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Highest Paid Occupations
Los Angeles County

Top 100, 1st Quarter, 2017

Occupation Annual Mean Wage
Psychiatrists $259,843
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons $256,278
Chief Executives $232,595
Surgeons $231,763
Obstetricians and Gynecologists $198,113
Pediatricians, General $197,140
Nurse Anesthetists $195,105
Internists, General $194,913
Family and General Practitioners $182,741
Orthodontists $178,872
Lawyers $168,787
Architectural and Engineering Managers $164,237
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers $162,541
Financial Managers $160,656
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers $160,411
Computer and Information Systems Managers $159,941
Law Teachers, Postsecondary $154,812
Dentists, General $154,235
Marketing Managers $153,666
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $153,457
Economists $149,638
Compensation and Benefits Managers $148,125
Personal Financial Advisors $144,574
Producers and Directors $142,822
Petroleum Engineers $140,078
General and Operations Managers $138,665
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary $137,121
Pharmacists $135,218
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary $134,651
Veterinarians $134,245
Air Traffic Controllers $134,157
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $134,125
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary $132,575
Sales Managers $132,522
Nurse Practitioners $131,937
Aerospace Engineers $131,582
Art Directors $131,562
Human Resources Managers $130,767
Education Administrators, Postsecondary $129,543
Nurse Midwives $128,200
Advertising and Promotions Managers $127,206
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary $125,719
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary $124,504
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary $123,785
Computer and Information Research Scientists $123,349
Emergency Management Directors $122,696
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary $122,225
Astronomers $122,175
Purchasing Managers $122,145
Sociologists $122,144
Computer Network Architects $120,798
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $119,856
Training and Development Managers $119,135
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers $118,752
Software Developers, Systems Software $118,712
Detectives and Criminal Investigators $118,123
Medical and Health Services Managers $114,747
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School $114,665
Sales Engineers $113,660
Industrial Production Managers $113,410
Writers and Authors $113,284
Electrical Engineers $112,291
Natural Sciences Managers $111,777
Optometrists $110,894
Environmental Engineers $110,671
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary $110,610
Civil Engineers $109,709
Film and Video Editors $109,102
Software Developers, Applications $108,747
Actuaries $108,565
Power Plant Operators $108,316
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary $107,370
Materials Engineers $107,107
Administrative Services Managers $106,267
Industrial Engineers $106,145
Information Security Analysts $105,942
Biochemists and Biophysicists $105,203
Audiologists $104,899
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $104,413
Radiation Therapists $104,018
Mechanical Engineers $103,664
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $102,884
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary $102,803
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $102,654
Fire Inspectors and Investigators $101,082
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $100,553
Financial Analysts $99,869
Physician Assistants $99,421
Financial Examiners $99,297
Management Analysts $99,257
Commercial Pilots $98,348
Biomedical Engineers $97,649
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers $97,590
Database Administrators $97,487
Registered Nurses $96,606
Chiropractors $96,008
Mathematicians $95,664
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval $95,492
Dental Hygienists $94,965
Computer Systems Analysts $94,712

Notes:
In previous years, Anesthesiologists had very high mean annual wages, making this one of the top earning occupations. Data, however, has not been available for this occupation for at least the last two years, thus keeping this occupation off this list.

Regarding professional entertainers (actors, singers, dancers, etc.) and athletes, although a few earn considerably high wages, most do not.

Source: California Employment Development Dept.