100 Top Paying Jobs in California
Occupation Title2016 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Architectural and Engineering Managers$76.58$159,284
Computer and Information Systems Managers$75.68$157,401
Marketing Managers$75.28$156,572
Dentists, General$74.95$155,907
Lawyers$71.24$148,167
  
Natural Sciences Managers$70.86$147,373
Nuclear Engineers$70.61$146,868
Pharmacists$68.88$143,267
Nurse Midwives$66.98$139,320
Air Traffic Controllers$66.38$138,079
  
Astronomers$65.26$135,759
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$64.72$134,615
Financial Managers$63.73$132,575
Compensation and Benefits Managers$63.43$131,930
Computer Hardware Engineers$63.40$131,874
  
Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers$00.00$129,837
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$128,607
Computer Network Architects$61.65$128,242
Software Developers, Systems Software$60.56$125,949
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$60.18$125,178
  
Managers, All Other$60.06$124,931
Petroleum Engineers$59.18$123,078
Human Resources Managers$58.98$122,659
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$58.59$121,861
Software Developers, Applications$58.40$121,475
  
Training and Development Managers$58.24$121,134
Medical and Health Services Managers$57.89$120,407
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$57.70$119,998
Computer and Information Research Scientists$57.58$119,771
Mathematicians$57.57$119,751
  
Nurse Practitioners$57.55$119,710
Aerospace Engineers$55.96$116,393
Electrical Engineers$55.68$115,804
Sales Managers$55.05$114,492
Purchasing Managers$54.61$113,582
  
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$113,449
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$54.38$113,106
Management Occupations$54.33$113,008
Optometrists$53.92$112,152
Art Directors$53.85$112,010
  
Materials Engineers$53.83$111,959
Physician Assistants$53.34$110,955
Radiation Therapists$53.03$110,296
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$110,235
Engineers, All Other$52.92$110,072
  
Physicists$52.92$110,072
Emergency Management Directors$52.72$109,662
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$109,251
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$108,804
Information Security Analysts$52.30$108,784
  
Sales Engineers$51.65$107,444
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,120
General and Operations Managers$51.47$107,073
Economists$51.42$106,958
Psychologists, All Other$51.39$106,897
  
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$51.34$106,786
Hydrologists$51.23$106,562
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$50.80$105,675
Physical Scientists, All Other$50.80$105,649
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$50.71$105,497
  
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$50.69$105,436
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$50.46$104,970
Veterinarians$50.21$104,432
Podiatrists$49.58$103,123
Legal Occupations$49.58$103,113
  
Environmental Engineers$49.29$102,525
Chemical Engineers$49.02$101,957
Actuaries$49.00$101,926
Registered Nurses$48.97$101,855
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,612
  
Library Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,490
Civil Engineers$48.64$101,175
Biochemists and Biophysicists$48.60$101,104
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$100,749
Sociologists$48.40$100,668
  
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$48.25$100,363
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$48.21$100,272
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$100,009
Industrial Engineers$48.06$99,968
Advertising and Promotions Managers$47.97$99,787
  
Construction Managers$47.90$99,644
Personal Financial Advisors$47.81$99,439
Materials Scientists$47.77$99,359
Industrial Production Managers$47.68$99,163
Biomedical Engineers$47.67$99,157
  
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$47.51$98,812
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$98,020
Dental Hygienists$47.12$98,010
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$47.05$97,878
Nuclear Power Reactor Operators$47.06$97,869
  
Elevator Installers and Repairers$46.68$97,106
Mechanical Engineers$46.56$96,833
Financial Analysts$46.53$96,788
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$46.52$96,763
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$96,529
  
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$96,468
Computer Systems Analysts$46.17$96,042
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$95,758
Physical Therapists$45.94$95,555
Database Administrators$45.88$95,413
  
(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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