100 Top Paying Jobs in California
Occupation Title2015 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Architectural and Engineering Managers$75.42$156,871
Computer and Information Systems Managers$72.99$151,811
Astronomers$72.91$151,669
Marketing Managers$72.90$151,649
Natural Sciences Managers$70.38$146,387
  
Lawyers$69.53$144,622
Dentists, General$67.44$140,272
Pharmacists$67.04$139,461
Nuclear Engineers$65.65$136,551
Air Traffic Controllers$64.61$134,385
  
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$62.78$130,582
Financial Managers$62.48$129,960
Nurse Midwives$61.24$127,385
Computer Hardware Engineers$60.11$125,022
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers$00.00$124,981
  
Dentists, All Other Specialists$59.78$124,353
Managers, All Other$59.25$123,238
Compensation and Benefits Managers$58.95$122,629
Software Developers, Systems Software$58.71$122,112
Computer Network Architects$58.57$121,818
  
Training and Development Managers$57.62$119,861
Petroleum Engineers$56.94$118,452
Medical and Health Services Managers$56.75$118,036
Human Resources Managers$56.71$117,965
Computer and Information Research Scientists$56.51$117,529
  
Software Developers, Applications$56.35$117,205
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$56.17$116,850
Sales Managers$55.68$115,795
Nurse Practitioners$55.60$115,633
Electrical Engineers$54.97$114,335
  
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$54.56$113,483
Purchasing Managers$53.88$112,074
Aerospace Engineers$53.87$112,054
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$53.53$111,344
Management Occupations$53.49$111,253
  
Sales Engineers$53.48$111,237
Physicists$53.08$110,401
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$52.69$109,590
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$52.31$108,799
Engineers, All Other$52.13$108,424
  
Podiatrists$51.91$107,967
Mathematicians$51.78$107,714
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$107,440
Art Directors$51.63$107,379
Materials Engineers$51.37$106,832
  
Information Security Analysts$51.27$106,629
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$106,578
Physician Assistants$51.16$106,416
General and Operations Managers$50.75$105,564
Veterinarians$50.04$104,084
  
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$49.92$103,843
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$103,841
Optometrists$49.91$103,810
Emergency Management Directors$49.78$103,536
Actuaries$49.70$103,394
  
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$103,394
Radiation Therapists$49.65$103,283
Construction Managers$49.38$102,705
Advertising and Promotions Managers$49.34$102,634
Psychologists, All Other$49.07$102,056
  
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$49.03$101,981
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$49.02$101,960
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,731
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$48.81$101,529
Dental Hygienists$48.31$100,484
  
Industrial Production Managers$48.24$100,342
Legal Occupations$48.05$99,957
Environmental Engineers$47.99$99,815
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$99,805
Materials Scientists$47.92$99,673
  
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$47.89$99,612
Civil Engineers$47.88$99,582
Statisticians$47.80$99,430
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$47.53$98,872
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$47.53$98,862
  
Industrial Engineers$47.48$98,761
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$98,578
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers$47.37$98,537
Registered Nurses$47.03$97,818
Biomedical Engineers$47.00$97,747
  
Biochemists and Biophysicists$46.99$97,726
Physical Scientists, All Other$46.79$97,331
Mechanical Engineers$46.77$97,290
Economists$46.55$96,824
Chemical Engineers$46.43$96,570
  
Power Distributors and Dispatchers$46.38$96,480
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$46.27$96,236
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$95,932
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators$46.12$95,930
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$45.71$95,070
  
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other$00.00$94,695
Producers and Directors$45.52$94,684
Financial Analysts$45.19$94,005
Database Administrators$44.98$93,559
Hydrologists$44.93$93,447
  
Architecture and Engineering Occupations$44.81$93,194
Elevator Installers and Repairers$44.64$92,856
Physical Therapists$44.57$92,707
Education Administrators, All Other$44.47$92,494
Occupational Therapists$44.40$92,362
  
(1) For some occupations, workers may not work full-time all year-round. For these occupations it is not feasible to calculate an hourly wage.

 

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