Feb 20, 2024 - Business

The D.C. area's highest-paying job fields are aerospace and defense

Industries with the highest average Glassdoor salaries in the D.C. metro area, 2023
Data: Glassdoor. Chart: Kavya Beheraj and Alice Feng/Axios

Aerospace and defense provide the highest average salaries among D.C.-area jobs at $107,000, according to Glassdoor data.

Why it matters: No surprise, perhaps, given our government town economy. The industry is a good future bet as the U.S. seeks new defense and AI capabilities.

By the numbers: The other industry that fetches a $100,000 salary on average here is financial services. Capital One is headquartered in gleaming towers in Tysons.

  • IT is on the cusp at $99,000.
  • Many salaries punch above the national average, including jobs in government and public administration and management and consulting.

Notwithstanding the joke that everyone in D.C. is a lawyer, the legal profession clocked in at #5 with an average salary of $94,000.

Between the lines: $100K isn't quite the same after the high-inflation era we went through the past few years, as my colleague Emily Peck previously covered.

Zoom in: At the bottom of the list is food service jobs, with an average salary of $37,500. More restaurant workers have recently been pushing for unionization in D.C.

  • Two industries had average salaries a smidge below the national average: retail and wholesale ($42,300) and personal consumer services ($44,700).
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