Highest-paying business jobs in Washington, D.C.

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November 30, 2022
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Highest-paying business jobs in Washington, D.C.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest paying business jobs in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV metro area using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Jobs the BLS lists as "business and financial operations occupations" were included. Keep reading to discover the highest paying business jobs in your city.

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#27. Tax preparers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $54,590
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $51,080
- Employment: 83,190
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Anchorage, AK ($81,880)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($79,470)
--- Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($73,170)
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#26. Credit counselors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $59,730
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 720

National
- Annual mean salary: $50,430
- Employment: 31,230
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($74,570)
--- Lincoln, NE ($69,990)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($66,410)
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#25. Meeting, convention, and event planners

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $69,020
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,430

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,850
- Employment: 98,150
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($82,140)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($79,790)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,740)
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#24. Insurance underwriters

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $73,710
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,330

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,940
- Employment: 107,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($121,000)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($108,990)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($103,150)
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#23. Insurance appraisers, auto damage

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $73,900
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,180
- Employment: 11,430
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($89,810)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($86,970)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($86,050)

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#22. Fundraisers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $74,410
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,870
- Employment: 82,080
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($91,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($86,070)
--- Salinas, CA ($83,760)
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#21. Claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $77,910
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,770

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,960
- Employment: 278,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($104,350)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($95,200)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,800)
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#20. Training and development specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $78,410
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,500

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,620
- Employment: 336,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Dothan, AL ($111,580)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($94,720)
--- Decatur, AL ($94,650)
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#19. Cost estimators

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $83,400
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,280

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,740
- Employment: 208,950
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($104,660)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($99,450)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,550)
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#18. Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $83,460
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,200
- Employment: 52,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Stockton-Lodi, CA ($102,470)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($99,710)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($98,850)

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#17. Compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $85,460
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,140

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,810
- Employment: 87,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,980)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($97,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($96,830)
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#16. Market research analysts and marketing specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $86,440
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 20,060

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,080
- Employment: 727,540
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($119,180)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($108,370)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($99,510)
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#15. Human resources specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $91,400
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 26,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,720
- Employment: 740,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($102,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($95,460)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($91,400)
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#14. Compliance officers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $93,340
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,720

National
- Annual mean salary: $75,810
- Employment: 334,340
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($103,650)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($99,460)
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($96,030)
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#13. Credit analysts

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $93,370
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,050

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,030
- Employment: 68,770
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($128,950)
--- Danbury, CT ($121,560)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($117,860)

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#12. Labor relations specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $96,240
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 800

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,070
- Employment: 63,810
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Urban Honolulu, HI ($104,620)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($98,470)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($97,520)
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#11. Logisticians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $97,470
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,230
- Employment: 189,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- California-Lexington Park, MD ($115,100)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($111,740)
--- Kokomo, IN ($101,310)
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#10. Loan officers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $99,500
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,250

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,570
- Employment: 340,170
- 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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#9. Accountants and auditors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $99,640
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 41,850

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,980
- Employment: 1,318,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($112,830)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($109,330)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($107,540)
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#8. Budget analysts

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $106,380
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,240
- Employment: 47,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($114,670)
--- Iowa City, IA ($108,870)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($106,380)

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#7. Financial and investment analysts

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $109,700
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $103,020
- Employment: 291,880
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($135,620)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($133,640)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($132,820)
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#6. Management analysts

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $113,420
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 64,320

National
- Annual mean salary: $100,530
- Employment: 768,450
- 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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#5. Project management specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $114,540
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 29,870

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,420
- Employment: 743,860
- 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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#4. Financial risk specialists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $114,710
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,510

National
- Annual mean salary: $110,610
- Employment: 54,320
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($146,590)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($141,890)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($141,590)
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#3. Financial examiners

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $125,590
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,460

National
- Annual mean salary: $96,180
- Employment: 60,750
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($128,280)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($125,590)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($124,070)

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#2. Agents and business managers of artists, performers, and athletes

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $131,780
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $116,410
- Employment: 12,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($132,660)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($131,780)
--- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($131,330)
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#1. Personal financial advisors

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $139,260
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,960
- Employment: 263,030
- 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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