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Top 5 Highest Paying Jobs in Tampa

Top 5 Highest Paying Jobs in Tampa for 2019

Ever wonder who is gonna make the big bucks in Tampa this year? Or how hard your dentist is balling for drilling holes in teeth?

We were curious too. The Tampa job market is constantly changing but we have a list of the top 5 highest paying jobs in Tampa we want to share with you.

To get the most accurate information on the top 5 highest paying jobs in Tampa for 2019, we went straight to the source:  The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

After many hours of thorough scouring the Bureau of Labor Statistics websites, we discovered that Anesthesiologists are the highest paid people in Tampa.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten highest paying jobs in Florida:

  1. Anesthesiologists
  2. Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  3. Dentists, All Other Specialists
  4. Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  5. Orthodontists

Everyone’s favorite, the dentists, were actually 14th on the list of highest paid professions in Tampa. .


We looked at the BLS’s data set for all 741 job classifications in Tampa in order to identify those that get paid the most.

It almost goes without saying that everyone should aspire to work in a high revenue occupation solely for the money. No, to be good at a job, talent helps, but a lot of it comes down to loving what you do and it’s super hard for anyone to remain dedicated during a decades-long career if they don’t love what they are doing, no matter how many degrees they earned.

A better way to look at it: We don’t need more engineers; we need more good ones. We don’t need mediocre mathematicians; we need the very best. We need competent avionics technicians ($58,280), chefs ($54,030), firefighters ($52,170) and pile driver operators ($47,120) more than another so-so dentist or apathetic lawyer.

Health care not only employs a lot of Tampanians, the salaries at the top end are impressive. In fact, all of the jobs in the state’s top 10 — and 14 out of the top 20 — required a medical or dental degree, including anesthesiologists and orthodontists. The field has its share of low-paying jobs — home health aides earned $23,630 on average — but the confluence of high salaries is one of the reasons that economic development types covet health care companies or champion the ones they already have like Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center.

Tampa’s highest paying jobs looked similar to the national rankings, if a little reordered. Anesthesiologists, for instance, topped the national list. Dig a little deeper and the comparison to the national data reveals a few stubborn warts afflicting Tampa’s labor market.

Nationally, 78 jobs paid at least $100,000, nearly 50 percent more than in Tampa. Translation: Lower cost of living. Mathematicians in Tampa averaged $85,900, nearly $20,000 less than the national average. For computer hardware engineers, the difference was nearly $25,000. Same for economists and political scientists, construction managers and electronics engineers. The state pays less for many of the high end jobs, which only makes it harder to lure them here or keep them from leaving.

No surprise, Tampa’s overall average of $44,790 fell far short of the $50,620 national tally.

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