2020 Highest Paying Careers in North Carolina (NC):
Let us now consider the highest paying careers in North Carolina in 2020 and what their average annual salary looks like.
- Doctor/ Surgeons
- Chief Executive Officer
- Nurse Anaesthetist
- Adjunct Professors
- Personal Banker
- Hardware Engineer
- Air Traffic Controller
- Airline Pilot
Between the Carolina Medical Center, Novant Health and OrthoCarolina, the Charlotte region employ thousands of doctors, making it the highest paid profession in our region.
Average salary – $274,240
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They offer advice and instructions on how to take care of your teeth and gums, as well as eating habits that affect oral health.
Dentists use a variety of devices, including x-ray machines, drills, oral mirrors, probes, tweezers, brushes, and scalpels. They also use lasers, digital scanners, and other computer technologies like digital dentistry.
In addition, resident dentists oversee a variety of administrative tasks, including bookkeeping and equipment and accessories purchases. They employ and supervise dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental technicians and receptionists.
Average Salary: $263,040
Chief Executive Officer
Top executives develop strategies and guidelines to ensure that an organization achieves its goals. They plan, manage and coordinate the operational activities of companies and organizations.
The responsibilities of top managers largely depend on the size of a company. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, is often responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervision.
However, in large companies, top executives tend to focus more on policy formulation and strategic planning, while general and operations managers control day-to-day operations.
Average Salary: $214,000
Nurse anesthetists, midwives, and nurses, also known as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), coordinate patient care and may offer basic and specialty medical care. The scope of the practice varies from state to state.
APRNs work independently or in collaboration with doctors.
In most states, they can prescribe medication, order medical tests, and
diagnose health problems.
You can provide basic and preventive care and specialize in
the care of certain groups of people such as children, pregnant women or
patients with mental disorders.
Some APRN duties are the same as for registered nurses,
including collecting information about a patient’s condition and taking
measures to treat or treat the patient’s health.
Average Salary: $197,000
Post-secondary teachers teach students in a variety of
academic, professional, and technical subjects that go beyond high school. They
also do research and publish academic papers and books.
They are members of academic and administrative committees that review and recommend guidelines, make budget decisions or advise on hiring and promotions in their department
Post-secondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculties, specialize in a variety of subjects and areas. Some teach academic subjects such as English or philosophy. Others focus on work-related topics such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.
At colleges and universities, professors are organized in departments that specialize in a subject such as history, science, business, or music. A professor can teach one or more courses within this department.
The tasks of post-secondary teachers vary depending on the
position at a university or college.
Average Salary: $141,040
Physicists and astronomers are studying the way different
forms of matter and energy interact. Theoretical physicists and astronomers can
study the nature of time or the origin of the universe.
Some physicists design and conduct experiments with sophisticated devices such as particle accelerators, electron microscopes, and lasers.
Physicists are researching the fundamental properties and
laws that govern space, time, energy and matter. Some physicists study
theoretical areas such as the basic properties of atoms and molecules and the
evolution of the universe.
Others design and conduct experiments with sophisticated
devices such as particle accelerators, electron microscopes and lasers.
Average Salary: $140,650
Commercial agents for securities, commodities and financial
services connect buyers and sellers in the financial markets. They sell
securities to private individuals, advise companies in their search for
investors and conduct business.
Commercial agents for securities, commodities and financial
services deal with a variety of products and customers. Agents spend much of
the day interacting with people, whether they are selling shares to an
individual or discussing the status of a merger with a company manager.
Work is usually stressful because agents handle large
amounts of money and have time constraints.
Average Salary: $131,340
Pharmacists issue prescription drugs to patients and provide
expertise on how to safely use prescriptions. They can also conduct health and
wellness screenings, vaccinations, monitor medications administered to
patients, and provide advice on a healthy lifestyle.
