100 Top Paying Jobs in California

Occupation Title2020 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Astronomers$79.48$165,322
Nurse Midwives$78.39$163,054
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives$77.69$161,597
Marketing Managers$77.48$161,160
Lawyers$76.82$159,785
  
Dentists, All Other Specialists$74.30$154,545
Pharmacists$72.81$151,450
Nuclear Engineers$72.51$150,827
Air Traffic Controllers$70.92$147,514
Financial Managers$68.36$142,172
  
Dentists, General$67.49$140,368
Compensation and Benefits Managers$67.14$139,636
Computer Hardware Engineers$66.94$139,224
Human Resources Managers$66.13$137,539
$66.12$137,538
  
Purchasing Managers$65.95$137,193
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$65.89$137,048
Advertising and Promotions Managers$65.67$136,602
Petroleum Engineers$65.55$136,343
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$135,669
  
$65.21$135,645
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$65.08$135,363
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$135,363
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$64.09$133,301
$64.06$133,238
  
Training and Development Managers$64.02$133,171
Nurse Practitioners$63.82$132,748
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$62.86$130,746
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$129,761
Public Relations Managers$61.87$128,692
  
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$61.74$128,417
$61.68$128,284
Physical Scientists, All Other$61.60$128,141
Physician Assistants$61.28$127,456
Optometrists$60.96$126,793
  
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$126,486
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$60.73$126,312
Aerospace Engineers$60.51$125,853
Medical and Health Services Managers$60.15$125,108
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$124,780
  
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$124,341
Management Occupations$59.75$124,283
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$124,188
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$59.54$123,835
Sales Managers$59.35$123,448
  
Business Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$123,360
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$123,258
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$123,095
Art Directors$59.07$122,870
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$122,268
  
Radiation Therapists$58.29$121,256
Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,715
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,470
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,276
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$57.04$118,641
  
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$56.92$118,386
Psychologists, All Other$56.89$118,345
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,131
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,039
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$117,324
  
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$117,089
Electrical Engineers$55.71$115,883
General and Operations Managers$55.44$115,303
$55.07$114,535
Industrial Production Managers$54.99$114,377
  
Physicists$54.91$114,219
Actuaries$54.84$114,076
Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$113,922
Construction Managers$54.78$113,918
Sales Engineers$54.72$113,817
  
Materials Scientists$54.66$113,677
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$113,667
Microbiologists$54.59$113,544
Engineers, All Other$54.51$113,401
Registered Nurses$54.32$112,993
  
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$53.90$112,112
History Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$112,084
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other$00.00$111,920
Emergency Management Directors$53.80$111,892
Economists$53.53$111,358
  
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$111,328
Nuclear Technicians$53.31$110,878
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$53.21$110,664
Veterinarians$52.97$110,194
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$110,174
  
$52.82$109,857
Civil Engineers$52.81$109,836
$52.81$109,836
Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$109,745
Statisticians$52.72$109,663
  
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$52.47$109,142
Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers$52.07$108,316
$52.04$108,253
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects$51.93$108,008
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$107,896
  
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$51.46$107,034
Gas Plant Operators$51.41$106,934
Mathematicians$51.41$106,925
Genetic Counselors $51.33$106,772
Administrative Services Managers$51.23$106,568
  
(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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