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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.

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#25. Economics teachers, postsecondary

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

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#24. Pharmacists

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

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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

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#22. Nurse midwives

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

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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

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#20. Law teachers, postsecondary

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

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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

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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

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#17. Marketing managers

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

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#16. Economists

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

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#15. Financial managers

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

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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

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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

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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

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#11. Orthodontists

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

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#10. Internists, general

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

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#9. Lawyers

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

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#8. Dentists, general

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

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#7. Nurse anesthetists

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

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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

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#5. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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

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#4. Pediatricians, general

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

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#3. Chief executives

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

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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

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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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