Jobs That Pay Well

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published July 18, 2018

According to Indeed Salaries, high-paying jobs are most often found in the health care, technology and financial sectors. While some jobs pay well early in your career, for many professionals, it may take several years of industry experience before you're qualified for a job that pays over $100,000 a year. In this article, we explore a list of common roles that pay well in the United States based on Indeed data.

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11 jobs that pay over $100K per year

While most of the following jobs require at least an undergraduate degree, other high-paying job options exist for professionals without a college degree or those who are licensed or certified in a specific trade. Additionally, while most of these positions require you to work on-site, some may offer you the opportunity to work from home.

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1. Tax manager

National average salary: $103,201

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.

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

Read more: How To Become a Tax Manager (Plus Skills)

2. Full-stack software developer

National average salary: $106,167

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.

Requirements: While you may be able to land a job with an associate 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.

Read more: What Is a Full-Stack Developer? (And How To Become One)

3. User experience architect

National average salary: $106,283

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.

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.

4. IT architect

National average salary: $113,996

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.

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.

5. Actuary

National average salary: $115,500

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.

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

Related: 18 Professions That Are Similar to an Actuary (With Salaries)

6. Pharmacy manager

National average salary: $117,501

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.

Requirements: Complete a Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D) and obtain a license in the state in which you wish to work. You may also need an MBA or public health graduate degree.

7. Optometrist

National average salary: $146,139

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.

Requirements: Complete a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. You may also need to complete a residency, depending on your area of practice.

8. Patent attorney

National average salary: $151,377

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.

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

Read more: How To Become a Patent Attorney in 6 Steps

9. Dentist

National average salary: $208,121

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.

Requirements: Complete a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and obtain a license in the state in which you wish to practice.

10. Psychiatrist

National average salary: $265,616

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.

Requirements: Complete a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and a four-year residency in psychiatry, as well as obtain a license in the state in which you wish to practice and a medical license from the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Read more: How To Become a Psychiatrist

11. Surgeon

National average salary: $299,319

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.

Requirements: Complete an M.D. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, a three- to 10-year residency (depending on specialization) and obtain a medical license from the USMLE.

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