Not everyone has what it takes to be a manager in today’s workplace, and those who do tend to be well compensated.

Workers today are split on how they want to interact with their jobs. Half of workers want to blend their work and their personal lives, while the other roughly 50% prefer to keep them separate, according to Gallup polling. The lion’s share want more flexibility in where they perform their work—at a time when businesses may have to buckle in for tougher economic conditions in the year ahead.

Whether overseeing a sales team or leading a commercial building project, these are the challenges that get management professionals out of bed in the morning.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-paying management jobs in San Diego-Carlsbad, CA metro area using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Jobs the BLS lists as “management occupations” were included.

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#30. Entertainment and recreation managers, except gambling

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $66,760
– #59 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 470

National
– Annual mean salary: $73,810
– Employment: 17,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Boulder, CO ($108,680)
— Lexington-Fayette, KY ($108,430)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($105,390)

#29. Legislators

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $73,940
– #41 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 110

National
– Annual mean salary: $57,110
– Employment: 44,590
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Yakima, WA ($139,690)
— Bremerton-Silverdale, WA ($136,400)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($132,460)

#28. Lodging managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $74,770
– #37 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 400

National
– Annual mean salary: $67,770
– Employment: 35,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($121,090)
— Urban Honolulu, HI ($111,410)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($99,600)

#27. Social and community service managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $76,790
– #92 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,960

National
– Annual mean salary: $76,790
– Employment: 156,400
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($100,530)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,240)
— Charlottesville, VA ($98,200)

#26. Funeral home managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $83,780
– #24 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 50

National
– Annual mean salary: $82,900
– Employment: 12,710
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($116,760)
— Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ ($115,400)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($112,820)

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#25. Postmasters and mail superintendents

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $94,460
– #3 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 40

National
– Annual mean salary: $81,820
– Employment: 12,750
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL ($97,930)
— Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($96,450)
— San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($94,460)

#24. Facilities managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $104,030
– #69 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,420

National
– Annual mean salary: $101,970
– Employment: 101,230
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Kennewick-Richland, WA ($146,040)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($136,440)
— Ithaca, NY ($136,210)

#23. Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $105,240
– #88 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,310

National
– Annual mean salary: $105,580
– Employment: 144,640
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($159,890)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($154,170)
— Trenton, NJ ($144,620)

#22. Administrative services managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $106,200
– #130 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,620

National
– Annual mean salary: $113,030
– Employment: 224,620
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,360)
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($142,650)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($141,950)

#21. Gambling managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $106,830
– #1 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 80

National
– Annual mean salary: $89,190
– Employment: 3,660
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($106,830)
— Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ ($104,140)
— Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($103,210)

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#20. Construction managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $114,900
– #40 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,510

National
– Annual mean salary: $108,210
– Employment: 284,750
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Anchorage, AK ($160,710)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($149,050)
— Napa, CA ($145,430)

#19. General and operations managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $122,610
– #50 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 25,350

National
– Annual mean salary: $115,250
– Employment: 2,984,920
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($165,340)
— Trenton, NJ ($165,030)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($159,210)

#18. Education administrators, postsecondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $124,490
– #48 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,340

National
– Annual mean salary: $111,260
– Employment: 155,990
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Corvallis, OR ($178,570)
— Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC ($165,940)
— Syracuse, NY ($164,660)

#17. Medical and health services managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $126,220
– #61 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 4,350

National
– Annual mean salary: $119,840
– Employment: 436,770
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($162,110)
— Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($157,340)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($156,370)

#16. Education administrators, kindergarten through secondary

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $126,790
– #25 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 1,810

National
– Annual mean salary: $102,650
– Employment: 274,710
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($144,880)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($143,450)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($142,330)

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#14 (tie). Sales managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $130,510
– #124 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 7,250

National
– Annual mean salary: $142,390
– Employment: 453,800
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($198,960)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($196,910)
— Boulder, CO ($182,820)

#14 (tie). Public relations managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $130,510
– #39 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 650

National
– Annual mean salary: $138,000
– Employment: 59,850
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($183,410)
— Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($182,890)
— Boulder, CO ($174,250)

#13. Advertising and promotions managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $131,550
– #12 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 140

National
– Annual mean salary: $142,860
– Employment: 22,520
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Trenton, NJ ($193,980)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($182,520)
— Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO ($166,620)

#12. Purchasing managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $133,450
– #46 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 720

National
– Annual mean salary: $134,590
– Employment: 69,310
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Trenton, NJ ($181,030)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($177,010)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($174,760)

#11. Industrial production managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $133,490
– #25 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,460

National
– Annual mean salary: $117,780
– Employment: 192,270
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($155,640)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($153,860)
— Fort Collins, CO ($153,470)

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#10. Fundraising managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $134,160
– #13 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 180

National
– Annual mean salary: $119,400
– Employment: 23,190
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($175,610)
— Syracuse, NY ($155,700)
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($153,980)

#9. Training and development managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $138,680
– #18 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 470

National
– Annual mean salary: $128,800
– Employment: 35,830
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($180,360)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($176,270)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($166,410)

#8. Compensation and benefits managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $140,780
– #21 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 170

National
– Annual mean salary: $139,470
– Employment: 15,330
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($190,560)
— Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($187,770)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($177,130)

#7. Human resources managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $143,930
– #30 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,080

National
– Annual mean salary: $136,590
– Employment: 166,530
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($190,020)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($186,930)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($175,410)

#6. Marketing managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $151,890
– #39 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,070

National
– Annual mean salary: $153,440
– Employment: 278,690
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($210,280)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($198,870)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($191,310)

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#5. Financial managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $159,210
– #25 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 7,530

National
– Annual mean salary: $153,460
– Employment: 681,070
– Metros with highest average pay:
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($209,100)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($201,330)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($188,900)

#4. Computer and information systems managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $173,700
– #10 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 7,220

National
– Annual mean salary: $162,930
– Employment: 485,190
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($228,030)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($211,470)
— New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($202,800)

#3. Architectural and engineering managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $175,260
– #15 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,890

National
– Annual mean salary: $158,970
– Employment: 187,100
– Metros with highest average pay:
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($228,000)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($206,050)
— Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL ($198,430)

#2. Natural sciences managers

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $197,720
– #6 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 2,290

National
– Annual mean salary: $156,110
– Employment: 74,760
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($222,360)
— San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($219,240)
— San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($216,750)

#1. Chief executives

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
– Annual mean salary: $210,830
– #131 highest pay among all metros
– Employment: 3,040

National
– Annual mean salary: $213,020
– Employment: 200,480
– Metros with highest average pay:
— Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($313,440)
— Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX ($298,960)
— Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($296,480)