LIST: Top 50 highest-paying jobs in Hampton Roads

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(STACKER) — If you’re in the market for a new job or considering a career change, you may want to know which jobs pay the best. Or you may just be curious about how much your friends make. Whatever your reason, we have the answer to your questions about the highest-paying jobs in the Hampton Roads region.

Stacker, a media company that specializes in telling stories with data, collected this information for the Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News market, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The top 50 jobs are ranked by average annual salary with information up to date as of May 2019.

In Virginia Beach, the annual mean wage is $49,620 or 7.2% lower than national mean of $53,490, while the highest-paying occupation makes $260,520.

Read on to see which jobs make the list.

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50. Electrical engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $94,910
  • #141 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,190

National

  • Annual mean salary: $103,480
  • Employment: 185,570
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($138,450)
    — Salinas, CA ($129,850)
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria ($128,080)
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49. Software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $94,940
  • #158 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 5,450

National

  • Annual mean salary: $111,620
  • Employment: 1,406,870
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($145,730)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($145,250)
    — Seattle-Tacoma–Bellevue, WA ($134,090)
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48. Nurse midwives

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $95,640
  • #37 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $108,810
  • Employment: 6,930
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($163,020)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($156,450)
    — San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($130,140)
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47. Electronics engineers, except computer

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $97,200
  • #94 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 950

National

  • Annual mean salary: $110,210
  • Employment: 128,800
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($141,660)
    — Santa Rosa, CA ($132,600)
    — Austin-Round Rock, TX ($130,890)
Photo credit: Jacob Lund // Shutterstock

#46. Education administrators, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $97,350
  • #142 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 620

National

  • Annual mean salary: $112,400
  • Employment: 144,880
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Ithaca, NY ($186,580)
    — Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($180,620)
    — Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($170,400)
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#45. Audiologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $97,880
  • #10 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $83,900
  • Employment: 13,590
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    —Reno, NV ($146,950)
    — Fresno, CA ($131,270)
    — Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($120,440)
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#44. Information security analysts

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $98,180
  • #65 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,120

National

  • Annual mean salary: $104,210
  • Employment: 125,570
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($133,040)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($127,850)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($122,570)
Photo credit: Jacob Lund // Shutterstock

#43. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $98,470
  • #30 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 90

National

  • Annual mean salary: $101,110
  • Employment: 13,780
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — College Station-Bryan, TX ($148,240)
    — San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($144,430)
    — Rochester, NY ($144,220)
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#42. Business teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $98,980
  • #57 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 550

National

  • Annual mean salary: $105,440
  • Employment: 83,920
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — College Station-Bryan, TX ($177,360)
    — Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,210)
    — Tuscaloosa, AL ($141,870)
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#41. Physician assistants

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $99,970
  • #248 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 530

National

  • Annual mean salary: $112,410
  • Employment: 120,090
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Salinas, CA ($161,370)
    — Leominster-Gardner, MA ($156,250)
    — Waterbury, CT ($154,550)
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#40. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $103,360
  • #84 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 480

National

  • Annual mean salary: $103,320
  • Employment: 132,040
  • Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($151,260)
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($144,220)
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($139,860)
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#39. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $103,690
  • #22 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 110

National

  • Annual mean salary: $102,690
  • Employment: 11,020
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA ($147,800)
    — Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($146,430)
    — Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($138,680)
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#38. Medical and health services managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $105,920
  • #189 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,400

National

  • Annual mean salary: $115,160
  • Employment: 394,910
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($163,280)
    — Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($159,190)
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,570)
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#37. Nurse practitioners

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $107,100
  • #191 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,040

National

  • Annual mean salary: $111,840
  • Employment: 200,600
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($175,060)
    — Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA ($160,110)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($157,150)
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#36. Computer hardware engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $107,660
  • #47 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 250

National

  • Annual mean salary: $123,030
  • Employment: 67,880
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($161,210)
    — Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($149,740)
    — Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($142,820)
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#35. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $107,850
  • #28 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 90

