25 highest-paying jobs in Boston

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February 15, 2019
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25 highest-paying jobs in Boston

Careers in law, medicine, and business have long been considered paths to wealth. Digging into the nuances of a city’s labor landscape, however, reveals that each region has a blend of traditional industries and unique regional opportunities that provide a range of routes to a lucrative calling.

To help discover the top-paying jobs in the Boston metro, Stacker compiled 2017 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Zippia, which ranked occupations by their average annual salary. For each occupation, Stacker also included the entry level salary and the estimated number of workers employed within the metro area.

Some of these professions have humble starting salaries with serious upsides, with the potential to triple or even quadruple in time. Read on to discover the top earning occupations in the Boston area.

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Fletcher6 // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Advertising and promotions managers

- Average annual salary: $139,230
- Entry level salary: $64,980
- Total employment in Boston: 880

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Lisa Ferdinando // U.S. Department of Defense

#24. Compensation and benefits managers

- Average annual salary: $140,700
- Entry level salary: $71,650
- Total employment in Boston: 530

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Emmanuel Huybrechts // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers

- Average annual salary: $140,840
- Entry level salary: $58,690
- Total employment in Boston: 80

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"College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University" - Fletcher6 // Wikicommons

#22. Political science teachers, postsecondary

- Average annual salary: $140,930
- Entry level salary: $59,990
- Total employment in Boston: 450

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Stacey // Wikimedia Commons

#21. Podiatrists

- Average annual salary: $141,980
- Entry level salary: $57,980
- Total employment in Boston: 110

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#20. Marketing managers

- Average annual salary: $142,610
- Entry level salary: $78,820
- Total employment in Boston: 7,610

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ESB Professional // Shutterstock

#19. Financial managers

- Average annual salary: $143,000
- Entry level salary: $67,780
- Total employment in Boston: 17,030

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Serhii Bobyk // Shutterstock

#18. Nurse anesthetists

- Average annual salary: $143,230
- Entry level salary: $43,000
- Total employment in Boston: 700

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Marvent // Shutterstock

#17. General and operations managers

- Average annual salary: $147,910
- Entry level salary: $60,330
- Total employment in Boston: 34,850

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#16. Computer and information systems managers

- Average annual salary: $148,260
- Entry level salary: $88,290
- Total employment in Boston: 11,140

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Boston College Law School. // Evan Didier // Flickr

#15. Law teachers, postsecondary

- Average annual salary: $151,400
- Entry level salary: $55,110
- Total employment in Boston: 910

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#14. Sales managers

- Average annual salary: $154,150
- Entry level salary: $70,470
- Total employment in Boston: 8,690

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StFX // Wikicommons

#13. Economics teachers, postsecondary

- Average annual salary: $158,570
- Entry level salary: $58,940
- Total employment in Boston: 460

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#12. Lawyers

- Average annual salary: $164,230
- Entry level salary: $61,580
- Total employment in Boston: 12,970

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#11. Psychiatrists

- Average annual salary: $170,250
- Entry level salary: $46,470
- Total employment in Boston: 540

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U.S. Navy // Flickr

#10. Dentists, general

- Average annual salary: $171,140
- Entry level salary: $65,040
- Total employment in Boston: 1,900

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#9. Natural sciences managers

- Average annual salary: $179,190
- Entry level salary: $75,020
- Total employment in Boston: 2,510

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Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea A. Blom // U.S. Navy

#8. Family and general practitioners

- Average annual salary: $210,330
- Entry level salary: $111,770
- Total employment in Boston: 2,780

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Kraft Sports Productions // Flickr

#7. Chief executives

- Average annual salary: $218,090
- Entry level salary: $105,180
- Total employment in Boston: 7,180

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#6. Surgeons

- Average annual salary: $221,420
- Entry level salary: $62,560
- Total employment in Boston: 1,300

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#5. Internists, general

- Average annual salary: $234,080
- Entry level salary: $73,740
- Total employment in Boston: 1,060

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#4. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Average annual salary: $238,330
Entry level salary: $68,030
Total employment in Boston: 230

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Myfuture.com // Flickr

#3. Pediatricians, general

- Average annual salary: $239,940
- Entry level salary: $145,820
- Total employment in Boston: 840

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#2. Anesthesiologists

- Average annual salary: $243,100
- Entry level salary: $69,530
- Total employment in Boston: 620

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Milenafoto // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Orthodontists

- Average annual salary: $248,150
- Entry level salary: $70,560
- Total employment in Boston: 180

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