Skip to main content

Main Area

Main

25 highest-paying jobs in Pittsburgh

  • Checubus // Shutterstock
    1/ Checubus // Shutterstock

    25 highest-paying jobs in Pittsburgh

    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 Pittsburgh 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 Pittsburgh area.

    RELATED READING: 50 most meaningful jobs in America

  • Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo // U.S. Navy photo
    2/ Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo // U.S. Navy photo

    #25. Optometrists

    Average annual salary: $109,760
    Entry level salary: $38,200
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 490

  • daveynin // Flickr
    3/ daveynin // Flickr

    #24. Advertising and Promotions Managers

    Average annual salary: $112,720
    Entry level salary: $43,180
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 80

  • David Fulmer // Wikicommons
    4/ David Fulmer // Wikicommons

    #23. Construction Managers

    Average annual salary: $114,120
    Entry level salary: $58,480
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,540

  • U.S. Navy // Flickr
    5/ U.S. Navy // Flickr

    #22. Dentists, General

    Average annual salary: $114,500
    Entry level salary: $48,760
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 830

  • Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement // Flickr
    6/ Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement // Flickr

    #21. Petroleum Engineers

    Average annual salary: $117,980
    Entry level salary: $63,480
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 440

  • Roland Balik // U.S. Air Force
    7/ Roland Balik // U.S. Air Force

    #20. Purchasing Managers

    Average annual salary: $118,660
    Entry level salary: $68,940
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 370

  • Lisa Ferdinando // U.S. Department of Defense
    8/ Lisa Ferdinando // U.S. Department of Defense

    #19. Compensation and Benefits Managers

    Average annual salary: $121,280
    Entry level salary: $67,330
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 150

  • sirtravelalot // Shutterstock
    9/ sirtravelalot // Shutterstock

    #18. Personal Financial Advisors

    Average annual salary: $123,280
    Entry level salary: $50,030
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,830

  • Marvent // Shutterstock
    10/ Marvent // Shutterstock

    #17. General and Operations Managers

    Average annual salary: $123,890
    Entry level salary: $50,000
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 14,080

  • Iakov Filimonov // Shutterstock
    11/ Iakov Filimonov // Shutterstock

    #16. Training and Development Managers

    Average annual salary: $125,060
    Entry level salary: $66,350
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 170

  • Gorodenkoff // Shutterstock
    12/ Gorodenkoff // Shutterstock

    #15. Computer and Information Systems Managers

    Average annual salary: $126,890
    Entry level salary: $78,160
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 2,660

  • OIST // Wikimedia Commons
    13/ OIST // Wikimedia Commons

    #14. Human Resources Managers

    Average annual salary: $130,380
    Entry level salary: $71,650
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 660

  • NASA // Wikimedia Commons
    14/ NASA // Wikimedia Commons

    #13. Architectural and Engineering Managers

    Average annual salary: $138,860
    Entry level salary: $81,310
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,560

  • Karen Neoh // Flickr
    15/ Karen Neoh // Flickr

    #12. Lawyers

    Average annual salary: $139,500
    Entry level salary: $54,750
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 5,110

  • Fizkes // Shutterstock
    16/ Fizkes // Shutterstock

    #11. Sales Managers

    Average annual salary: $141,230
    Entry level salary: $64,190
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,890

  • Stacey // Wikicommons
    17/ Stacey // Wikicommons

    #10. Podiatrists

    Average annual salary: $142,640
    Entry level salary: $54,630
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 90

  • Serhii Bobyk // Shutterstock
    18/ Serhii Bobyk // Shutterstock

    #9. Nurse Anesthetists

    Average annual salary: $143,320
    Entry level salary: $118,030
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 900

  • Natee K Jindakum // Shutterstock
    19/ Natee K Jindakum // Shutterstock

    #8. Financial Managers

    Average annual salary: $143,490
    Entry level salary: $78,370
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 3,100

  • Foxy Burrow // Shutterstock
    20/ Foxy Burrow // Shutterstock

    #7. Marketing Managers

    Average annual salary: $145,350
    Entry level salary: $79,280
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,040

  • Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma // U.S. Air Force
    21/ Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma // U.S. Air Force

    #6. Physicists

    Average annual salary: $145,850
    Entry level salary: $93,030
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 30

  • Lightfield Studios // Shutterstock
    22/ Lightfield Studios // Shutterstock

    #5. Psychiatrists

    Average annual salary: $163,130
    Entry level salary: $67,080
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 120

  • "Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Marches at the 2016 Pittsburgh Pride Equality March" - Wikicommons
    23/ "Mylan CEO Heather Bresch Marches at the 2016 Pittsburgh Pride Equality March" - Wikicommons

    #4. Chief Executives

    Average annual salary: $196,580
    Entry level salary: $81,990
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 1,920

  • "Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC" - Weatherman1126 // Wikicommons
    24/ "Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC" - Weatherman1126 // Wikicommons

    #3. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other

    Average annual salary: $196,850
    Entry level salary: $54,250
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 3,890

  • Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea A. Blom // U.S. Navy
    25/ Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea A. Blom // U.S. Navy

    #2. Family and General Practitioners

    Average annual salary: $200,460
    Entry level salary: $74,060
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 410

  • Gorodenkoff // Shutterstock
    26/ Gorodenkoff // Shutterstock

    #1. Surgeons

    Average annual salary: $244,560
    Entry level salary: $106,030
    Total employment in Pittsburgh: 190

2018 All rights reserved.