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Highest Paid Occupations
Los Angeles County

Physician With His Young Patient

A physician with his young patient. Physicians are among the highest paid professionals in Los Angeles County. Photo courtesy of Skeeze via Pixabay.com.

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Top 100, 1st Quarter, 2018

Occupational Title Number Employed Average Annual Wage or Salary
Anesthesiologists NA $292,820
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons NA $258,640
Psychiatrists 930 $251,308
Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 6,860 $241,834
Chief Executives 7,510 $239,496
Surgeons 840 $209,247
Nurse Anesthetists 430 $203,337
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 4,230 $199,633
Internists, General 1,240 $197,823
Pediatricians, General 800 $187,841
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 810 $182,297
Family and General Practitioners 4,440 $182,175
Dentists, All Other Specialists 60 $175,189
Orthodontists NA $173,990
Lawyers 27,210 $172,843
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5,510 $171,177
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 310 $166,553
Computer and Information Systems Managers 10,340 $166,431
Financial Managers 19,260 $166,421
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 620 $161,873
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 3,260 $160,261
Marketing Managers 6,720 $157,011
Compensation and Benefits Managers 430 $153,102
Economists 400 $149,274
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 330 $149,030
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 1,940 $144,110
Psychologists, All Other 460 $144,085
General and Operations Managers 68,760 $141,661
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 460 $138,835
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 5,510 $138,022
Dentists, General 4,620 $137,626
Petroleum Engineers 660 $136,296
Computer Hardware Engineers 1,840 $135,768
Pharmacists 7,150 $135,697
Purchasing Managers 2,190 $135,558
Aerospace Engineers 3,250 $134,651
Nurse Practitioners 3,100 $133,473
Personal Financial Advisors 7,110 $133,465
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,420 $132,123
Veterinarians 1,060 $131,503
Nurse Midwives 190 $131,300
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 4,480 $131,046
Art Directors 3,540 $130,813
Producers and Directors 21,150 $130,132
Sales Managers 19,120 $129,944
Human Resources Managers 4,140 $129,556
Advertising and Promotions Managers 940 $129,373
Emergency Management Directors 110 $129,087
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 250 $128,660
Computer and Information Research Scientists 1,040 $127,604
Computer Network Architects 3,100 $125,867
Physical Scientists, All Other 460 $124,009
Training and Development Managers 870 $123,872
Software Developers, Systems Software 14,610 $123,674
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 420 $123,217
Industrial Production Managers 4,940 $122,830
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 3,320 $122,066
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 450 $121,775
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School 4,910 $120,401
Optometrists 940 $120,079
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 860 $118,485
Electrical Engineers 5,400 $117,297
Medical and Health Services Managers 9,200 $115,880
Natural Sciences Managers NA $114,319
Writers and Authors 4,530 $113,966
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary 50 $113,925
Film and Video Editors 12,020 $113,245
Software Developers, Applications 16,970 $112,991
Sales Engineers 2,260 $112,735
Administrative Services Managers 10,190 $112,573
Actuaries 480 $110,940
Civil Engineers 8,060 $110,077
Industrial Engineers 6,150 $109,833
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 30 $109,427
Sociologists 270 $108,564
Engineers, All Other 3,550 $108,401
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 70 $107,924
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 870 $107,670
Materials Engineers 530 $106,817
Biochemists and Biophysicists 530 $106,543
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 26,050 $106,277
Financial Analysts 8,660 $106,062
Chemical Engineers 230 $105,294
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 260 $105,279
Radiation Therapists 200 $104,542
Nuclear Medicine Technologists 370 $104,512
Commercial Pilots 1,100 $103,824
Environmental Engineers 2,040 $103,720
Information Security Analysts 2,170 $103,446
Mechanical Engineers 5,870 $103,192
Financial Examiners 1,210 $102,969
Audiologists NA $102,857
Physician Assistants 2,000 $102,816
Biomedical Engineers 550 $102,572
Construction Managers 6,220 $102,235
Dental Hygienists 4,720 $101,669
Physicists 350 $100,663
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 5,430 $100,295
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay 900 $100,070
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4,290 $99,820

NA = Data not available.

Source: California Employment Development Dept.


A small number of professional entertainers (actors, singers, dancers, etc.) and athletes earn considerably high wages, however, most do not.