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Highest-paying jobs in Boston

  • Highest-paying jobs in Boston
    1/ 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

  • #25. Advertising and promotions managers
    2/ russellstreet // Flickr

    #25. Advertising and promotions managers

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

  • #24. Compensation and benefits managers
    3/ 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

  • #23. Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers
    4/ 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

  • #22. Political science teachers, postsecondary
    5/ Chatham House // Flickr

    #22. Political science teachers, postsecondary

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

  • #21. Podiatrists
    6/ Mr. Harold China // U.S. Air Force

    #21. Podiatrists

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

  • #20. Marketing managers
    7/ Affiliate Summit // Flickr

    #20. Marketing managers

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

  • #19. Financial managers
    8/ 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

  • #18. Nurse anesthetists
    9/ 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

  • #17. General and operations managers
    10/ 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

  • #16. Computer and information systems managers
    11/ 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

  • #15. Law teachers, postsecondary
    12/ 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

  • #14. Sales managers
    13/ Wonderlane // Flickr

    #14. Sales managers

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

  • #13. Economics teachers, postsecondary
    14/ visualpun.ch // Flickr

    #13. Economics teachers, postsecondary

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

  • #12. Lawyers
    15/ Karen Neoh // Flickr

    #12. Lawyers

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

  • #11. Psychiatrists
    16/ 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

  • #10. Dentists, general
    17/ U.S. Navy // Flickr

    #10. Dentists, general

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

  • #9. Natural sciences managers
    18/ Alexis Drake // NASA

    #9. Natural sciences managers

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

  • #8. Family and general practitioners
    19/ 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

  • #7. Chief executives
    20/ Pete Souza // White House Archives

    #7. Chief executives

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

  • #6. Surgeons
    21/ 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

  • #5. Internists, general
    22/ 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

  • #4. Obstetricians and gynecologists
    23/ 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

  • #3. Pediatricians, general
    24/ Myfuture.com // Flickr

    #3. Pediatricians, general

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

  • #2. Anesthesiologists
    25/ Capt. David Murphy // Wikimedia Commons

    #2. Anesthesiologists

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

  • #1. Orthodontists
    26/ Milenafoto // Wikimedia Commons

    #1. Orthodontists

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

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