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Highest-paying jobs in Chicago

  • Highest-paying jobs in Chicago
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    Highest-paying jobs in Chicago

    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 Chicago, 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 Chicago, Illinois. 

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

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  • #25. Sales engineers
    2/ Ernest McGray, Jr. // Flickr

    #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
    3/ Tulane Public Relations // Wikimedia Commons

    #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
    4/ Leonardo Rizzi // Flickr

    #23. Computer network architects

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

  • #22. Pharmacists
    5/ Rhoda Baer // Wikimedia Commons

    #22. Pharmacists

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

  • #21. Air traffic controllers
    6/ Ronald A. Dallatorre // Wikimedia Commons

    #21. Air traffic controllers

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

  • #20. Marketing managers
    7/ CompletelyNovel // Flickr

    #20. Marketing managers

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

  • #19. General and operations managers
    8/ Cluster Munition Coalition // Flickr

    #19. General and operations managers

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

  • #18. Physicists
    9/ Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. // Fermilab, Reidar Hahn // Wikicommons

    #18. Physicists

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

  • #17. Nuclear engineers
    10/ Idaho National Laboratory // Flickr

    #17. Nuclear engineers

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

  • #16. Sales managers
    11/ Senior Airman Stephen J. Otero // U.S. Air Force

    #16. Sales managers

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

  • #15. Dentists, general
    12/ oswaldoruiz// Pixabay

    #15. Dentists, general

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

  • #14. Lawyers
    13/ Cal Injury Lawyer // Flickr

    #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
    16/ Tyler Jones // Wikimedia Commons

    #11. Pediatricians, general

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

  • #10. Anesthesiologists
    17/ Jeffrey Russell // Wikimedia Commons

    #10. Anesthesiologists

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

  • #9. Law teachers, postsecondary
    18/ Mrtoren // Wikimedia Commons

    #9. Law teachers, postsecondary

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

  • #8. Psychiatrists
    19/ Ensign Courtney Avon // U.S. Navy

    #8. Psychiatrists

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

  • #7. Internists, general
    20/ Melanie Moore // U.S. Air Force

    #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
    21/ sasint // Pixabay

    #6. Physicians and surgeons, all other

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

  • #5. Podiatrists
    22/ Stacey // Flickr

    #5. Podiatrists

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

  • #4. Family and general practitioners
    23/ Vic // Flickr

    #4. Family and general practitioners

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

  • #3. Chief executives
    24/ Siemens PLM Software // Flickr

    #3. Chief executives

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

  • #2. Obstetricians and gynecologists
    25/ george ruiz // Flickr

    #2. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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

  • #1. Surgeons
    26/ marionbrun // Pixabay

    #1. Surgeons

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

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