Highest-paying jobs in Norfolk

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April 20, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Norfolk

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, 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 Virginia Beach, the annual mean wage is $53,920 or 7.4% lower than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $294,790. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Commercial pilots

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $102,120
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#49. Veterinarians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $103,150
- #160 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#48. Training and development managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $103,310
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#47. Physicists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $104,140
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#46. Electronics engineers, except computer

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $106,890
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#45. Operations research analysts

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $107,010
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#44. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $107,020
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#43. General and operations managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $107,780
- #146 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 14,580

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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#42. Education administrators, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $108,150
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#41. Computer hardware engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $108,790
- #59 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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#40. Nurse practitioners

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $109,470
- #241 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,300

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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#39. Clinical and counseling psychologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $110,140
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#38. Software developers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,140
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,770

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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#37. Computer network architects

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,230
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

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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#36. Materials engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,630
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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National Eye Institute // Flickr

#35. Medical scientists, except epidemiologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,650
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $104,050
- Employment: 108,550
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($176,770)
--- Columbia, SC ($155,570)
--- Danbury, CT ($151,970)
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#33 (tie). Medical and health services managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,740
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,750

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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Ohiodominican // Wikimedia Commons

#33 (tie). Physician assistants

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,740
- #205 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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Rappaport Center // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Lawyers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $113,860
- #203 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,540

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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U.S. Department of State // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Atmospheric and space scientists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $113,870
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,880
- Employment: 8,520
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($118,860)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($118,420)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($114,860)

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#30. Database architects

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $114,450
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 340

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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#29. Fundraising managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $114,630
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#28. Optometrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $118,060
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#27. Sales engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $118,750
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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Financial Times // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Personal financial advisors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $121,310
- #77 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

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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#25. Industrial production managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $121,390
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#24. Medical dosimetrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $121,960
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#23. Aerospace engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $124,490
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 830

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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#22. Purchasing managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $125,230
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#21. Advertising and promotions managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $126,190
- #20 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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#20. Pharmacists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $127,970
- #95 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,380

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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#19. Human resources managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $129,160
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#18. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $130,690
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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Pixabay

#17. Compensation and benefits managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $131,070
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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Canva

#16. Sales managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $133,150
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#15. Natural sciences managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $133,450
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#14. Computer and information research scientists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $135,220
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#13. Marketing managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $140,800
- #78 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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Pixabay

#12. Architectural and engineering managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $142,420
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#11. Public relations managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $145,410
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#10. Computer and information systems managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $147,160
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,330

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. Financial managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $147,370
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,000

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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#8. Dentists, general

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $162,260
- #188 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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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#7. Nurse anesthetists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $199,580
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#6. Psychiatrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $221,900
- #75 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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Maurizio Pesce // flickr

#5. Chief executives

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $235,820
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 850

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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#4. Family medicine physicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $274,690
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#3. General internal medicine physicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $289,680
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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)
49 / 50
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#2. Orthopedic surgeons, except pediatric

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $294,370
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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)
50 / 50
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#1. Radiologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $294,790
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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