The highest-paying jobs in every state

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It’s no surprise that where you live can greatly impact your salary. But if you’re looking to increase your pay and don’t want to leave your state, a career change may be a better option.

In fact, so many Americans started leaving their jobs halfway through 2021 that analysts started dubbing this period of mass job departures as “The Great Resignation  .” In November 2021 alone, about 4.5 million Americans  left their jobs.

If you’re part of the Great Resignation (or are exploring this possibility), we’ve got some potentially good news: The Bureau of Labor Statistics1 recently released its State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates  .

This data shows just how much certain professions get paid, including the highest-paying professions by state (unsurprisingly, medical fields dominated the list). So if you’re looking for a career change or are just curious about which profession brings in the most bucks in your state, look no further than this list of the highest-paying jobs by state.

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1. Alabama

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $269,920

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2. Alaska

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians

Average Salary: $282,730

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3. Arizona

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $285,470

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4. Arkansas

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $258,940

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5. California

Career: Psychiatrists

Average Salary: $245,000

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6. Colorado

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $289,920

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7. Connecticut

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $275,520

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8. Delaware

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $245,570

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9. Florida

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $245,570

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10. Georgia

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $259,670

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11. Hawaii

Career: Physicians and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Average Salary: $263,200

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12. Idaho

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $253,460

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13. Illinois

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $271,280

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14. Indiana

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $282,310

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15. Iowa

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $291,670

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16. Kansas

Career: Psychiatrists

Average Salary: $281,410

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17. Kentucky

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $292,350

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18. Louisiana

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $287,840

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19. Maine

Career: Physicians and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric

Average Salary: $279,700

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20. Maryland

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $287,900

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21. Massachusetts

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $265,790

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22. Michigan

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $252,000

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23. Minnesota

Career: Psychiatrists

Average Salary: $278,380

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24. Mississippi

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $282,660

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25. Missouri

Career: Dentists, All Other Specialists

Average Salary: $270,760

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26. Montana

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $296,770

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27. Nebraska

Career: Psychiatrists

Average Salary: $268,200

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28. Nevada

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians

Average Salary: $277,340

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29. New Hampshire

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $278,350

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30. New Jersey

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $275,710

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31. New Mexico

Career: General Internal Medicine Physicians

Average Salary: $271,210

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32. New York

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $237,380

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33. North Carolina

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $279,300

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34. North Dakota

Career: Psychiatrists

Average Salary: $288,060

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35. Ohio

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $277,510

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36. Oklahoma

Career: Orthodontists

Average Salary: $286,050

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37. Oregon

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $293,170

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38. Pennsylvania

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $289,850

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39. Rhode Island

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $285,920

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40. South Carolina

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $295,380

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41. South Dakota

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $290,730

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42. Tennessee

Career: Anesthesiologists

Average Salary: $255,210

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43. Texas

Career: Chief Executives

Average Salary: $239,060

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44. Utah

Career: Pediatricians, General

Average Salary: $255,900

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45. Vermont

Career: Dentists, General

Average Salary: $254,190

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46. Virginia

Career: Orthodontists

Average Salary: $279,710

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47. Washington State

Career: Orthodontists

Average Salary: $277,050

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48. Washington, D.C.

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $286,160

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49. West Virginia

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $262,690

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50. Wisconsin

Career: Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Average Salary: $278,720

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51. Wyoming

Career: Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists

Average Salary: $279,830

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The takeaway

Many Americans are still participating in The Great Resignation in hopes of finding jobs that more closely match their career goals and evolving lifestyle needs. Other workers are seeking higher-paying jobs with better benefits, such as more flexible hours or the ability to work 100% remotely. If you fall into the latter category, this list of high-paying jobs could give you a better idea of what fields in your state have the highest salaries.

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