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GLASSDOOR REVEALS THE 25 HIGHEST PAYING JOBS IN AMERICA FOR 2017

Physician, Pharmacy Manager, Patent Attorney Claim Top Three Spots

MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (March 7, 2017) Glassdoor, the world’s most transparent job and recruiting marketplace, today announced the results of its newest jobs report identifying the 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America. Considering that nearly seven in ten (68 percent) people say that salary and compensation are among their top considerations before accepting a job, according to a Glassdoor survey, this report helps people better understand which jobs pay the highest salaries.

Based on salary reports shared by employees with these jobs on Glassdoor over the past year, this report includes each job’s median annual base salary and the current number of job openings.

Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2017 are:

1. Physician

  • Median Base Salary: $187,876
  • Number of Job Openings: 7,770
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2. Pharmacy Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $149,064
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,370
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3. Patent Attorney

  • Median Base Salary: $139,272
  • Number of Job Openings: 525
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4. Medical Science Liaison

  • Median Base Salary: $132,842
  • Number of Job Openings: 391
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5. Pharmacist

  • Median Base Salary: $125,847
  • Number of Job Openings: 5,496
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6. Enterprise Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $112,560
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,320
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7. Physician Assistant

  • Median Base Salary: $112,529
  • Number of Job Openings: 13,547
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8. Applications Development Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $112,045
  • Number of Job Openings: 516
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9. R&D Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $111,905
  • Number of Job Openings: 185
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10. Corporate Controller

  • Median Base Salary: $110,855
  • Number of Job Openings: 259
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11. Software Engineering Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $109,350
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,011
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12. IT Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $105,303
  • Number of Job Openings: 250
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13. Software Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $104,754
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,147
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14. Nurse Practitioner

  • Median Base Salary: $104,144
  • Number of Job Openings: 12,566
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15. Solutions Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $102,678
  • Number of Job Openings: 4,174
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16. Data Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $102,091
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,438
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17. Actuary

  • Median Base Salary: $99,507
  • Number of Job Openings: 463
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18. IT Program Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $98,883
  • Number of Job Openings: 250
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19. UX Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $98,353
  • Number of Job Openings: 263
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20. Systems Architect

  • Median Base Salary: $97,873
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,167
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21. Plant Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $97,189
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,286
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22. Scrum Master

  • Median Base Salary: $95,167
  • Number of Job Openings: 2,072
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23. Financial Planning & Analysis Manager

  • Median Base Salary: $94,862
  • Number of Job Openings: 501
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24. Nuclear Engineer

  • Median Base Salary: $94,852
  • Number of Job Openings: 155
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25. Attorney

  • Median Base Salary: $94,695
  • Number of Job Openings: 1,010
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Tech jobs make up 11 of Glassdoor’s 25 Highest Paying Jobs in America for 2017, more than any other profession. There are six healthcare jobs on the list, up from three in 2016. New jobs to this year’s list include Nurse Practitioner (#14, $104,144) and Nuclear Engineer (#24, $94,852). Physician Assistant (#7, $112,529) has the highest number of current job openings with 13,547 positions.

“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,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor Chief Economist. “However, 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. 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.”

Glassdoor is now the No. 2 job site in the U.S.1, featuring all of the latest jobs online paired with millions of reviews and ratings from employees on 640,000 companies in 190 countries3. Glassdoor welcomes 34 million unique users, on average, to its desktop and mobile platforms each month4. The top three reasons people first come to Glassdoor are to browse job listings, research a company they want to work for, and research how salary/compensation information compares to others5.

Comscore Media Metrix, January 2017

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 (2/1/16 – 1/31/17). 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 1/31/17. This report takes into account job title normalization that groups similar job titles. C-suite level jobs were excluded from this report.

Glassdoor Internal Data, December 2016

Google Analytics, CQ3’16 average

5 Glassdoor.com U.S. Site Survey, August 2016

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