Highest-paying jobs in Houston

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July 8, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Houston

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, 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 Houston, the annual mean wage is $57,790 or 0.8% lower than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $356,480. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Fundraising managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $123,540
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#49. Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $123,690
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $99,700
- Employment: 22,870
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($127,700)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($123,690)
--- Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($122,770)
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#48. Nurse practitioners

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $123,810
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,810

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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#47. Training and development managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $124,000
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 730

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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#46. Emergency management directors

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $124,780
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,800
- Employment: 10,320
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($142,000)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($124,780)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($123,170)

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#45. Mechanical engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $125,970
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,480

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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#44. Pharmacists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $126,510
- #112 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,820

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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#43. Operations research analysts

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $127,330
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,630

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,830
- Employment: 98,700
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($164,730)
--- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($127,330)
--- Austin-Round Rock, TX ($118,710)
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#42. Materials engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $128,070
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

National
- Annual mean salary: $101,950
- Employment: 21,530
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boulder, CO ($135,680)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($134,720)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($129,400)
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#41. Public relations managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $128,180
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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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#40. Computer hardware engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $128,300
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 740

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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#39. Environmental engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $131,700
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 910

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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#38. Astronomers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $132,810
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $139,410
- Employment: 1,930
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($145,820)
--- Boulder, CO ($139,090)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($136,250)
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#37. Aerospace engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $133,260
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $122,970
- Employment: 56,640
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA ($166,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($149,490)
--- Boulder, CO ($148,990)
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#36. Industrial production managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $136,080
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,590

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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#35. Sales managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $137,260
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,040

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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#34. Human resources managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $139,850
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,950

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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#33. Law teachers, postsecondary

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $141,790
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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. Marketing managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $142,100
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,370

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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#31. Compensation and benefits managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $142,820
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#30. Purchasing managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $143,730
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,670

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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#29. Computer and information research scientists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $145,380
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#28. Computer and information systems managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $158,760
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,630

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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#27. Petroleum engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $159,790
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,850

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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#26. Dentists, general

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $159,970
- #198 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,040

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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#25. Lawyers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $160,120
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,090

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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#24. Geoscientists, except hydrologists and geographers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $161,290
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,700

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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#23. Financial managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $161,510
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,050

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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#22. Family medicine physicians

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $172,550
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#21. Chemical engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $173,640
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,890

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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#20. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $177,780
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,340

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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#19. Architectural and engineering managers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $182,830
- #5 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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#18. Physicists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $188,250
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#17. Athletes and sports competitors

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $188,480
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,930
- Employment: 12,320
- Entry level education requirements: No formal educational credential
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ($212,500)
--- Cleveland-Elyria, OH ($210,210)
--- Columbus, OH ($201,290)
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#16. Podiatrists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $190,670
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#15. Nurse anesthetists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $203,990
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

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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#14. Neurologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $208,360
- #19 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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#13. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $216,670
- #36 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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#12. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $219,810
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $219,980
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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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#10. Radiologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $220,360
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#9. Psychiatrists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $223,610
- #74 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#8. Anesthesiologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $227,190
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

National
- Annual mean salary: $331,190
- Employment: 31,130
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Billings, MT ($367,320)
--- Tallahassee, FL ($363,190)
--- Fort Wayne, IN ($358,430)
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#7. Physicians, pathologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $256,860
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#6. Orthopedic surgeons, except pediatric

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $267,060
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#5. General internal medicine physicians

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $289,390
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,280

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. Pediatricians, general

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $291,940
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,590

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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#3. Chief executives

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $298,960
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,250

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. Dermatologists

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $304,460
- #14 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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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX
- Annual mean salary: $356,480
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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