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The Highest-Paying Jobs in Every State

By Kaitlyn Farley · February 14, 2022 · 3 minute read

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The Highest-Paying Jobs in Every State

It’s no surprise that where you live can greatly impact your salary. But if you’re looking to increase your pay and don’t want to leave your state, a career change may be a better option.

In fact, so many Americans started leaving their jobs halfway through 2021 that analysts started dubbing this period of mass job departures as “The Great Resignation .” In November 2021 alone, about 4.5 million Americans left their jobs.

The Highest-Paying Jobs in Every State

If you’re part of the Great Resignation (or are exploring this possibility), we’ve got some potentially good news: The Bureau of Labor Statistics1 recently released its State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates .

This data shows just how much certain professions get paid, including the highest-paying professions by state (unsurprisingly, medical fields dominated the list). So if you’re looking for a career change or are just curious about which profession brings in the most bucks in your state, look no further than this list of the highest-paying jobs by state.

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1. Alabama

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $269,920

2. Alaska

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians
Average Salary: $282,730

3. Arizona

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $285,470

4. Arkansas

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $258,940

5. California

Career: Psychiatrists
Average Salary: $245,000

6. Colorado

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $289,920

7. Connecticut

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $275,520

8. Delaware

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $287,160

9. Florida

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $245,570

10. Georgia

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $259,670

11. Hawaii

Career: Physicians and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
Average Salary: $263,200

12. Idaho

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $253,460

13. Illinois

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $271,280

14. Indiana

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $282,310

15. Iowa

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $291,670

16. Kansas

Career: Psychiatrists
Average Salary: $281,410

17. Kentucky

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $292,350

18. Louisiana

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $287,840

19. Maine

Career: Physicians and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric
Average Salary: $279,700

20. Maryland

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $287,900

21. Massachusetts

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $265,790

22. Michigan

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $252,000

23. Minnesota

Career: Psychiatrists
Average Salary: $278,380

24. Mississippi

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $282,660

25. Missouri

Career: Dentists, All Other Specialists
Average Salary: $270,760

26. Montana

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $296,770

27. Nebraska

Career: Psychiatrists
Average Salary: $268,200

28. Nevada

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians
Average Salary: $277,340

29. New Hampshire

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $278,350

30. New Jersey

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $275,710

31. New Mexico

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians
Average Salary: $271,210

32. New York

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $237,380

33. North Carolina

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $279,300

34. North Dakota

Career: Psychiatrists
Average Salary: $288,060

35. Ohio

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $277,510

36. Oklahoma

Career: Orthodontists
Average Salary: $286,050

37. Oregon

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $293,170

38. Pennsylvania

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $289,850

39. Rhode Island

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $285,920

40. South Carolina

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $295,380

41. South Dakota

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $290,730

42. Tennessee

Career: Anesthesiologists
Average Salary: $255,210

43. Texas

Career: Chief Executives
Average Salary: $239,060

44. Utah

Career: Pediatricians, General
Average Salary: $255,900

45. Vermont

Career: Dentists, General
Average Salary: $254,190

46. Virginia

Career: Orthodontists
Average Salary: $279,710

47. Washington State

Career: Orthodontists
Average Salary: $277,050

48. Washington, D.C.

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $286,160

49. West Virginia

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $262,690

50. Wisconsin

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Average Salary: $278,720

51. Wyoming

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists
Average Salary: $279,830

The Takeaway

Many Americans are still participating in The Great Resignation in hopes of finding jobs that more closely match their career goals and evolving lifestyle needs. Other workers are seeking higher-paying jobs with better benefits such as more flexible hours or the ability to work 100% remotely. If you fall into the latter category, this list of high-paying jobs could give you a better idea of what fields in your state have the highest salaries.

But if you’re struggling with money and can’t afford to go back to school to become an anesthesiologist, there are other ways you could better manage your money, such as opening a checking and savings account with SoFi. This money management account could help you get your paycheck up to two days early and avoid overdraft fees. While getting a higher-paying job sure can help you make ends meet, so can better managing and budgeting your money with SoFi.

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1 The BLS conducts a semi-annual review of non-farm establishments based on data from the State Workforce Agencies (SWAs).The BLS selects a sample size from SWA’s lists of establishments in order to collect data from every metropolitan and nonmetropolitan area in each state from a variety of industries and establishment or company sizes. You can learn more about the BLS’s methodology on their website.
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