The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Seattle, WA For 2021

Chris Kolmar
By Chris Kolmar
- Jun. 7, 2021

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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2021. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Seattle

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 Seattle 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 Seattle.

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

  1. Psychiatrists
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  6. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  7. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  8. General Internal Medicine Physicians
  9. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  10. Computer Hardware Engineers

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 11 on the list of highest paid professions in Seattle. 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 Seattle and Washington job scene here:

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Seattle For 2021

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 589 job classifications in Seattle 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, 2021.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Seattle

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Psychiatrists $278,900 $162,230 300
2 Chief Executives $259,480 $165,720 1,720
3 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $252,820 $117,530 5,850
4 Family Medicine Physicians $245,970 $73,430 660
5 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $231,930 $132,160 230
6 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $230,810 $66,980 780
7 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $224,990 $101,050 3,040
8 General Internal Medicine Physicians $208,620 $63,800 350
9 Dentists, All Other Specialists $207,260 $145,280 50
10 Computer Hardware Engineers $171,540 $93,480 1,660
11 Dentists, General $169,810 $73,660 1,910
12 Compensation and Benefits Managers $167,680 $103,870 180
13 Natural Sciences Managers $165,660 $98,410 1,260
14 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $162,410 $61,240 2,420
15 Financial Managers $158,670 $88,520 8,100
16 Training and Development Managers $154,890 $91,130 580
17 Podiatrists $150,280 $54,720 60
18 Human Resources Managers $149,260 $94,180 2,580
19 Purchasing Managers $149,160 $95,430 1,450
20 Sales Managers $147,980 $82,910 6,460
21 Legislators $147,730 $28,100 260
22 Computer and Information Research Scientists $147,020 $83,590 1,950
23 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $144,930 $79,150 8,350
24 Physicists $144,570 $61,470 280
25 Medical and Health Services Managers $141,890 $79,650 4,000
26 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $141,700 $88,630 1,770
27 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $140,930 $88,230 92,710
28 Air Traffic Controllers $140,350 $86,470 470
29 Advertising and Promotions Managers $139,670 $72,900 280
30 Lawyers $138,750 $63,420 10,010
31 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $138,070 $69,390 15,100
32 Computer Network Architects $134,830 $86,140 2,870
33 Physician Assistants $134,020 $105,400 1,650
34 Actuaries $131,570 $80,340 360
35 Chiropractors $131,360 $48,830 460
36 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $131,180 $88,960 2,880
37 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $129,690 $96,470 500
38 Optometrists $129,550 $87,160 650
39 Pharmacists $129,170 $78,900 3,650
40 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $129,160 $83,890 3,060
41 Nurse Practitioners $128,960 $94,440 2,490
42 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $126,910 $99,020 1,180
43 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $126,870 $99,660 90
44 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $125,990 $66,990 390
45 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $124,540 $58,830 60
46 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $123,850 $80,270 2,580
47 Economists $123,600 $75,470 230
48 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $122,040 $50,880 80
49 Epidemiologists $121,560 $64,120 350
50 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $121,090 $64,440 2,330
51 Commercial Pilots $120,900 $56,630 680
52 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $120,470 $83,750 170
53 Database Administrators and Architects $120,430 $71,750 2,600
54 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $120,380 $70,580 1,970
55 Electrical Engineers $120,060 $73,610 5,150
56 Financial Examiners $119,070 $63,770 360
57 Transportation Inspectors $117,900 $72,960 290
58 Nurse Midwives $116,850 $105,780 50
59 Physical Scientists, All Other $116,450 $82,040 170
60 Personal Financial Advisors $116,230 $54,390 2,830
61 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $115,650 $82,380 730
62 Art Directors $115,540 $68,430 980
63 Industrial Engineers $115,130 $72,040 6,290
64 Construction Managers $115,120 $72,810 5,130
65 Information Security Analysts $114,900 $71,450 2,670
66 Emergency Management Directors $114,230 $78,750 90
67 Management Analysts $114,140 $62,620 18,380
68 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $113,940 $88,520 1,120
69 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $113,700 $68,970 1,230
70 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $113,700 $48,370 590
71 Environmental Engineers $113,440 $66,560 830
72 Computer Systems Analysts $112,320 $73,190 16,190
73 Materials Scientists $111,190 $74,060 160
74 Radiation Therapists $111,150 $77,480 160
75 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $110,750 $52,840 7,350
76 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $108,060 $60,450 60
77 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $107,140 $80,100 150
78 Engineers, All Other $105,630 $58,880 2,190
79 Audiologists $104,910 $75,310 210
80 Sales Engineers $104,880 $64,780 650
81 Statisticians $104,840 $71,390 1,200
82 Operations Research Analysts $104,380 $68,850 2,050
83 Mechanical Engineers $103,960 $66,120 4,750
84 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $103,540 $53,050 450
85 Veterinarians $102,160 $75,380 1,110
86 Elevator and Escalator Installers and Repairers $101,980 $61,300 280
87 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $101,890 $78,130 440
88 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $100,950 $68,740 190
89 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $100,890 $67,260 6,400
90 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers $100,600 $55,920 1,590
91 First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers $99,910 $62,530 9,770
92 Psychologists, All Other $99,900 $49,990 400
93 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay $99,860 $78,580 150
94 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $99,740 $57,840 4,000
95 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $99,370 $55,170 7,670
96 Hydrologists $98,990 $70,120 110
97 Chemical Engineers $97,890 $59,370 130
98 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $97,720 $46,300 23,690
99 Dental Hygienists $97,230 $60,340 3,450
100 Acupuncturists and Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, All Other $96,670 $40,070 1,040

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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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