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These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia For 2019

Chris Kolmar
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 Virginia

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 Virginia. 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 Surgeons are the highest paid people in Virginia.

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

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

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 7 on the list of highest paid professions in the Old Dominion. 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 Virginia For 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 641 job classifications in Virginia 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.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $264,160 $65,780 870
2 Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeons $260,810 $94,600 100
3 Chief Executives $228,540 $82,270 5,760
4 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $225,630 $112,660 730
5 Internists, General $224,700 $63,540 990
6 Family And General Practitioners $201,120 $106,910 4,990
7 Dentists, General $199,870 $107,670 2,990
8 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $199,080 $56,790 9,630
9 Psychiatrists $198,810 $58,250 830
10 Pediatricians, General $198,770 $105,940 500
11 Nurse Anesthetists $187,320 $134,460 850
12 Computer And Information Systems Managers $173,290 $106,180 13,450
13 Marketing Managers $171,870 $92,580 4,980
14 Sales Managers $170,760 $76,770 5,790
15 Architectural And Engineering Managers $164,300 $103,960 4,030
16 Financial Managers $164,030 $84,290 15,180
17 Compensation And Benefits Managers $148,800 $87,110 310
18 Podiatrists $144,330 $58,240 300
19 General And Operations Managers $142,000 $55,230 52,440
20 Human Resources Managers $140,110 $82,680 3,750
21 Sales Engineers $139,620 $71,880 1,510
22 Air Traffic Controllers $139,520 $74,780 1,090
23 Training And Development Managers $139,480 $74,790 870
24 Lawyers $139,180 $60,900 15,890
25 Purchasing Managers $135,600 $85,350 2,830
26 Managers, All Other $134,500 $81,520 17,280
27 Natural Sciences Managers $133,360 $83,730 1,270
28 Computer And Information Research Scientists $129,840 $83,570 2,740
29 Optometrists $129,010 $67,320 1,090
30 Political Scientists $128,590 $58,120 1,030
31 Aerospace Engineers $127,390 $81,580 2,060
32 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists $126,220 $53,720 200
33 Economists $126,080 $69,250 1,230
34 Veterinarians $125,360 $66,870 2,480
35 Pharmacists $123,920 $77,860 6,970
36 Computer Network Architects $123,050 $70,750 9,700
37 Advertising And Promotions Managers $121,960 $56,420 230
38 Physical Scientists, All Other $121,850 $66,190 1,600
39 Personal Financial Advisors $121,250 $42,240 4,370
40 Mathematicians $121,240 $73,380 440
41 Industrial Production Managers $120,070 $67,380 2,600
42 Software Developers, Systems Software $119,860 $71,230 27,800
43 Computer Hardware Engineers $119,500 $69,880 1,340
44 Engineers, All Other $118,390 $57,020 4,190
45 Medical And Health Services Managers $116,770 $65,310 7,650
46 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $114,990 $69,570 4,940
47 Legal Support Workers, All Other $114,390 $59,770 7,050
48 Software Developers, Applications $113,690 $66,700 38,110
49 Funeral Service Managers $113,360 $60,560 170
50 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $113,240 $55,380 2,770
51 Information Security Analysts $111,780 $68,250 14,180
52 Chemical Engineers $111,440 $71,970 980
53 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $110,090 $69,370 4,050
54 Construction Managers $109,980 $61,070 5,340
55 Electrical Engineers $109,690 $65,580 6,880
56 Administrative Services Managers $109,690 $60,270 3,780
57 Physicists $108,440 $61,230 750
58 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $108,330 $66,320 330
59 Management Analysts $105,700 $58,580 49,510
60 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $105,600 $64,650 2,060
61 Computer Occupations, All Other $105,270 $68,030 14,580
62 Nurse Practitioners $105,170 $76,330 4,710
63 Operations Research Analysts $104,980 $56,860 9,100
64 Education Administrators, All Other $104,310 $61,640 1,280
65 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $102,310 $44,870 1,800
66 Computer Systems Analysts $102,290 $57,790 26,800
67 Materials Scientists $101,950 $38,520 230
68 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $101,290 $40,930 440
69 Mechanical Engineers $100,540 $62,110 7,590
70 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $99,880 $44,770 8,270
71 Physician Assistants $99,340 $67,420 2,510
72 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $98,850 $48,030 2,980
73 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $98,830 $44,300 520
74 Chemists $98,670 $53,500 1,390
75 Database Administrators $98,090 $52,870 5,510
76 Financial Analysts $97,990 $56,080 8,550
77 Property, Real Estate, And Community Association Managers $97,580 $47,060 2,440
78 Materials Engineers $97,470 $60,240 470
79 Biomedical Engineers $97,400 $56,070 200
80 Psychologists, All Other $97,200 $42,320 400
81 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $96,810 $57,180 440
82 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $96,290 $51,330 320
83 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $95,430 $63,560 6,930
84 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $95,100 $43,330 6,820
85 Civil Engineers $94,780 $56,940 10,610
86 Computer Programmers $94,470 $55,510 7,110
87 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $94,120 $55,420 3,000
88 Industrial Engineers $93,980 $58,430 4,620
89 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $93,860 $54,900 18,520
90 Biological Scientists, All Other $93,750 $53,970 540
91 Media And Communication Equipment Workers, All Other $93,390 $61,220 450
92 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $93,310 $42,870 500
93 Occupational Therapists $93,010 $63,590 3,070
94 Microbiologists $91,940 $41,420 380
95 Art Directors $91,770 $53,870 510
96 Physical Therapists $91,700 $67,180 6,470
97 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $91,480 $61,390 2,560
98 Budget Analysts $91,000 $56,220 3,730
99 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $90,880 $34,980 1,520
100 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $90,410 $36,870 7,560

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