Some pharmacists who own their pharmacy or manage a chain pharmacy spend time doing business
activities such as inventory management. Pharmacists must complete continuing
education courses throughout their careers to keep up with the latest advances
Pharmacists do much more than just distribute medication –
they need to understand the biochemical mechanisms and effects of medication,
drug use, therapeutic roles, as well as their side effects and possible drug
interactions, in order to effectively monitor the patient’s dosage.
Average salary – $125,847
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, companies and
government agencies on legal issues and disputes.
they represent one of the parties in criminal or civil litigation by providing
evidence and arguing in support of their client.
As consultants, lawyers advise their clients on their legal
rights and obligations and propose procedures in business and personal matters.
All lawyers examine the intent of laws and court decisions and apply the laws
to the specific circumstances to which their clients are exposed.
Lawyers often oversee the work of assistants such as
paralegal and legal assistants.
Lawyers can have different titles and duties depending on
where they work.
Average Salary: $118,000
Athletes and competitors take part in organized, official
sporting events to entertain themselves
Many people dream of becoming a paid professional athlete.
However, only a few people beat the chances and live all day from professional
athletics. And if they do, professional athletes often have short careers with
little job security.
When playing a game, athletes and competitors must
understand game strategies while following the rules and regulations of sport.
Events in which athletes participate include team sports such as baseball,
softball, hockey and soccer, as well as individual sports such as golf, tennis,
swimming and skiing.
Average Salary: $111,210
Computer hardware engineers research, design, develop and
test computer systems and components such as processors, circuit boards,
storage devices, networks and routers.
These engineers are discovering new ways in computer
hardware that lead to rapid advances in computer technology.
Many hardware engineers develop non-computer devices that
contain processors and other computer components and connect to the Internet.
Computer hardware engineers are also developing an
increasing number of medical devices with a computer system and the ability to
connect to the Internet.
Computer hardware engineers ensure that computer hardware
components work with the latest software.
Average Salary: $110,480
Veterinarians take care of animal health and work to improve
public health. They diagnose, treat and research diseases and illnesses of
pets, farm animals and other animals.
Veterinarians treat the injuries and diseases of pets and
other animals with a variety of medical devices, including surgical
instruments, as well as X-ray and ultrasound devices. They offer animal
treatment that is similar to a doctor’s treatment of humans.
Average salary – $110,000
Air Traffic Controller
Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air
traffic to ensure that the aircraft are at a safe distance from one another.
Air traffic controllers’ primary concern is safety, but they
must also efficiently steer aircraft to minimize delays. They control the flow
of aircraft into and out of the airport’s airspace, guide pilots during take-off
and landing, and monitor aircraft on their way through the sky.
Air traffic controllers usually manage several aircraft at
the same time and have to make quick decisions to ensure the safety of the
aircraft. For example, a controller could direct an aircraft to its landing
approach while providing weather information to another aircraft.
Average Salary: $108,930
Airline and professional pilots fly and navigate in
airplanes, helicopters and other aircraft. Airline pilots fly for airlines that
transport people and freight on a fixed schedule.
Commercial pilots fly aircraft for other purposes, such as
charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography and the
use of aerial materials from the air.
Many aircraft use two pilots. The commanding captain or
pilot, usually the most experienced pilot, oversees all other crew members and
is primarily responsible for the flight.
The co-pilot, often referred to as the first officer or
deputy, shares flight tasks with the captain. New technologies have automated
many of these tasks, and flight engineers are not required for new aircraft.
Pilots must have good teamwork skills as they work closely
with other pilots on the flight deck, as well as with air traffic controllers
and flight supervisors. You need to be able to coordinate actions and give
clear and honest feedback.
Average Salary: $105,730
Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze
data and to solve real problems in business, technology, healthcare or other
Statisticians design surveys, questionnaires, experiments,
and opinion polls to collect the data they need. Surveys can be mailed,
conducted over the phone, collected online, or otherwise collected.
Average Salary: $86,000