The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia For 2020

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 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, Except Ophthalmologists are the highest paid people in Virginia.

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

  1. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  7. Dentists, General
  8. Pediatricians, General
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Marketing Managers

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 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 635 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, 2020.

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, Except Ophthalmologists $261,220 $82,560 790
2 Chief Executives $225,950 $77,020 6,440
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $225,050 $109,190 570
4 Family Medicine Physicians $206,650 $105,360 4,230
5 Psychiatrists $196,150 $68,140 650
6 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $187,740 $56,420 9,140
7 Dentists, General $187,150 $95,460 3,430
8 Pediatricians, General $186,680 $110,560 490
9 Nurse Anesthetists $180,120 $108,460 980
10 Marketing Managers $175,970 $93,110 5,150
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $173,280 $107,470 14,680
12 Sales Managers $172,920 $69,620 6,150
13 Financial Managers $165,600 $86,120 16,250
14 Architectural And Engineering Managers $155,460 $100,350 4,110
15 Compensation And Benefits Managers $146,090 $86,930 310
16 Natural Sciences Managers $145,440 $95,390 1,270
17 Training And Development Managers $144,040 $78,720 1,040
18 Computer And Information Research Scientists $143,390 $83,540 3,180
19 Lawyers $143,220 $64,020 16,910
20 Sales Engineers $142,430 $62,780 1,790
21 Human Resources Managers $139,610 $84,010 4,060
22 General And Operations Managers $137,730 $53,960 58,150
23 Purchasing Managers $136,660 $87,990 2,680
24 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $134,140 $83,480 17,990
25 Political Scientists $130,070 $59,890 1,140
26 Funeral Home Managers $129,260 $74,180 150
27 Computer Network Architects $128,530 $74,860 8,030
28 Physical Scientists, All Other $128,440 $75,480 1,700
29 Pharmacists $126,920 $88,210 7,510
30 Personal Financial Advisors $126,220 $46,890 4,500
31 Economists $125,490 $70,450 1,200
32 Industrial Production Managers $123,770 $70,960 2,440
33 Aerospace Engineers $123,290 $74,680 1,830
34 Engineers, All Other $122,910 $67,340 4,050
35 Optometrists $122,100 $67,360 1,160
36 Veterinarians $121,040 $62,440 2,530
37 Computer Hardware Engineers $118,290 $72,000 1,850
38 Mathematicians $117,810 $73,540 410
39 Medical And Health Services Managers $115,410 $64,090 7,740
40 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $115,020 $72,700 4,390
41 Information Security Analysts $114,760 $67,880 15,010
42 Electrical Engineers $114,590 $68,410 6,150
43 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $114,440 $68,200 73,310
44 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $113,700 $55,370 2,780
45 Atmospheric And Space Scientists $113,620 $67,550 290
46 Legal Support Workers, All Other $113,290 $53,640 6,990
47 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $111,980 $59,150 4,370
48 Chemical Engineers $111,810 $71,580 860
49 Physicists $111,090 $63,750 850
50 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $110,190 $66,040 2,310
51 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $109,990 $68,030 3,240
52 Construction Managers $109,740 $59,470 5,790
53 Nurse Practitioners $109,110 $82,800 5,200
54 Education Administrators, All Other $107,380 $64,880 1,250
55 Computer Systems Analysts $106,490 $60,130 26,310
56 Management Analysts $105,280 $59,560 47,320
57 Computer Occupations, All Other $104,100 $62,620 14,560
58 Operations Research Analysts $104,090 $56,870 8,770
59 Psychologists, All Other $103,100 $46,110 440
60 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $103,000 $43,450 390
61 Physician Assistants $102,680 $57,040 2,510
62 Database Administrators And Architects $102,320 $53,750 6,520
63 First-Line Supervisors Of Non-Retail Sales Workers $102,310 $45,570 8,750
64 Mechanical Engineers $101,980 $63,260 7,690
65 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $101,700 $53,230 300
66 Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $101,210 $34,870 1,600
67 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $101,190 $46,920 1,630
68 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $99,000 $56,920 14,020
69 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $98,960 $49,300 3,160
70 Chemists $98,720 $52,650 1,420
71 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $98,180 $49,910 6,880
72 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $97,380 $61,450 480
73 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $97,060 $44,400 500
74 Civil Engineers $96,900 $57,760 10,850
75 Microbiologists $96,690 $42,740 480
76 Agricultural Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $95,700 $51,540 270
77 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $95,670 $64,450 7,180
78 Computer Programmers $95,230 $54,890 6,650
79 Property, Real Estate, And Community Association Managers $95,080 $49,130 2,610
80 Biological Scientists, All Other $94,970 $55,230 560
81 Nurse Midwives $94,920 $56,530 180
82 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $94,610 $56,330 3,180
83 Hydrologists $94,390 $65,180 60
84 Industrial Engineers $94,380 $60,520 5,600
85 Nuclear Engineers $93,570 $62,970 2,340
86 Lighting Technicians And Media And Communication Equipment Workers, All Other $93,410 $62,410 480
87 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $92,720 $56,230 18,510
88 Budget Analysts $92,700 $57,490 3,370
89 Emergency Management Directors $92,490 $53,710 290
90 Project Management Specialists And Business Operations Specialists, All Other $92,320 $51,580 36,920
91 Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, And Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $92,240 $44,870 460
92 Marine Engineers And Naval Architects $92,200 $62,230 2,520
93 Occupational Therapists $91,970 $64,180 3,050
94 Physical Therapists $91,930 $67,950 6,720
95 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $91,650 $43,920 460
96 Art Directors $91,610 $54,010 560
97 Anthropology And Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary $90,530 $51,480 120
98 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $89,230 $53,440 300
99 Financial Examiners $89,050 $34,950 1,640
100 Environmental Engineers $89,020 $50,750 1,460

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