The 30 highest-paying jobs in New York State

Westend61/Getty ImagesWe found the highest-paying jobs in New York state based on May 2019 occupational wage data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics.
  • New York state is home to the financial and media capital of the United States.
  • Using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics, we found the 30 occupations with the highest average salaries in the Empire State.
  • Surgeons were at the top of the list, earning $US230,890 a year in May 2019.
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New York is the home state of the financial and media capital of the United States, and its high-flying jobs market prior to the novel coronavirus pandemic matches its reputation.

Using data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program, we found the 30 jobs with the highest average annual salaries in New York state as of May 2019, the most recently available data, among the 746 detailed occupational categories that BLS had annual average salaries reported in the state.

Similarly to our recently published list of the highest-paying jobs in the US, medical occupations loom large. Six of the top 10 highest-paying occupations in the state are various medical and dental specialisations.

Here’s the full list, along with the jobs’ average annual salaries and the number of people employed in each job in New York State. Where available, we also included a brief description of what workers in the occupation do, from the Department of Labour’s O*NET Online occupational database.


30. Training and development managers

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Average annual salary: $US156,910

Number of people employed in New York: 3,050

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the training and development activities and staff of an organisation.


29. Podiatrists

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Average annual salary: $US157,410

Number of people employed in New York: 1,060

What they do, according to O*NET: Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.


28. Purchasing managers

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Average annual salary: $US158,560

Number of people employed in New York: 4,310

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services.


27. Human resources managers

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Average annual salary: $US158,830

Number of people employed in New York: 10,980

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organisation.


26. Natural sciences managers

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Average annual salary: $US159,600

Number of people employed in New York: 1,450

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, and coordinate activities in various scientific fields.


25. Architectural and engineering managers

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Average annual salary: $US164,340

Number of people employed in New York: 7,060

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture or engineering.


24. Personal financial advisers

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Average annual salary: $US166,790

Number of people employed in New York: 26,150

What they do, according to O*NET: Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans, and real estate.


23. General dentists

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Average annual salary: $US167,090

Number of people employed in New York: 8,780

What they do, according to O*NET: Examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums.


22. Lawyers

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Average annual salary: $US168,780

Number of people employed in New York: 77,060

What they do, according to O*NET: Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions.


21. General pediatricians

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Average annual salary: $US168,800

Number of people employed in New York: N/A

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.


20. Public relations and fundraising managers

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Average annual salary: $US174,240

Number of people employed in New York: 6,550

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favourable public image, raise issue awareness, or raise funds for their organisation or client.


19. Compensation and benefits managers

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Average annual salary: $US176,070

Number of people employed in New York: 1,550

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate compensation and benefits for an organisation.


18. Physicians, all other, and ophthalmologists

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Average annual salary: $US179,110

Number of people employed in New York: 38,380

What they do, according to O*NET: This occupational category is a catchall for various medical specialisations that are not classified under any other group. Some of the specialisations in this category include allergists and immunologists, radiologists, hospitalists, and sports medicine physicians, among others.


17. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

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Average annual salary: $US184,090

Number of people employed in New York: 3,260

What they do, according to O*NET: Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law.


16. Advertising and promotions managers

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Average annual salary: $US184,920

Number of people employed in New York: 7,840

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs.


15. Marketing managers

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Average annual salary: $US186,350

Number of people employed in New York: 21,550

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs.


14. Dentists, all other specialists

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Average annual salary: $US187,880

Number of people employed in New York: 280

What they do, according to O*NET: This is a catchall category for dentists not covered in other occupational groups.


13. General internists

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Average annual salary: $US188,370

Number of people employed in New York: N/A

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


12. Computer and information systems managers

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Average annual salary: $US190,390

Number of people employed in New York: 28,960

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.


11. Family medicine physicians

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Average annual salary: $US194,070

Number of people employed in New York: N/A

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


10. Sales managers

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Average annual salary: $US194,090

Number of people employed in New York: 24,730

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer.


9. Orthodontists

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Average annual salary: $US194,590

Number of people employed in New York: N/A

What they do, according to O*NET: Examine, diagnose, and treat dental malocclusions and oral cavity anomalies.


8. Nurse anesthetists

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Average annual salary: $US200,350

Number of people employed in New York: 1,900

What they do, according to O*NET: Administer anesthetics, monitor patient’s vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia.


7. Financial managers

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Average annual salary: $US210,240

Number of people employed in New York: 46,100

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


6. Anesthesiologists

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Average annual salary: $US212,730

Number of people employed in New York: 1,540

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


5. Chief executives

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Average annual salary: $US215,490

Number of people employed in New York: 8,990

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.


4. Psychiatrists

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Average annual salary: $US216,280

Number of people employed in New York: 3,690

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.


3. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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Average annual salary: $US216,760

Number of people employed in New York: 1,580

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.


2. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

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Average annual salary: $US230,720

Number of people employed in New York: 360

What they do, according to O*NET: Perform surgery and related procedures on the hard and soft tissues of the oral and maxillofacial regions.


1. Surgeons

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Average annual salary: $US230,890

Number of people employed in New York: N/A

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods.

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