The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Seattle, WA For 2020

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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 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. Anesthesiologists
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  6. Family Medicine Physicians
  7. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  8. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Computer and Information Systems Managers

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 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 618 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, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Seattle

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Psychiatrists $280,200 $204,940 440
2 Anesthesiologists $255,870 $74,300 740
3 Chief Executives $245,180 $148,550 1,920
4 Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $241,440 $109,330 6,050
5 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $241,310 $125,270 2,730
6 Family Medicine Physicians $241,310 $65,420 630
7 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $227,760 $124,060 210
8 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $223,960 $65,990 750
9 Pediatricians, General $199,830 $71,430 220
10 Computer and Information Systems Managers $171,230 $107,450 10,560
11 Dentists, General $170,290 $74,220 2,020
12 Natural Sciences Managers $169,330 $99,190 1,220
13 Marketing Managers $166,120 $90,960 5,620
14 Architectural and Engineering Managers $165,130 $110,880 3,010
15 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $161,910 $61,110 2,380
16 Dentists, All Other Specialists $161,350 $94,620 50
17 Compensation and Benefits Managers $156,810 $95,980 240
18 Financial Managers $150,650 $81,900 8,790
19 Advertising and Promotions Managers $150,170 $78,020 330
20 Sales Managers $149,600 $75,430 5,570
21 Training and Development Managers $149,020 $78,050 560
22 Human Resources Managers $146,510 $89,400 2,490
23 Podiatrists $143,540 $56,820 100
24 Purchasing Managers $142,690 $85,940 1,180
25 Physicists $142,440 $60,730 310
26 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $141,550 $84,740 1,750
27 Computer and Information Research Scientists $139,880 $80,820 1,750
28 General and Operations Managers $139,660 $61,240 27,650
29 Web Developers and Digital Interface Designers $138,600 $70,440 12,510
30 Lawyers $138,490 $66,270 8,940
31 Actuaries $134,160 $75,980 380
32 Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers $134,090 $83,140 71,940
33 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other $133,940 $66,740 8,270
34 Industrial Production Managers $133,790 $81,780 1,880
35 Physician Assistants $132,610 $103,040 1,690
36 Computer Network Architects $131,820 $78,330 3,030
37 Medical and Health Services Managers $129,180 $66,310 4,470
38 Administrative Services and Facilities Managers $128,740 $79,140 3,270
39 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $128,250 $56,590 60
40 Optometrists $126,840 $84,990 660
41 Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary $126,840 $85,830 2,750
42 Pharmacists $126,690 $78,770 3,310
43 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $125,640 $65,920 380
44 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $125,330 $80,750 2,390
45 Nurse Practitioners $124,730 $87,350 2,530
46 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $123,920 $72,380 1,870
47 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $123,040 $87,240 460
48 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $122,690 $95,820 1,220
49 Epidemiologists $122,150 $60,100 300
50 Power Distributors and Dispatchers $121,450 $97,200 100
51 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $120,320 $49,700 80
52 Electrical Engineers $118,970 $68,450 4,370
53 Data Scientists and Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $118,410 $57,870 1,050
54 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $116,200 $76,000 160
55 Commercial Pilots $115,510 $55,730 670
56 Personal Financial Advisors $115,210 $46,190 2,880
57 Emergency Management Directors $115,100 $75,310 100
58 Database Administrators and Architects $114,960 $70,680 2,230
59 Physical Scientists, All Other $114,570 $82,000 170
60 Nurse Midwives $114,470 $103,660 40
61 Industrial Engineers $113,690 $71,110 5,860
62 Economists $112,380 $67,840 250
63 Information Security Analysts $111,390 $69,160 2,480
64 Financial Examiners $110,850 $61,890 410
65 Engineers, All Other $110,100 $59,290 2,060
66 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $109,950 $75,990 700
67 Management Analysts $109,940 $59,690 18,280
68 First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers $109,890 $86,380 1,500
69 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $109,820 $64,290 60
70 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $109,790 $66,210 1,280
71 Environmental Engineers $109,270 $63,850 970
72 Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes $108,110 $46,480 80
73 Art Directors $107,490 $70,410 560
74 Computer Systems Analysts $106,690 $68,570 12,590
75 Construction Managers $106,670 $66,850 5,520
76 Statisticians $106,280 $69,970 1,080
77 Mechanical Engineers $104,290 $61,820 4,630
78 Radiation Therapists $103,890 $68,760 210
79 Sales Engineers $103,890 $61,140 610
80 Psychologists, All Other $103,200 $49,990 400
81 Operations Research Analysts $103,140 $68,110 2,180
82 Fire Inspectors and Investigators $100,960 $75,800 70
83 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $100,850 $65,270 210
84 Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels $100,800 $47,380 1,800
85 Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers $100,620 $55,890 450
86 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $100,370 $70,090 250
87 Legislators $100,340 $24,970 330
88 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $100,220 $72,420 170
89 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists $99,920 $73,950 510
90 Transportation Inspectors $99,840 $63,670 420
91 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers $99,540 $54,550 1,880
92 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $99,420 $49,850 470
93 Network and Computer Systems Administrators $99,160 $65,160 5,940
94 Veterinarians $98,990 $70,030 1,060
95 Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other $98,940 $52,650 6,860
96 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians $97,970 $48,300 400
97 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $97,960 $47,600 6,720
98 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $97,220 $50,210 200
99 Surveyors $96,760 $67,010 490
100 Civil Engineers $96,640 $61,590 6,870
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