Highest-paying jobs in Washington, D.C.

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April 20, 2022
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Highest-paying jobs in Washington, D.C.

Stacker collected information on the highest-paying jobs in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, 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 Washington, the annual mean wage is $80,480 or 38.1% higher than national mean of $58,260, while the highest-paying occupation makes $411,230. Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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#50. Mathematicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $137,090
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $112,430
- Employment: 1,770
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($137,090)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($129,590)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($123,350)
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#49. Economists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $137,320
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $120,830
- Employment: 15,640
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($162,870)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($161,320)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($156,360)
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#48. Physicists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $137,960
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,930

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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#47. Advertising and promotions managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $138,040
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#46. Commercial pilots

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $138,770
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#45. Personal financial advisors

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

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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#44. Optometrists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $140,020
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#43. Medical and health services managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $140,860
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,410

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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#42. Computer hardware engineers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $140,970
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,230

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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#41. Computer network architects

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $142,040
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,330

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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#40. Industrial production managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $142,340
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 710

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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#39. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $143,710
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#38. Air traffic controllers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $144,560
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,340

National
- Annual mean salary: $127,920
- Employment: 21,230
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($158,210)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($154,180)
--- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($153,770)
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#37. Training and development managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $144,600
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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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#36. Aerospace engineers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $145,140
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,770

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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#35. Fundraising managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $146,820
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#34. General and operations managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $148,580
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 84,050

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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#33. Law teachers, postsecondary

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $149,590
- #5 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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. Compensation and benefits managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $149,620
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#31. Purchasing managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $152,040
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,200

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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#30. Sales engineers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $152,200
- #4 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,170

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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#29. Natural sciences managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $158,110
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,570

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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#28. Architectural and engineering managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $159,740
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,620

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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#27. Human resources managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $160,790
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,620

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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#26. Podiatrists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $161,090
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#25. Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $161,360
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $142,520
- Employment: 27,790
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($225,610)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($208,310)
--- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI ($200,980)
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#24. Sales managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $163,320
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,220

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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#23. Marketing managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $172,240
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,780

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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#22. Financial managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $173,050
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 21,190

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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#21. Dentists, general

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $174,000
- #127 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,260

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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#20. Computer and information systems managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $177,460
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,620

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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#19. Public relations managers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $182,890
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,310

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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#18. Pediatricians, general

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $185,400
- #60 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#17. Lawyers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $186,610
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 44,250

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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#16. General internal medicine physicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $207,100
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,980

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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#15. Physicians, pathologists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $211,170
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#14. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $214,320
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,570

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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#13. Psychiatrists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $223,720
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#12. Nurse anesthetists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $237,860
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#11. Chief executives

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $259,960
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 9,100

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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#10. Family medicine physicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $270,280
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

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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#9. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $271,450
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#8. Radiologists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $303,720
- #25 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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#7. Orthopedic surgeons, except pediatric

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $317,500
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#6. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $318,610
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $311,460
- Employment: 5,330
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Memphis, TN-MS-AR ($338,150)
--- Lexington-Fayette, KY ($327,280)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($318,610)

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#5. Ophthalmologists, except pediatric

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $325,990
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#4. Emergency medicine physicians

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $343,850
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,010

National
- Annual mean salary: $310,640
- Employment: 36,180
- Entry level education requirements: nan
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ($368,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($357,650)
--- Richmond, VA ($357,130)
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#3. Neurologists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $346,670
- #3 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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#2. Orthodontists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $348,850
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $267,280
- Employment: 5,140
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($348,850)
--- Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($330,490)
--- St. Louis, MO-IL ($288,640)
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#1. Cardiologists

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
- Annual mean salary: $411,230
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

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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