100 Top Paying Jobs in California
Occupation Title2018 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Computer and Information Systems Managers$79.40$165,165
Architectural and Engineering Managers$77.97$162,185
Marketing Managers$75.12$156,235
Lawyers$73.06$151,985
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$72.91$151,660
  
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$69.99$145,580
Air Traffic Controllers$69.96$145,515
Pharmacists$69.90$145,405
Natural Sciences Managers$67.81$141,038
Compensation and Benefits Managers$66.53$138,395
  
Financial Managers$66.47$138,252
Dentists, General$66.15$137,586
Computer Hardware Engineers$65.40$136,032
Nurse Midwives$64.97$135,138
Nuclear Engineers$64.88$134,935
  
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$64.64$134,458
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$64.45$134,062
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$133,199
Human Resources Managers$63.42$131,904
Purchasing Managers$62.05$129,066
  
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$128,406
Managers, All Other$61.68$128,291
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$61.52$127,974
Computer Network Architects$61.12$127,126
Software Developers, Systems Software$60.63$126,111
  
Computer and Information Research Scientists$60.12$125,035
Nurse Practitioners$59.97$124,740
Petroleum Engineers$59.93$124,649
Training and Development Managers$59.59$123,953
Emergency Management Directors$59.27$123,280
  
Software Developers, Applications$59.18$123,085
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$122,259
Aerospace Engineers$58.55$121,785
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$58.24$121,125
Art Directors$57.92$120,475
  
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,505
Management Occupations$56.60$117,727
Radiation Therapists$56.55$117,611
Physician Assistants$56.50$117,510
Medical and Health Services Managers$55.84$116,135
  
Materials Engineers$55.35$115,134
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$55.29$115,002
Physicists$55.14$114,697
Economists$55.01$114,413
Physical Scientists, All Other$55.00$114,403
  
Sales Managers$54.83$114,053
General and Operations Managers$54.66$113,686
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$54.44$113,235
Business Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$113,032
Optometrists$54.22$112,778
  
Sales Engineers$54.19$112,725
Electrical Engineers$54.13$112,595
Advertising and Promotions Managers$54.03$112,379
Actuaries$53.77$111,833
Mathematicians$53.76$111,823
  
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$53.63$111,539
Psychologists, All Other$53.51$111,285
Information Security Analysts$52.92$110,067
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$52.63$109,465
Veterinarians$52.52$109,244
  
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$108,858
Engineers, All Other$52.32$108,807
Industrial Production Managers$52.23$108,654
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$52.10$108,347
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,315
  
Civil Engineers$51.52$107,172
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$106,817
Personal Financial Advisors$50.78$105,623
Legal Occupations$50.51$105,050
Administrative Services Managers$50.46$104,960
  
Podiatrists$50.40$104,827
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$50.18$104,374
Construction Managers$49.88$103,755
Environmental Engineers$49.85$103,689
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$49.76$103,486
  
Industrial Engineers$49.51$102,989
Hydrologists$49.42$102,796
Registered Nurses$49.18$102,288
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$49.06$102,034
Gas Plant Operators$49.03$101,966
  
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,222
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$101,181
Producers and Directors$48.53$100,938
Dental Hygienists$48.44$100,745
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$100,328
  
Biomedical Engineers$48.05$99,942
Chemical Engineers$48.04$99,932
Mechanical Engineers$47.97$99,780
Computer Systems Analysts$47.81$99,455
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$99,384
  
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$47.47$98,744
Power Plant Operators$47.31$98,394
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$47.25$98,295
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$47.17$98,109
Financial Examiners$47.12$98,019
  
Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay$46.87$97,491
Microbiologists$46.73$97,211
Physical Therapists$46.73$97,201
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$46.66$97,048
Database Administrators$46.63$96,977
  
(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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