National

  • Annual mean salary: $119,160
  • Employment: 13,270
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — College Station-Bryan, TX ($169,320)
    — San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($162,330)
    — Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($161,460)
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#34. Construction managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $108,540
  • #72 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,230

National

  • Annual mean salary: $105,000
  • Employment: 293,380
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($160,500)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($148,140)
    — Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($146,820)
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#33. Natural sciences managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $109,160
  • #99 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 150

National

  • Annual mean salary: $145,450
  • Employment: 67,720
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($222,530)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($208,910)
    — Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($206,710)
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#32. Sales engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $109,520
  • #54 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 210

National

  • Annual mean salary: $112,780
  • Employment: 63,550
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($158,150)
    — Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($156,600)
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($153,860)
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#31. Veterinarians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $111,250
  • #76 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 540

National

  • Annual mean salary: $104,820
  • Employment: 74,540
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Sherman-Denison, TX ($210,960)
    — Lubbock, TX ($176,730)
    — Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($161,230)
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#30. Computer network architects

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $113,130
  • #44 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 860

National

  • Annual mean salary: $115,110
  • Employment: 152,420
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($152,400)
    — Dover-Durham, NH-ME ($151,650)
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($142,100)
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#29. Podiatrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $113,540
  • #49 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $142,680
  • Employment: 9,770
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC ($222,760)
    — Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($206,190)
    — Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, PA ($200,200)
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#28. General and operations managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $116,450
  • #109 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 10,060

National

  • Annual mean salary: $123,030
  • Employment: 2,400,280
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($189,060)
    — Trenton, NJ ($173,050)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($167,160)
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#27. Industrial production managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $117,030
  • #110 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 530

National

  • Annual mean salary: $115,110
  • Employment: 185,790
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Florence, SC ($158,000)
    — Boulder, CO ($149,990)
    — Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX ($149,500)
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#26. Optometrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $117,210
  • #98 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 320

National

  • Annual mean salary: $122,980
  • Employment: 39,420
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Champaign-Urbana, IL ($238,460)
    — Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($210,490)
    — Evansville, IN-KY ($183,380)
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#25. Law teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $118,830
  • #16 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 150

National

  • Annual mean salary: $129,950
  • Employment: 16,180
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Tallahassee, FL ($174,030)
    — Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI ($168,420)
    — San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($155,710)
Photo credit: IBM Research // Flickr

#24. Aerospace engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $119,190
  • #19 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 810

National

  • Annual mean salary: $119,220
  • Employment: 63,200
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($144,090)
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($139,560)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($135,230)
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#23. Materials engineers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $119,490
  • #5 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 160

National

  • Annual mean salary: $97,890
  • Employment: 26,820
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($127,690)
    — Boulder, CO ($127,260)
    — Albuquerque, NM ($126,970)
Photo credit: U.S. Department of State // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Atmospheric and space scientists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $120,170
  • #2 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 50

National

  • Annual mean salary: $97,160
  • Employment: 9,290
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($135,520)
    — Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ($120,170)
    — Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA ($119,660)
Photo credit: Chatham House // Flickr

#21. Political scientists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $122,940
  • #4 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 60

National

  • Annual mean salary: $120,260
  • Employment: 6,010
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ($153,170)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($134,000)
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($125,710)
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#20. Purchasing managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $125,010
  • #58 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 360

National

  • Annual mean salary: $128,400
  • Employment: 72,100
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($171,560)
    — Morgantown, WV ($163,830)
    — Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO ($160,620)
Photo credit: Jacob Lund // Shutterstock

#19. Human resources managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $125,450
  • #62 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 580

National

  • Annual mean salary: $129,570
  • Employment: 154,800
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($196,900)
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($174,390)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($170,070)
Photo credit: Rappaport Center // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Lawyers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $126,010
  • #84 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 2,400

National

  • Annual mean salary: $145,300
  • Employment: 657,170
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($218,420)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($188,910)
    — Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($179,590)
Photo credit: Grace Nichols // U.S. Air Force

#17. Pharmacists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $129,700
  • #124 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,300

National

  • Annual mean salary: $125,510
  • Employment: 311,200
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Tyler, TX ($161,790)
    — Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($158,250)
    — Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA ($157,850)
Photo credit: Canva

