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25 highest-paying jobs in Sacramento

  • 25 highest-paying jobs in Sacramento
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    25 highest-paying jobs in Sacramento

    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 Sacramento metro, Stacker compiled 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Zippia, which ranked occupations by their average annual salary. For each occupation, Stacker has 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 Sacramento area.

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  • #25. Computer network architects
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    #25. Computer network architects

    - Average annual salary: $124,940
    - Entry level salary: $84,500
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 630

  • #24. Biological science teachers, postsecondary
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    #24. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

    - Average annual salary: $124,950
    - Entry level salary: $68,000
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 400

  • #23. Compensation and benefits managers
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    #23. Compensation and benefits managers

    - Average annual salary: $125,950
    - Entry level salary: $73,850
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 100

  • #22. First-line supervisors of police and detectives
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    #22. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

    - Average annual salary: $126,370
    - Entry level salary: $83,180
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 400

  • #21. Optometrists
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    #21. Optometrists

    - Average annual salary: $127,210
    - Entry level salary: $44,760
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 140

  • #20. Education administrators, postsecondary
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    #20. Education administrators, postsecondary

    - Average annual salary: $128,470
    - Entry level salary: $77,870
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 690

  • #19. Computer and information systems managers
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    #19. Computer and information systems managers

    - Average annual salary: $129,180
    - Entry level salary: $88,180
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 2,130

  • #18. Natural sciences managers
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    #18. Natural sciences managers

    - Average annual salary: $131,710
    - Entry level salary: $88,220
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 690

  • #17. Lawyers
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    #17. Lawyers

    - Average annual salary: $133,150
    - Entry level salary: $69,590
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 5,100

  • #16. Pharmacists
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    #16. Pharmacists

    - Average annual salary: $135,490
    - Entry level salary: $105,420
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 2,020

  • #15. Veterinarians
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    #15. Veterinarians

    - Average annual salary: $136,160
    - Entry level salary: $85,250
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 430

  • #14. Medical and health services managers
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    #14. Medical and health services managers

    - Average annual salary: $138,490
    - Entry level salary: $65,810
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 1,890

  • #13. Radiation therapists
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    #13. Radiation therapists

    - Average annual salary: $139,590
    - Entry level salary: $106,300
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 40

  • #12. Computer and information research scientists
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    #12. Computer and information research scientists

    - Average annual salary: $143,020
    - Entry level salary: $66,380
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 70

  • #11. Chief executives
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    #11. Chief executives

    - Average annual salary: $143,040
    - Entry level salary: $52,660
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 2,890

  • #10. Real estate brokers
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    #10. Real estate brokers

    - Average annual salary: $144,180
    - Entry level salary: $102,790
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 180

  • #9. Architectural and engineering managers
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    #9. Architectural and engineering managers

    - Average annual salary: $144,290
    - Entry level salary: $106,090
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 1,330

  • #8. Dentists, general
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    #8. Dentists, general

    - Average annual salary: $164,300
    - Entry level salary: $61,690
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 840

  • #7. Family and general practitioners
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    #7. Family and general practitioners

    - Average annual salary: $171,930
    - Entry level salary: $67,700
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 820

  • #6. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates
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    #6. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

    - Average annual salary: $182,680
    - Entry level salary: $177,090
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 110

  • #5. Internists, general
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    #5. Internists, general

    - Average annual salary: $208,700
    - Entry level salary: $94,360
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 270

  • #4. Pediatricians, general
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    #4. Pediatricians, general

    - Average annual salary: $215,410
    - Entry level salary: $137,100
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 130

  • #3. Physicians and surgeons, all other*
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    #3. Physicians and surgeons, all other*

    - Average annual salary: $216,020
    - Entry level salary: $129,880
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 1,330

    *Includes all other physicians and surgeons outside of the BLS categories of: anesthesiologists, surgeons (general), obstetricians and gynecologists, psychiatrists, family and general practitioners, internists (general), pediatricians (general)

  • #2. Psychiatrists
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    #2. Psychiatrists

    - Average annual salary: $228,850
    - Entry level salary: $152,260
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 70

  • #1. Surgeons
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    #1. Surgeons

    - Average annual salary: $257,360
    - Entry level salary: $171,650
    - Total employment in Sacramento: 340

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