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25 highest-paying jobs in Chicago

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    25 highest-paying jobs in Chicago

    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 Chicago 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 Chicago area.

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    #25. Sales Engineers

    Average annual salary: $111,460
    Entry level salary: $55,600
    Total employment in Chicago: 2,830

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    #24. Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

    Average annual salary: $111,560
    Entry level salary: $52,350
    Total employment in Chicago: 2,250

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    #23. Computer Network Architects

    Average annual salary: $113,780
    Entry level salary: $65,650
    Total employment in Chicago: 3,460

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    #22. Pharmacists

    Average annual salary: $114,110
    Entry level salary: $71,320
    Total employment in Chicago: 6,970

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    #21. Air Traffic Controllers

    Average annual salary: $115,650
    Entry level salary: $62,010
    Total employment in Chicago: 580

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    #20. Marketing Managers

    Average annual salary: $122,250
    Entry level salary: $55,290
    Total employment in Chicago: 7,580

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    #19. General and Operations Managers

    Average annual salary: $122,360
    Entry level salary: $42,090
    Total employment in Chicago: 68,270

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    #18. Physicists

    Average annual salary: $123,950
    Entry level salary: $81,050
    Total employment in Chicago: 610

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    #17. Nuclear Engineers

    Average annual salary: $125,450
    Entry level salary: $87,300
    Total employment in Chicago: 440

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    #16. Sales Managers

    Average annual salary: $128,010
    Entry level salary: $54,080
    Total employment in Chicago: 16,220

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    #15. Dentists, General

    Average annual salary: $128,810
    Entry level salary: $54,310
    Total employment in Chicago: 2,000

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    #14. Lawyers

    Average annual salary: $129,220
    Entry level salary: $54,180
    Total employment in Chicago: 23,150

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    #13. Financial Managers

    Average annual salary: $132,170
    Entry level salary: $56,350
    Total employment in Chicago: 22,980

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    #12. Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Average annual salary: $132,570
    Entry level salary: $74,010
    Total employment in Chicago: 10,300

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    #11. Pediatricians, General

    Average annual salary: $141,320
    Entry level salary: $55,130
    Total employment in Chicago: 710

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    #10. Anesthesiologists

    Average annual salary: $148,460
    Entry level salary: $54,280
    Total employment in Chicago: 500

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    #9. Law Teachers, Postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $149,420
    Entry level salary: $62,250
    Total employment in Chicago: 550

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    #8. Psychiatrists

    Average annual salary: $152,080
    Entry level salary: $42,980
    Total employment in Chicago: 660

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    #7. Internists, General

    Average annual salary: $172,640
    Entry level salary: $54,230
    Total employment in Chicago: 1,660

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    #6. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    Average annual salary: $173,810
    Entry level salary: $50,030
    Total employment in Chicago: 9,370

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    #5. Podiatrists

    Average annual salary: $177,480
    Entry level salary: $68,620
    Total employment in Chicago: 220

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    #4. Family and General Practitioners

    Average annual salary: $182,930
    Entry level salary: $54,560
    Total employment in Chicago: 3,510

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    #3. Chief Executives

    Average annual salary: $188,500
    Entry level salary: $71,670
    Total employment in Chicago: 13,650

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    #2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists

    Average annual salary: $211,500
    Entry level salary: $74,560
    Total employment in Chicago: 470

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    #1. Surgeons

    Average annual salary: $255,580
    Entry level salary: $142,420
    Total employment in Chicago: 930

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