#16. Sales managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $134,360
  • #110 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,040

National

  • Annual mean salary: $141,690
  • Employment: 402,600
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($195,220)
    — Trenton, NJ ($178,020)
    — Portsmouth, NH-ME ($175,500)
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#15. Training and development managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $134,430
  • #17 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 180

National

  • Annual mean salary: $123,470
  • Employment: 38,510
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($168,900)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($167,850)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($152,380)
Photo credit: Pixabay

#14. Compensation and benefits managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $134,700
  • #20 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 40

National

  • Annual mean salary: $134,210
  • Employment: 16,900
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($181,770)
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($179,430)
    — New Haven, CT ($179,310)
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#13. Marketing managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $138,500
  • #78 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 530

National

  • Annual mean salary: $149,200
  • Employment: 263,680
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($199,710)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($188,810)
    — Boulder, CO ($183,460)
Photo credit: Canva

#12. Financial managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $138,820
  • #77 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 2,100

National

  • Annual mean salary: $147,530
  • Employment: 654,790
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($208,770)
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($203,430)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($182,190)
Photo credit: Almonroth // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Computer and information systems managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $145,220
  • #50 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 1,500

National

  • Annual mean salary: $156,390
  • Employment: 433,960
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($215,090)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($201,960)
    — New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($196,290)
Photo credit: Pixabay

#10. Architectural and engineering managers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $147,410
  • #84 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 800

National

  • Annual mean salary: $152,930
  • Employment: 194,250
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($203,310)
    — Amarillo, TX ($198,010)
    — Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($188,210)
Photo credit: Financial Times // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Personal financial advisors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $154,490
  • #8 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 570

National

  • Annual mean salary: $119,290
  • Employment: 210,190
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Montgomery, AL ($178,100)
    — Santa Fe, NM ($173,970)
    — San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($171,370)
Photo credit: Canva

#8. Dentists, general

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $176,720
  • #161 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 810

National

  • Annual mean salary: $178,260
  • Employment: 110,730
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Burlington, NC ($278,360)
    — Burlington-South Burlington, VT ($275,430)
    — Longview, TX ($272,440)
Photo credit: Canva

#7. Anesthesiologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $183,180
  • #32 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 70

National

  • Annual mean salary: $261,730
  • Employment: 31,010
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($283,660)
    — Tulsa, OK ($281,080)
    — Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($276,350)
Photo credit: Canva

#6. Nurse anesthetists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $188,840
  • #37 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 110

National

  • Annual mean salary: $181,040
  • Employment: 43,570
  • Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Toledo, OH ($266,260)
    — San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($254,860)
    — Columbus, GA-AL ($247,540)
Photo credit: LightField Studios // Shutterstock

#5. Psychiatrists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $192,130
  • #79 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $220,430
  • Employment: 25,530
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($282,400)
    — San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($280,270)
    — Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($280,200)
Photo credit: Maurizio Pesce // flickr

#4. Chief executives

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $203,210
  • #93 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 850

National

  • Annual mean salary: $193,850
  • Employment: 205,890
  • Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($270,040)
    — Sioux Falls, SD ($264,330)
    — Midland, TX ($258,760)
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#3. Family medicine physicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $217,520
  • #140 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: 740

National

  • Annual mean salary: $213,270
  • Employment: 109,370
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Racine, WI ($286,030)
    — Jacksonville, NC ($282,580)
    — Gadsden, AL ($281,430)
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#2. Obstetricians and gynecologists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $247,070
  • #28 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $233,610
  • Employment: 18,620
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Fayetteville, NC ($284,520)
    — Akron, OH ($282,650)
    — Albuquerque, NM ($281,800)
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#1. General internal medicine physicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

  • Annual mean salary: $260,520
  • #15 highest pay among all metros
  • Employment: data not available

National

  • Annual mean salary: $201,440
  • Employment: 44,610
  • Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
  • Metros with highest average pay:
    — Sioux Falls, SD ($282,610)
    — Rapid City, SD ($280,990)
    — Barnstable Town, MA ($280,500)

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