100 Top Paying Jobs in California
Occupation Title2019 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Marketing Managers$76.68$159,481
Dentists, All Other Specialists$76.54$159,204
Lawyers$74.81$155,593
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other$00.00$155,226
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$74.33$154,607
  
Natural Sciences Managers$73.68$153,263
Air Traffic Controllers$70.78$147,216
Pharmacists$70.76$147,179
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$144,981
Nurse Midwives$69.65$144,890
  
Compensation and Benefits Managers$68.50$142,478
Financial Managers$68.24$141,938
Nuclear Engineers$66.53$138,368
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$65.98$137,228
Purchasing Managers$65.72$136,708
  
Petroleum Engineers$64.90$134,990
Human Resources Managers$64.83$134,843
Managers, All Other$63.37$131,805
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$63.24$131,551
Computer Hardware Engineers$63.14$131,317
  
Computer and Information Research Scientists$62.79$130,605
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$62.78$130,595
Software Developers, Systems Software$62.45$129,893
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers$62.11$129,175
Nurse Practitioners$62.06$129,099
  
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$61.60$128,113
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$128,092
Dentists, General$61.56$128,051
Business Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$128,000
Training and Development Managers$61.27$127,452
  
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$127,339
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$127,166
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$127,166
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$126,820
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$126,301
  
Computer Network Architects$60.51$125,844
Software Developers, Applications$60.47$125,783
Aerospace Engineers$60.15$125,101
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$59.70$124,175
Advertising and Promotions Managers$59.69$124,160
  
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$58.90$122,506
Management Occupations$58.54$121,764
Podiatrists$58.48$121,642
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$58.23$121,112
Art Directors$58.04$120,726
  
Physician Assistants$57.96$120,563
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,075
Astronomers$57.58$119,749
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,447
Medical and Health Services Managers$56.89$118,329
  
Sales Managers$56.86$118,268
Emergency Management Directors$56.66$117,850
Economists$56.09$116,656
General and Operations Managers$55.92$116,321
Actuaries$55.91$116,280
  
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$115,568
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$115,008
Physical Scientists, All Other$55.29$114,988
Physicists$55.27$114,947
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$55.23$114,856
  
Radiation Therapists$55.21$114,835
Psychologists, All Other$54.95$114,306
Sales Engineers$54.88$114,162
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$113,818
Optometrists$54.68$113,736
  
Industrial Production Managers$54.39$113,140
Electrical Engineers$53.89$112,109
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$112,098
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$111,549
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$53.61$111,508
  
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$111,244
Information Security Analysts$53.41$111,101
Veterinarians$52.77$109,758
Engineers, All Other$52.49$109,168
Construction Managers$52.47$109,124
  
Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$108,649
Administrative Services Managers$52.06$108,288
Materials Scientists$52.02$108,191
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$52.00$108,153
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,988
  
Civil Engineers$51.88$107,896
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,693
Microbiologists$51.52$107,164
Gas Plant Operators$51.09$106,272
Registered Nurses$51.07$106,228
  
Materials Engineers$50.74$105,526
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$50.53$105,109
Environmental Engineers$50.34$104,712
Dental Hygienists$50.14$104,295
Fire Inspectors and Investigators$50.06$104,117
  
Industrial Engineers$49.85$103,695
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$49.78$103,549
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$49.78$103,529
Mechanical Engineers$49.61$103,196
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$103,176
  
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$49.59$103,147
Legal Occupations$49.59$103,135
Database Administrators$49.53$103,003
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$49.32$102,606
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$49.31$102,575
  
(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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