Highest-paying jobs in Grand Rapids

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July 8, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Grand Rapids

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, 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 Grand Rapids, the annual mean wage is $52,660 or 9.6% lower than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $292,010. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#49 (tie). Loan officers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $94,420
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,570
- Employment: 340,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($111,830)
--- Bend-Redmond, OR ($106,290)
--- Wilmington, NC ($104,930)
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#49 (tie). Political science teachers, postsecondary

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $94,420
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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. Personal financial advisors

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $94,640
- #244 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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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#47. Sales engineers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $95,560
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#46. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $96,020
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#45. Computer hardware engineers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $96,380
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#44. Education administrators, postsecondary

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $96,930
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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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#43. Detectives and criminal investigators

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $97,670
- #47 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $90,370
- Employment: 107,890
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,210)
--- Anchorage, AK ($127,070)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($123,460)
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#42. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $97,900
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#41. Administrative services managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $98,090
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#40. Database architects

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $99,020
- #96 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $121,840
- Employment: 50,440
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($187,070)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,830)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($156,530)
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#39. First-line supervisors of police and detectives

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $99,100
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#38. Construction managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $103,370
- #120 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 780

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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#37. Fundraising managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $103,540
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#36. Veterinarians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $104,630
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#35. Chemical engineers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $105,100
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $121,840
- Employment: 24,180
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($173,640)
--- Anchorage, AK ($159,010)
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($152,820)
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#34. Medical and health services managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $105,990
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,570

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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#33. Industrial production managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $107,630
- #231 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,170

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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#32. Computer network architects

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $108,850
- #100 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#31. Nurse practitioners

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $108,960
- #246 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#30. Physician assistants

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $109,040
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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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#29. Advertising and promotions managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $109,180
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#28. Commercial pilots

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $110,110
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#27. Training and development managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $111,410
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#26. General and operations managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $112,330
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,280

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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#25. Human resources managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $114,020
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 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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#24. Purchasing managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $120,300
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 360

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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#23. Nurse midwives

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $121,770
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#22. Optometrists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $122,290
- #89 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $125,440
- Employment: 38,720
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Wilmington, NC ($198,370)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($172,190)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($169,140)
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#21. Compensation and benefits managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $123,180
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20. Lawyers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $123,320
- #134 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,400

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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#19. Pharmacists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $123,900
- #156 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#18. Public relations managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $128,510
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#17. Sales managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $128,980
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,650

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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#16. Computer and information systems managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $130,190
- #194 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,230

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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#15. Financial managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $130,610
- #175 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,050

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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#14. Marketing managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $131,780
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#13. Architectural and engineering managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $132,660
- #229 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,130

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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#12. Natural sciences managers

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $136,120
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#11. Pediatricians, general

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $178,690
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#10. Nurse anesthetists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $185,910
- #66 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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. Dentists, general

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $196,360
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#8. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $214,160
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#7. General internal medicine physicians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $221,980
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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. Family medicine physicians

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $222,800
- #177 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#5. Neurologists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $244,770
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#4. Orthopedic surgeons, except pediatric

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $246,840
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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. Chief executives

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $256,390
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#2. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $261,460
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#1. Psychiatrists

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
- Annual mean salary: $292,010
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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