Highest-paying jobs in Chicago

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April 20, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Chicago

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, 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 Chicago, the annual mean wage is $61,860 or 6.2% higher than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $348,500. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Sociologists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $117,170
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,260
- Employment: 2,640
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($129,870)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($117,170)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($109,760)
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#49. Nurse midwives

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $118,030
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $114,210
- Employment: 7,750
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Charleston, WV ($169,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($162,800)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($157,570)
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#48. Art directors

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $118,340
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,640

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,430
- Employment: 42,080
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($163,790)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($157,310)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($146,040)
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#47. Physician assistants

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $119,140
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,730

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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#46. Personal financial advisors

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $120,580
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,960
- Employment: 263,030
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Barnstable Town, MA ($172,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,010)
--- East Stroudsburg, PA ($158,790)

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#45. Pharmacists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $120,950
- #222 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,760

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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#44. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $122,600
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,250

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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#43. Nurse practitioners

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $122,950
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,960

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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#42. Nuclear engineers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $123,550
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $121,760
- Employment: 12,670
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($153,790)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($143,500)
--- Niles-Benton Harbor, MI ($141,090)
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#41. Computer and information research scientists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $124,000
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#40. Industrial production managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $125,200
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,440

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. Sales engineers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $125,940
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

National
- Annual mean salary: $118,630
- Employment: 59,550
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salisbury, MD-DE ($169,330)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($158,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($158,320)
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#38. General and operations managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $125,990
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 104,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,250
- Employment: 2,984,920
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($165,340)
--- Trenton, NJ ($165,030)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($159,210)
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#37. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $126,270
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,610

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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#36. Medical dosimetrists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $127,490
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,750
- Employment: 2,400
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($144,120)
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($140,710)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($140,300)

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#35. Economists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $127,640
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $120,830
- Employment: 15,640
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($162,870)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,320)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($156,360)
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#34. Computer network architects

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $127,660
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,970

National
- Annual mean salary: $120,650
- Employment: 168,830
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($177,600)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($152,900)
--- Rapid City, SD ($145,810)
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#33. Medical and health services managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $130,450
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,840
- Employment: 436,770
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($162,110)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($157,340)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($156,370)
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#32. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $131,750
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#31. Training and development managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $132,900
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

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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#30. Podiatrists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $133,270
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#29. Public relations managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $133,480
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,470

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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#28. Dentists, general

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $134,770
- #295 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,140

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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#27. Human resources managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $134,890
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,590

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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#26. Purchasing managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $135,270
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,820

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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#25. Physicists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $137,660
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#24. Natural sciences managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $140,000
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,930

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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#23. Compensation and benefits managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $141,340
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#22. Marketing managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $142,720
- #68 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 18,600

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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#21. Sales managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $146,560
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 23,660

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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#20. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $147,060
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#19. Financial managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $149,950
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 32,150

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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#18. Petroleum engineers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $150,070
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $145,720
- Employment: 22,100
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($214,700)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($175,590)
--- Anchorage, AK ($169,650)
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#17. Law teachers, postsecondary

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $152,190
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#16. Architectural and engineering managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $153,430
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,730

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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#15. Lawyers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $153,930
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 26,170

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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#14. Computer and information systems managers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $157,220
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 15,130

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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#13. Air traffic controllers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $158,210
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $127,920
- Employment: 21,230
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($158,210)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($154,180)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($153,770)
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#12. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $195,020
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,540

National
- Annual mean salary: $198,190
- Employment: 81,310
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($255,250)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($243,380)
--- Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL ($242,540)
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#11. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $200,980
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,520
- Employment: 27,790
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($225,610)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($208,310)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($200,980)

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#10. Nurse anesthetists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $233,990
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $202,470
- Employment: 43,950
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Springfield, IL ($298,890)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($283,550)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($276,810)
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#9. Chief executives

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $250,860
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,860

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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#8. Family medicine physicians

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $252,490
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,010

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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#7. General internal medicine physicians

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $281,220
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 640

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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#6. Psychiatrists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $286,250
- #23 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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#5. Physicians, pathologists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $315,680
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $267,180
- Employment: 11,010
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lexington-Fayette, KY ($351,450)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($344,900)
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($341,360)
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#4. Orthopedic surgeons, except pediatric

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $317,560
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $306,220
- Employment: 16,260
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($366,650)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($364,290)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($354,880)
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#3. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $318,280
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#2. Dermatologists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $340,840
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $302,740
- Employment: 9,230
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL ($352,500)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($349,550)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($340,840)
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#1. Neurologists

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
- Annual mean salary: $348,500
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $267,660
- Employment: 7,120
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Trenton, NJ ($350,140)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($348,500)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($346,670)

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