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slides: Top 25 Highest Paying Jobs in Rhode Island

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

Who makes the most money in Rhode Island? The top earners by professions are healthcare's top guns - surgeons. According to a GoLocalProv review of the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were some surprises as to some of the top earning professions.

Here in Rhode Island surgeons are pulling in an average of $233,780 per year. Nationwide, the top paid full-time employees were anesthesiologists, with an income of $232,830.

The lowest paid in Rhode Island are host or hostess at a restaurant at just over $17,000 annually. 

RI's WorkForce

It is estimated by the Department of Labor that nonfarm payroll in Rhode Island totaled 467,200 in June, reflecting a gain of 400 jobs from the May revised employment estimate of 466,800. Over the past year, Rhode Island's job growth has been in some key sectors, including Professional & Business Services (+3,500), Financial Activities (+1,600), Health Care & Social Assistance (+900), Manufacturing (+500), Arts, Entertainment & Recreation (+500), and Transportation & Warehousing (+100). 

Counting jobs, counting salaries

The Occupational Employment Statistics Program (OES) program, which is overseen by The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),  compiles labor statistics yearly, collected in 458 broad occupations, 22 major occupational groups, 94 minor occupational groups, and 821 detailed occupational groups. The most recent statistics, provide an overview of employment and wages for May, 2012.
Which occupations drew the highest mean annual salaries in Rhode Island? See the List Below:

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#25 Physician Assistant

Annual Mean Wage: $112,250

Mean Hourly Wage: $53.97

Number in Rhode Island: 190

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#24 Marketing Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $112,350

Mean Hourly Wage: $54.01

Number in Rhode Island: 590

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#23 Education Admin.

Annual Mean Wage: $112,650

Mean Hourly Wage: $54.16

Number in Rhode Island: 690

* Post-secondary Education Adminstrator

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#22 Natural Science Mgr.

Annual Mean Wage: $116,680

Mean Hourly Wage: $56.10

Number in Rhode Island: 90

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#21 Construction Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $120,810

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.08

Number in Rhode Island: 490

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#20 HR Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $120,850

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.10

Number in Rhode Island: 340

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#19 CIS Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $120,980

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.17

Number in Rhode Island: 1080

* Computer and Informations Systems Manager

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#18 Dentist

Annual Mean Wage: $121,730

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.53

Number in Rhode Island: 220

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#17 Benefits Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $122,190

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.75

Number in Rhode Island: 160

* Compensation and Benefits Manager

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#16 Management Operations

Annual Mean Wage: $122,320

Mean Hourly Wage: $58.81

Number in Rhode Island: 20,380

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#15 Arch/Engineering Mgr.

Annual Mean Wage: $123,400

Mean Hourly Wage: $59.33

Number in Rhode Island: 360

*Architectual and Engineering Managers

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#14 Economics Teachers

Annual Mean Wage: $126,030

Mean Hourly Wage: N/A

Number in Rhode Island: 120

* Post-secondary

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#13 PR/Fundraising Mgr.

Annual Mean Wage: $127,370

Mean Hourly Wage: $61.24

Number in Rhode Island: 230

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#12 Financial Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $132.440

Mean Hourly Wage: $63.38

Number in Rhode Island: 2,930

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#11 Sales Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $134,610

Mean Hourly Wage: $64.72

Number in Rhode Island: 760

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#10 Internist

Annual Mean Wage: $143,370

Mean Hourly Wage: $68.93

Number in Rhode Island: N/A

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#9 Physicist

Annual Mean Wage: $144,200

Mean Hourly Wage: $69.33

Number in Rhode Island: 70

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#8 General Manager

Annual Mean Wage: $146,200

Mean Hourly Wage: $70.29

Number in Rhode Island: 5,480

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#7 Judge, Magistrate

Annual Mean Wage: $160,260

Mean Hourly Wage: $77.05

Number in Rhode Island: N/A

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#6 Physician

Annual Mean Wage: $171,160

Mean Hourly Wage: $82.29

Number in Rhode Island: 2,420

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#5 Pediatrician

Annual Mean Wage: $186,800

Mean Hourly Wage: $89.81

Number in Rhode Island: 190

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#4 CEO

Annual Mean Wage: $200,710

Mean Hourly Wage: $96.50

Number in Rhode Island: 350

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#3 Psychiatrist

Annual Mean Wage: $202,700

Mean Hourly Wage: $97.45

Number in Rhode Island: 110

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#2 Family Practitioner

Annual Mean Wage: $205,280

Mean Hourly Wage: $98.69

Number in Rhode Island: 190

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#1 Surgeon

Annual Mean Wage: $233,780

Mean Hourly Wage: $112.40

Number in Rhode Island: 80

 
 

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Comments:

Wheree did the figures come from because treachers I know do not makje $126,000. That is outrageous....And for how manyh years did they work to get such a ridiculous number salary written here? IS that straight salary or do all these jobs include perks and benefits?
Judges make more than that amount as well and 200K for a CEO? MAybe that's what the former CVS retired guy tom Ryna got in a quarter of a year? These salary figures are not real.....

Comment #1 by dis gusted on 2013 07 31

The figures might be correct. There are only few CEOs on the scale of Tom Ryan in RI, and they do make a whole more than 200k. But most RI CEOs are running small businesses and many of those would be thrilled to even make 200K. I know some teacher who make $126k, but they have been in their jobs for decades and get extra income from the school system for coaching and managing programs outside normal class work. Maybe they are including college professors as teachers.

Comment #2 by Katy Sloop on 2013 07 31

Yeah, it says those Econonics Teachers are 'post secondary' so that is probably college professors who teach anything related to economics it RI's business colleges. I know some professors. They make plenty after they've been doing it for a few years.

Comment #3 by Katy Sloop on 2013 07 31

My former heart surgeon "accidentally" left a stainless steel clamp inside by body, then refused to refund my payment ! !

What say you doctors.... who might be reading this ? ? ?

Comment #4 by Sammy Arizona on 2013 08 01

Just like every other article on this website, the facts and figures are not accurate.
I've worked in construction for over 30 years and make more than some salaries posted here. Yet, it might not fit the agenda here, so it doesn't make the rankings.
Man, this website is nothing but garbage.
Do some actual RESEARCH!!!

Comment #5 by pearl fanch on 2013 08 01

I don't see the politicians listed anywhere. You have to add in all the bribes, kickbacks and backdoor dealings. They should easily be in the top 25.
What about the drug dealing? Now that marijuana is legal, everyone in the state has "pain" issues and glaucoma. These pot growers are raking it in, much higher than the salaries posted here.
Way to go golocalprov. Wrong again.

Comment #6 by pearl fanch on 2013 08 01

Pearl -- There is no research done here..they simply go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website and pull off the data from the BLS' survey of wages and compensation.

They also take a little liberty..the general management is composed of many different managerial occupations for example. There are some professions that for survey reasons (low sample for example) do not have the salary listed.

If a little research was done, one could note the BLS includes statistical data on how much variance and the relative "accuracy" the mean figures have.

Also, a little research would add context to that "400" job growth and that sector job growth -- that actual "employment" from May to June fell by 300..and that much drop in unemployment since Dec is due to 5,000 people leaving the work force compared to the 1,000+ net gain in employment

Comment #7 by Prof Steve on 2013 08 01




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