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Robbie Shade // Wikicommons

Highest-paying jobs in Boston

Doctors, lawyers, CEOs … these are just a few of the occupations that may come to mind when you think of a high-paying job. Within those categories, however, high-paying jobs differ from state to state, even city to city—an occupation that is lucrative in one place may not be so coveted in another one.

There are many reasons geographic location plays such a big role in whether pay for a job is high. Two main reasons are demand for a local job and the cost of living. The more demand, and the higher the cost of living, the more likely a job will pay more.

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Boston, using compilations
by the U.S. Bureau Labor of Statistics. Organized by Zippia and ranked by average annual salary— with information up to date as of this past March—here are the top 25 highest-paying jobs in Boston, Massachusetts.

Click through the slideshow to see if your occupation made the list.

ALSO: Richest and poorest places in the Boston area

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russellstreet // Flickr

#25. Advertising and promotions managers

Average annual salary: $139,230
Entry level salary: $64,980
Total employment in Boston: 880

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Lisa Ferdinando // U.S. Department of Defense

#24. Compensation and benefits managers

Average annual salary: $140,700
Entry level salary: $71,650
Total employment in Boston: 530

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National Transportation Safety Board // Flickr

#23. Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers

Average annual salary: $140,840
Entry level salary: $58,690
Total employment in Boston: 80

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Chatham House // Flickr

#22. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Average annual salary: $140,930
Entry level salary: $59,990
Total employment in Boston: 450

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Mr. Harold China // U.S. Air Force

#21. Podiatrists

Average annual salary: $141,980
Entry level salary: $57,980
Total employment in Boston: 110

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Affiliate Summit // Flickr

#20. Marketing managers

Average annual salary: $142,610
Entry level salary: $78,820
Total employment in Boston: 7,610

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Airman Shawna L. Keyes // U.S. Air Force

#19. Financial managers

Average annual salary: $143,000
Entry level salary: $67,780
Total employment in Boston: 17,030

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Senior Airman Eydie Sakura // U.S. Air Force

#18. Nurse anesthetists

Average annual salary: $143,230
Entry level salary: $43,000
Total employment in Boston: 700

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Maj. Marnee A.C. Losurdo // U.S. Air Force

#17. General and operations managers

Average annual salary: $147,910
Entry level salary: $60,330
Total employment in Boston: 34,850

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Ashley Calingo // U.S. Marine Corps

#16. Computer and information systems managers

Average annual salary: $148,260
Entry level salary: $88,290
Total employment in Boston: 11,140

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UDC David A. Clarke School of Law // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Law teachers, postsecondary

Average annual salary: $151,400
Entry level salary: $55,110
Total employment in Boston: 910

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Wonderlane // Flickr

#14. Sales managers

Average annual salary: $154,150
Entry level salary: $70,470
Total employment in Boston: 8,690

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visualpun.ch // Flickr

#13. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Average annual salary: $158,570
Entry level salary: $58,940
Total employment in Boston: 460

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Karen Neoh // Flickr

#12. Lawyers

Average annual salary: $164,230
Entry level salary: $61,580
Total employment in Boston: 12,970

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Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett // U.S. Air Force

#11. Psychiatrists

Average annual salary: $170,250
Entry level salary: $46,470
Total employment in Boston: 540

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U.S. Navy // Flickr

#10. Dentists, general

Average annual salary: $171,140
Entry level salary: $65,040
Total employment in Boston: 1,900

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Alexis Drake // NASA

#9. Natural sciences managers

Average annual salary: $179,190
Entry level salary: $75,020
Total employment in Boston: 2,510

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

#8. Family and general practitioners

Average annual salary: $210,330
Entry level salary: $111,770
Total employment in Boston: 2,780

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Pete Souza // White House Archives

#7. Chief executives

Average annual salary: $218,090
Entry level salary: $105,180
Total employment in Boston: 7,180

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Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver // U.S. Air Force

#6. Surgeons

Average annual salary: $221,420
Entry level salary: $62,560
Total employment in Boston: 1,300

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Senior Airman Cierra Presentado // U.S. Air Force

#5. Internists, general

Average annual salary: $234,080
Entry level salary: $73,740
Total employment in Boston: 1,060

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2nd Lt Joel Banjo-Johnson // U.S. Air Force

#4. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Average annual salary: $238,330
Entry level salary: $68,030
Total employment in Boston: 230

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Myfuture.com // Flickr

#3. Pediatricians, general

Average annual salary: $239,940
Entry level salary: $145,820
Total employment in Boston: 840

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Capt. David Murphy // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Anesthesiologists

Average annual salary: $243,100
Entry level salary: $69,530
Total employment in Boston: 620

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Milenafoto // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Orthodontists

Average annual salary: $248,150
Entry level salary: $70,560
Total employment in Boston: 180

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