100 Top Paying Jobs in California
Occupation Title2017 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Computer and Information Systems Managers$77.29$160,768
Architectural and Engineering Managers$76.96$160,074
Marketing Managers$76.38$158,870
Dentists, General$70.78$147,238
Lawyers$70.15$145,901
  
Pharmacists$69.51$144,584
Compensation and Benefits Managers$68.12$141,686
Air Traffic Controllers$67.90$141,232
Natural Sciences Managers$67.82$141,053
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$66.51$138,337
  
Computer Hardware Engineers$65.99$137,273
Financial Managers$65.81$136,890
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$136,210
Nurse Midwives$63.60$132,291
Software Developers, Systems Software$61.24$127,400
  
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$61.12$127,147
Human Resources Managers$61.00$126,880
Nuclear Engineers$60.95$126,772
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$126,651
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$60.51$125,851
  
Managers, All Other$60.49$125,829
Computer Network Architects$59.99$124,777
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$59.60$123,971
Petroleum Engineers$59.26$123,268
Training and Development Managers$59.07$122,879
  
Nurse Practitioners$58.68$122,053
Computer and Information Research Scientists$58.31$121,274
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,271
Software Developers, Applications$57.56$119,714
Purchasing Managers$57.19$118,971
  
Medical and Health Services Managers$56.83$118,196
Aerospace Engineers$56.82$118,185
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$118,073
Art Directors$56.69$117,922
Emergency Management Directors$56.64$117,818
  
Astronomers$55.98$116,433
Materials Engineers$55.51$115,471
Management Occupations$55.39$115,206
Mathematicians$55.35$115,127
Radiation Therapists$55.27$114,965
  
Podiatrists$55.26$114,945
Electrical Engineers$55.00$114,398
Physician Assistants$54.95$114,286
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$114,145
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$54.69$113,770
  
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$54.49$113,339
Sales Managers$53.90$112,114
Physicists$53.50$111,269
General and Operations Managers$53.46$111,196
Economists$53.35$110,965
  
Sales Engineers$53.10$110,460
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$110,064
Hydrologists$52.87$109,983
Information Security Analysts$52.82$109,871
Actuaries$52.29$108,767
  
Engineers, All Other$52.21$108,585
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$52.17$108,514
Psychologists, All Other$52.05$108,271
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$51.92$107,988
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,542
  
Optometrists$51.70$107,522
Veterinarians$50.95$105,962
Physical Scientists, All Other$50.82$105,709
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$105,699
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$50.76$105,581
  
Civil Engineers$50.70$105,466
Business Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$105,132
Personal Financial Advisors$50.35$104,736
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$104,322
Environmental Engineers$49.99$103,998
  
Materials Scientists$49.73$103,431
Legal Occupations$49.60$103,168
Elevator Installers and Repairers$49.31$102,544
Industrial Production Managers$49.28$102,491
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$102,246
  
Registered Nurses$48.91$101,730
Industrial Engineers$48.83$101,568
Producers and Directors$48.77$101,446
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$48.65$101,193
Advertising and Promotions Managers$48.61$101,124
  
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,001
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$48.51$100,918
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$48.51$100,908
Chemical Engineers$48.44$100,758
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$48.28$100,433
  
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$100,201
Life Scientists, All Other$48.12$100,089
Mechanical Engineers$47.81$99,431
Construction Managers$47.73$99,267
Administrative Services Managers$47.66$99,134
  
Power Plant Operators$47.46$98,709
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$47.44$98,671
Computer Systems Analysts$47.00$97,760
Dental Hygienists$46.89$97,527
Biochemists and Biophysicists$46.81$97,375
  
Audiologists$46.75$97,254
Dentists, All Other Specialists$46.47$96,646
Financial Analysts$46.33$96,369
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$46.27$96,234
Physical Therapists$46.20$96,079
  
(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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