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26 jobs with average salary over $175,000

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  • Texas is experiencing a strong labor market, with record employment numbers.
  • Business Insider analyzed data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to see what wages look like in Texas.
  • The highest-paying jobs in Texas are athletes and sports competitors, but about two dozen jobs pay more than $175,000 on average.

Texas has a booming job market.

March data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the state has a record number of people in the workforce and a record number of jobs.

As of June 2023, the unemployment rate in Texas has been consistently 3.9%, and the rate has been near or at the national unemployment rate for 2024 so far. Additionally, the state added more than 80,000 jobs in the first three months of the year.

Amid a strong job market and with around 15.2 million people in the Texas workforce, Business Insider decided to take a look at what salary opportunities are like in the state based on recently released data.

About two dozen jobs in Texas pay an average of more than $175,000, including architectural and engineering managers, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and athletes and other sports competitors.

This is based on average annual salary data of the May 2023 Employment and Wage Statistics Estimates published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BI focused on papers that had data available for Texas as of that publication. While pediatric surgeon is a high-paying job in the state, we did not include it in our rankings below because it did not have a specific estimate listed.

Below are the highest-paying jobs in Texas along with their average annual salaries and employment estimates in the state.

26. Teachers of post-secondary health specialties.

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Average annual salary: $176,430

Employment Estimate: 25,650

25. Lawyers

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Average annual salary: $177,890

Employment Estimate: 45,950

24. Commercial pilots

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Average annual salary: $180,660

Employment Estimate: 6,360

23. Architecture and engineering directors

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Average annual salary: $185,320

Employment Estimate: 18,540

22. Podiatrists

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Average annual salary: $201,210

Employment Estimate: 260

21. Psychiatrists

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Average annual salary: $205,270

Employment Estimate: 1,040

20. Family medicine doctors

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Average annual salary: $214,720

Employment Estimate: 5,920

19. Nurse Anesthetists

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Average annual salary: $216,280

Employment Estimate: 5,390

18. dentists

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Average annual salary: $220,000

Employment Estimate: 10,910

17. General internal medicine doctors

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Average annual salary: $224,640

Employment Estimate: 2,690

16. Pediatricians

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Average annual salary: $225,220

Employment Estimate: 2,530

15. Airline pilots, co-pilots and flight engineers

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Average annual salary: $227,380

Employment Estimate: 7,800

14. Doctors (all others)

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Average annual salary: $239,840

Employment Estimate: 28,660

13. Anesthesiologists

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Average annual salary: $257,220

Employment Estimate: 1,370

12. Emergency doctors

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Average annual salary: $257,890

Employment Estimate: Not available

11. Neurologists

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Average annual salary: $275,700

Employment Estimate: 640

10. Dermatologists

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Average annual salary: $276,120

Employment Estimate: 730

9. Surgeons (all others)

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Average annual salary: $276,680

Employment Estimate: 1,680

8. pathologists

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Average annual salary: $278,140

Employment Estimate: 890

7. Dentists (all other specialists)

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Average annual salary: $287,240

Employment Estimate: Not available

6. Obstetricians and gynecologists

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Average annual salary: $287,330

Employment Estimate: 910

5. Ophthalmologists (except pediatric)

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Average annual salary: $291,320

Employment Estimate: 1,260

4. CEOs

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Average annual salary: $298,140

Employment Estimate: 6,970

3. Cardiologists

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Average annual salary: $323,310

Employment Estimate: 1,150

2. Radiologists

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Average annual salary: $327,850

Employment Estimate: 1,830

1. Athletes and sports competitors

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Average annual salary: $368,110

Employment Estimate: 2,760