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25 highest-paying jobs in Chicago

  • 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, 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 Chicago area.

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  • #25. Sales engineers
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    #25. Sales engineers

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

  • #24. Public relations and fundraising managers
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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

  • #23. Computer network architects
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    #23. Computer network architects

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

  • #22. Pharmacists
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    #22. Pharmacists

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

  • #21. Air traffic controllers
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    #21. Air traffic controllers

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

  • #20. Marketing managers
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    #20. Marketing managers

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

  • #19. General and operations managers
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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

  • #18. Physicists
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    #18. Physicists

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

  • #17. Nuclear engineers
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    #17. Nuclear engineers

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

  • #16. Sales managers
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    #16. Sales managers

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

  • #15. Dentists, general
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    #15. Dentists, general

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

  • #14. Lawyers
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    #14. Lawyers

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

  • #13. Financial managers
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    #13. Financial managers

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

  • #12. Computer and information systems managers
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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

  • #11. Pediatricians, general
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    #11. Pediatricians, general

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

  • #10. Anesthesiologists
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    #10. Anesthesiologists

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

  • #9. Law teachers, postsecondary
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    #9. Law teachers, postsecondary

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

  • #8. Psychiatrists
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    #8. Psychiatrists

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

  • #7. Internists, general
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    #7. Internists, general

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

  • #6. Physicians and surgeons, all other
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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

  • #5. Podiatrists
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    #5. Podiatrists

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

  • #4. Family and general practitioners
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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

  • #3. Chief executives
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    #3. Chief executives

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

  • #2. Obstetricians and gynecologists
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    #2. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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

  • #1. Surgeons
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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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