These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Tennessee For 2019

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by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Tennessee

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 Tennessee. 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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Tennessee.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  3. Orthodontists
  4. Family and General Practitioners
  5. Internists, General
  6. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  7. Psychiatrists
  8. Pediatricians, General
  9. Dentists, General
  10. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 9 on the list of highest paid professions in the Volunteer State. 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.

How we determined the highest paid jobs in Tennessee For 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 704 job classifications in Tennessee 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 data on March 29, 2019.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Tennessee

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $262,070 $177,980 860
2 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $231,960 $109,030 6,100
3 Orthodontists $219,860 $115,050 60
4 Family And General Practitioners $212,900 $98,840 910
5 Internists, General $208,860 $62,180 490
6 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $201,690 $60,900 240
7 Psychiatrists $195,670 $61,230 360
8 Pediatricians, General $190,040 $57,680 940
9 Dentists, General $186,670 $102,060 1,700
10 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $163,220 $51,840 100
11 Chief Executives $152,730 $22,070 6,680
12 Nurse Anesthetists $150,880 $115,400 2,190
13 Podiatrists $139,880 $76,460 80
14 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $130,170 $55,820 160
15 Architectural And Engineering Managers $129,320 $74,510 3,300
16 Nuclear Engineers $126,300 $81,080 610
17 Physicists $124,950 $55,250 440
18 Lawyers $124,470 $55,210 7,600
19 Pharmacists $124,310 $86,290 7,330
20 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $124,300 $35,970 370
21 Marketing Managers $118,740 $55,230 3,800
22 Computer And Information Systems Managers $118,660 $66,100 5,610
23 Optometrists $115,960 $61,800 720
24 Chiropractors $114,630 $35,690 570
25 Computer And Information Research Scientists $113,960 $58,680 230
26 Sales Managers $111,700 $52,290 6,810
27 Materials Engineers $111,670 $61,010 760
28 Natural Sciences Managers $111,670 $54,010 500
29 Financial Managers $111,460 $50,040 15,870
30 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $111,440 $28,590 420
31 General And Operations Managers $110,580 $37,450 41,980
32 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $107,480 $40,300 610
33 Chemical Engineers $106,830 $68,850 710
34 Purchasing Managers $105,260 $53,470 1,600
35 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $104,790 $47,910 3,720
36 Compensation And Benefits Managers $102,550 $53,890 430
37 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $102,310 $23,540 5,690
38 Computer Network Architects $102,030 $57,950 2,150
39 Industrial Production Managers $101,670 $54,710 4,360
40 Medical And Health Services Managers $101,550 $51,960 10,320
41 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $99,360 $47,880 880
42 Training And Development Managers $97,980 $46,920 1,110
43 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $97,950 $35,210 330
44 Sales Engineers $97,160 $53,260 620
45 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $97,110 $64,330 1,170
46 Nurse Practitioners $95,990 $64,380 7,010
47 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $95,740 $57,110 120
48 Biochemists And Biophysicists $95,440 $49,740 670
49 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $94,200 $61,570 240
50 Civil Engineers $93,810 $53,010 3,490
51 Environmental Engineers $93,620 $52,920 1,060
52 Veterinarians $93,520 $55,830 1,630
53 Electrical Engineers $93,180 $59,560 2,720
54 Software Developers, Systems Software $92,700 $58,200 4,940
55 Administrative Services Managers $91,540 $43,440 6,830
56 Physical Scientists, All Other $90,800 $43,510 110
57 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $90,190 $58,430 470
58 Personal Financial Advisors $89,960 $32,170 2,470
59 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,080 $42,220 170
60 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,030 $41,700 890
61 Aerospace Engineers $88,180 $56,130 300
62 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $88,090 $45,480 250
63 Mechanical Engineers $87,990 $52,280 3,950
64 Computer Hardware Engineers $87,910 $60,980 580
65 Physician Assistants $87,700 $35,710 2,010
66 Software Developers, Applications $87,630 $46,030 5,870
67 Hydrologists $87,440 $61,220 40
68 Emergency Management Directors $87,350 $43,410 130
69 Psychologists, All Other $87,260 $41,770 230
70 Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, And Athletes $86,750 $19,740 720
71 Nuclear Technicians $86,030 $48,900 210
72 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $85,760 $45,070 3,890
73 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $85,550 $45,650 260
74 Nurse Midwives $85,040 $57,820 70
75 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $84,890 $36,160 6,090
76 Occupational Therapists $84,870 $60,870 2,360
77 Epidemiologists $84,560 $66,830 230
78 Industrial Engineers $84,070 $53,600 5,390
79 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $83,960 $43,710 870
80 Funeral Service Managers $83,480 $41,140 290
81 Economists $83,350 $53,490 60
82 Financial Examiners $83,170 $39,720 850
83 Managers, All Other $83,010 $37,070 14,480
84 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $82,970 $69,070 270
85 Physical Therapists $82,920 $52,210 4,580
86 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $82,910 $38,680 80
87 Construction Managers $82,870 $45,350 5,670
88 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $82,750 $32,730 11,580
89 Materials Scientists $82,660 $37,410 250
90 Computer Programmers $82,400 $51,240 4,090
91 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $82,300 $55,330 5,580
92 Advertising And Promotions Managers $82,270 $45,550 650
93 Information Security Analysts $82,160 $44,490 1,680
94 Engineers, All Other $82,030 $44,190 4,250
95 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $81,980 $44,660 440
96 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $81,390 $41,730 1,370
97 Management Analysts $80,870 $46,630 7,610
98 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $80,750 $43,940 1,340
99 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $80,030 $45,490 5,230
100 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $78,970 $40,320 430

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