Glassdoor has ranked its third annual list of the 25 highest paying jobs—and the top-listed positions might surprise you.
In the same pattern as the past two years, jobs in the tech field made up the majority of the list—no surprise there. What you might not expect, though, is the fact no tech jobs made it into the top five. Health care jobs won the top slots instead.
New additions to this year's list include Nurse Practitioner and Nuclear Engineer.
To create the list, Glassdoor considered any jobs for which at least 100 United States employees had submitted salary reports to their database over the past year. Then, they estimated the median base salaries for each position based on location and job level. Glassdoor also excluded C-suite level positions.
Glassdoor's chief economist Andrew Chamberlain notes that "high pay continues to be tied to [in-demand] skills, higher education, and working jobs that are protected from competition or automation."
The top-paying jobs and their respective base salaries are:
- Physician, $187,876
- Pharmacy Manager, $149,064
- Patent Attorney, $139,272
- Medical Science Liaison, $132,842
- Pharmacist, $125,847
- Enterprise Architect, $112,560
- Physician Assistant, $112,529
- Applications Development Manager, $112,045
- R&D Manager, $111,905
- Corporate Controller, $110,855
- Software Engineering Manager, $109,350
- IT Architect, $105,303
- Software Architect, $104,754
- Nurse Practitioner, $104,144
- Solutions Architect, $102,678
- Data Architect, $102,091
- Actuary, $99,507
- IT Program Manager, $98,883
- UX Manager, $98,353
- Systems Architect, $97,873
- Plant Manager, $97,189
- Scrum Master, $95,167
- Financial Planning & Analysis Manager, $94,862
- Nuclear Engineer, $94,852
- Attorney, $94,695
(Glassdoor site, accessed 3/9 ; Glassdoor site, accessed 3/9; LaManga, Market Watch, 3/8; McGregor, Washington Post, 3/8).
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