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Highest-paying jobs in Chicago

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Allen McGregor // Wikicommons

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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Ernest McGray, Jr. // Flickr

#25. Sales engineers

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

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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

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Leonardo Rizzi // Flickr

#23. Computer network architects

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

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Rhoda Baer // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Pharmacists

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

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Ronald A. Dallatorre // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Air traffic controllers

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

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CompletelyNovel // Flickr

#20. Marketing managers

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

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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

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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

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Idaho National Laboratory // Flickr

#17. Nuclear engineers

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

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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

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oswaldoruiz// Pixabay

#15. Dentists, general

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

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Cal Injury Lawyer // Flickr

#14. Lawyers

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

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Krissmathew // Wikimedia Commons

#13. Financial managers

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

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tstokes // Pixabay

#12. Computer and information systems managers

Average annual salary: $132,570
Entry level salary: $74,010
Total employment in Chicago: 10,300

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Tyler Jones // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Pediatricians, general

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

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Jeffrey Russell // Wikimedia Commons

#10. Anesthesiologists

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

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Mrtoren // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Law teachers, postsecondary

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

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Ensign Courtney Avon // U.S. Navy

#8. Psychiatrists

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

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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

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sasint // Pixabay

#6. Physicians and surgeons, all other

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

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Stacey // Flickr

#5. Podiatrists

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

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Vic // Flickr

#4. Family and general practitioners

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

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Siemens PLM Software // Flickr

#3. Chief executives

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

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george ruiz // Flickr

#2. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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

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marionbrun // Pixabay

#1. Surgeons

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

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