Nope, it’s not an oxymoron. There really are such things as well-paying entry level jobs. And you’ve come to the right place because we’re about to tell you about them. Here at Glassdoor, we make sure that searching for a specific job in your industry is seamless. But we also know that a great job is only as good as a sufficient salary. That’s why we’re dedicated to not only providing the most helpful information about jobs, but the unmatched transparency about salary as well.
If you’re looking for an entry-level job, consider these 9 options that may just fit all your bills.
1. Graphic Designer
Median Base Pay: $43,550
Job Description: A Graphic Designer is responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact. Their designs are usually required for a vast variety of projects, from online collateral to off-line event activations.
Number of Open Roles: 29,795
2. Financial Analyst
Median Base Pay: $62,277
Job Description: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a financial analyst “works in banks, pension funds, insurance companies, and other businesses. Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.”
Number of Open Roles: 57,750
3. Customer Service Representative
Median Base Pay: $54,177
Job Description: “Customer service representatives interact with customers on behalf of an organization. They provide information about products and services, take orders, respond to customer complaints, and process returns”
Number of Open Roles: 142,667
4. Sales Representative
Median Base Pay: $46,800
Job Description: Sales representatives work with a company’s customers to find what they need, sell company products, create solutions and ensure a smooth sales process.
Number of Open Roles: 134,557
5. Software Engineer
Median Base Pay: $86,391
Job Description: Software engineers work closely with product owners, senior engineers, designers, programmers, and QA to deliver industry-leading solutions. Software engineers tend to specialize in a few areas of development, such as networks, operating systems, databases or applications.
Number of Open Roles: 176,514
6. Marketing Associate
Median Base Pay in Industry: $48,571
Job Description: Marketing associates work in entry-level positions within a marketing team handling responsibilities from project management, budget tracking, brand team projects, business analysis and event execution.
Number of Open Roles: 87,774
Median Base Pay: $47,787
Job Description: Paralegals are responsible for interfacing with both internal and external constituents and play a key role in helping manage the legal function. Duties can include: Coordinate all aspects of contract management, including routing for signature, distribution, and development and maintenance of contracts database; Manage corporate and tax filings with state, local and other governmental agencies; Conduct legal research under the supervision of attorneys.
Number of Open Roles: 5,422
8. HR Coordinator
Median Base Pay: $45,860
Job Description: HR Coordinators are responsible for providing entry-level administrative support to the HR team by maintaining personnel files, assisting with the onboarding and off-boarding of new hires, responding to personnel file requests and answering teammate questions related to benefits, company policies, and practices.
Number of Open Roles: 54,089
9. Field Engineer
Median Base Pay: $69,530
Job Description: According to the connected learning platform Chegg, “As a field engineer, you spend most of your time out in the field. You won’t be staring at cubicle walls; rather, you’ll be moving from job site to job site. What you do at each site really depends on your specialty, but you can think of yourself as a highly skilled handyman and problem solver.”
Number of Open Roles: 157,207
Editor’s Note: The companies and jobs highlighted in this article are curated by the editorial staff, listed in no particular order, and do not necessarily reflect the official methodology of Glassdoor’s official awards or honors. Median Base Pay amounts derived from Glassdoor’s recent Local Pay Reports, as of 5/6/2017. The number of open roles reflect Glassdoor job listings and are accurate as of 5/6/2017. For more details about how companies and specific roles are considered for editorial coverage, please visit Glassdoor for Employers.