Physicians, software developers and engineering managers are among the highest-paying jobs in America, a new study reports.
These workers make a healthy salary.
Physicians are the highest paid workers in America, with a median starting salary of $195,842, according to a report released Wednesday from Glassdoor. And the current number of job openings in the field is 3,038, the seventh-highest number of job openings on the list of 25 occupations. The report looked at job titles that had at least 100 salary reports.
Health-care jobs dominate the most lucrative gigs with five of the top 10 highest-paying jobs. Pharmacy managers take the No. 2 spot with an average base salary of $146,412; pharmacists (No. 3) make an average of $127,120; physician assistants (No. 7) earn $108,761; and nurse practitioners (No. 9) average $106,962 a year.
These figures mirror the growing U.S. health-care field. In fact, health-care jobs are expected to have the fastest employment growth and add the most jobs between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This industry boom is partly due to the growing list of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age and requiring more assistance, Glassdoor community expert Sarah Stoddard told Moneyish. But even younger Americans are seeing doctors frequently. Indeed, more than eight in 10 American adults say they’ve been in touch with at least one healthcare professional in the past year, according to the CDC.
Here are the median base salaries for the 10 highest paying careers:
1. Physician: $195,842
2. Pharmacy Manager: $146,412
3. Pharmacist: $127,120
4. Enterprise Architect: $115,944
5. Corporate Counsel: $115,580
6. Software Development Manager: $108,879
7. Physician Assistant: $108,761
8. Software Engineering Manager: $107,479
9. Nurse Practitioner: $106,962
10. Software Architect: $105,329
Meanwhile, higher demand for people with specialized skills and more schooling is also driving the jobs on this list. “We see several managers’ roles because companies are willing to pay more for individuals who have advanced and specialized degrees and require more years of experience,” Stoddard said.
These top-of-the-chain titles include software development managers (No. 6), who make a median starting salary of $108,879; engineering managers (No. 11) at $105,260; and applications development managers (No. 12) at $104,048.
Plus, at a time when a lot of Americans fear their jobs are being replaced by robots and machines, the majority of jobs on Glassdoor’s list are protected against being replaced by automation. The jobs require “knowing how to think analytically, hearing customer complaints and replying with feedback by communicating with people,” said Stoddard. “Automation can only enhance what the roles do, not replace them.”
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