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Highest-paying jobs in Los Angeles

  • Highest-paying jobs in Los Angeles
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    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.

    ALSO: Top colleges in Los Angeles

  • #25. Economics teachers, postsecondary
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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
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    #24. Pharmacists

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

  • #23. Producers and directors
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    #23. Producers and directors

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

  • #22. Nurse midwives
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    #22. Nurse midwives

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

  • #21. Compensation and benefits managers
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    #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
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    #20. Law teachers, postsecondary

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

  • #19. Natural sciences managers
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    #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
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    #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
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    #17. Marketing managers

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

  • #16. Economists
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    #16. Economists

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

  • #15. Financial managers
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    #15. Financial managers

    Average annual salary: $150,110
    Entry level salary: $76,960
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 18,600

  • #14. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers
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    #14. First-line supervisors of fire fighting and prevention workers

    Average annual salary: $150,870
    Entry level salary: $84,640
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 290

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

    Average annual salary: $152,820
    Entry level salary: $90,180
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 8,800

  • #12. Architectural and engineering managers
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    #12. Architectural and engineering managers

    Average annual salary: $160,840
    Entry level salary: $97,180
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 6,070

  • #11. Orthodontists
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    #11. Orthodontists

    Average annual salary: $162,410
    Entry level salary: $85,710
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 300

  • #10. Internists, general
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    #10. Internists, general

    Average annual salary: $171,310
    Entry level salary: $84,710
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,290

  • #9. Lawyers
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    #9. Lawyers

    Average annual salary: $173,100
    Entry level salary: $76,550
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 24,040

  • #8. Dentists, general
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    #8. Dentists, general

    Average annual salary: $173,150
    Entry level salary: $56,470
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 2,850

  • #7. Nurse anesthetists
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    #7. Nurse anesthetists

    Average annual salary: $183,470
    Entry level salary: $137,120
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 140

  • #6. Family and general practitioners
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    #6. Family and general practitioners

    Average annual salary: $183,710
    Entry level salary: $54,180
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 5,660

  • #5. Obstetricians and gynecologists
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    #5. Obstetricians and gynecologists

    Average annual salary: $195,540
    Entry level salary: $104,220
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 860

  • #4. Pediatricians, general
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    #4. Pediatricians, general

    Average annual salary: $198,380
    Entry level salary: $132,390
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 750

  • #3. Chief executives
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    #3. Chief executives

    Average annual salary: $216,400
    Entry level salary: $90,200
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 8,530

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

    Average annual salary: $225,180
    Entry level salary: $74,350
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 5,230

  • #1. Surgeons
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    #1. Surgeons

    Average annual salary: $258,040
    Entry level salary: $109,800
    Total employment in Los Angeles: 1,010

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