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Highest Paid Occupations - Top 100
Los Angeles County, 1st Quarter, 2016

Occupation

Annual Mean Wage

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

$286,097

Psychiatrists

$282,516

Surgeons

$261,780

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

$228,443

Chief Executives

$221,453

Pediatricians, General

$201,255

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

$198,374

Family and General Practitioners

$186,372

Nurse Anesthetists

$186,129

Dentists, General

$175,659

Lawyers

$175,609

Internists, General

$173,793

Orthodontists

$164,764

Architectural and Engineering Managers

$164,596

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$156,388

First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers

$153,848

Financial Managers

$153,615

Marketing Managers

$150,289

Economists

$149,607

Dentists, All Other Specialists

$148,136

Petroleum Engineers

$147,507

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

$146,903

Natural Sciences Managers

$146,370

Law Teachers, Postsecondary

$144,362

Compensation and Benefits Managers

$141,550

Nurse Midwives

$139,706

Producers and Directors

$137,616

Pharmacists

$136,328

Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

$135,729

Managers, All Other

$133,097

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$132,606

General and Operations Managers

$132,503

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

$132,330

Air Traffic Controllers

$130,652

Sales Managers

$130,385

Personal Financial Advisors

$129,873

Aerospace Engineers

$129,480

Human Resources Managers

$128,645

Training and Development Managers

$127,734

Art Directors

$127,725

Advertising and Promotions Managers

$127,591

Sociologists

$126,862

Veterinarians

$126,497

Physics Teachers, Postsecondary

$126,355

Nurse Practitioners

$123,890

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists

$123,200

Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$122,612

Electronics Engineers, Except Computer

$122,246

Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers

$122,105

Computer Network Architects

$122,033

Medical and Health Services Managers

$121,809

Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary

$120,988

Astronomers

$120,471

Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes

$120,448

Education Administrators, All Other

$120,387

Emergency Management Directors

$119,190

Education Administrators, Postsecondary

$119,036

Computer and Information Research Scientists

$118,351

Software Developers, Systems Software

$117,641

Commercial Pilots

$117,531

Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other

$117,326

Biochemists and Biophysicists

$117,245

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

$116,636

Business Teachers, Postsecondary

$114,952

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

$114,404

Film and Video Editors

$114,090

Computer Hardware Engineers

$113,268

Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$112,761

Optometrists

$112,507

Software Developers, Applications

$111,980

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

$111,736

Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

$111,696

Athletes and Sports Competitors

$110,458

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$110,164

Environmental Engineers

$109,930

Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School

$109,836

Industrial Production Managers

$109,519

Sales Engineers

$109,244

Chemical Engineers

$109,099

Purchasing Managers

$108,639

Engineers, All Other

$108,297

Psychologists, All Other

$107,983

Actuaries

$107,871

Electrical Engineers

$107,313

Physical Scientists, All Other

$106,745

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

$105,233

Information Security Analysts

$105,071

Industrial Engineers

$104,462

Administrative Services Managers

$103,471

History Teachers, Postsecondary

$103,225

Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors

$102,799

Nuclear Medicine Technologists

$102,514

Civil Engineers

$102,241

Radiation Therapists

$102,058

Materials Engineers

$101,977

Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$101,774

Management Analysts

$101,189

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval

$100,912

Mechanical Engineers

$100,912

Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary

$99,938

Note: in previous years, Anesthesiologists have very high mean annual wages, making one of the top earning occupations.
Data was not available for this occupation, however, for the first quarter of 2016.
Although a few entertainers and athletes also may earn a considerably high wage, most in these occupations do not.

Source: California Employment Development Dept.

 

 

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