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

Business Insider/Madison Hoff, data from Bureau of Labour Statistics

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 2019, 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.

Medical jobs are extremely common among well-compensated occupations. Various types of doctors were the highest-paying occupation in 39 states and DC.

Doctors and other medical professionals are currently on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus pandemic where they have been treating infected patients and providing other medical assistance over the past few months.

Because so many of these jobs were the highest paying in multiple states, we’ve arranged the list in alphabetical 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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What they do, according to O*NET: Pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo.

Alaska: $US171,030

Michigan: $US238,270

Nevada: $US234,750

Architectural and engineering managers

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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.

Idaho: $US145,860


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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.

Florida: $US268,470

Illinois: $US262,890

Texas: $US241,090

Chief executives

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What they do, according to O*NET: Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organisations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body.

District of Columbia: $US235,450

Oregon: $US212,010

Pennsylvania: $US228,620

Virginia: $US225,950

Family medicine physicians

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What they do, according to BLS: Diagnose, treat, and provide preventive care to individuals and families across the lifespan.

Arizona: $US222,230

Arkansas: $US218,870

Iowa: $US235,980

Missouri: $US209,990

Nebraska: $US233,480

North Carolina: $US217,690

Oklahoma: $US217,520

South Carolina: $US229,710

Wisconsin: $US251,710

Financial managers

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

North Dakota: $US133,980

Vermont: $US105,160

General and operations managers


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

South Dakota: $US128,890

Wyoming: $US102,040

General internal medicine physicians

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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.

Maryland: $US203,270

Minnesota: $US242,390

Obstetricians and gynecologists

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What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system.

New York: $US216,760

Physicians, all other, and ophthalmologists (except pediatric)

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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 radiologists, hospitalists, and pathologists, among others.

Alabama: $US196,650

Colorado: $US220,710

Connecticut: $US208,310

Delaware: $US224,130

Georgia: $US236,530

Hawaii: $US229,310

Indiana: $US244,980

Kansas: $US182,180

Kentucky: $US225,240

Louisiana: $US193,670

Maine: $US251,930

Mississippi: $US171,050

Montana: $US247,720

New Hampshire: $US257,220

New Mexico: $US229,770

Rhode Island: $US205,090

Tennessee: $US192,190

Utah: $US209,420

Washington: $US238,350

West Virginia: $US207,040


What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

California: $US248,100

Massachusetts: $US242,310

New Jersey: $US279,660

Ohio: $US280,030

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