The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In West 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 West 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 West 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 Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in West Virginia.

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

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
  3. Nurse Anesthetists
  4. Family Medicine Physicians
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Optometrists
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  9. Purchasing Managers
  10. Dentists, General

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 10 on the list of highest paid professions in the Mountain 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 West Virginia For 2020

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 591 job classifications in West 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 West Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $267,200 $185,120 170
2 Physicians, All Other; And Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric $207,040 $60,520 2,230
3 Nurse Anesthetists $188,580 $125,000 690
4 Family Medicine Physicians $169,340 $89,420 280
5 Psychiatrists $162,570 $47,620 110
6 Chief Executives $160,650 $68,270 990
7 Optometrists $143,760 $78,030 170
8 Architectural And Engineering Managers $140,510 $100,330 510
9 Purchasing Managers $126,930 $61,140 120
10 Dentists, General $126,880 $49,520 450
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $123,810 $69,460 850
12 Pharmacists $123,030 $64,120 2,100
13 Advertising And Promotions Managers $121,830 $84,280 40
14 Dentists, All Other Specialists $120,260 $60,510 30
15 Petroleum Engineers $119,860 $48,400 350
16 Compensation And Benefits Managers $116,570 $50,240 30
17 Medical And Health Services Managers $110,100 $57,880 1,710
18 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $109,970 $56,220 1,080
19 Industrial Production Managers $106,760 $65,070 860
20 Training And Development Managers $106,680 $59,200 80
21 Marketing Managers $104,710 $44,830 390
22 Human Resources Managers $104,440 $65,290 400
23 Nurse Practitioners $103,170 $77,560 1,200
24 Physician Assistants $102,500 $81,210 920
25 Lawyers $102,040 $53,450 2,470
26 Construction Managers $101,570 $54,230 920
27 Computer Hardware Engineers $100,550 $61,280 240
28 Computer Network Architects $99,960 $50,250 260
29 Sales Managers $99,800 $49,730 920
30 Financial Managers $99,620 $48,760 1,780
31 Veterinarians $97,540 $66,300 320
32 Chemical Engineers $96,620 $56,550 310
33 Physical Scientists, All Other $96,280 $48,700 80
34 Personal Financial Advisors $95,780 $34,650 410
35 Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment And Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; And Managers, All Other $95,760 $19,440 1,560
36 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $93,800 $37,080 490
37 Sales Engineers $93,070 $47,480 60
38 Industrial Engineers $92,510 $59,980 660
39 Physical Therapists $92,320 $63,520 1,260
40 Electrical Engineers $92,160 $64,140 410
41 Engineers, All Other $91,220 $33,400 330
42 Information Security Analysts $91,010 $48,910 250
43 Funeral Home Managers $90,410 $39,800 150
44 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $89,690 $37,170 180
45 Software Developers And Software Quality Assurance Analysts And Testers $89,550 $44,540 1,820
46 Aerospace Engineers $88,860 $51,850 60
47 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $88,170 $59,920 250
48 Art Directors $87,080 $44,570 50
49 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $87,040 $55,080 390
50 Captains, Mates, And Pilots Of Water Vessels $86,950 $42,950 80
51 Chiropractors $86,320 $42,610 60
52 General And Operations Managers $86,270 $32,820 11,510
53 Computer Occupations, All Other $85,940 $37,100 2,220
54 Education Administrators, All Other $85,210 $51,120 120
55 Materials Engineers $84,640 $48,760 130
56 Mechanical Engineers $84,270 $53,290 580
57 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $84,190 $48,490 100
58 Materials Scientists $83,370 $44,300 60
59 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $83,320 $57,980 110
60 Statisticians $82,630 $39,190 80
61 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $82,380 $37,680 170
62 Occupational Therapists $81,840 $55,390 440
63 Civil Engineers $81,310 $43,520 1,440
64 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $81,120 $47,560 140
65 Wind Turbine Service Technicians $80,280 $55,530 30
66 Psychologists, All Other $80,250 $29,520 130
67 Administrative Services And Facilities Managers $79,990 $46,330 1,530
68 Air Traffic Controllers $79,180 $61,230 100
69 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $79,170 $35,220 270
70 Computer Systems Analysts $78,710 $53,030 890
71 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $78,280 $52,510 280
72 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $77,990 $54,590 210
73 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $77,800 $67,000 170
74 Management Analysts $77,780 $39,500 1,980
75 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $76,860 $44,810 720
76 Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $76,140 $19,370 200
77 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $75,830 $50,050 130
78 Audiologists $75,350 $42,170 130
79 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $74,370 $61,220 180
80 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $74,360 $35,010 590
81 Environmental Engineers $74,320 $49,540 320
82 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $74,250 $55,150 240
83 Computer Programmers $74,180 $40,080 530
84 Radiation Therapists $74,030 $55,500 60
85 Biological Scientists, All Other $73,980 $42,230 200
86 Law Teachers, Postsecondary $73,440 $18,880 70
87 Orthotists And Prosthetists $73,240 $46,260 30
88 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $73,020 $51,210 130
89 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $72,090 $22,660 70
90 Electrical And Electronics Drafters $72,080 $41,850 30
91 Financial And Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, And Financial Specialists, All Other $71,470 $42,180 1,320
92 Network And Computer Systems Administrators $71,450 $42,740 1,210
93 Education Administrators, Kindergarten Through Secondary $71,370 $52,940 1,690
94 Database Administrators And Architects $71,270 $44,930 440
95 First-Line Supervisors Of Construction Trades And Extraction Workers $70,980 $40,240 6,220
96 First-Line Supervisors Of Police And Detectives $70,910 $40,780 220
97 Transportation Inspectors $70,730 $41,020 40
98 Acupuncturists And Healthcare Diagnosing Or Treating Practitioners, All Other $70,360 $52,560 300
99 Gas Plant Operators $70,270 $54,650 280
100 Artists And Related Workers, All Other $70,030 $22,840 40

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