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15 Highest Paying Jobs in Los Angeles

While Los Angeles is famous for celebrities and sunny beaches, the City of Angels offers much more than just prospects of fame. Living and working in LA certainly has its perks, but it also comes with an expensive price tag. So which jobs in Los Angeles really offer the biggest salaries? (Spoiler Alert: Actor is not on this list)

Check out the 15 Highest Paying Jobs in Los Angeles, based entirely on local employees who have shared their salaries on Glassdoor over the past year.

1. Solutions Architect- See Open Jobs

This is going to take some thought...

  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 153

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2. Attorney – See Open Jobs

Business research

  • Median Base Salary: $125,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 98

 

3. Professor – See Open Jobs

Female professor taking questions after lecture in college classroom

  • Median Base Salary: $99,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 50

 

4. Software Engineer – See Open Jobs

Start up Team

  • Median Base Salary: $95,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 1,966

 

5. UX Designer – See Open Jobs

Self employed business person working from home

  • Median Base Salary: $92,500
  • Number of Open Jobs: 64

 

6. QA Manager- See Open Jobs

Capitalizing on their creativity through effective collaboration

  • Median Base Salary: $84,557
  • Number of Open Jobs: 256

 

7. Electrical Engineer – See Open Jobs

Substation workers

  • Median Base Salary: $84,500
  • Number of Open Jobs: 81

 

8. Process Engineer – See Open Jobs

Researchers in laboratory

  • Median Base Salary: $84,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 40

 

9. Research Scientist – See Open Jobs

Below view of female scientist looking through a microscope.

  • Median Base Salary: $82,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 18

 

10. Mechanical Engineer – See Open Jobs

worker operating CNC machine center

  • Median Base Salary: $80,640
  • Number of Open Jobs: 171

 

11. Applications Engineer – See Open Jobs

Thoughtful businessman sitting at computer desk

  • Median Base Salary: $80,500
  • Number of Open Jobs: 23

 

12. Test Engineer – See Open Jobs

Hmmm... Where to start?

  • Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 54

 

13. Systems Analyst – See Open Jobs

He always puts a lot of thought into his work

  • Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 40

 

14. 3D Artist – See Open Jobs

Working

  • Median Base Salary: $80,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 35

 

15. Business Analyst – See Open Jobs

Making ideas happen

  • Median Base Salary: $77,000
  • Number of Open Jobs: 417

 

If you’re looking for a high paying job in any location, check out our 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2016 report. If you’re based on the East Coast, see our 15 Highest Paying Jobs in New York City report.

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Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s 15 Highest Paying Jobs in Los Angeles report, job titles must have received at least 30 salary reports shared by Los Angeles-based employees over the past year (7/28/15 – 7/27/16). The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 8/1/16. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. As a reminder, on Glassdoor, employees can anonymously and voluntarily share salary reports, including base salary and the option to share other pay details.