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This is the highest-paid job in every state, according to the BLS

By | Morgan Smith |

Your paycheck can change a lot depending on your zip code.

A surgeon in South Dakota, for example, makes almost $30,000 more each year, on average, than a surgeon in Massachusetts – that’s according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest state occupational employment and wage estimates, which are based on salary information reported in May 2020. 

Millions of Americans left their jobs during the second half of 2021 in a quitting spree experts have called “The Great Resignation” fueled by record-high job openings and pandemic realizations about the role work plays in our lives. 

If you’re thinking about finding a new job, switching careers or negotiating your pay, it’s important to understand the salary range for different roles you’re interested in, as well as chances for higher – or alternative – compensation, such as sign-on bonuses or working in a different state. 

Here are the top 5 highest-paying jobs across all 50 states, according to the BLS: 

1. Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Montana

Annual mean wage: $296,770

2. Surgeons, Except Ophthalmologists, in South Carolina

Annual mean wage: $295,380

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