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Highest Paid Occupations
Los Angeles County, 1st Quarter, 2006

Rank

Occupation

Hourly Mean Wage

1

Psychiatrists

$92.89

2

Obstetricians and Gynecologists

$86.93

3

Chief Executives

$82.80

4

Surgeons

$82.27

5

Orthodontists

$80.98

6

Internists, General

$78.74

7

Pediatricians, General

$76.02

8

Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

$71.68

9

Lawyers

$65.74

10

Dentists, General

$64.05

11

Broadcast News Analysts

$61.42

12

Engineering Managers

$56.83

13

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$56.01

14

Computer and Information Scientists, Research

$55.53

15

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Commissioners

$55.25

16

General and Operations Managers

$53.92

17

Marketing Managers

$53.75

18

Sales Managers

$51.26

19

Financial Managers

$50.94

20

Veterinarians

$50.14

21

Actuaries

$49.96

22

Physicists

$49.42

23

Legal Occupations

$48.65

24

Public Relations Managers

$48.25

25

Management Occupations

$48.02

Note: in previous years, Anesthesiologists had mean hourly wages of more than $100, making this the
top earning occupation. Data was not available for this occupation, however, for the first quarter of 2006.

Source: California Employment Development Dept.

 

In 2007, three of the highest paid public figures in Los Angeles County were the General Manager,
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (annual salary of $329,800), the chief executive of the
Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority ($302,375), and the Los Angeles Police Chief
($300,442). That same year, the Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified School District earned
$300,000, the Mayor of Los Angeles earned $223,141, the Sheriff of Los Angeles County earned
$259,587, and the Los Angeles City Librarian earned $200,573.

 

 

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