- Various medical specializations are the highest-paying job in various states and DC as of May 2020.
- We found the highest-paying job, excluding doctors and dentists, in each state and DC using BLS data.
- Chief executives are at the top in 19 states and DC for jobs with at least 1,000 employees.
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Doctors earn a lot of money across the board, but other professions can also pay well.
Medical doctors of various specializations are the highest-paying job in many US states, including Washington, Colorado, and Maine. Insider took a look at the highest-paying job in each state and DC outside of the medical field.
For our analysis, we looked at occupations for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported at least 1,000 employees in the state with the highest average salary in 2020, the most recent year that data is available. The data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program (previously the Occupational Employment Statistics program) and excludes several professions for medical doctors and dentists.
To get a sense of what occupations, other than doctors, are well paid across the US, we excluded family medicine physicians, surgeons, dentists, anesthesiologists, general internal medicine physicians, obstetricians and gynecologists, psychiatrists, and all other general physicians.
Chief executives dominate the non-medical occupations; this occupation is the highest-paying job in 19 states and Washington DC. Airline pilots, co-pilots, and flight engineers are the top-paying jobs other than doctors in six states.
Below we included the 11 different high-paying jobs across the US, apart from doctors, in alphabetical order. We also included their mean annual salary in each state and Washington DC.
What they do, according to O*NET: Pilot and navigate aircrafts.
Architectural and engineering managers
What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
New Hampshire: $158,100
New Mexico: $172,910
What they do, according to O*NET: Develop policies and provide overall direction of companies or other organizations.
District of Columbia: $253,820
New York: $218,720
North Carolina: $220,940
Computer and information systems managers
What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.
New Jersey: $191,120
What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate financial activities.
North Dakota: $140,740
Rhode Island: $169,070
General and operations managers
What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of public or private organizations.
South Dakota: $131,890
Health specialties teachers, postsecondary
What they do, according to O*NET: Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry and public health.
What they do, according to O*NET: Administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia.
South Carolina: $185,850
What they do, according to O*NET: Devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production.
What they do, according to O*NET: Dispense drugs prescribed by physicians and other health practitioners and provide information to patients about medications and their use.
West Virginia: $129,440
What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer.