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The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs for 2016

The 25 Highest-Paying Jobs for 2016
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If your career goal is to earn the biggest paycheck possible, you would be best-served by focusing your attention on the technology and health care industries, new research finds.

Nearly half of the 25 highest-paying jobs ranked by Glassdoor this year are in one of those two fields, including physician, which tops the list for the second consecutive year. However, despite being the highest-paying job, the annual median base salary of physicians dropped from $212,270 in 2015, to $180,000 this year.

Overall, all of this year's 25 highest-paying jobs have a median base salary of more than $100,000.

"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, Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said in a statement. [See Related Story: The 25 Best Jobs in America for 2016 ]

The 25 highest-paying jobs in 2016 and their median base salary are:

1. Physician: $180,000

2. Lawyer: $144,500

3. Research and development manager: $142,120

4. Software development manager: $132,000

5. Pharmacy manager: $130,000

6. Strategy manager: $130,000

7. Software architect: $128,250

8. Integrated circuit designer engineer: $127,500

9. IT manager: $120,000

9. Solutions architect: $120,000

9. Engagement manager: $120,000

9. Applications development manager: $120,000

13. Pharmacist: $118,000

14. Systems architect: $116,920

15. Finance manager: $115,000

15. Data scientist: $115,000

15. Risk manager: $115,000

15. Creative director: $115,000

15. Actuary: $115,000

20. Data architect: $113,000

21. Tax manager: $110,000

22. Product manager: $107,000

23. Design manager: $106,500

24. Analytics manager: $106,000

24. Information systems manager: $106,000

Chamberlain warns, however, that a high salary doesn't always translate into high job satisfaction. He said that while pay is among the leading factors most job seekers weigh when determining where to work, the company's research shows that a big paycheck isn’t necessarily tied to long-term job happiness.

"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," Chamberlain said.

For a job title to be considered for the highest-paying jobs rankings, it must have received at least 75 salary reports shared on Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees over the past year. Of the job titles that meet the salary criteria, to qualify for this report, they must also be in the top 50th percentile for number of job openings per job title. The report takes into account job title normalization, which groups similar job titles.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.