The Denver Metro area not only provides an outdoor lifestyle all year long and a quality of life second to none but for those that are qualified, the Mile High City can also provide a career that more than doubles the median personal income of $54,450/year.

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics compared professions that employ a minimum of 100 people and studied ten (10) counties in Denver, Aurora and Lakewood, not including Boulder County.  The study found that there are 49 professions that pay over $100,000 a year.

For example, one can come to Denver and work as a Hydrologist.  Not sure what a hydrologist is?  According to Wikipedia, “Hydrology is the scientific study of the movement, distribution and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resource and environmental watershed sustainability.”  In Denver this profession pays on average $104,970 a year.

On the bottom of the list are Engineers, who on average earn $100,440 a year and Surgeons top the list with an annual income of $252,730.  Below is a list of the top ten paid professions in the Denver Metro area.

  1. Surgeons – $252,730
  2. Psychiatrists – $230,510
  3. Chief Executives – $226,930
  4. Physicians & Surgeons – $224,610
  5. Family & General Practitioners – $221,520
  6. Obstetricians & Gynecologists – $204,040
  7. Airline Pilots, Co-Pilots & Flight Engineers – $186,720
  8. General Dentist – $183,650
  9. Petroleum Engineers – $170,170
  10. Architectural & Engineering Managers $163,770

Even if you are not a doctor, pilot or an engineer, there is opportunity in Denver to earn a six figure salary.  Professionals working as advertising & promotions managers, Public Relations managers, HR Managers and marketing managers can have lucrative careers while enjoying everything Denver has to offer.  To view the complete list and read more please see the Denver Business Journal’s – Mile high salaries: Here are the 49 metro-Denver jobs that pay $100,000-plus.