The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Texas For 2020

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Editor’s Note: Article updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the highest paying jobs in Texas

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 Texas. 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 Texas.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  3. Chief Executives
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  6. Psychiatrists
  7. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  8. Orthodontists
  9. Pediatricians, General
  10. Dentists, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 10 on the list of highest paid professions in the Lone Star 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 Texas For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 746 job classifications in Texas 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, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Texas

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $241,090 $60,730 2,550
2 Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists $237,240 $61,550 3,480
3 Chief Executives $231,310 $108,610 6,170
4 Family Medicine Physicians $222,900 $87,260 8,380
5 Dentists, All Other Specialists $215,250 $104,300 670
6 Psychiatrists $209,980 $61,920 1,480
7 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $200,590 $59,630 23,490
8 Orthodontists $195,270 $70,650 570
9 Pediatricians, General $186,410 $103,640 2,250
10 Dentists, General $183,510 $84,810 8,590
11 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $177,970 $52,950 1,500
12 Petroleum Engineers $172,890 $87,570 18,720
13 Architectural And Engineering Managers $171,120 $96,040 14,500
14 Nurse Anesthetists $167,020 $133,760 4,300
15 General Internal Medicine Physicians $160,180 $55,640 4,520
16 Computer And Information Systems Managers $156,590 $91,610 26,980
17 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $154,330 $66,180 7,240
18 Chemical Engineers $150,510 $86,810 7,260
19 Marketing Managers $149,420 $73,980 16,290
20 Podiatrists $146,370 $66,480 470
21 Sales Managers $146,230 $66,010 30,420
22 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $146,000 $46,220 17,920
23 Financial Managers $145,700 $62,520 46,710
24 Lawyers $144,110 $63,900 44,700
25 Purchasing Managers $137,670 $77,400 6,150
26 Air Traffic Controllers $132,700 $75,820 1,890
27 Natural Sciences Managers $130,490 $72,460 2,880
28 Computer And Information Research Scientists $128,970 $78,780 1,520
29 Pharmacists $127,320 $97,080 22,770
30 Training And Development Managers $126,750 $71,020 2,310
31 Aerospace Engineers $126,740 $77,220 6,140
32 Human Resources Managers $126,470 $71,400 10,260
33 Veterinarians $125,280 $62,430 4,770
34 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $124,450 $69,280 25,630
35 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $123,620 $68,410 5,500
36 Sales Engineers $122,090 $60,540 9,120
37 Industrial Production Managers $122,060 $67,110 13,440
38 General And Operations Managers $121,270 $41,950 217,080
39 Optometrists $120,790 $64,330 2,930
40 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $120,440 $45,300 3,260
41 Computer Network Architects $118,060 $71,090 13,080
42 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $118,000 $70,830 11,970
43 Nurse Practitioners $115,440 $84,830 13,620
44 Engineers, All Other $115,390 $63,340 10,380
45 Physicists $114,600 $52,830 980
46 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $114,070 $57,630 10,380
47 Compensation And Benefits Managers $113,850 $60,400 1,410
48 Nuclear Engineers $113,820 $27,520 390
49 Computer Hardware Engineers $113,700 $63,680 3,970
50 Actuaries $112,990 $64,290 1,080
51 Advertising And Promotions Managers $111,140 $56,450 1,390
52 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $111,010 $40,800 860
53 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $110,970 $19,630 1,000
54 Astronomers $110,350 $55,640 230
55 Physician Assistants $109,270 $40,920 8,040
56 Athletes And Sports Competitors $108,920 $18,250 390
57 Industrial Engineers $108,900 $63,610 19,520
58 Information Security Analysts $108,810 $63,080 10,430
59 Environmental Engineers $108,530 $49,610 3,250
60 Commercial Pilots $108,210 $52,490 4,380
61 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $108,090 $58,850 600
62 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $107,940 $66,360 109,510
63 Medical And Health Services Managers $107,880 $53,470 33,320
64 Electrical Engineers $106,650 $65,580 14,440
65 Economists $105,290 $52,200 860
66 Materials Engineers $104,250 $62,930 2,760
67 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $103,650 $55,760 13,030
68 Mechanical Engineers $102,980 $61,070 22,020
69 Personal Financial Advisors $102,280 $41,820 12,800
70 Computer Systems Analysts $102,120 $56,330 54,150
71 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $101,870 $55,160 3,700
72 Database Administrators And Architects $101,450 $58,340 11,620
73 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $101,170 $52,020 29,720
74 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $100,960 $53,740 660
75 Materials Scientists $100,490 $23,720 650
76 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $98,700 $17,970 3,180
77 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $98,340 $64,110 2,200
78 Construction Managers $97,970 $56,100 34,560
79 Civil Engineers $96,480 $52,200 27,920
80 Computer Programmers $95,620 $53,470 20,430
81 Real Estate Brokers $95,150 $26,780 1,820
82 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $94,440 $22,080 820
83 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $94,030 $45,340 9,380
84 Management Analysts $93,920 $55,480 39,880
85 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $93,390 $17,540 6,200
86 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $93,250 $40,620 28,850
87 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $92,710 $20,040 1,050
88 Nurse Midwives $92,560 $69,650 540
89 Emergency Management Directors $92,350 $47,460 680
90 Psychologists, All Other $92,270 $48,480 790
91 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $91,790 $34,730 340
92 Chiropractors $91,470 $25,150 2,230
93 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $91,010 $26,060 820
94 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $90,680 $28,420 970
95 Radiation Therapists $90,270 $63,830 1,990
96 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $90,180 $29,200 1,360
97 Physical Therapists $89,630 $52,670 15,400
98 Chemists $89,520 $44,220 5,000
99 Political Scientists $89,310 $53,960 280
100 Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $88,990 $19,890 4,030

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