These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In West Virginia For 2019

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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 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 and Surgeons, All Other
  3. Family and General Practitioners
  4. Podiatrists
  5. Psychiatrists
  6. Chief Executives
  7. Dentists, General
  8. Architectural and Engineering Managers
  9. Purchasing Managers
  10. Dentists, All Other Specialists

Everyone’s favorite dentists place number 7 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 2019

We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 608 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, 2019.

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Detailed List Of Highest Paying Jobs In West Virginia

Rank Job Title Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anesthesiologists $281,000 $187,700 300
2 Physicians And Surgeons, All Other $222,270 $101,020 2,700
3 Family And General Practitioners $214,270 $107,690 100
4 Podiatrists $175,530 $66,560 50
5 Psychiatrists $166,400 $48,400 120
6 Chief Executives $153,880 $20,430 1,000
7 Dentists, General $139,170 $56,060 470
8 Architectural And Engineering Managers $139,030 $95,350 500
9 Purchasing Managers $132,930 $67,480 110
10 Dentists, All Other Specialists $121,880 $87,240 30
11 Computer And Information Systems Managers $119,430 $66,610 810
12 Optometrists $118,270 $34,290 180
13 Compensation And Benefits Managers $117,970 $54,210 30
14 Pharmacists $115,130 $37,010 2,180
15 Nurse Midwives $113,720 $72,750 30
16 Construction Managers $113,320 $61,390 850
17 Petroleum Engineers $111,400 $56,070 460
18 Medical And Health Services Managers $110,130 $60,070 1,610
19 Training And Development Managers $109,270 $54,880 80
20 Funeral Service Managers $108,730 $36,250 150
21 Industrial Production Managers $108,490 $64,880 890
22 Education Administrators, Postsecondary $107,750 $54,030 930
23 Advertising And Promotions Managers $105,150 $56,830 50
24 Physician Assistants $104,180 $70,080 770
25 Physical Scientists, All Other $103,810 $64,520 70
26 Financial Managers $102,670 $52,400 1,560
27 Sales Managers $102,280 $52,010 840
28 Nurse Practitioners $100,690 $75,370 1,080
29 Software Developers, Systems Software $100,170 $52,630 420
30 Lawyers $98,630 $51,620 2,480
31 Chemical Engineers $97,430 $58,040 300
32 Human Resources Managers $96,950 $59,190 370
33 Computer Hardware Engineers $96,370 $58,860 230
34 Marketing Managers $95,380 $48,110 350
35 Personal Financial Advisors $95,210 $36,180 480
36 Industrial Engineers $94,480 $66,560 590
37 Sales Representatives, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products $93,050 $34,600 540
38 Veterinarians $92,510 $58,450 340
39 Computer Network Architects $92,060 $46,120 210
40 Engineers, All Other $91,420 $33,400 350
41 Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $90,800 $43,390 60
42 Aerospace Engineers $90,710 $56,690 80
43 Art Directors $89,760 $46,130 50
44 Physical Therapists $89,420 $59,250 1,360
45 Architects, Except Landscape And Naval $89,200 $53,800 170
46 Electrical Engineers $88,640 $61,680 330
47 Materials Engineers $88,320 $51,560 160
48 Education Administrators, All Other $88,000 $52,820 190
49 Software Developers, Applications $87,490 $40,480 1,110
50 General And Operations Managers $87,430 $33,250 11,100
51 Sales Engineers $86,360 $42,420 60
52 Detectives And Criminal Investigators $86,340 $33,110 170
53 Airline Pilots, Copilots, And Flight Engineers $85,490 $58,310 70
54 Biomedical Engineers $85,280 $67,550 50
55 Information Security Analysts $84,620 $52,750 270
56 Mechanical Engineers $84,070 $54,190 490
57 Securities, Commodities, And Financial Services Sales Agents $83,930 $33,930 540
58 Computer Occupations, All Other $83,660 $41,810 2,380
59 Computer Programmers $83,160 $35,710 460
60 Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers $83,080 $50,500 350
61 Psychologists, All Other $82,970 $26,200 130
62 Civil Engineers $82,210 $45,550 1,510
63 Power Distributors And Dispatchers $81,340 $58,580 210
64 Occupational Therapists $81,080 $51,380 500
65 Administrative Services Managers $81,030 $46,870 1,380
66 Judges, Magistrate Judges, And Magistrates $80,990 $52,760 300
67 Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $80,840 $36,470 150
68 Air Traffic Controllers $79,710 $61,230 110
69 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $79,360 $44,520 80
70 Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $79,080 $28,430 110
71 Health And Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers And Inspectors $78,490 $52,450 200
72 Wind Turbine Service Technicians $78,010 $54,120 30
73 Computer And Information Research Scientists $77,580 $53,190 50
74 Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers $77,530 $41,090 160
75 Managers, All Other $77,290 $18,720 1,880
76 Public Relations And Fundraising Managers $77,250 $45,570 140
77 Physics Teachers, Postsecondary $76,200 $24,700 70
78 Postmasters And Mail Superintendents $76,170 $65,020 180
79 Statisticians $76,070 $35,000 110
80 Mining And Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $76,050 $53,510 110
81 Management Analysts $75,980 $37,240 1,930
82 Chiropractors $75,320 $32,350 70
83 Financial Analysts $75,290 $43,840 390
84 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, And Hearing Officers $74,470 $33,250 130
85 Computer Systems Analysts $74,010 $40,660 1,120
86 Occupational Health And Safety Specialists $73,900 $46,010 790
87 Social Scientists And Related Workers, All Other $73,480 $60,730 190
88 Emergency Management Directors $73,390 $31,680 50
89 First-Line Supervisors Of Construction Trades And Extraction Workers $72,020 $38,760 5,390
90 Electrical And Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, And Relay $71,930 $55,000 320
91 Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $71,850 $27,320 190
92 Gas Plant Operators $70,730 $60,520 280
93 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other $70,550 $43,220 260
94 Education Administrators, Elementary And Secondary School $70,290 $50,680 1,450
95 Business Operations Specialists, All Other $70,180 $36,070 2,900
96 Biological Scientists, All Other $70,060 $34,570 210
97 Environmental Engineers $69,800 $25,550 360
98 Social Workers, All Other $69,700 $31,300 260
99 Logisticians $69,620 $52,290 320
100 Elevator Installers And Repairers $69,350 $43,540 120

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