The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs in America for 2016

Who would have guessed? Doctors are still the highest paid profession. Congrats doctors. I would love to see teachers up here some day as well!
If you want to earn the big bucks, you may want to consider practicing medicine or law.

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According to a recent report by Glassdoor, doctors and lawyers are still the nation’s top-earning professionals.

To compile its list of the highest-paying jobs in America in 2016, the job search site analyzed anonymous salary reports from its users.

For a job to make the list, there had to be at least 75 reports on that job submitted over the past year. C-level jobs were excluded from the report.

Here are the 25 best-paying jobs, according to Glassdoor:

1. Physician

Median base salary: $180,000

Not only is this the top-paying job in the U.S., employment for medical doctors is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, twice as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


2. Lawyer

Median base salary: $144,500
While pay can vary depending on what type of law you practice, the median salary is high enough to make lawyer the second best-paying job in America. What’s more, Glassdoor’s job listing page shows more than 9,000 openings for this job.

3. R&D manager

Median base salary: $142,120
Research and development managers have a variety of roles that depend on the employer, from improving product design and leading new partnerships to overseeing staff.

4. Software development manager

Median base salary: $132,000
Software development managers develop and oversee the systems behind computer programs. The outlook for this job is bright; it’s expected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024.

5. Pharmacy manager

Median base salary: $130,000
This managerial position usually requires years of experience in addition to a doctoral degree, which all pharmacists are required to have.

6. Strategy manager

Median base salary: $130,000
Strategy managers often oversee a company’s plans to develop partnerships, drive growth and launch new profit-driving initiatives. A bachelor’s degree is required, and some employers also require a master’s, Glassdoor’s listings showed.

7. Software architect

Median base salary: $128,250
Software architects create computer programs and communicate technical plans to company leaders. A bachelor of science degree is usually required.

8. Integrated circuit designer engineer

Median base salary: $127,500
Integrated circuit designer engineers provide electrical design and development support and solve technical hardware problems. Most have a B.S. or Master of Science degree in electrical engineering.

9. IT Manager

Median base salary: $120,000
Information technology managers make sure that all of their company’s equipment, software and networks operate smoothly, and they execute the IT goals of the organization. IT managers usually have a bachelor’s degree in the field along with various technical skills.

10. Solutions architect

Median base salary: $120,000
Solutions architects lead or help in the design of products and projects, but are also heavily involved in the technical side of creating them. Education requirements vary, ranging from a bachelor’s degree in computer systems or information systems to a master’s in engineering or marketing.

11. Engagement manager

Median base salary: $120,000
Engagement managers are responsible for client relationships. The role requires skills in marketing and project management. Software or technical skills can be useful.

12. Applications development manager

Median base salary: $120,000

These managers oversee and improve internal systems and software. A bachelor’s degree and several years of experience in the field is required.

13. Pharmacist

Median base salary: $118,000
Pharmacists are well-paid but can have long hours and may have to work weekend shifts. They must have a doctoral degree to practice.
14. Systems architect

Median base salary: $116,920
These architects build and maintain a company’s databases, software and system coding. A bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, computer science or a related field is required.

15. Finance manager

Median base salary: $115,000
Finance managers “produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization,” according to the BLS. They usually have five or more years of experience in finance, accounting or a related field, in addition to a bachelor’s degree.

16. Data scientist

Median base salary: $115,000
Computer and data research scientists solve complex problems in computing. Employment for this job is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average.

17. Risk manager

Median base salary: $115,000
Risk managers deal with insurance, liability and legal compliance. The job’s function and education requirements vary greatly, depending on the industry.

18. Creative director

Median base salary: $115,000
Creative directors execute new marketing initiatives for a company, leading branding and design. The job requirements vary, but a track record in leadership helps.

19. Actuary

Median base salary: $115,000
Actuaries analyze financial risk and uncertainty. Employment of actuaries is expected to grow a whopping 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, the BLS says.

20. Data architect

Median base salary: $113,000
Data architects create information and technology road maps for a company. The position typically requires technical skills and/or a B.S. in computer science or information systems.

21. Tax manager

Median base salary: $110,000
Tax managers prepare federal and state income tax returns for individuals and businesses. An undergraduate or graduate degree in accounting is required.

22. Product manager

Median base salary: $107,000
These managers are key to an organization’s product development team, helping to ensure new products are delivered on time. Glassdoor reports more than 7,000 open positions for this job.

23. Design manager

Median base salary: $106,500
Design managers are in charge of envisioning and executing a customer or client’s experience with a company. The duties vary widely across industries.

24. Analytics manager

Median base salary: $106,000
This job requires strengths in statistics and data analysis. Glassdoor reports thousands of job openings for this position.

25. Information systems manager

Median base salary: $106,000
This role, while similar to that of an information technology manager, is broader in terms of responsibilities. Information systems managers oversee information however it’s organized.

Bonus Tip!  It’s not always about the money.  Make sure you like what you do!  It’s been said that doing a job that you are good at is more rewarding than sacrificing happiness for money.  Often times, if you are really good at what you do it will lead to financial gains.

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