These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Tennessee For 2018

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other are the highest paid people in Tennessee.

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

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

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 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 706 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 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Tennessee

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $252,360 $143,120 6,420
2 Surgeons $248,550 $65,350 450
3 Internists, General $242,370 $118,740 500
4 Pediatricians, General $226,850 $115,710 700
5 Orthodontists $220,880 $112,570 60
6 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $216,900 $86,100 270
7 Psychiatrists $207,900 $124,040 340
8 Family And General Practitioners $188,550 $67,530 1,120
9 Dentists, General $184,760 $99,170 1,390
10 Nurse Anesthetists $147,180 $112,490 2,280
11 Chief Executives $144,810 $25,680 5,830
12 Podiatrists $144,270 $78,060 120
13 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $133,410 $43,410 280
14 Physicists $131,940 $75,610 390
15 Lawyers $129,830 $54,450 7,610
16 Nuclear Engineers $127,120 $85,450 680
17 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $125,780 $53,690 170
18 Architectural And Engineering Managers $124,440 $70,850 3,420
19 Chiropractors $122,620 $47,650 480
20 Air Traffic Controllers $120,500 $63,880 620
21 Optometrists $120,430 $64,450 670
22 Pharmacists $119,720 $86,710 7,440
23 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $117,780 $29,260 390
24 Computer And Information Systems Managers $117,710 $63,390 5,180
25 Natural Sciences Managers $114,940 $53,250 460
26 Marketing Managers $111,940 $50,290 3,600
27 Financial Managers $111,930 $49,500 14,500
28 General And Operations Managers $110,590 $37,540 41,160
29 Sales Managers $110,560 $49,050 7,360
30 Computer And Information Research Scientists $109,450 $59,020 210
31 Petroleum Engineers $109,450 $65,680 40
32 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $108,060 $41,030 680
33 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $106,240 $45,390 870
34 Materials Engineers $103,670 $48,190 750
35 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $103,010 $24,810 5,310
36 Chemical Engineers $102,650 $68,040 670
37 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $101,980 $37,560 320
38 Medical And Health Services Managers $100,060 $54,670 9,630
39 Computer Network Architects $99,210 $55,170 2,200
40 Purchasing Managers $98,330 $48,210 1,800
41 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $98,160 $57,830 1,100
42 Personal Financial Advisors $97,650 $31,160 2,410
43 Industrial Production Managers $97,640 $52,490 4,590
44 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $97,140 $44,250 4,070
45 Compensation And Benefits Managers $96,770 $45,870 520
46 Civil Engineers $95,720 $53,740 3,980
47 Training And Development Managers $94,130 $44,420 1,170
48 Nurse Practitioners $93,970 $64,880 6,550
49 Environmental Engineers $92,890 $48,780 1,100
50 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $92,580 $56,900 100
51 Hydrologists $92,480 $62,760 70
52 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $92,160 $60,280 240
53 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $91,250 $33,780 9,120
54 Electrical Engineers $90,650 $57,080 2,560
55 Physical Scientists, All Other $89,710 $44,180 80
56 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $89,710 $42,670 40
57 Sales Engineers $89,230 $47,450 850
58 Psychologists, All Other $89,090 $42,310 210
59 Managers, All Other $89,020 $42,100 10,570
60 Software Developers, Systems Software $88,910 $56,390 4,520
61 Veterinarians $88,130 $53,110 1,560
62 Software Developers, Applications $87,580 $49,370 6,310
63 Mechanical Engineers $87,390 $49,730 4,200
64 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $87,280 $42,170 60
65 Physical Therapists $87,140 $62,950 4,640
66 Computer Hardware Engineers $86,950 $63,910 720
67 Nuclear Technicians $86,260 $50,190 200
68 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $85,460 $42,100 4,050
69 Aerospace Engineers $85,390 $45,220 160
70 Administrative Services Managers $85,040 $38,400 6,800
71 Funeral Service Managers $85,030 $40,070 190
72 Construction Managers $84,810 $46,680 5,460
73 Physician Assistants $84,730 $34,870 1,610
74 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $84,300 $33,780 6,330
75 Industrial Engineers $84,080 $54,210 5,540
76 Nurse Midwives $83,280 $56,230 70
77 Materials Scientists $83,030 $37,230 260
78 Occupational Therapists $82,940 $55,490 2,100
79 Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $82,780 $56,220 440
80 Information Security Analysts $82,720 $43,180 1,580
81 Epidemiologists $82,490 $66,090 200
82 Database Administrators $81,980 $45,550 1,420
83 Emergency Management Directors $81,520 $39,750 160
84 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $81,510 $66,440 260
85 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $81,350 $45,650 260
86 Financial Examiners $81,170 $34,540 650
87 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $81,020 $45,810 5,490
88 Economists $80,810 $49,760 70
89 Management Analysts $80,350 $45,140 6,910
90 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $80,040 $40,040 280
91 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $79,410 $30,850 3,760
92 Engineers, All Other $79,370 $36,660 3,320
93 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $78,970 $37,140 1,470
94 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $78,850 $42,660 400
95 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $78,790 $42,170 940
96 Biochemists And Biophysicists $78,640 $37,190 520
97 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $78,580 $53,100 5,610
98 Radiation Therapists $78,170 $52,250 430
99 Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $77,680 $39,020 190
100 Biomedical Engineers $76,850 $43,930 330

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