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The Highest Paying Jobs of 2018

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Among the many factors to weigh when pursuing a career, salary remains one of the most important considerations. A recent survey by Glassdoor shows that 67 percent of job seekers and workers pay attention to salary when scanning job ads, more so than any other piece of information on a position. So which jobs should you be looking at if you’re hoping to bring in a hefty paycheck? New Glassdoor research has uncovered the highest-paying jobs of 2018.

Newcomers to this year’s rankings include Strategy Manager (#18, $101,754), Cloud Engineer (#23, $96,449) and Data Scientist (#25, $96,116). See the top 10 highest paying jobs below, and check out the full list here!

1. Physician

Median Base Salary: $195,842

Number of Job Openings: 3,038

Companies Hiring: Zumedic, Caresouth Carolina, InnovAge, Team Health, GoHealth Urgent Care & more.

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2. Pharmacy Manager

Median Base Salary: $146,412

Number of Job Openings: 2,009

Companies Hiring: Albertsons, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, Soliant Health, Costco & more.

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3. Pharmacist

Median Base Salary: $127,120

Number of Job Openings: 2,534

Companies Hiring: Chewy, Inova, Woman’s Hospital, divvyDose, Safeway, Health Mart Pharmacy & more.

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4. Enterprise Architect

Median Base Salary: $115,944

Number of Job Openings: 1,097

Companies Hiring: The Nerdery, Allianz Global Investors, NorthBay Healthcare, Fiserv, ProHealth Care & more.

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5. Corporate Counsel

Median Base Salary: $115,580

Number of Job Openings: 693

Companies Hiring: AppFolio, Dynamic Signal, Experian, Sleep Number Corporation, MailChimp & more.

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6. Software Development Manager

Median Base Salary: $108,879

Number of Job Openings: 1,064

Companies Hiring: Conduent, CSG, MoneyGram, Wi-Tronix, American Management Association & more.

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7. Physician Assistant

Median Base Salary: $108,761

Number of Job Openings: 8,616

Companies Hiring: Urgentmed, Lifespan, SCL Health, Intercept Youth Services, Magruder Hospital & more.

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8. Software Engineering Manager

Median Base Salary: $107,479

Number of Job Openings: 1,105

Companies Hiring: Juniper Networks, Nexon M, Medidata Solutions, Rubicon Project, FINRA & more.

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9. Nurse Practitioner

Median Base Salary: $106,962

Number of Job Openings: 14,931

Companies Hiring: Team Health, Dominion Youth Services, Petaluma Health Center Inc, Marathon Health, Assurance Health System & more.

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10. Software Architect

Median Base Salary: $105,329

Number of Job Openings: 1,130

Companies Hiring: Dynatrace, Payfactors, Leidos, General Dynamics Information Technology, NextCapital & more.

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As you can see, roles in tech and health care continue to deliver impressive salaries. According to Glassdoor Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell, “The fact that employers are paying top dollar for many tech and health care jobs reinforces how demand for these valuable skill sets continues to outpace the supply of talent with these expertises.”

However, Stansell reminds job seekers that other factors besides salary impact an employee’s experience at work, especially when studying long-term satisfaction. “We’ve found that company culture and values, career opportunities and trust in senior leadership matter most when it comes to keeping employees satisfied in their jobs long-term.”

50 Highest Paying Jobs of 2018

Methodology: For a job title to be considered for Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America report, job titles must receive at least 100 salary reports shared by U.S.-based employees over the past year (7/1/17 – 6/30/18). 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. The number of job openings per job title represents active job listings on Glassdoor as of 7/19/18. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. C-suite level jobs were excluded from this report.

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