Highest-paying jobs in San Diego

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April 20, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in San Diego

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2021.

In San Diego, the annual mean wage is $67,200 or 15.3% higher than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $356,270. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Physician assistants

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $127,660
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,460
- Employment: 132,940
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portsmouth, NH-ME ($167,240)
--- Panama City, FL ($165,000)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($164,150)
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#49. Political science teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $128,760
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,980
- Employment: 14,060
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($155,350)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($150,290)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($140,340)
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#48. Nurse practitioners

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $130,240
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,110

National
- Annual mean salary: $118,040
- Employment: 234,690
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($197,870)
--- Napa, CA ($184,700)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($180,380)
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#46 (tie). Public relations managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $130,510
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

National
- Annual mean salary: $138,000
- Employment: 59,850
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($183,410)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($182,890)
--- Boulder, CO ($174,250)
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#46 (tie). Sales managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $130,510
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,250

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,390
- Employment: 453,800
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($198,960)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($196,910)
--- Boulder, CO ($182,820)

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#45. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $131,120
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $94,060
- Employment: 20,260
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($140,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($136,870)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($135,160)
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#44. Radiation therapists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $131,280
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $94,000
- Employment: 16,050
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($169,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($159,660)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($131,960)
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#43. Advertising and promotions managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $131,550
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,860
- Employment: 22,520
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($193,980)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($182,520)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($166,620)
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#42. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $133,010
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,980
- Employment: 44,140
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($157,340)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($149,220)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($138,090)
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#41. Purchasing managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $133,450
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $134,590
- Employment: 69,310
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($181,030)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($177,010)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($174,760)

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#40. Industrial production managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $133,490
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,460

National
- Annual mean salary: $117,780
- Employment: 192,270
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($155,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($153,860)
--- Fort Collins, CO ($153,470)
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#39. Software developers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $133,580
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $120,990
- Employment: 1,364,180
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($167,420)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($158,320)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($148,220)
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#38. Fundraising managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $134,160
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,400
- Employment: 23,190
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($175,610)
--- Syracuse, NY ($155,700)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($153,980)
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#37. Clinical and counseling psychologists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $136,630
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $99,640
- Employment: 58,100
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($136,630)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($134,200)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($133,060)
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#36. Computer and information research scientists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $138,590
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,650
- Employment: 30,840
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($209,890)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($202,020)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($183,750)

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#35. Training and development managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $138,680
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

National
- Annual mean salary: $128,800
- Employment: 35,830
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($180,360)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($176,270)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($166,410)
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#34. Dentists, general

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $139,000
- #286 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

National
- Annual mean salary: $167,160
- Employment: 108,680
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Manchester, NH ($276,510)
--- Salinas, CA ($234,410)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($229,800)
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#33. Law teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $139,520
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $130,820
- Employment: 14,110
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($165,990)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($152,750)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($152,190)
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#32. Compensation and benefits managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $140,780
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $139,470
- Employment: 15,330
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($190,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($187,770)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($177,130)
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#31. Family and consumer sciences teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $140,800
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $93,230
- Employment: 2,730
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($157,890)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($140,800)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($139,060)

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#30. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $141,580
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,610
- Employment: 37,600
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($152,280)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($145,360)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($144,170)
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#29. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $143,690
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,760
- Employment: 128,230
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($182,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($170,740)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($164,600)
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#28. Human resources managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $143,930
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,080

National
- Annual mean salary: $136,590
- Employment: 166,530
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($190,020)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($186,930)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($175,410)
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#27. Physicists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $144,120
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $151,580
- Employment: 20,020
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($199,830)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($195,300)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($188,250)
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#26. Physics teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $144,580
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $99,480
- Employment: 12,460
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($148,140)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($144,580)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($142,450)

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#25. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $145,000
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,710
- Employment: 47,690
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($181,560)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($166,470)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,140)
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#24. Pharmacists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $145,790
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,600

National
- Annual mean salary: $125,690
- Employment: 312,550
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($168,640)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($163,840)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($158,420)
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#23. Business teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $146,590
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,720
- Employment: 79,640
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($175,640)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($175,080)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($154,600)
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#22. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $147,770
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,840
- Employment: 10,250
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,120)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,790)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($147,770)
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#21. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $150,240
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,590
- Employment: 35,440
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($157,030)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($153,050)

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#20. Marketing managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $151,890
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $153,440
- Employment: 278,690
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($210,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($198,870)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($191,310)
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#19. Commercial divers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $155,470
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,010
- Employment: 2,670
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($155,470)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($110,130)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($92,100)
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#18. Financial managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $159,210
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,530

National
- Annual mean salary: $153,460
- Employment: 681,070
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($209,100)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($201,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($188,900)
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#17. Computer hardware engineers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $161,580
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,870

National
- Annual mean salary: $136,230
- Employment: 73,750
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,210)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($183,320)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($161,580)
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#16. Lawyers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $165,480
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,900

National
- Annual mean salary: $148,030
- Employment: 681,010
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($231,200)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($191,460)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($186,610)

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#15. Computer and information systems managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $173,700
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,220

National
- Annual mean salary: $162,930
- Employment: 485,190
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($228,030)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($211,470)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($202,800)
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#14. Architectural and engineering managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $175,260
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,890

National
- Annual mean salary: $158,970
- Employment: 187,100
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($228,000)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($206,050)
--- Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($198,430)
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#13. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $176,220
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 960

National
- Annual mean salary: $133,310
- Employment: 191,830
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($226,440)
--- Jackson, MS ($202,690)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($183,250)
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#12. Economics teachers, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $180,490
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,090
- Employment: 11,790
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($180,550)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($180,490)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($172,600)
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#11. Natural sciences managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $197,720
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,290

National
- Annual mean salary: $156,110
- Employment: 74,760
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($222,360)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($219,240)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($216,750)

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#10. Chief executives

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $210,830
- #126 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $213,020
- Employment: 200,480
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($313,440)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($298,960)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($296,480)
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#9. Family medicine physicians

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $217,910
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,550

National
- Annual mean salary: $235,930
- Employment: 102,930
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Coeur d'Alene, ID ($336,820)
--- Fond du Lac, WI ($336,140)
--- Gainesville, GA ($330,930)
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#8. Podiatrists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $231,930
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $158,380
- Employment: 8,840
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($231,930)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($219,920)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($205,040)
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#7. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $239,710
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $270,090
- Employment: 11,610
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($356,830)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($355,740)
--- York-Hanover, PA ($344,470)
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#6. Pediatricians, general

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $242,720
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $198,420
- Employment: 33,620
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($298,760)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($298,320)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($291,940)

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#5. General internal medicine physicians

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $261,490
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $242,190
- Employment: 58,260
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Rockford, IL ($359,200)
--- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($350,330)
--- Sumter, SC ($334,810)
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#4. Psychiatrists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $305,450
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $249,760
- Employment: 25,520
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($360,840)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($360,740)
--- Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($333,190)
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#3. Obstetricians and gynecologists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $322,640
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $296,210
- Employment: 21,570
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($377,980)
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($375,200)
--- Modesto, CA ($362,780)
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#2. Radiologists

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $356,060
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $301,720
- Employment: 29,530
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($370,570)
--- Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN ($358,680)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($358,450)
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San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
- Annual mean salary: $356,270
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $353,970
- Employment: 18,610
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($411,230)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($365,880)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($363,270)

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