This map shows the highest-paying job in every state, excluding doctors

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

Doctors make a lot of money across the board, but other professions can also pay well.

Medical doctors of various specialisations are the highest-paying job in 39 US states. We decided to take a look at the highest-paying job in each state and DC outside of the medical field.

Using salary and employment data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics program, we found the jobs for which the BLS reported at least 1,000 employees in the state with the highest average salary in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, excluding 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, and all other general physicians.

CEOs dominate the non-medical occupations, with chief executives being the highest-paying occupation in 22 states and DC. Airline pilots, co-pilots, and flight engineers are the top-paying jobs other than doctors in six states.

Below we included the 14 different high-paying jobs across the US, apart from doctors, in alphabetical order. We also included their mean annual salary in each state and DC.


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

Colorado: $US186,620

Florida: $US226,930

Michigan: $US238,270

Nevada: $US234,750

Washington: $US234,060


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

Louisiana: $US152,070

New Hampshire: $US158,180


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.

Alabama: $US193,110

Arizona: $US183,660

District of Columbia: $US235,450

Indiana: $US161,410

Iowa: $US155,180

Kansas: $US164,760

Kentucky: $US148,350

Massachusetts: $US219,550

Minnesota: $US195,920

Missouri: $US172,430

Nebraska: $US203,810

North Carolina: $US206,390

Ohio: $US196,440

Oklahoma: $US157,590

Oregon: $US212,010

Pennsylvania: $US228,620

South Carolina: $US179,530

Tennessee: $US158,280

Texas: $US231,310

Utah: $US162,660

Virginia: $US225,950

Wisconsin: $US159,500


Computer and information systems managers

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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.

Maryland: $US157,200

New Jersey: $US181,620


Financial managers

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

Connecticut: $US167,000

North Dakota: $US133,980

Rhode Island: $US161,880

Vermont: $US105,160


General and operations managers

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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


Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

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What they do, according to O*NET: Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Mississippi: $US150,240


Marketing managers

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What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers.

Arkansas: $US152,410


Medical and health services managers

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What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed care organisations, public health agencies, or similar organisations.

Hawaii: $US133,320


Nurse anesthetists

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

Georgia: $US174,310


Pharmacists

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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.

Maine: $US134,670

Montana: $US115,270

West Virginia: $US123,030


Physicists

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What they do, according to O*NET: Conduct research into physical phenomena, develop theories on the basis of observation and experiments, and devise methods to apply physical laws and theories.

New Mexico: $US166,720


Psychiatrists

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

California: $US236,930

Illinois: $US246,090

New York: $US216,280


Sales managers

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

Delaware: $US177,560

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