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Highest-paying jobs in Pittsburgh

  • Highest-paying jobs in Pittsburgh
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    Highest-paying jobs in Pittsburgh

    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 Pittsburgh, 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 Pittsburgh.

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

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  • #25. Optometrists
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    #25. Optometrists

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

  • #24. Advertising and promotions managers
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    #24. Advertising and promotions managers

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

  • #23. Construction managers
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    #23. Construction managers

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

  • #22. Dentists, general
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    #22. Dentists, general

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

  • #21. Petroleum engineers
    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

  • #20. Purchasing managers
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    #20. Purchasing managers

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

  • #19. Compensation and benefits managers
    8/ Lisa Ferdinando // Dept. of Defense

    #19. Compensation and benefits managers

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

  • #18. Personal financial advisors
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    #18. Personal financial advisors

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

  • #17. General and operations managers
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    #17. General and operations managers

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

  • #16. Training and development managers
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    #16. Training and development managers

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

  • #15. Computer and information systems managers
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    #15. Computer and information systems managers

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

  • #14. Human resources managers
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    #14. Human resources managers

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

  • #13. Architectural and engineering managers
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    #13. Architectural and engineering managers

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

  • #12. Lawyers
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    #12. Lawyers

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

  • #11. Sales managers
    16/ Wonderlane // Flickr

    #11. Sales managers

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

  • #10. Podiatrists
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    #10. Podiatrists

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

  • #9. Nurse anesthetists
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    #9. Nurse anesthetists

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

  • #8. Financial managers
    19/ CCO Public Domain // PxHere

    #8. Financial managers

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

  • #7. Marketing managers
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    #7. Marketing managers

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

  • #6. Physicists
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    #6. Physicists

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

  • #5. Psychiatrists
    22/ Ted Eytan // Flickr

    #5. Psychiatrists

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

  • #4. Chief executives
    23/ rawpixel.com // PxHere

    #4. Chief executives

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

  • #3. Physicians and surgeons, all other
    24/ Geroffrey Schnorr // Wikimedia Commons

    #3. Physicians and surgeons, all other

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

  • #2. Family and general practitioners
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    #2. Family and general practitioners

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

  • #1. Surgeons
    26/ Matt Madd // Flickr

    #1. Surgeons

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

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