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25 Highest Paying Entry Level Jobs

Entry level jobs aren’t typically considered to be particularly lucrative. Conventional wisdom dictates that you start out at the bottom of the ladder with a lower salary, and, over the years, work your way up into higher positions with higher salaries. And while this is often the case, it doesn’t always have to be. There are particular roles and fields that pay very generously right from the get-go, with salaries only increasing over time.

Glassdoor crunched the numbers to identify these profitable positions — read on to find out the 25 highest paying entry level jobs and apply today!

Highest Paying Entry Level Jobs

1. Data Scientist

Median Annual Base Salary: $95,000

Companies Hiring: Vanderbilt University, T. Rowe Price, Optiver US, Tradeweb Markets LLC, Capgemini & more

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2. Software Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $90,000

Companies Hiring: Lenovo, MyVest, John Deere, Snowflake, Relevante & more

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3. Product Manager

Median Annual Base Salary: $89,000

Companies Hiring: Cengage, Arthrex, Porsche, Sporcle, KeyBank & more

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4. Investment Banking Analyst

Median Annual Base Salary: $85,000

Companies Hiring: Fisher Investments, American International Bank, LiniumCLT, Huntington National Bank, Delaware North & more

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5. Product Designer

Median Annual Base Salary: $85,000

Companies Hiring: Tempus Labs, Briggs and Stratton Corporation, Rally Health, Airtable, Dropbox & more

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6. UX Designer

Median Annual Base Salary: $73,000

Companies Hiring: ADP, Fjordnet, Red Spark, Auto-Owners Insurance, eXcell & more

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7. Implementation Consultant

Median Annual Base Salary: $72,000

Companies Hiring: Omnicell Inc., IBM, Rootstock Software, EmPowerHR, Beeline & more

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8. Java Developer

Median Annual Base Salary: $72,000

Companies Hiring: SMC 3, Crown Equipment, Screativesoft, ISO New England, HCL Technologies Limited & more

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9. Systems Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $70,000

Companies Hiring: United States Olympic Committee, Kaizen Approach Inc., Experitec, D.A.S., Intel Corporation & more

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10. Software Developer

Median Annual Base Salary: $68,600

Companies Hiring: Spectrum Communications and Consulting, EAI Technologies, Nexient, Reynolds and Reynolds, Centene & more

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11. Process Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $68,258

Companies Hiring: Arlon Graphics, WestRock, Intel Corporation, Clover Global Solutions LP, Kimball Electronics & more

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12. Front End Developer

Median Annual Base Salary: $67,500

Companies Hiring: Seneca Resources, The Creative Group, GS5 LLC, BlastPoint, Weyco Group Inc & more

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13. Product Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $66,750

Companies Hiring: Procter & Gamble, NXP Semiconductors, TechnipFMC, Whirlpool Corporation, JELD-WEN & more

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14. Actuarial Analyst

Median Annual Base Salary: $66,250

Companies Hiring: Milliman, State Auto Insurance Companies, Fast Switch, Society of Actuaries, AIG & more

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15. Electrical Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $66,000

Companies Hiring: Harris, RESA Power Solutions, Chesapeake Utilities, Harris Corporation, Allegheny Technologies & more

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16. Mechanical Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $65,000

Companies Hiring: Airgas, ARRIS, Source One Technical Solutions, Apollo Technical, Microsoft Corporation & more

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17. Design Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $65,000

Companies Hiring: TAIT & Associates, Star Cutter Company, Stryker, RFA Engineering, HUSCO International & more

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18. Applications Developer

Median Annual Base Salary: $65,000

Companies Hiring: Centene, TRC Companies Inc., West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., AIC, TechStaff Inc & more

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19. Test Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $65,000

Companies Hiring: The MIL Corporation, Shure Incorporated, HHB Systems, PROLIM, QuEST Global & more

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20. Programmer Analyst

Median Annual Base Salary: $65,000

Companies Hiring: Ameren, Farmers Insurance, Atos IT Services and Solutions Inc, Monterey County Human Resources, Ipsos & more

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21. Quality Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $64,750

Companies Hiring: Xactly Corporation, Brainshark, Kelly Engineering, Oxford Solutions, DuPont & more

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22. Physical Therapist

Median Annual Base Salary: $63,918

Companies Hiring: AdventHealth, Orange County, Saint Lukes Cornwall Hospital, Gordon Memorial Health Services, Dignity Health & more

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23. Field Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $63,750

Companies Hiring: Jobot, Southland Industries, Milender White Inc., Compressor Controls, Shimmick Construction Co. Inc. & more

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24. Project Engineer

Median Annual Base Salary: $63,000

Companies Hiring: McCarthy Building Co, Georgia-Pacific, AECOM, Bastian Solutions, Performance Contracting & more

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25. Business Analyst

Median Annual Base Salary: $63,000

Companies Hiring: Topco Associates, Equity Methods, Dhalite, Naked Lime, NewDay USA & more

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Methodology: Glassdoor’s Highest Paying Entry Level Jobs report identifies the jobs with the highest median annual base salaries as reported by U.S.-based employees aged 25 or younger on Glassdoor over the time period 1/01/18 – 12/31/18. Jobs considered for this report must have received at least 25 salary reports in U.S. dollars by U.S-based employees, aged 25 or younger, during the timeframe. In cases where job titles have the same median monthly pay, the job title with the greater number of salary reports receives higher rank. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. Intern level jobs were excluded from this report.

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