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Highest-paying jobs in Charlotte

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 Charlotte, 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 Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

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Rhoda Baer // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Pharmacists

Average annual salary: $120,960
Entry level salary: $97,420
Total employment in Charlotte: 2,220

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#24. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents

Average annual salary: $122,590
Entry level salary: $30,690
Total employment in Charlotte: 3,830

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#23. Managers, all other

Average annual salary: $123,810
Entry level salary: $67,130
Total employment in Charlotte: 3,570

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#22. Optometrists

Average annual salary: $123,840
Entry level salary: $55,450
Total employment in Charlotte: 260

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OIST // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Human resources managers

Average annual salary: $128,950
Entry level salary: $70,370
Total employment in Charlotte: 1,470

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#20. Training and development managers

Average annual salary: $129,670
Entry level salary: $70,730
Total employment in Charlotte: 300

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#19. General and operations managers

Average annual salary: $133,280
Entry level salary: $55,490
Total employment in Charlotte: 17,640

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#18. Architectural and engineering managers

Average annual salary: $135,970
Entry level salary: $87,650
Total employment in Charlotte: 1,130

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#17. Marketing managers

Average annual salary: $136,580
Entry level salary: $71,950
Total employment in Charlotte: 2,260

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#16. Lawyers

Average annual salary: $139,080
Entry level salary: $46,180
Total employment in Charlotte: 4,060

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

#15. Compensation and benefits managers

Average annual salary: $139,550
Entry level salary: $79,050
Total employment in Charlotte: 160

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#14. Computer and information systems managers

Average annual salary: $139,870
Entry level salary: $86,350
Total employment in Charlotte: 4,510

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#13. Sales managers

Average annual salary: $142,220
Entry level salary: $63,960
Total employment in Charlotte: 3,020

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Steven Millstein

#12. Financial managers

Average annual salary: $152,890
Entry level salary: $83,750
Total employment in Charlotte: 7,180

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#11. Podiatrists

Average annual salary: $163,840
Entry level salary: $105,180
Total employment in Charlotte: 90

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#10. Nurse anesthetists

Average annual salary: $166,030
Entry level salary: $111,970
Total employment in Charlotte: 780

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#9. Dentists, general

Average annual salary: $222,440
Entry level salary: $92,920
Total employment in Charlotte: 910

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#8. Chief executives

Average annual salary: $222,910
Entry level salary: $110,410
Total employment in Charlotte: 1,610

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National Cancer Institute // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Physicians and surgeons, all other

Average annual salary: $226,140
Entry level salary: $113,770
Total employment in Charlotte: 1,930

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#6. Family and general practitioners

Average annual salary: $233,500
Entry level salary: $138,380
Total employment in Charlotte: 650

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#5. Psychiatrists

Average annual salary: $234,360
Entry level salary: $139,930
Total employment in Charlotte: 140

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#4. Pediatricians, general

Average annual salary: $236,940
Entry level salary: $110,860
Total employment in Charlotte: 200

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Jeffrey Russell

#3. Anesthesiologists

Average annual salary: $245,400
Entry level salary: $133,000
Total employment in Charlotte: 120

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Ilmicrofono Oggiono // Flickr

#2. Internists, general

Average annual salary: $248,430
Entry level salary: $167,870
Total employment in Charlotte: 300

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Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver // U.S. Air Force

#1. Surgeons

Average annual salary: $256,160
Entry level salary: $172,940
Total employment in Charlotte: 480

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