Highest-paying jobs in Lafayette

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July 8, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Lafayette

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Lafayette, LA, 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 Lafayette, the annual mean wage is $44,130 or 24.3% lower than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $216,960. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $72,670
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#49. Network and computer systems administrators

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $73,700
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,250
- Employment: 316,760
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($135,440)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($116,370)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($110,930)
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#48. Sales representatives, wholesale and manufacturing, technical and scientific products

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $74,230
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,750
- Employment: 266,160
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($150,760)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($141,470)
--- Iowa City, IA ($138,870)
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#47. Environmental engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $74,760
- #163 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $100,220
- Employment: 42,660
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($131,700)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,470)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($127,160)
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#46. Dental hygienists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $74,990
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,360
- Employment: 207,190
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($125,750)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($122,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($119,320)

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#45. Rotary drill operators, oil and gas

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $75,710
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,840
- Employment: 11,170
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($84,210)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($75,750)
--- Lafayette, LA ($75,710)
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#44. Computer programmers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $77,820
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,650
- Employment: 152,610
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($144,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,220)
--- Dalton, GA ($123,500)
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#43. Project management specialists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $78,680
- #299 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,420
- Employment: 743,860
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($133,950)
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($130,250)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($125,330)
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#42. Computer systems analysts

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $80,410
- #283 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,210
- Employment: 505,150
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($141,290)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($131,650)
--- Huntsville, AL ($118,690)
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#41. Software developers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $80,680
- #362 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#40. Electronics engineers, except computer

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $83,180
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,490
- Employment: 107,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($152,060)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($138,480)
--- Idaho Falls, ID ($136,310)
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#39. Civil engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $84,130
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,490
- Employment: 304,310
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($119,720)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($116,550)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($115,120)
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#38. Information security analysts

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $85,170
- #181 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $113,270
- Employment: 157,220
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($150,820)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($149,250)
--- Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA ($135,080)
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#37. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $86,360
- #265 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,580
- Employment: 144,640
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
--- Trenton, NJ ($144,620)
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#36. Medical and health services managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $86,370
- #378 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

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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#35. Electrical engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $87,340
- #275 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $107,890
- Employment: 186,020
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($148,870)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($133,640)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($124,680)
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#34. Management analysts

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $87,930
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $100,530
- Employment: 768,450
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($135,020)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($127,320)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($125,250)
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#33. Education administrators, postsecondary

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $88,000
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $111,260
- Employment: 155,990
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Corvallis, OR ($178,570)
--- Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($165,940)
--- Syracuse, NY ($164,660)
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#32. Architects, except landscape and naval

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $88,020
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,900
- Employment: 100,400
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Birmingham-Hoover, AL ($120,430)
--- Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL ($115,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,780)
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#31. Physical therapists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $88,160
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,920
- Employment: 225,350
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($123,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($118,370)
--- Midland, TX ($116,880)

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#30. Industrial engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $88,680
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,200
- Employment: 293,950
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($142,770)
--- Midland, TX ($129,440)
--- Billings, MT ($126,170)
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#29. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $89,550
- #46 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $103,550
- Employment: 23,620
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($161,290)
--- Corpus Christi, TX ($156,870)
--- Midland, TX ($156,270)
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#28. Occupational therapists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $89,730
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,470
- Employment: 127,830
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($121,190)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($113,210)
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($113,190)
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#27. First-line supervisors of non-retail sales workers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $92,720
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,320
- Employment: 243,920
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-South Portland, ME ($129,860)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($121,360)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($121,250)
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#26. Mechanical engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $92,980
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $97,000
- Employment: 278,240
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($137,540)
--- Baton Rouge, LA ($128,790)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($127,030)

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#25. Human resources managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $93,830
- #310 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#24. Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $94,100
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 400

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,330
- Employment: 33,490
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,420)
--- Anchorage, AK ($118,620)
--- New Orleans-Metairie, LA ($110,750)
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#23. Commercial pilots

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $94,900
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,080
- Employment: 42,770
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($185,920)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($184,260)
--- Savannah, GA ($177,450)
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#22. Administrative services managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $99,470
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $113,030
- Employment: 224,620
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,360)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($142,650)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($141,950)
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#21. Construction managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $102,020
- #139 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $108,210
- Employment: 284,750
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($160,710)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,050)
--- Napa, CA ($145,430)

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#20. Marketing managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $103,180
- #281 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. Sales engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $104,130
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#18. Personal financial advisors

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $104,350
- #179 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#17. Clinical and counseling psychologists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $105,300
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#16. Lawyers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $106,480
- #261 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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. Sales managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $106,990
- #330 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#14. Industrial production managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $107,540
- #233 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#13. Ship engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $108,770
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,910
- Employment: 7,650
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Lafayette, LA ($108,770)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,970)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,670)
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#12. Physician assistants

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $111,140
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#11. General and operations managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $114,680
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,260

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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#10. Computer and information systems managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $115,340
- #318 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#9. Pharmacists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $116,830
- #315 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#8. Financial managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $117,050
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 590

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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#7. Veterinarians

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $120,370
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $109,920
- Employment: 77,260
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($144,440)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($141,670)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($140,390)
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#6. Dentists, general

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $120,870
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#5. Petroleum engineers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $124,120
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#4. Nurse practitioners

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $125,270
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

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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#3. Nurse anesthetists

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $141,280
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#2. Architectural and engineering managers

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $149,330
- #98 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#1. Chief executives

Lafayette, LA
- Annual mean salary: $216,960
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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