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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, 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 Sacramento area.

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    #25. Computer Network Architects

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

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    #24. Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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

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    #23. Compensation and Benefits Managers

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

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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

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    #21. Optometrists

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

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    #20. Education Administrators, Postsecondary

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

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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

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    #18. Natural Sciences Managers

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

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    #17. Lawyers

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

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    #16. Pharmacists

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

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    #15. Veterinarians

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

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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

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    #13. Radiation Therapists

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

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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

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    #11. Chief Executives

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

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    #10. Real Estate Brokers

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

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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

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    #8. Dentists, General

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

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    #7. Family and General Practitioners

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

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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

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    #5. Internists, General

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

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    #4. Pediatricians, General

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

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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)

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    #2. Psychiatrists

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

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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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