This Year’s 25 Highest-Paying Jobs in the Country

The best-paying jobs in 2016 reflect a mix of the traditional and the technological. Find out which of these jobs is most in demand.

The best-paying jobs in 2016 reflect a mix of the traditional and the technological.

As might be expected, the position of medical doctor ranks No. 1, with a median base salary of $180,000, according to recent data from job-review website Glassdoor.

Lawyer is No. 2, with a salary of $144,500. Pharmacy manager and pharmacist are both among the top 25.

A variety of top-paying positions are in the information technology field. They include software development manager (with a median base salary of $132,000) and information systems manager (with a salary of $106,000).

Glassdoor chief economist Andrew Chamberlain explains that tech jobs and health care jobs are among the best-paying because higher pay is tied to in-demand skills and higher levels of education.

Of course, high-paying jobs aren’t necessarily tied to high job satisfaction.

Chamberlain explains, referencing Glassdoor research published last year:

“Our research shows that a big paycheck isn’t necessarily tied to long-term satisfaction in your job. Instead, when we dig deeper into what keeps employees satisfied once they’re in a job and with a company, we find that culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership are the biggest drivers of employee satisfaction.”

The top-paying positions on Glassdoor’s latest list are:

  • Physician: median base salary of $180,000
  • Lawyer: $144,500
  • Research and development manager: $142,120
  • Software development manager: $132,000
  • Pharmacy manager: $130,000
  • Strategy manager: $130,000
  • Software architect: $128,250
  • Integrated circuit designer engineer: $127,500
  • IT manager: $120,000
  • Solutions architect: $120,000
  • Engagement manager: $120,000
  • Applications development manager: $120,000
  • Pharmacist: $118,000
  • Systems architect: $116,920
  • Finance manager: $115,000
  • Data scientist: $115,000
  • Risk manager: $115,000
  • Creative director: $115,000
  • Actuary: $115,000
  • Data architect: $113,000
  • Tax manager: $110,000
  • Product manager: $107,000
  • Design manager: $106,500
  • Analytics manager: $106,000
  • Information systems manager: $106,000

This ranking is based on salary reports shared on Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees over the past year.

Based on the number of active job openings on Glassdoor as of late February, the most in-demand of the 25 highest-paying jobs are:

  1. Product manager: 7,758 job openings
  2. Pharmacist: 4,502
  3. Software development manager: 3,495
  4. IT manager: 3,152
  5. Solutions architect: 2,838

What’s your take on the types of positions that comprise the nation’s best-paying jobs this year? Share your thoughts in a comment below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!

Read Next: 10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum Wage

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 1,434 more deals!