What are the Top Wages by Profession?

Computer programmers are known for bringing in large salaries. In an industry that wasn’t in existence 25 years ago computer programmers are some of the best paid professions on the market today.

However, as it appears that, physicians still ranks the highest when it comes to salaries.

That’s right: Being a doctor still ranks as the leading profession with the highest salary in accordance with the newest US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey.

Taking into consideration the number of years for school, as well as training to become either doctor or lawyer, it’s not a surprise that these kinds of jobs are actually the most sought after and highest paying professions today.

The latest report from job site Glassdoor indicates, there are numerous other high-skill, high-paying jobs that don’t involve litigating or dealing with the sick.

With nearly half the list comprised of jobs in the tech and healthcare industries, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates report reinforces that higher salaries found in America’s fastest job-creating sectors require higher education and in-demand skill sets, says Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s chief economist.

Based on salary reports shared by employees with these jobs on Glassdoor over the past year, here are the 15 highest-paying jobs in the US, the current number of job openings, and what these people do:

  1. Physician

Median base salary: $187,876

Number of job openings: 7,770

A physician examines patients, prescribes medications, and treats injuries and illnesses and the top profession in terms of pay and status.

  1. Pharmacy Manager

Median base salary: $149,064

Number of job openings: 2,370

A pharmacy manager oversees and manages pharmacy operations and is one of the most in demand jobs on the market to an aging population.

  1. Patent attorney

Median base salary: $139,272

Number of job openings: 525

A patent attorney advises inventors, investors, and manufacturers about the laws related to patents. This position is a specialized law position that is in huge demand due to technical innovations today.

  1. Medical Science Liaison

Median base salary: $132,842

Number of job openings: 391

A medical science liaison communicates to the public the scientific benefits of medical products is the go between for many in the medical profession.

  1. Pharmacist

Median base salary: $125,847

Number of job openings: 5,496

A pharmacist dispenses prescription medications and provides information about those medications to patients and more and more drug stores are opening up as the demand is at an all-time high.

 

  1. Enterprise architect

Median base salary: $112,560

Number of job openings: 1,320

An enterprise architect conceptualizes the structure and operation of an organization and in huge demand due to the failing infrastructures and older buildings starting to wear.

  1. Physician assistant

Median base salary: $112,529

Number of job openings: 13,547

A physician assistant provides healthcare services typically performed by a physician including conduct complete physicals, providing treatment, and counseling patient”

  1. Applications Development Manager

Median base salary: $112,045

Number of job openings: 516

An application development manager maintains business operations by planning, coordinating, and supervising all activities related to an organization’s software applications. They also maintain support and upgrade existing systems and applications essential to the business.”

  1. Research and development manager

Median base salary: $111,905

Number of job openings: 185

A research and development manager directs all research and company development programs and initiatives, which involves introducing new products into the business framework, and providing recommendations to update and improve existing infrastructure and products.”

  1. Corporate controller

Median base salary: $110,855

Number of job openings: 259

A corporate controller oversees an organization’s accounting department.”

  1. Software engineering manager

Median base salary: $109,350

Number of job openings: 1,011

A software engineering manager heads a team of engineers that maintain and develop software. ”

  1. Information-technology architect

Median base salary: $105,303

Number of job openings: 250

An IT architect designs ways to upgrade an organization’s computer systems.”

  1. Software architect

Median base salary: $104,754

Number of job openings: 1,147

A software architect provides a software development team with all of the tools they need to put together a great system and communicates the vision to stakeholders. They don’t have to be expert programmers — they must understand what their systems are meant to provide solutions for.”

  1. Nurse practitioner

Median base salary: $104,144

Number of job openings: 12,566

A nurse practitioner diagnoses and treats acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team.”

  1. Solutions architect

Median base salary: $102,678

Number of job openings: 4,174

A solutions architect collaborates on projects with colleagues and is responsible for the overall design of the company’s application or product. They also meet with clients, turning requests into designs and recommending best practices.”

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