The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Washington 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 Washington

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 Washington. 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 Orthodontists are the highest paid people in Washington.

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

  1. Orthodontists
  2. Psychiatrists
  3. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  4. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  5. Family Medicine Physicians
  6. Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers
  7. Chief Executives
  8. Pediatricians, General
  9. Nurse Anesthetists
  10. Dentists, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 10 on the list of highest paid professions in the Evergreen 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 Washington For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 701 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 data on March 29, 2020.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In Washington

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Orthodontists $285,780 $205,920 150
2 Psychiatrists $247,190 $76,370 670
3 Obstetricians And Gynecologists $241,290 $127,630 350
4 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $238,350 $107,920 8,610
5 Family Medicine Physicians $238,150 $123,340 1,170
6 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $234,060 $101,280 2,900
7 Chief Executives $225,700 $119,820 2,980
8 Pediatricians, General $194,510 $92,180 690
9 Nurse Anesthetists $192,440 $129,290 620
10 Dentists, General $185,240 $74,890 3,300
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $164,880 $99,410 12,650
12 Computer Programmers $164,610 $71,470 5,680
13 Marketing Managers $164,070 $87,070 6,820
14 Computer Hardware Engineers $159,130 $78,750 1,770
15 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary $158,870 $59,570 2,540
16 Architectural And Engineering Managers $158,620 $107,140 4,340
17 Natural Sciences Managers $156,400 $96,750 1,960
18 Podiatrists $155,120 $54,710 190
19 Dentists, All Other Specialists $154,540 $106,350 90
20 Compensation And Benefits Managers $152,520 $93,270 280
21 Advertising And Promotions Managers $148,140 $78,490 410
22 Sales Managers $144,050 $70,950 7,640
23 Petroleum Engineers $143,170 $90,190 100
24 Human Resources Managers $140,600 $86,300 3,380
25 Training And Development Managers $140,390 $73,660 730
26 Financial Managers $138,140 $73,170 12,830
27 Purchasing Managers $137,150 $83,050 1,540
28 Computer And Information Research Scientists $136,890 $77,360 1,970
29 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $136,660 $80,720 2,240
30 Commercial Divers $136,290 $51,500 90
31 Web Developers And Digital Interface Designers $134,310 $62,230 13,430
32 Actuaries $133,210 $74,180 420
33 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $131,870 $79,570 77,650
34 Mathematicians $131,110 $65,500 100
35 Lawyers $129,550 $63,950 11,910
36 Physician Assistants $129,520 $90,850 2,800
37 Pharmacists $128,320 $97,880 6,140
38 General And Operations Managers $127,670 $58,320 46,500
39 Industrial Production Managers $127,500 $77,000 2,930
40 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $127,350 $65,230 11,050
41 Nurse Practitioners $126,920 $86,620 3,870
42 Physicists $126,820 $66,160 650
43 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $125,130 $87,240 900
44 Materials Engineers $125,110 $72,570 1,060
45 Chiropractors $122,730 $35,900 940
46 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $121,910 $71,870 4,910
47 Medical And Health Services Managers $121,650 $61,690 7,310
48 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $120,600 $50,070 90
49 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $120,300 $84,880 5,490
50 Computer Network Architects $118,340 $76,950 4,800
51 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $117,080 $68,820 2,470
52 Materials Scientists $116,780 $76,400 350
53 Electrical Engineers $115,990 $67,910 6,030
54 Data Scientists And Mathematical Science Occupations, All Other $115,720 $56,430 1,220
55 Emergency Management Directors $113,220 $72,720 150
56 Information Security Analysts $112,540 $69,060 3,120
57 Personal Financial Advisors $111,890 $43,970 3,820
58 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $111,890 $79,670 2,470
59 Database Administrators And Architects $111,640 $67,440 2,690
60 Epidemiologists $111,160 $62,480 450
61 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $111,130 $80,510 350
62 Physical Scientists, All Other $111,020 $76,860 270
63 Elevator And Escalator Installers And Repairers $110,240 $72,900 800
64 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $110,020 $76,950 340
65 Engineers, All Other $109,430 $60,480 3,070
66 Industrial Engineers $109,200 $67,940 7,220
67 Nurse Midwives $107,810 $86,140 110
68 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $107,690 $53,170 590
69 Chemical Engineers $107,340 $66,260 580
70 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $107,270 $40,450 3,660
71 Statisticians $105,680 $68,530 1,290
72 Sales Engineers $105,030 $60,720 700
73 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $104,960 $64,430 2,230
74 Management Analysts $104,830 $56,470 22,160
75 Environmental Engineers $104,740 $63,050 1,900
76 Art Directors $104,390 $66,980 620
77 First-Line Supervisors Of Firefighting And Prevention Workers $104,220 $73,740 2,600
78 Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary $103,450 $56,960 70
79 Psychologists, All Other $103,440 $49,990 470
80 Commercial Pilots $103,410 $47,960 1,120
81 Economists $103,330 $69,520 400
82 Construction Managers $102,250 $60,850 8,430
83 Financial Examiners $101,660 $58,610 610
84 Radiation Therapists $101,630 $68,980 400
85 Computer Systems Analysts $101,460 $66,300 16,840
86 Agents And Business Managers Of Artists, Performers, And Athletes $99,760 $44,380 90
87 Political Scientists $99,040 $54,790 120
88 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $98,930 $60,620 450
89 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $98,800 $47,460 2,010
90 Mechanical Engineers $98,770 $60,570 7,560
91 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $98,260 $46,710 7,600
92 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $98,210 $49,450 190
93 Operations Research Analysts $97,870 $61,140 2,640
94 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $97,770 $67,140 1,740
95 Forestry And Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary $97,520 $55,700 50
96 Bioengineers And Biomedical Engineers $97,370 $59,740 610
97 Veterinarians $97,340 $66,160 1,920
98 Aerospace Engineering And Operations Technologists And Technicians $97,130 $48,990 430
99 Nuclear Medicine Technologists $96,080 $71,330 300
100 Business Teachers, Postsecondary $95,860 $44,510 1,300

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