/The 30 highest-paying jobs in Texas, where everythings bigger — including the salaries

The 30 highest-paying jobs in Texas, where everythings bigger — including the salaries

30. Aerospace engineers make an average of $128,330 a year.

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SpaceX launches its first super heavy-lift Starship SN8 rocket during a test from their facility in Boca Chica, Texas, on December 9, 2020.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 6,290

What they do, according to O*NET: Perform engineering duties in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft.

29. All other managers, all other personal service managers, and entertainment and recreation managers (except gambling) make an average of $129,120 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 28,530

This is a catchall occupation category that includes various manager positions. 

28. Human resources managers make an average of $129,770 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 11,140

What they do, according to O*NET: Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

27. Natural sciences managers make an average of $131,530 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 3,560

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

26. Postsecondary health specialties teachers make an average of $136,360 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 14,990

What they do, according to O*NET: They teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry and laboratory technology.

25. Purchasing managers make an average of $136,890 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 6,480

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of buyers, purchasing officers, and related workers involved in purchasing materials, products, and services. 

23. Air traffic controllers make an average of $139,530 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 1,920

What they do, according to O*NET: They control air traffic and authorize, regulate, and control commercial airline flights according to government or company regulations to expedite and ensure flight safety.

22. Lawyers make an average of $142,730 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 46,340

What they do, according to O*NET: They represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. 

21. Sales managers make an average of $147,690 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 31,830

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. They may also analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

20. Financial managers make an average of $148,860 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 46,340

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate financial activities of a branch, office, or department of an establishment.

17. Computer and information systems managers make an average of $158,010 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 29,970

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

15. Petroleum engineers make an average of $169,760 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 15,090

What they do, according to O*NET: They devise methods to improve oil and gas extraction and production, and determine the need for new or modified tool designs. Oversee drilling and offer technical advice.

14. General pediatricians make an average of $172,950 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 1,560

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent children’s diseases and injuries.

13. Dentists (all other specialists) make an average of $173,380 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 570

What they do, according to O*NET: This job category includes periodontists, pediatric dentists, and prosthodontists, among other dental specialists.

12. Architectural and engineering managers make an average of $173,550 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 15,400

What they do, according to O*NET: They plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering, or perform research and development in these fields.

11. Nurse anesthetists make an average of $180,380 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 2,960

What they do, according to O*NET: They administer anesthesia, monitor patient’s vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. 

9. General dentists make an average of $184,410 a year.

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A dentist performs a dental examination.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 8,480

What they do, according to O*NET: They examine, diagnose, and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums. 

7. Airline pilots, copilots, and flight engineers make an average of $194,100 a year.

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American Airlines is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 9,860

What they do, according to O*NET: They pilot and navigate the flight of fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft, usually on scheduled air carrier routes, for the transport of passengers and cargo. 

6. Obstetricians and gynecologists make an average of $194,430 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 1,740

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women.

6. Psychiatrists make an average of $195,970 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 1,550

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders of the mind.

4. Physicians and surgeons (all other) make an average of $213,950 a year.

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Emlyn Louis, MD speaks with Julia Herrera as he examines her at the Broward Community & Family Health Center on April 20, 2009 in Pompano Beach, Florida.


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Number of people employed in Texas: 21,420

What they do, according to O*NET: This job category includes allergists and immunologists, dermatologists, neurologists, pathologists, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, radiologists, and urologists.

3. Family medicine physicians make an average of $220,390 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 8,010

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. 

2. Surgeons make an average of $234,680 a year.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 3,290

What they do, according to O*NET: Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

1. Chief executives make an average of $239,060 a year.

Michael Dell, Dell's founder and CEO

Michael Dell, Dell’s founder and CEO. Dell is based in Round Rock, Texas.

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Number of people employed in Texas: 6,730

What they do, according to O*NET: Provide overall direction. They plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Method and data source

There has been a lot of interest in moving to Texas within the corporate world in the past year as well as among everyday Americans. A recent report from commercial real estate firm CBRE Group, which is headquartered in Texas, found that the number of moves from San Francisco to Texas increased by 32.1% in 2020 from 2019, although most moves from San Francisco stayed within California.

Jeff Tucker, a senior economist at Zillow, told Insider’s Natasha Solo-Lyons that the appeal of places like Austin comes from the city being “a burgeoning tech hub paying high wages, while still remaining much more affordable than coastal markets like San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle.”

Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics program, we found the 30 jobs with the highest average annual salaries in Texas as of May 2020, the most recently available data. Eight of the top 10 highest-paying jobs in the Lone Star State were medical professions, making it the most lucrative industry for Texans.

We also included a brief definition of the occupation, when available, from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) and the number of people employed as of May 2020 according to BLS data.

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