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The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs In America In 2016

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Rachel Gillett

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Pharmacist is a high-paying healthcare job that doesn't involve blood. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Doctors and lawyers are in the top echelon when it comes to pay.

But as a new report from Glassdoor shows, there are plenty of other routes to high earnings that don't involve litigating or blood.

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"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," says Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist. "This is why we see several jobs within the technology and healthcare industries."

Based on salary reports shared by employees with these jobs on Glassdoor over the past year, here are the 25 high-paying jobs in the US, the current number of job openings, and what these people do:

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25. Information systems manager

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Median base salary: $106,000

Number of job openings: 147

An information-systems manager learns about new technology and looks for ways to upgrade their organization’s computer systems.

 

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24. Analytics manager

Median base salary: $106,000

Number of job openings: 988

An analytics manager performs business and financial analysis to help the company measure its success and predict its needs.

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23. Design manager

Median base salary: $106,500

Number of job openings: 510

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A design manager works to optimize design and deliver a product. They will collaborate with a product manager on internal and external design and budget issues.

 

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22. Product manager

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Median base salary: $107,000

Number of job openings: 7,758

A product manager helps run the teams that design and market a product.

 

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21. Tax manager

Median base salary: $110,000

Number of job openings: 1,495

A tax manager handles accounting and tax functions at a company.

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20. Data architect

Median base salary: $113,000

Number of job openings: 762

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A data architect integrates and maintains data relevant to the business. They understand how the data relates to business operations and the effects that any future changes will have on the use of their data in the organization.

 

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19. Actuary

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Median base salary: $115,000

Number of job openings: 175

An actuary analyzes the financial consequences of risk and uncertainty. Actuaries look at uncertain future events, especially those related to insurance and pension programs. Many actuaries work for insurance companies, but are also needed at consulting firms, government, employee benefits departments of large corporations, hospitals, banks, and investment firms.

 

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18. Creative director

Median base salary: $115,000

Number of job openings: 696

A creative director is the creative lead at advertising and marketing companies, and collaborates with designers, artists, copywriters, sales teams and marketers to create a product vision. They work with clients to turn a design vision into a workable product, and work with executives to streamline corporate product design.

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17. Risk Manager

Median base salary: $115,000

Number of job openings: 1,137

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A risk manager identifies potential causes of accidents or loss. They recommend and implement preventive measures, and create plans to minimize costs and damage in a worst-case scenario.

 

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16. Data scientist

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Median base salary: $115,000

Number of job openings: 1,985

A data scientist helps a company find insights out of heaps of data.

 

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15. Finance manager

Median base salary: $115,000

Number of job openings: 2,582

A finance manager helps a company strategically manage its money so that it can finance its business needs.

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14. Systems architect

Median base salary: $116,920

Number of job openings: 439

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A systems architect is an IT professional who creates networking and computer systems. A systems architect is responsible for provisioning, configuring and operating the network systems that form the backbone to a business. This involves offering technical support, or even research for a long-term improvement plan.

 

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13. Pharmacist

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Median base salary: $118,000

Number of job openings: 4,502

A pharmacist dispenses prescription medications and provides information about those medications to patients.

 

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12. Applications development manager

Median base salary: $120,000

Number of job openings: 263

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.

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11. Engagement manager

Median base salary: $120,000

Number of job openings: 1,452

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An engagement manager is responsible for managing the relationship between a client and vendor organization, monitoring services delivery throughout the project. They act as the main point of contact between the client and vendor organization, handing project performance, finance, resource planning and mitigating escalations.

 

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10. Solutions architect

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Median base salary: $120,000

Number of job openings: 2,838

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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9. IT manager

Median base salary: $120,000

Number of job openings: 3,152

An IT manager runs manages a company's technology infrastructure.

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8. Integrated circuit designer engineer

Median base salary: $127,500

Number of job openings: 165

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An integrated-circuit designer is in charge of circuit design and production, using electronics engineering and technical skills to design microelectronics and integrated circuits.

 

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7. Software architect

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Median base salary: $128,250

Number of job openings: 655

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.

 

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6. Strategy manager

Median base salary: $130,000

Number of job openings: 701

A strategy manager is responsible for providing overall direction in company objectives, as well as developing policies and plans designed to achieve the overall company objectives, and then allocating resources to implement these plans.

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5. Pharmacy manager

Median base salary: $130,000

Number of job openings: 1,766

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A pharmacy manager oversees and manages pharmacy operations.

 

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4. Software development manager

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Median base salary: $132,000

Number of job openings: 3,495

A software development manager is a project leader for software projects.

 

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3. Research and development manager

Median base salary: $142,120

Number of job openings: 112

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.

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2. Lawyer

Median base salary: $144,500

Number of job openings: 995

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A lawyer represents and advises people, businesses, and government agencies in criminal and civil litigation.

 

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  1. 1. Physician

Median base salary: $180,000

Number of job openings: 2,064

A physician examines patients, prescribes medications, and treats injuries and illnesses.

 

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This story was originally published by Glassdoor.


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