Glassdoor shares 2017’s highest paying jobs in the U.S.
Did you know that nearly 68 percent of people say that salary and compensation are among their top considerations before accepting a job?
Each year, Glassdoor shares its lists of Best Place to Work, Highest Rated CEOs, Best Jobs, Best Cities for Jobs, and even Oddball Interview Questions. Glassdoor’s newest Highest Paying Jobs list explores exactly which jobs pay the best salaries in the country.
Not only can these lists guide you toward your next career move, they can illustrate just where in the nation you should hunt the perfect job down.
Some of the highest paying jobs in the U.S. won’t surprise you. Doctors—as well as nurse practitioners, whose jobs look a lot like that of a doctor—lawyers, and pharmacy managers unsurprisingly rank in the top earnings.
Take a look at the highest paying jobs in the U.S., along with each job’s annual base salary, and the current number of job openings.
Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America report, job titles must receive at least 100 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (2/1/16 – 1/31/17).
To ensure the most reliable median base salary for all job titles, Glassdoor also applies a proprietary statistical algorithm to estimate annual median base pay, which controls for factors such as location and seniority.
The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 1/31/17. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. C-suite level jobs were excluded from this report.
Job Title Median Base Salary Current Job Openings
Physician $187,876 7,770
Pharmacy Manager $149,064 2,370
Patent Attorney $139,272 525
Medical Science Liaison $132,842 391
Pharmacist $125,847 5,496
Enterprise Architect $112,560 1,320
Physician Assistant $112,529 13,547
Applications Development Manager $112,045 516
R&D Manager $111,905 185
Corporate Controller $110,855 259
Software Engineering Manager $109,350 1,011
IT Architect $105,303 250
Software Architect $104,754 1,147
Nurse Practitioner $104,144 12,566
Solutions Architect $102,678 4,174
Data Architect $102,091 1,438
Actuary $99,507 463
IT Program Manager $98,883 250
UX Manager $98,353 263
Systems Architect $97,873 1,167
Plant Manager $97,189 1,286
Scrum Master $95,167 2,072
Financial Planning & Analysis Manager $94,862 501
Nuclear Engineer $94,852 155
Attorney $94,695 1,010