $130,060 $48,560 30
80 Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $129,250 $61,910 140
81 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $127,700 $101,080 260
82 Fundraising Managers $126,800 $30,660 160
83 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $126,730 $79,600 40
84 Designers, All Other $126,140 $78,210 250
85 Financial Risk Specialists $125,970 $71,400 200
86 Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers $125,960 $88,810 2,870
87 Producers and Directors $124,990 $65,620 1,030
88 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $124,520 $67,350 240
89 Management Analysts $124,490 $74,790 6,770
90 Genetic Counselors $124,470 $100,840 60
91 Web Developers $124,430 $69,740 1,400
92 Environmental Engineers $124,400 $80,290 190
93 Financial Examiners $124,070 $73,840 90
94 Physical Therapists $123,190 $83,090 1,210
95 Dental Hygienists $122,660 $99,310 2,010
96 Industrial Engineers $122,580 $79,200 3,650
97 Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $121,740 $38,010 350
98 Technical Writers $121,580 $64,700 880
99 Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School $121,490 $78,780 260
100 Database Administrators $121,430 $49,840 1,050

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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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