- Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics data, we found the highest paid profession in each state (plus developing countries).
- Physicians and surgeons top the list in most states.
Doctors make a lot of money in the United States.
Using data from the Occupational Employment Statistics Program of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we found employment in each state with the highest average annual salary as of May 2017 , the latest available data. For our calculations, we looked at jobs with at least 1,000 people in the state for whom the BLS reported average annual earnings.
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As in our recently published list of highest paid occupations in the United States, jobs in the medical sector are extremely common, with physicians and surgeons being the highest paid profession in 23 states. Several other medical specialties are the highest paid professions in many states.
As many of these jobs were the highest paid in many states, we organized the list in order of 12 jobs listed on the map above. We have also included a list of the states for which this job is the best paid, as well as the average annual salary of this job in these states: