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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, 2020

Occupational Title Number Employed* Average Annual Wage or Salary
Anesthesiologists 1,250 $296,818
Orthodontists NA $265,650
Psychiatrists 570 $249,473
Chief Executives 7,330 $238,325
Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists 620 $234,217
Physicians, All Other and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric 7,510 $225,817
Nurse Anesthetists 390 $214,880
Obstetricians and Gynecologists 370 $213,528
General Internal Medicine Physicians 2,030 $208,475
Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 90 $206,912
Astronomers 130 $205,198
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 5,910 $199,461
First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers 440 $185,876
Architectural and Engineering Managers 7,220 $185,037
Lawyers 30,600 $177,016
Computer and Information Systems Managers 14,980 $175,372
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 1,790 $170,691
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 300 $170,047
Political Scientists NA $167,722
Nurse Midwives 140 $166,833
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary 1,520 $164,419
Natural Sciences Managers 1,080 $161,962
Marketing Managers 9,880 $160,806
Financial Managers 25,210 $160,642
Pediatricians, General 770 $159,523
Family Medicine Physicians 2,720 $155,713
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 470 $153,683
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 2,470 $152,558
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,870 $151,233
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary 380 $150,788
Advertising and Promotions Managers 910 $150,076
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 330 $148,840
Purchasing Managers 2,050 $148,775
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary 470 $147,199
Personal Service Managers, All Other; Entertainment and Recreation Managers, Except Gambling; and Managers, All Other 17,800 $146,968
Art Directors 3,880 $146,826
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary 980 $146,643
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 890 $145,755
Business Teachers, Postsecondary 2,360 $145,599
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 2,310 $144,636
Human Resources Managers 5,210 $144,220
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 1,070 $144,016
Pharmacists 9,090 $143,850
Nurse Practitioners 3,360 $142,564
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 650 $142,244
Training and Development Managers 1,320 $142,230
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 720 $142,183
General and Operations Managers 68,120 $141,588
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer 5,030 $141,129
History Teachers, Postsecondary 500 $139,030
Compensation and Benefits Managers 430 $138,773
Atmospheric and Space Scientists 350 $138,427
Physical Scientists, All Other 460 $138,004
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary 230 $137,296
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary 540 $137,103
Commercial Pilots 1,630 $136,493
Petroleum Engineers 690 $136,194
Nuclear Engineers NA $135,819
Dentists, General 3,620 $135,526
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 990 $135,306
Construction Managers 6,450 $134,959
Computer and Information Research Scientists 790 $134,888
Education Administrators, Kindergarten through Secondary 6,450 $134,738
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary 1,940 $134,641
Producers and Directors 25,430 $134,512
Aerospace Engineers 2,920 $134,396
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 670 $133,811
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 210 $132,702
Optometrists 1,300 $132,271
Medical and Health Services Managers 9,670 $131,800
Education Administrators, Postsecondary 4,080 $131,346
Physician Assistants 2,480 $130,904
Audiologists 160 $130,880
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary 330 $130,711
Economists 390 $130,191
Materials Scientists 70 $129,558
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 3,250 $128,454
Physicists 450 $128,002
Sales Managers 21,530 $127,115
Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers 37,860 $126,720
Film and Video Editors 8,600 $126,203
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 380 $126,019
Computer Hardware Engineers 2,180 $125,637
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 320 $125,100
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 3,930 $124,277
Actuaries 430 $123,962
Industrial Production Managers 5,310 $123,761
Radiation Therapists 280 $123,613
Electrical Engineers 5,110 $123,546
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary 80 $123,293
Computer Network Architects 4,180 $123,149
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 4,020 $122,946
Emergency Management Directors 140 $122,398
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators NA $122,371
Psychologists, All Other 380 $121,962
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 590 $117,591
Dental Hygienists 4,320 $115,170
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary 990 $114,665
Administrative Services and Facilities Managers 11,350 $114,659
Veterinarians 1,270 $114,214

* May 2019 Employment Estimates.
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.