Jobs That Pay Well

According to Indeed Salaries, the highest paying jobs are most often found in the healthcare, technology and financial sectors. For many professionals, it takes several years of industry experience before you have the qualifications to be offered a position with high-end pay. However, some jobs pay well early in your career. While many top-paying positions demand long hours and important decision-making, others involve intensive physical work or team management.

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Here are 17 jobs that pay over $100,000 per year based on data from Indeed users as well as current and previous job ads posted on Indeed.

 

1. Nurse Practitioner
National Average Salary: $103,041

Requirements: Complete undergraduate degree as a registered nurse (RN), complete two years of nursing experience and complete master’s degree of science in nursing (MSN). Some employers may also require a doctor of nursing practice (DNP).

Primary job duties: Nurse practitioners diagnose patient illnesses, injuries and other conditions, administer exams, prescribe medication and offer advice on wellness and illness prevention.

 

2. Tax Manager
National Average Salary: $107,269

Requirements: Complete an undergraduate degree in accounting, finance, economics or business administration. Some employers also require a masters in business administration (MBA).

Primary job duties: Tax managers work to ensure organizations comply with local, state and federal tax regulations. They may also offer analysis and planning services, oversee tax audits and create policies to ensure businesses meet government guidelines.

 

3. Rig Manager
National Average Salary: $108,632

Requirements: Many employers require an undergraduate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering or a related field. Some jobs may also require a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or the ability to pass physical or technical exams.

Primary job duties: Rig managers are responsible for supervising oil rig staff, managing rigging equipment, overseeing drilling efforts and ensuring the oil rig meets safety regulations.

 

4. Actuary
National Average Salary: $111,435

Requirements: Many employers require an undergraduate degree in actuarial science or a related field such as mathematics, economics, finance, statistics or business.

Primary job duties: Actuaries use mathematical skills and statistical knowledge to determine the risk and financial consequences of specific events. Often, actuaries work for insurance companies.

 

5. Full Stack Software Developer
National Average Salary: $111,887

Requirements: While you may be able to land a job with an associate’s degree in computer programming or another related subject, many employers require a bachelor’s degree in web development, computer programming, computer science or another related area.

Primary job duties: A full stack software developer is responsible for managing front and back-end software development and can understand several coding languages and databases. They may be required to assist in developing software applications or operating systems, testing systems, debugging and more.

 

6. IT Architect
National Average Salary: $112,036

Requirements: Many employers require IT architects to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in information systems or a related field, such as computer science.

Primary job duties: An IT architect designs and manages computer networks, including handling routine maintenance, upgrades and replacements. This professional is may also be responsible for managing a company’s IT budget, protecting computer systems against cybercrime and ensuring the organization complies with data safety regulations.

 

7. Pharmacy Manager
National Average Salary: $116,553

Requirements: Complete a doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D) and obtain a license in the state you wish to work. You may also need a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) or a public health graduate degree.

Primary job duties: A pharmacy manager oversees a group of pharmacists and the operation of a pharmacy. Their duties may include dispensing prescribed medications, offering advice to patients about their prescription and ensuring the pharmacy complies with state and federal regulations.

 

8. Physician Assistant
National Average Salary: $118,981

Requirements: Complete a master’s degree in science as part of a physician assistant program and pass the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE), and earn a license in the state you wish to practice.

Primary job duties: Physicians Assistants exam and diagnose patients, order lab tests to better understand injuries and illnesses, prescribe medications and offer advice on diet and lifestyle changes to treat injuries and diseases.

 

9. Optometrist
National Average Salary: $121,702

Requirements: Complete a doctorate in optometry (O.D.). You may also need to complete a residency, depending on the area of practice.

Primary job duties: Optometrists perform vision tests to analyze, diagnose and treat sight problems and diseases. Optometrists also prescribe corrective eyewear, such as contact lenses and eyeglasses.

 

10. User Experience Architect
National Average Salary: $124,886

Requirements: Most employers require an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as graphic design, computer science, or computer programming. Some employers may also require a master’s degree.

Primary job duties: Perform usability tests to analyze and interpret a consumer’s behavior while using a software application, website or another interactive digital asset. Develop and design information architecture for digital experiences.

 

11. Data Scientist
National Average Salary: $131,677

Requirements: Most employers require at least an undergraduate degree in a related field, such as mathematics, computer science or engineering, while others require a master’s degree or Ph.D.

Primary job duties: A data scientist translates raw data into meaningful, usable reports and insights. Typically, data scientists build and use machine learning tools to interpret data sets.

 

12. Patent Attorney
National Average Salary: $132,529

Requirements: Complete a degree in law and pass the bar exam in the state you wish to practice.

Primary job duties: A patent attorney represents clients throughout the patent application process, offers advice to people looking to protect intellectual property or inventions and may act as a litigator in patent lawsuits.

 

13. Dentist
National Average Salary: $165,469

Requirements: Complete a doctorate in dental medicine (DMD) or dental surgery (DDS) and obtain a license in the state you wish to practice.

Primary job duties: Dentists diagnose and treat oral health concerns, especially those related to the teeth and gums. They provide advice on oral health, including hygiene and diet choices.

 

14. Surgeon
National Average Salary: $176,162

Requirements: Complete a graduate degree in medicine (M.D.) or osteopathy (D.O.), a three-to-10 year residency (depending on specialization) and obtain a medical license from the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Primary job duties: Surgeons perform operations on patients to treat injuries and diseases, correct congenital disabilities or change the appearance of the body for cosmetic purposes, depending on their specialization.

 

15. Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician
National Average Salary: $203, 217

Requirements: Complete a graduate degree in medicine (M.D.) and a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and obtain a medical license from the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Primary job duties: An obstetrics and gynecology physician (OB/GYN) is a physician who specializes in medical and surgical care for women, specifically in areas of pregnancy, childbirth and reproductive health.

 

16. Psychiatrist
National Average Salary: $206,839

Requirements: Complete a graduate degree in medicine (M.D.) and a four-year residency in psychiatry, and obtain a license in the state you wish to practice, and obtain a medical license from the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Primary job duties: Psychiatrists assess, diagnose and treat patients with mental health concerns. Psychiatrists offer counseling, behavioral therapy and can prescribe medication to care for patients with mental illnesses.

 

17. Anesthesiologist
National Average Salary: $219,158

Requirements: Complete a graduate degree in medicine (M.D.) or osteopathy (D.O.) and a four-year residency in anesthesiology, and obtain a medical license from the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Primary job duties: Anesthesiologists administer pain relief and numbing medications before surgical procedures and monitor patient vitals throughout and after surgery. If a patient experiences a negative reaction or complications from anesthetics, the anesthesiologist must be prepared to counteract the issue.


These are just a few of the highest paying jobs. While most of these jobs require at least an undergraduate degree, there are many other options for professionals without a college degree or professionals who are licensed or certified in a specific trade.
 

 
Additionally, while most of the positions listed above require you to work on-site (particularly those in healthcare), there are several high paying jobs in technology, marketing and other industries that offer you the opportunity to work from home. No matter what your educational background, interests or lifestyle, there are high-paying jobs that could be a good fit for you.

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