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Highest-paying jobs in Los Angeles

  • Highest-paying jobs in Los Angeles

    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 Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles, California.

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

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  • #25. Economics teachers, postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $133,790
    Entry level salary: $47,490
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 210

  • #24. Pharmacists

    Average annual salary: $134,380
    Entry level salary: $71,290
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 8,280

  • #23. Producers and directors

    Average annual salary: $135,650
    Entry level salary: $44,300
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 19,560

  • #22. Nurse midwives

    Average annual salary: $137,710
    Entry level salary: $83,310
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 100

  • #21. Compensation and benefits managers

    Average annual salary: $138,320
    Entry level salary: $67,250
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 370

  • #20. Law teachers, postsecondary

    Average annual salary: $142,300
    Entry level salary: $61,520
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 450

  • #19. Natural sciences managers

    Average annual salary: $143,030
    Entry level salary: $57,170
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,040

  • #18. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

    Average annual salary: $144,060
    Entry level salary: $78,530
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 630

  • #17. Marketing managers

    Average annual salary: $146,860
    Entry level salary: $68,150
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 6,300

  • #16. Economists

    Average annual salary: $147,470
    Entry level salary: $54,880
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 450

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