These Maps Show The Highest and Lowest Paying Jobs in All 50 States

America might be the home of the brave, but when it comes to jobs and income, it isn’t exactly the most equal place in the world. Browsing the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website, the career guide Zippia compiled a map of the highest and lowest paying jobs in all 50 states. Using stats from 2015, the maps paint an interesting portrait of who earns the most and barely scrapes by in this country.

The largest takeaway from the project: Go to medical school, if you can afford it. Across all 50 states, medical professionals with a high degree of training earn far and away the most money. Anesthesiologists and surgeons dominate much of the map, while OB/GYNs, internists, dentists and orthodontists round out the remaining top spots. The ultimate earners here are anesthesiologists in North Dakota. That cohort earns $283,200 a year -- which seems pretty great, given the relatively low cost of living in the state.


As far as low paying jobs are concerned, there’s a glut of service jobs, the lion’s share characterized by those in the food and restaurant industry. Unfortunately, those jobs aren’t front-of-the-house positions that bring in tips, such as bartending and serving. Rather, line-cooking jobs in the fast food sector dot much of the landscape. There’s also gigs with titles such as shampooer, gaming dealer, and usher -- the duties of which aren’t really specified, but it’s easy enough to imagine those responsibilities. The lowest paying job found by Zippia is a shampooer position in Wisconsin, the salary of which is a paltry $16,960.


Take a look at the highest paying jobs in list form below:

  • Alaska: $235,600, Family And General Practitioners
  • Alabama: $250,340, Internists
  • Arkansas: $265,360, Internists
  • Alaska: $235,600, Family And General Practitioners
  • Alabama: $250,340, Internists
  • Arkansas: $265,360, Internists
  • Arizona: $256,760, Surgeons
  • California: $264,040, Anesthesiologists
  • Colorado: $281,470, Orthodontists
  • Connecticut: $257,710, Anesthesiologists
  • Delaware: $247,540Ob/Gyn
  • Florida: $250,880, Surgeons
  • Georgia: $271,420, Surgeons
  • Hawaii: $268,140, Podiatrists
  • Iowa: $280,020, Anesthesiologists
  • Idaho: $256,950, Dentists
  • Illinois: $248,420, Surgeons
  • Indiana: $261,750Anesthesiologists
  • Kansas: $240,600, Surgeons
  • Kentucky: $265,520, Surgeons
  • Louisiana: $263,740, Anesthesiologists
  • Massachusetts: $268,670, Oral Surgeons
  • Maryland: $272,420, Anesthesiologists
  • Maine: $279,390Ob/Gyn
  • Michigan: $245,150Surgeons
  • Minnesota: $272,660Orthodontists
  • Missouri: $277,690, Oral Surgeons
  • Mississippi: $272,010, Orthodontists
  • Montana: 246,120, Ob/Gyn
  • North Carolina: $269,760, Surgeons
  • North Dakota: $283,200, Anesthesiologists
  • Nebraska: $280,830, Surgeons
  • New Hampshire: $260,230Ob/Gyn
  • New Jersey: 270,790, Surgeons
  • New Mexico: $233,710, Internists
  • Nevada: $278,550, Surgeons
  • New York: $257,040 Anesthesiologists
  • Ohio: $258,960, Anesthesiologists
  • Oklahoma: $251,350, Orthodontists
  • Oregon: $238,260, Dentists
  • Pennsylvania: $258,610, Anesthesiologists
  • Rhode Island: $215,280, Chief Executives
  • South Carolina: $259,920, Surgeons
  • South Dakota: $279,300, Anesthesiologists
  • Tennessee: $239,620, Surgeons
  • Texas: $265,460, Orthodontists
  • Utah: $244,500, Ob/Gyn
  • Virginia: $247,800, Surgeons
  • Vermont: $232,110, Surgeons
  • Washington: $256,100, Anesthesiologists
  • Wisconsin: $245,940, Surgeons
  • West Virginia: $262,830, Anesthesiologists
  • Wyoming: $241,800, Physicians And Surgeons

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