Want to rake in the big bucks in SLO County? Consider these 5 jobs

What are SLO County’s highest paid jobs?

Test your local job knowledge and find out which professions pay the most in San Luis Obispo County.
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Test your local job knowledge and find out which professions pay the most in San Luis Obispo County.

Ever wonder what the top paid jobs are in San Luis Obispo County?

Each year the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on the highest paid occupations in the county, and the recently released numbers for 2016 show a whopping 29 professions that can net you at least six figures while living in our slice of the Central Coast.

The top jobs require extensive medical training, while the rest are nearly all managerial positions (so either get to med school, or start vying for that promotion now).

Here are the five highest-paid professions, plus a look at how those wages have changed in the past year. For the full list, check the bureau’s webpage on San Luis Obispo County.

1. Family and general practitioners: $261,770

It should come as no surprise that medical professions top this list almost every year. What could be surprising is that in SLO County, the average wage for a family or general practitioner jumped 23 percent between 2015 and 2016, while the profession itself has grown from 140 estimated practitioners to 170.

2. Dentists: $246,490

The second-highest paid job in the county also saw a pay bump last year, though much smaller: The average annual wage for a dentist grew 6.8 percent between 2015 and 2016. It’s also the only other job where the average salary is more than $200,000.


3. Physicians and surgeons: $198,610

Again, it looks like med school pays off. Of the estimated 90 people employed as physicians and surgeons in the county, the annual salary is $198,610, up 9.1 percent from $181,970 in 2015. If the sight of blood doesn’t send you into a cold sweat, you could have a bright future raking in some serious cash.


4. Psychiatrists: $188,350

If you can’t handle blood and guts, maybe a different sort of medical profession is more your speed. SLO County psychiatrists made about $188,350 on average in 2016, about the same as the year before when they made $188,500 annually.


5. Chief Executives: $156,150

Finally something that doesn’t require a medical degree — but, oh wait, it does require some unique circumstances. The county’s estimated 210 chief executive officers, which the bureau defines as those who “determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body” made an average of $156,150 last year. Fun fact to impress people at your next dinner party: California is the state with the single most CEOs in the entire country, with 31,150 heads of company employed here.

For honorable mention, here are some of the other top-paying professions in the county, ranked in descending order:

▪  Architectural and engineering managers: $144,420

▪  First-line supervisors of police and detectives: $136,600

▪  Managers: $136,240

▪  Pharmacists: $135,840

▪  Lawyers: $129,740

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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