100 Top Paying Jobs in California

Occupation Title2021 Median Wage
HourlyAnnual
Lawyers$79.47$165,307
Air Traffic Controllers$75.44$156,916
Nuclear Engineers$74.06$154,043
Pharmacists$73.45$152,778
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$151,574
  
Compensation and Benefits Managers$72.66$151,145
$70.96$147,605
Financial Managers$70.91$147,484
Computer Hardware Engineers$70.27$146,157
Dentists, General$70.01$145,616
  
Advertising and Promotions Managers$69.50$144,551
Human Resources Managers$68.92$143,357
$68.56$142,599
Purchasing Managers$68.15$141,759
Law Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$139,433
  
$66.68$138,688
Sales Managers$66.54$138,392
Petroleum Engineers$66.50$138,310
Nurse Practitioners$66.45$138,229
Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers$66.04$137,382
  
$65.77$136,800
Training and Development Managers$65.53$136,298
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers$64.96$135,117
Optometrists$63.98$133,097
Education Administrators, Elementary and Secondary School$00.00$132,617
  
Physician Assistants$63.74$132,587
Medical and Health Services Managers$63.52$132,121
Sales Engineers$63.29$131,645
Physical Scientists, All Other$63.00$131,046
Management Occupations$62.77$130,574
  
Public Relations Managers$62.63$130,281
$62.45$129,893
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers$62.13$129,237
Education Administrators, Postsecondary$61.76$128,470
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer$61.69$128,312
  
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$127,067
Home Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$126,730
Aerospace Engineers$60.89$126,659
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$126,485
Radiation Therapists$60.73$126,312
  
Genetic Counselors $60.21$125,230
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$60.03$124,873
Atmospheric and Space Scientists$59.73$124,241
Computer Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$124,230
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$124,200
  
$59.61$123,975
Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance$59.59$123,954
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors$59.41$123,578
Art Directors$59.39$123,537
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$123,465
  
Electrical Engineers$59.24$123,210
Psychologists, All Other$59.20$123,139
Business Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$122,812
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$120,976
Mathematicians$58.09$120,813
  
Registered Nurses$58.09$120,813
General and Operations Managers$57.48$119,561
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$119,496
Construction Managers$57.40$119,399
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$119,282
  
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,996
Audiologists$57.00$118,578
Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$118,384
Nuclear Technicians$56.76$118,048
Industrial Production Managers$56.45$117,417
  
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists$56.27$117,048
Atmospheric, Earth, Marine, and Space Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$116,466
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$116,405
Recreation and Fitness Studies Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$116,272
Microbiologists$55.86$116,201
  
Engineers, All Other$55.68$115,813
Physicists$55.56$115,578
Police and Sheriff Patrol Officers$55.41$115,263
Actuaries$55.36$115,150
Chemistry Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$115,099
  
Materials Scientists$55.30$115,027
Physics Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$114,915
Economists$55.07$114,538
$55.05$114,517
Computer and Mathematical Occupations$54.95$114,303
  
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$114,221
Civil Engineers$54.88$114,140
Veterinarians$54.31$112,956
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists$54.30$112,946
History Teachers, Postsecondary$00.00$112,701
  
Legal Occupations$54.07$112,456
$53.72$111,742
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products$53.39$111,039
Gas Plant Operators$53.37$111,016
Environmental Engineers$53.27$110,803
  
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other$00.00$110,589
Chemical Engineers$53.12$110,487
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators$53.04$110,334
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers$53.01$110,260
Statisticians$53.00$110,253
  
$52.91$110,069
Commercial Pilots$00.00$110,042
Detectives and Criminal Investigators$52.73$109,669
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists$52.72$109,651
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists$52.71$109,630
  
(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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