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25 highest-paying jobs in Boston

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    25 highest-paying jobs in Boston

    Careers in law, medicine, and business have long been considered paths to wealth. Digging into the nuances of a city’s labor landscape, however, reveals that each region has a blend of traditional industries and unique regional opportunities that provide a range of routes to a lucrative calling.

    To help discover the top-paying jobs in the Boston metro, Stacker compiled 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Zippia which ranked occupations by their average annual salary. For each occupation, we’ve also included the entry level salary and the estimated number of workers employed within the metro area.

    Some of these professions have humble starting salaries with serious upsides, with the potential to triple or even quadruple in time. Read on to discover the top earning occupations in the Boston area.

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    #25. Advertising and Promotions Managers

    Average annual salary: $139,230
    Entry level salary: $64,980
    Total employment in Boston: 880

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    #24. Compensation and Benefits Managers

    Average annual salary: $140,700
    Entry level salary: $71,650
    Total employment in Boston: 530

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    #23. Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

    Average annual salary: $140,840
    Entry level salary: $58,690
    Total employment in Boston: 80

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    #22. Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $140,930
    Entry level salary: $59,990
    Total employment in Boston: 450

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    #21. Podiatrists

    Average annual salary: $141,980
    Entry level salary: $57,980
    Total employment in Boston: 110

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    #20. Marketing Managers

    Average annual salary: $142,610
    Entry level salary: $78,820
    Total employment in Boston: 7,610

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    #19. Financial Managers

    Average annual salary: $143,000
    Entry level salary: $67,780
    Total employment in Boston: 17,030

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    #18. Nurse Anesthetists

    Average annual salary: $143,230
    Entry level salary: $43,000
    Total employment in Boston: 700

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    #17. General and Operations Managers

    Average annual salary: $147,910
    Entry level salary: $60,330
    Total employment in Boston: 34,850

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    #16. Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Average annual salary: $148,260
    Entry level salary: $88,290
    Total employment in Boston: 11,140

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    #15. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $151,400
    Entry level salary: $55,110
    Total employment in Boston: 910

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    #14. Sales Managers

    Average annual salary: $154,150
    Entry level salary: $70,470
    Total employment in Boston: 8,690

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    #13. Economics Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $158,570
    Entry level salary: $58,940
    Total employment in Boston: 460

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    #12. Lawyers

    Average annual salary: $164,230
    Entry level salary: $61,580
    Total employment in Boston: 12,970

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    #11. Psychiatrists

    Average annual salary: $170,250
    Entry level salary: $46,470
    Total employment in Boston: 540

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    #10. Dentists, General

    Average annual salary: $171,140
    Entry level salary: $65,040
    Total employment in Boston: 1,900

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    #9. Natural Sciences Managers

    Average annual salary: $179,190
    Entry level salary: $75,020
    Total employment in Boston: 2,510

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    #8. Family and General Practitioners

    Average annual salary: $210,330
    Entry level salary: $111,770
    Total employment in Boston: 2,780

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    #7. Chief Executives

    Average annual salary: $218,090
    Entry level salary: $105,180
    Total employment in Boston: 7,180

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    #6. Surgeons

    Average annual salary: $221,420
    Entry level salary: $62,560
    Total employment in Boston: 1,300

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    #5. Internists, General

    Average annual salary: $234,080
    Entry level salary: $73,740
    Total employment in Boston: 1,060

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    #4. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Average annual salary: $238,330
    Entry level salary: $68,030
    Total employment in Boston: 230

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    #3. Pediatricians, General

    Average annual salary: $239,940
    Entry level salary: $145,820
    Total employment in Boston: 840

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    #2. Anesthesiologists

    Average annual salary: $243,100
    Entry level salary: $69,530
    Total employment in Boston: 620

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    #1. Orthodontists

    Average annual salary: $248,150
    Entry level salary: $70,560
    Total employment in Boston: 180

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