America’s Highest Paying Jobs of 2016

Salary is an important factor when considering a position. In fact, according to job search and salary compensation site Glassdoor, nearly 7 out of 10 people say salary and compensation are among the top things they consider before accepting a position.

Highest Paying Jobs In America

Glassdoor researched jobs where people shared salary information to determine the 25 highest paying jobs in America for 2016. The jobs considered include a minimum of 75 salary reports dated between January 24, 2015 and January 23, 2016. In a high-tech era where developer and engineer jobs are booming, it’s physicians, lawyers and research and development managers who earn the biggest paychecks.

“This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist.

If you’re looking for a position with a bigger paycheck, check out America’s highest paying jobs of 2016 via Glassdoor.

1. Physician

  • Median Base Salary: $180,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,064

2. Lawyer

  • Median Base Salary: $144,500
  • Number of Job Openings: 995

3. Research & Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $142,120
  • Number of Job Openings: 112

4. Software Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $132,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,495

5. Pharmacy Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,766

6. Strategy Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $130,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 701

7. Software Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $128,250
  • Number of Job Openings: 655

8. Integrated Circuit Designer Engineer

  • Median Base Salary: $127,500
  • Number of Job Openings: 165

9. IT Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 3,152

10. Solutions Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,838

11. Engagement Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,452

12. Applications Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $120,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 263

13. Pharmacist

  • Median Base Salary: $118,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,502

14. Systems Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $116,920
  • Number of Job Openings: 439

15. Finance Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,582

16. Data Scientist

  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,985

17. Risk Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,137

18. Creative Director

  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 696

19. Actuary

  • Median Base Salary: $115,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 175

20. Data Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $113,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 762

21. Tax Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $110,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,495

22. Product Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $107,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 7,758

23. Design Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $106,500
  • Number of Job Openings: 510

24. Analytics Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $106,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 988

25. Information Systems Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $106,000
  • Number of Job Openings: 147

While a nice paycheck is a big factor in considering a position, it’s not a long term area of job satisfaction. When Glassdoor dug into what really keeps employees happy, it’s culture and values, career opportunities, and trust in senior leadership that takes the cake. To avoid a bad decision, look at company review sites to get a better understanding of company culture, salary and compensation information, and what it’s like to work there.

 

 

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