The 30 highest-paying jobs in California
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- California has an economy bigger than that of most countries.
- Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found the 30 occupations with the highest average salaries in the Golden State.
California is one of the largest economies in the world, with a gross domestic product bigger than that of most countries. The home of Silicon Valley and Hollywood has a booming job market to match.
Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Employment Statistics program, we found the 30 jobs with the highest average annual salaries in California as of May 2017, the most recently available data, among the 762 detailed occupational categories that BLS tracks for the state.
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Similarly to our recently published list of the highest-paying jobs in the US, medical occupations loom large. Eight of the top 10 highest-paying jobs in the state are various medical and dental specializations.
Here's the full list, along with the jobs' average annual salaries and the number of people employed in each one. Where available, we also include a brief description of what workers in the occupation do, from the Department of Labor's O*NET Online occupational database.
30. Postsecondary economics teachers
29. Computer hardware engineers
28. General and operations managers
26. Managers, all other
25. Human resources managers
24. Public relations and fundraising managers
23. Personal financial advisors
22. Natural sciences managers
21. Postsecondary health specialties teachers
20. Financial managers
18. Marketing managers
16. Architectural and engineering managers
15. Computer and information systems managers
13. Family and general practitioners
11. Dentists, all other specialists
10. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers
9. Physicians and surgeons, all other
7. Nurse anesthetists
6. Obstetricians and gynecologists
5. Chief executives
2. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
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