These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Washington, DC 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 the Washington area. 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 Washington.

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

  1. Surgeons
  2. Chief Executives
  3. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  5. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
  6. Psychiatrists
  7. Anesthesiologists
  8. Nurse Anesthetists
  9. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  10. Dentists, All Other Specialists

Everyone’s favorite, dentists, place number 14 on the list of highest paid professions in Washington. 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.

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How we determined the highest paid jobs in Washington For 2018

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 650 job classifications in Washington 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 BLS data for this analysis which came out on March 30, 2018.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Washington

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Surgeons $207,400 $56,890 670
2 Chief Executives $207,090 $95,400 6,330
3 Physicians and Surgeons, All Other $205,700 $64,680 4,790
4 Obstetricians and Gynecologists $204,250 $128,270 760
5 Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates $186,820 $142,360 100
6 Psychiatrists $183,560 $55,870 520
7 Anesthesiologists $183,030 $54,570 380
8 Nurse Anesthetists $176,150 $94,640 690
9 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $169,670 $71,390 2,660
10 Dentists, All Other Specialists $167,050 $51,620 70
11 Lawyers $166,590 $84,020 40,870
12 Family and General Practitioners $166,380 $93,630 1,790
13 Computer and Information Systems Managers $162,530 $108,030 14,320
14 Dentists, General $160,590 $64,780 1,790
15 Sales Managers $157,910 $60,190 4,490
16 Marketing Managers $156,540 $84,680 3,550
17 Financial Managers $154,680 $90,930 14,310
18 Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $153,730 $70,600 4,350
19 Architectural and Engineering Managers $151,610 $103,160 4,620
20 Internists, General $149,360 $52,850 1,900
21 General and Operations Managers $146,890 $62,880 53,810
22 Aerospace Engineers $146,330 $89,100 2,290
23 Human Resources Managers $144,680 $89,470 3,400
24 Compensation and Benefits Managers $141,680 $90,340 330
25 Mathematicians $138,660 $90,630 330
26 Petroleum Engineers $138,240 $72,030 170
27 Podiatrists $137,360 $87,540 110
28 Natural Sciences Managers $135,390 $96,880 2,290
29 Purchasing Managers $134,600 $107,320 3,400
30 Training and Development Managers $134,260 $80,280 890
31 Industrial Production Managers $134,250 $74,630 480
32 Pediatricians, General $132,900 $56,730 730
33 Physicists $132,460 $91,890 990
34 Managers, All Other $132,310 $94,750 31,130
35 Astronomers $131,320 $91,190 340
36 Actuaries $130,900 $73,840 280
37 Sales Engineers $129,050 $86,180 1,190
38 Computer and Information Research Scientists $128,350 $85,490 2,490
39 Air Traffic Controllers $127,810 $22,560 1,390
40 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers $127,220 $79,560 480
41 Optometrists $126,410 $75,880 830
42 Engineers, All Other $126,130 $76,400 5,180
43 Physical Scientists, All Other $125,660 $77,390 1,650
44 Economists $123,740 $63,420 8,320
45 Veterinarians $123,250 $68,420 1,170
46 Medical and Health Services Managers $122,880 $70,370 4,510
47 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $120,780 $72,230 320
48 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $118,670 $51,700 1,250
49 Chemical Engineers $118,650 $73,060 570
50 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $118,510 $77,330 3,860
51 Computer Hardware Engineers $118,020 $72,430 2,040
52 Financial Examiners $117,950 $49,360 1,190
53 Personal Financial Advisors $117,930 $47,600 2,640
54 Detectives and Criminal Investigators $117,230 $73,120 4,370
55 Political Scientists $117,140 $62,250 2,030
56 Software Developers, Systems Software $116,880 $69,930 23,970
57 Materials Scientists $116,820 $61,410 140
58 Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners, All Other $115,590 $63,730 760
59 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $115,370 $39,980 1,310
60 Chemists $115,190 $68,460 1,090
61 Electrical Engineers $114,860 $68,970 3,360
62 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products $114,120 $51,780 4,510
63 First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $113,670 $70,740 2,810
64 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $113,670 $43,480 470
65 Computer Network Architects $113,420 $70,790 8,660
66 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $113,320 $53,080 1,590
67 Pharmacists $113,070 $74,020 3,560
68 Life Scientists, All Other $112,950 $59,740 70
69 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $112,770 $49,150 930
70 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $112,700 $65,500 1,470
71 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $112,440 $45,150 430
72 Advertising and Promotions Managers $112,410 $47,950 350
73 Marine Engineers and Naval Architects $111,770 $69,420 740
74 Construction Managers $111,640 $67,870 3,990
75 Materials Engineers $111,330 $71,930 350
76 Sociologists $111,070 $59,570 240
77 Emergency Management Directors $110,850 $64,240 330
78 Software Developers, Applications $110,480 $64,050 28,230
79 Atmospheric and Space Scientists $110,430 $60,940 580
80 Computer Occupations, All Other $110,210 $73,750 23,160
81 Information Security Analysts $110,080 $66,150 9,930
82 Mechanical Engineers $109,860 $66,720 4,210
83 Operations Research Analysts $109,670 $64,620 5,820
84 Administrative Services Managers $107,220 $62,240 4,150
85 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $106,910 $52,010 3,890
86 Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $106,830 $65,590 7,160
87 Nuclear Engineers $106,110 $67,030 710
88 Biochemists and Biophysicists $105,170 $51,750 280
89 Management Analysts $104,840 $60,020 52,750
90 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $104,560 $30,850 2,480
91 Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $104,280 $55,630 3,050
92 Industrial-Organizational Psychologists $104,000 $64,280 90
93 Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $103,930 $63,670 4,560
94 Computer Systems Analysts $103,290 $54,850 22,020
95 Nurse Practitioners $102,720 $77,040 2,010
96 Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $102,710 $56,720 450
97 Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents $101,670 $34,090 3,290
98 Industrial Engineers $101,120 $62,180 1,280
99 Environmental Engineers $101,100 $57,880 940
100 Art Directors $101,080 $56,960 560