If money is what you are after in a job, you should consider looking for work in the health care, legal and technology industries, new research shows.
More than two-thirds of the 25 highest-paying jobs ranked by Glassdoor this year are in one of those three fields.
Topping the list for the third straight year is physician. The study shows that the median base salary for physicians has fluctuated in recent years. In 2015, the median base salary was $212,270. It dropped to $180,000 last year, and this year it increased to $187,876.
All of this year's 25 highest-paying jobs have a median base salary of more than $94,000. That's a slight decline from a year ago, when all of the top-paying jobs had median base salaries in the six figures. [See Related Story: The 20 Best Jobs for Flexibility]
“With nearly half the list comprised of jobs in the tech and healthcare industries, this report reinforces that higher salaries are found in America's fastest job-creating sectors, which require higher education and in-demand skill sets," Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor's chief economist, said in a statement.
These are the 25 highest-paying jobs in 2017 and their median base salaries:
- Physician: $187,876
- Pharmacy manager: $149,064
- Patent attorney: $139,272
- Medical science liaison: $132,842
- Pharmacist: $125,847
- Enterprise architect: $112,560
- Physician assistant: $112,529
- Applications development manager: $112,045
- R&D manager: $111,905
- Corporate controller: $110,855
- Software engineering manager: $109,350
- IT architect: $105,303
- Software architect: $104,754
- Nurse practitioner: $104,144
- Solutions architect: $102,678
- Data architect: $102,091
- Actuary: $99,507
- IT program manager: $98,883
- UX manager: $98,353
- Systems architect: $97,873
- Plant manager: $97,189
- Scrum master: $95,167
- Financial planning and analysis manager: $94,862
- Nuclear engineer: $94,852
- Attorney: $94,695
Despite nearly 70 percent of employees reporting that salary and compensation are among their top considerations before accepting a job, Chamberlain says money isn't what drives happiness.
"While pay is one of the leading factors job seekers consider when determining where to work, our research shows that salary isn’t necessarily tied to long-term job satisfaction," Chamberlain said. "Rather, the factors that employers should focus on to drive employee satisfaction long-term are having great senior leadership, positive culture and values, and clear upward career opportunities for employees."
For a job title to be considered for the highest-paying jobs rankings, it must have received at least 100 salary reports shared on Glassdoor by U.S.-based employees over the past year. To ensure the most reliable median base salary for all job titles, Glassdoor also applies a proprietary statistical algorithm to estimate annual median base pay, which controls for factors such as location and seniority.