This map shows the highest-paying job in every state (we should have been doctors)

Doctors make a lot of money across the United States.

Using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program, we found the job in each state with the highest average annual salary as of May 2018, the latest available data. For our calculations, we considered jobs employing at least 1,000 people in the state for which the BLS reported annual mean salaries.

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Medical jobs are extremely common among well-compensated occupations. Various types of doctors were the highest-paying occupation in 42 states.

Because so many of these jobs were the highest paying in multiple states, we’ve arranged the list in order of the 11 jobs that appear on the above map. We’ve also included a list of the states for which that job is the highest paying, along with the job’s average annual salary in those states:

Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

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Alaska: $US148,820


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What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

California: $US288,420

Florida: $US280,390

New York: $US255,500

Ohio: $US285,000

Texas: $US260,690

Chief executives


Alabama: $US204,590

District of Columbia: $US247,500

Virginia: $US228,540

Family and general practitioners

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What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.

Arkansas: $US228,620

Colorado: $US220,960

Iowa: $US246,670

Maryland: $US199,300

Nebraska: $US237,320

North Carolina: $US221,220

Oklahoma: $US225,140

Oregon: $US226,030

South Carolina: $US235,790

Financial managers

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate financial activities.

North Dakota: $US123,890

Vermont: $US113,610

General and operations managers


What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of public or private organisations.

South Dakota: $US125,490

Wyoming: $US105,920

General internists

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What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems.

Massachusetts: $US246,240

Minnesota: $US251,310


Idaho: $US121,940

Physicians and surgeons, all other

This occupational category is a catchall for various medical specialisations that are not classified under any other group. According to the Labour Department’s O*NET occupational database, some of the specialisations in this category include allergists and immunologists, radiologists, hospitalists, and sports medicine physicians, among others.

Arizona: $US229,090

Connecticut: $US221,870

Delaware: $US216,600

Georgia: $US235,060

Hawaii: $US228,470

Indiana: $US237,470

Kansas: $US191,430

Kentucky: $US223,770

Louisiana: $US183,920

Maine: $US257,550

Mississippi: $US174,340

Montana: $US247,260

Nevada: $US227,500

New Hampshire: $US275,840

New Mexico: $US229,100

Rhode Island: $US209,580

Tennessee: $US231,960

Utah: $US218,210

Washington: $US239,080

West Virginia: $US222,270

Wisconsin: $US239,610


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Pennsylvania: $US232,990


Illinois: $US243,350

Michigan: $US244,710

Missouri: $US248,250

New Jersey: $US285,850

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