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Highest-paying jobs in Houston

  • Highest-paying jobs in Houston
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    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.

    ALSO: Top colleges in Houston

  • #25. Economists
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    #25. Economists

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

  • #24. General and operations managers
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    #24. General and operations managers

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

  • #23. Natural sciences managers
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    #23. Natural sciences managers

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

  • #22. Air traffic controllers
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    #22. Air traffic controllers

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

  • #21. Sales managers
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    #21. Sales managers

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

  • #20. Compensation and benefits managers
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    #20. Compensation and benefits managers

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

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

    #19. Psychiatrists

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

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

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

  • #17. Purchasing managers
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    #17. Purchasing managers

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

  • #16. Financial managers
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    #16. Financial managers

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

  • #15. Dentists, general
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    #15. Dentists, general

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

  • #14. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers
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    #14. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

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

  • #13. Internists, general
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    #13. Internists, general

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

  • #12. Nurse anesthetists
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    #12. Nurse anesthetists

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

  • #11. Lawyers
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    #11. Lawyers

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

  • #10. Marketing managers
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    #10. Marketing managers

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

  • #9. Podiatrists
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    #9. Podiatrists

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

  • #8. Petroleum engineers
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    #8. Petroleum engineers

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

  • #7. Physicians and surgeons, all other
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    #7. Physicians and surgeons, all other

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

  • #6. Pediatricians, general
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    #6. Pediatricians, general

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

  • #5. Architectural and engineering managers
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    #5. Architectural and engineering managers

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

  • #4. Family and general practitioners
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    #4. Family and general practitioners

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

  • #3. Surgeons
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    #3. Surgeons

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

  • #2. Chief executives
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    #2. Chief executives

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

  • #1. Anesthesiologists
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    #1. Anesthesiologists

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

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