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Highest-paying jobs in Houston

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Carol M. Highsmith // Wikicommons

Highest-paying jobs in Houston

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 Houston, 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 Houston, Texas.

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

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Debangana.mukherjee // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Economists

Average annual salary: $145,140
Entry level salary: $76,250
Total employment in Houston: 410

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Cluster Munition Coalition // Flickr

#24. General and operations managers

Average annual salary: $145,640
Entry level salary: $53,670
Total employment in Houston: 48,000

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NTNU, Faculty of Natural Sciences // Flickr

#23. Natural sciences managers

Average annual salary: $146,300
Entry level salary: $62,200
Total employment in Houston: 670

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Richard J. Brunson // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Air traffic controllers

Average annual salary: $146,310
Entry level salary: $101,510
Total employment in Houston: 590

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Wonderlane // Flickr

#21. Sales managers

Average annual salary: $146,430
Entry level salary: $72,560
Total employment in Houston: 6,760

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Lisa Ferdinando // U.S. Dept. of Defense

#20. Compensation and benefits managers

Average annual salary: $148,230
Entry level salary: $82,070
Total employment in Houston: 250

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Ensign Courtney Avon // U.S. Navy

#19. Psychiatrists

Average annual salary: $150,230
Entry level salary: $52,340
Total employment in Houston: 210

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tstokes // Pixabay

#18. Computer and information systems managers

Average annual salary: $151,490
Entry level salary: $94,540
Total employment in Houston: 5,930

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CC0 // Max Pixel

#17. Purchasing managers

Average annual salary: $154,150
Entry level salary: $74,870
Total employment in Houston: 1,700

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Steven Millstein // Flickr

#16. Financial managers

Average annual salary: $157,660
Entry level salary: $78,750
Total employment in Houston: 8,590

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soyfeliz2018 // PxHere

#15. Dentists, general

Average annual salary: $157,720
Entry level salary: $67,060
Total employment in Houston: 1,460

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NPCA Photos // Flickr

#14. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

Average annual salary: $157,750
Entry level salary: $58,820
Total employment in Houston: 6,140

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Vic // Flickr

#13. Internists, general

Average annual salary: $158,320
Entry level salary: $55,470
Total employment in Houston: 890

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ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office // Wikimedia Commons

#12. Nurse anesthetists

Average annual salary: $158,520
Entry level salary: $113,460
Total employment in Houston: 1,350

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espartgraphic // Pixabay

#11. Lawyers

Average annual salary: $161,590
Entry level salary: $63,400
Total employment in Houston: 12,650

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OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS // Flickr

#10. Marketing managers

Average annual salary: $162,390
Entry level salary: $81,620
Total employment in Houston: 2,670

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YURII MASLAK // Shutterstock

#9. Podiatrists

Average annual salary: $165,700
Entry level salary: $43,960
Total employment in Houston: 90

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think4photop // Shutterstock

#8. Petroleum engineers

Average annual salary: $173,290
Entry level salary: $97,180
Total employment in Houston: 10,810

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National Cancer Institute // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Physicians and surgeons, all other

Average annual salary: $180,600
Entry level salary: $60,090
Total employment in Houston: 5,560

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pogonici // Shutterstock

#6. Pediatricians, general

Average annual salary: $185,600
Entry level salary: $129,180
Total employment in Houston: 740

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CC0 Public Domain // PxHere

#5. Architectural and engineering managers

Average annual salary: $188,160
Entry level salary: $106,830
Total employment in Houston: 4,820

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Bill Branson // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Family and general practitioners

Average annual salary: $201,340
Entry level salary: $71,860
Total employment in Houston: 2,130

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Official U.S. Navy Page // Flickr

#3. Surgeons

Average annual salary: $221,790
Entry level salary: $53,470
Total employment in Houston: 470

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PxHere

#2. Chief executives

Average annual salary: $241,130
Entry level salary: $130,940
Total employment in Houston: 1,990

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Jeffrey Russell // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Anesthesiologists

Average annual salary: $271,280
Entry level salary: $187,040
Total employment in Houston: 1,210

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